Entries by Jan Gamby

COVID Brings Out the Good Stuff

  San Mar Family & Community Services has a 137-year-old history of meeting the needs of the community, with foster care programming, mental health services and community based resources to strengthen families. Like many organizations, when COVID-19 arrived in March, San Mar had to remain flexible and adapt to the changing needs of children and […]

San Mar board names officers

By Mike Lewis – Herald Mail The Board of Managers of San Mar Family & Community Services recently approved its slate of executive officers and committee chairs. Moving into executive officer roles are: President Ryan Lampton of Middletown Valley Bank; Vice President Mark Halsey of University System of Maryland at Hagerstown; Treasurer and Finance Chair […]

Celebrate San Mar caps off TGBT XXXIII fundraiser!

As a part of the 2020 Experience, the modified edition of the Great Bicycle Tour, San Mar Family & Community Services hosted “Celebrate San Mar” last evening which include testimonials of program participants and staff who make San Mar great! As a part of the TV special, there were special appearances as well as a […]

Singer Avril Lavigne to perform for San Mar cycling fundraiser

By Julie Greene – Herald Mail Media San Mar Family and Community Services has revamped its biggest annual fundraiser in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual four-day Great Bicycle Tour along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal has been shortened to one day with a virtual program on a second day with the events occurring […]

Jack E. Barr Center for Well-Being releases FY19 annual report

We’re happy today to release the Jack E. Barr Center for Well-Being Annual Report for FY19. This report reflects many of the important developmental steps under the leadership of clinic director Jerica Washington and her amazing team. As our newest program, the JEB Center is in the midst of another phenomenal year of growth, we […]

BCOH releases FY19 annual report

Bester Community of Hope, a San Mar Initiative, has released the FY19 annual report, a beautiful snapshot of the important work occurring everyday in the heart of Hagerstown’s south end to support children, strengthen families and build strong neighborhoods. Follow the link to learn more about all the tangible activities, and the continued journey forward: FY […]

“Just Call” Film Premiere

Bester Community of Hope releases “Just Call”, an important video to educate the general public to see the signs of child abuse & neglect, and a call to action for families to get the supportive services they need to prevent child abuse. Originally intended to premiere at the now postponed April 9th event “Breaking the […]

BCOH promotes health and assets on Walking Loop

  Getting exercise outside in Hagerstown just got a little easier. The new South End walking loop officially was finished in early October and is ready for walkers. “It’s so great to have a path laid out for you,” said Kerry Fair, neighborhood partnership coordinator for Bester Community of Hope. “It’s easy to navigate, and […]

San Mar Accepts Human Rights Award

Church Women United of Washington County held its fall fellowship, human rights celebration and annual meeting Sept. 23 at Zion Baptist Church with 46 people in attendance. Keith Fanjoy, CEO of San Mar Family and Community Services, addressed the group and accepted the Human Rights Award for the agency and a donation of $278.23. Church […]