Entries by Jan Gamby

San Mar Alumni Charles Burkett appointed County Commissioner

With the recent vacancy on the five seat elected Board of Washington County Commissioners, Governor Larry Hogan recently confirmed that San Mar alumni Charles Burkett was the best choice to fill the position. This success story is less to do with the future, and much more a reflection of the journey to now. “I came […]

FY20 Annual Report Showcases Impact of San Mar Programs

San Mar Family & Community Services released it’s FY20 Annual Report today at our quarterly organizational staff meeting. The signature report highlights the transformational work occurring across the Jack E. Barr Center for Well-Being outpatient mental health center, Treatment Foster Care and the Bester Community of Hope Initiative, along with key organizational efforts, financials and […]

San Mar Family & Community Services appoints new board members

Over the past several months there have been new appointments to the San Mar Family & Community Services Board of Managers. Celebrating 137 years of continuous service, San Mar operates Treatment Foster Care and the Jack E. Barr Center for Well-Being outpatient mental health services from their Boonsboro campus, as well as the Bester Community […]

North High Students Donate Laptops to Area Children

By Alexis Fitzpatrick – Herald Mail Media On Friday afternoon, Northern Middle School sixth-grader Leila Mielke got to take home a new laptop with the hopes of developing a handy skill — coding. The 11-year-old was one of eight recipients of computers bought and donated by Digital Civics, a club made up of North Hagerstown […]

Desmond Tutu’s daughter, autistic professor to speak at Bester event

By Mike Lewis, Herald Media Bester Community of Hope has set a new date and added two more speakers for its annual training event, “Breaking the Cycle.” The organization previously announced that Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine High School shooter Dylan Klebold, would speak at the session. On Monday, the organization announced two more speakers. […]

Savoy lent a ‘compassionate heart’ to San Mar’s foster care program

By Dave McMillon, Herald Media Some children and youths face trauma in their lives. And Ellen Savoy was there to help many of them by connecting the kids with caring foster parents. Now Savoy, former director of treatment foster care at San Mar Family and Community Services near Boonsboro, has decided it’s time for someone […]

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 […]

Interfaith group, local faith leaders to speak at virtual event

By Alexis Fitzpatrick, Herald Media To encourage conversation and instigate a mutual understanding among those of different backgrounds, Bester Community of Hope will present the Interfaith Amigos in a virtual event on Oct. 27. Neighborhood Partnership Coordinator Kerry Fair said as an organization, Bester Community of Hope has worked to engage with Hagerstown’s faith community 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 […]