Entries by Keith Fanjoy

Maryland Senate recognizes BCOH as a “model” for communities

Herald Mail story by Tamela Baker available here: San Mar receives Senate recognition Md. Senate recognizes Bester program as ‘model’ for communities ANNAPOLIS — In January, the Bester Community of Hope — a cooperative initiative to strengthen families in the neighborhood of Bester Elementary School — won national recognition from Casey Family Programs. It was […]

San Mar Family & Community Services receives major grants for Bester, Hicks

San Mar Family & Community Services CEO Keith Fanjoy announced two significant grant awards to expand existing efforts at Bester Elementary School and provide future programming at E. Russell Hicks Middle School. Bester Community of Hope (BCOH), a San Mar Initiative supported by the Washington County Department of Social Services, Fletcher Foundation and Casey Family […]

San Mar receives national award in Seattle

  Members of the Bester Community of Hope team were recognized in Seattle, Washington on January 15th as winners of the Jim Casey Building Communities of Hope award. Pictured above from left to right are: Casey Family Programs Board President, David C. Mills; San Mar Family & Community Services CEO, Keith Fanjoy; Director of the […]

San Mar Family & Community Services announces leadership appointments

This past Thursday, November the 8th, marked the 135th anniversary of San Mar Family & Community Services opening its doors for the first time and Chief Executive Officer Keith Fanjoy used the occasion to announce a series of recent leadership appointments and new additions to the senior leadership team. San Mar is comprised of three […]

Bester Community of Hope puts focus on babies

By Mike Lewis, Herald Mail Media Booths about babies were the focus Saturday as Bester Community of Hope hosted its third Babypalooza. “Babypalooza is a fun event for caregivers. We’re celebrating families and bringing resources to moms and dads who are either expecting or (who have a child) up to the age of 5,” said […]

Projects help revitalize Hagerstown’s South End

By Julie E. Greene, Herald Mail Media A community tree grew in a railroad underpass over the weekend, and a field by Bester Elementary School was planted to attract butterflies. The tree was a mural painted along the north wall of the West Memorial Boulevard railroad underpass less than a block from the school. Both […]

Bester Community of Hope celebrates good things happening in Hagerstown

By Alicia Notarianni, Whats NXT For the third consecutive year, Bester Community of Hope will celebrate the good things happening in the South End of Hagerstown with the South Side Community Block Party. Only this year, rather than celebrating in the field at Bester Elementary School, the party will be shifted Hagerstown City Park’s Peter […]

Resurrected Tomorrow’s Leaders program helps teens, community

By Alexis Fitzpatrick, Herald Mail Media This summer, the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County brought back a program designed to help get teens ready for their futures, while also benefiting the community. Partnering with Bester Community of Hope, Tomorrow’s Leaders pays teenagers a stipend to work at the Frederick Manor Club summer camp […]