The Homecoming Project celebrated its 10th anniversary at its Blue Jeans and Bow Tie Community Ball the evening of October 6 on the Club Level of Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.
Guests participated in interactive sports activities that included pool, golf, basketball, darts, bowling and corn hole. The evening also featured a chance auction, plant and money wheels, music and dancing.
During the celebration, three people were recognized for their work with The Homecoming Project over the past 10 years: Pat Gilland, board president; Mary Chance, community liaison for Jones Junction; and Joe Ryan, manager, Office of Drug Control Policy, Harford County Department of Community Services.
In addition, a video featuring testimonials from current program participants and graduates explained the impact The Homecoming Project has had on their lives.
The Honesty-level sponsor of Blue Jeans and Bow Tie was Bob Bell Automotive Group. The Integrity-level sponsor was Chesapeake Employers Insurance. Courage sponsors were In Loving Memory of Jerry Carpenter and In Loving Memory of John Cunningham. Perseverance-level sponsors were Broom’s Bloom Farm Products, Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy and Jones Junction. Hope-level sponsors included ACR, Jesse and Lou Ann Bane, Churchville Lions Club, JoAnn Enck, Frank Hajek & Associates, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, Irma Hiss, Kelly Wealth Management, Love, Fleming, Bearsch & Hurff, LLC, Vickie and Bill Luther, Ginny Milanicz, Saxon’s Diamond Centers and SLHS. Wisdom-level sponsors were ABC Baltimore, Ashley Addiction Treatment, Harbor Investment Advisory, Maryland Recovery and Marilyn Lutz Rauser. Peace-level sponsors were Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, Bill and Paige Cox, Jay Edwards & Associates, Tom Koerber, Lynch Construction, Inc., Mann House, Northeastern Supply and Wine World.
More than 200 women have been helped by The Homecoming Project, a Bel Air nonprofit that assists women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse, since its founding in 2006 by Robin Keener and Jerry Carpenter.
The Homecoming Project works with women to provide a comprehensive, family-oriented program of recovery from homelessness and substance abuse in a supportive, residential environment using behavioral change and life skills management. Clients range in age from 18-76.
“We are so grateful for the community’s support of The Homecoming Project over the past 10 years,” said Robin Keener, executive director. “Our program has impacted the lives of many women and has helped to reunite and build stronger families.”
More information about the Homecoming Project may be found at homecomingrecovery.org.