Dr. Jocelyn Gainers attended the Birthday Party for our new Governor, Wes Moore. She was privileged to meet Lt. Governor Aruna Miller, and Maryland Comptroller Brooke Lierman.
The Family Recovery Program, Inc. Gay Street Location is now located at The Chance Building
301 N. Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
It is with deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our FRP graduate and Sage Center Resident, Ms. Shanesha Anderson. Shanesha has been a resident of Sage Center since early 2021. She was the mother of three beautiful children, Zuri, Aubrey, and Little Blake. The most pleasant and well-behaved children, whose faces would light up a room. Shanesha was resilient and ambitious, who didn’t let her sickness keep her down. Even on her toughest days, she preserved which made her loss difficult for our staff and the parents at Sage Center. Shanesha, we will never forget you and that beautiful smile. May she Rest in Peace.[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”148″ gal_title=”Shanesha Anderson”]
Remember the heart thumping anticipation you felt as Halloween approached? Maybe you cleverly crafted your own costume from old clothes, household items, and face makeup to become a mean-eyed witch or beautiful princess, action hero or goblin, colorful clown, or caped secret agent. When Halloween night finally arrived, screams of “trick or treat” broke through the haunting sounds that filled the air.
Spook-A-Looza at The Sage Center was more than ghosts and goblins, dinner, and candy. It was an opportunity for our parents to be kids with their own kids, to dress up and to decorate apartment doors. It was another chance to celebrate being in a place that is safe and loving, and to know what it feels like to be part of a community.
Check out the spookiness![Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”146″ gal_title=”Spook A Looza”]
We Did It! We hosted our First Fundraiser for The Family Recovery Program, Inc. A Night at The Casino Fundraising Extravaganza was a night to remember. It was October 21, 2022, that Friends, Supporters and Donors came to The Assembly Room for a night of fun and raising money for our families. FRP operates off generous donations and our friends/supporters showed UP & OUT! We were pleased to have Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott, Senator Cory McCray and our Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Mr. Mark Clarke from FOX45 BMore Lifestyle show. We were overwhelmed by the turn out and looked around the room seeing people taking pictures, doing 360 videos, playing Blackjack and Russian Roulette. Eating crab dip, wings, lamb chops, and some delicious hours devours from Biddle Street Catering. And what can we say about Rick Wright-The Caricature Artist! He was outstanding and had a line up until 9pm. The Silent Auction was a HIT! We had some of the finest items to auction off such as, an autographed Ravens football, Tory Burch sandals and a Burberry pocketbook, tickets to the Steelers vs. Ravens game, Bicycles, All Things Maryland Basket, a top shelf Wine Basket, and so much more.
Our fearless leader, Dr. Gainers addressed the crowd and shared her sentiments of the excitement of, not only the evening, but sharing with the audience about the work that we do at FRP. We had the opportunity to premiere our newest commercials done by Vonnya Pettigrew and the Root Branch Media Group. Not a dry eye was in the room while we watched the stories of parents that successfully graduated from our program and are now thriving citizens of society. And how can we forget looking around the room and guests moving a grooving to the sounds of Baltimore’s finest, DJ Boobie! People, young and old doing The Wobble and the line dance of the year, the Jerusalema Shuffle.
In the words of the TikTok creator, “Whew! Boy, we had a time last night!” And we did! We’re so excited about how successful our first event turned out that we are already planning for next year. If you’re reading this and can feel the excitement, start making plans to attend our Fundraising Extravaganza in 2023. Check out some of the pictures from the event![Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”143″ gal_title=”Fundraiser”]
Another successful graduation in the life of FRP! We are so proud of the Class of Fall 2022 and wish them nothing but the best! Much thanks to FRP Alumni Jessica Vernon and our Guest speaker, Mrs. Julvette Price-Brown from the Behavioral Health Systems, Baltimore for speaking and motivating our graduates. We are so proud of this class and excited to see them thrive for a better future.
We have some great donors and partners here at FRP. We’d like to thank Lenise Thompson of Amerigroup for visiting The Sage Center and providing lunch for our Sage Center Staff. FRP and Sage Center Resident, Ms. Jessica Brooks joined us for lunch and shared her inspiring story with Mrs. Thompson. Amerigroup awarded the Sage Center with a generous monetary contribution for our parents to be able to purchase household essentials. To end a day of sharing and caring with FRP, Mrs. Thompson awarded Dr. Gainers with a service award, for all of the hard work that she does for our organization. Thank you, Amerigroup! We are forever grateful!
At FRP, we take pride in being a family centered program. Not only for our parents/clients, but also for our staff members. In October 2021, our lead Security Monitor, Mr. James Gorham faced one of the toughest and most difficult moments in his life, the loss of his son, Elijah Gorham. Elijah was undoubtedly a great son to his parents, brother to his siblings, friend, and a rising football player at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical School in Baltimore. Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott posted on Twitter, “Elijah Gorham was more than a @HighMervo student athlete. He was a young man full of promise with an infectious spirit. Elijah’s passing is an unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to his family and our @MustangGang410 community. #7strong #mustangpride 💙💛”
On September 18th, Elijah was giving his best on the field during a game against Dunbar High School when he was injured on the field. His injury left him in the hospital for nearly three weeks until his passing, which the Medical Examiner listed several causes including accidental trauma. This is something that no one wishes for anyone, anywhere or any time, and as a close-knit organization, it has been hard to see Mr. James and his family go through. But FRP has promised to be there every step of the way. We are so proud of Mr. James and Elijah’s mother, Ms. Shantres Shaw for being diligent and persevering through this most difficult time in their lives and ensuring that this does not happen to another student-athlete in the state of Maryland and world-wide.
According to www.wbaltv.com, “The late Elijah Gorham now has a state law named after him that requires Maryland’s public middle and high schools to develop venue-specific emergency action plans to deal with sports injuries. The Elijah Gorham Act is expected to have a profound positive impact on student-athlete safety.” It is because of the parents of Elijah that this bill made it to Governor Hogan’s office on the last day of the General Assembly session, and we are proud to share that the Elijah Gorham Act will be effective July 1, 2022. The new law requires all Maryland schools to develop an emergency plan of action for every sports venue.
We know that if the family had a choice, that they would bring their dear Elijah back to them, but the passing of this bill is just a reminder that Elijah’s passing was not in vain and for his legacy to be carried throughout the years. We are proud of Elijah’s parents and as an organization, will stand with them in the years to come to remember the life and legacy of their beloved, Elijah.
We were saddened to hear about the loss of one of our Parents at Sage Center, Ms. Stephanie Zeller. Stephanie will always be remembered for her creativity and passion. We will continue to say her name and keep her family, children and friends in our sincerest thoughts and prayers. We’ve created The Garden of Remembrance at Sage Center, in which Stephanie took part in creating, to remember those that we’ve lost along the way. We will continue to remember them and hold precious memories in our hearts.[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”136″ gal_title=”In Memory of Stephanie Zeller 2022″]
Chef Eula and some of our parents took a trip to Aldi’s Supermarket to purchase ingredients for their next dish in class. The parents and Parent Mentors had a fun ride through the city and enjoyed learning about shopping without breaking the bank! Thanks Chef Eula![Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”135″ gal_title=”Cooking Class Trip 2022″]