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!
Hogan Signs Student-Athlete Safety Legislation in Honor of Late Baltimore Football Player Elijah Gorham
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″]
April 2nd was a busy, yet fun day at FRP-Gay Street. Our staff and friends of FRP came to our new location on Gay Street for our Paint Party! Staff, Friends, and Family gathered on the 3rd floor at the new headquarters for FRP and our Intensive Outpatient Treatment Center to paint the office space. We had a blast! Tunes, jokes, and laughter was just a way to keep our minds off how sore we would be at the end of the day! Stay tuned for before and after pictures.[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”134″ gal_title=”FRP Paint Party 2022″]
As always, here at FRP, we love to celebrate holidays throughout the year! Our Easter-themed hallways have made the children excited about the Easter bunny and lots of candy. Our parents and children are forever grateful to our supportive community and donors for the Easter baskets that were given to them. Smiles and giggles filled the room as the children ripped through the paper with excitement while grabbing the biggest candy bar and sweetest bag of jellybeans. Much thanks to Patricia Bishop for the fabulous baskets![Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”130″ gal_title=”Easter Basket Giveaway 2022″]
Julia and Lyndsay wanted to stop by and drop off goodies for our parents and children. The clothes and books are greatly appreciated! Thank you all for your continued support.
March was a busy month here at The Sage Center We’ve invited Chef Eula McDowell of The Bean Theory to be a part of the FRP family and she has so graciously devoted her time to show our parents how to cook some of our favorite dishes. So far, they’ve made: Chicken Alfredo, Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, and Tacos and they were DELICIOUS!!!! Chef Eula is the best and we are excited when she comes to Sage Center every Thursday.[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”128″ gal_title=”Meals and Memories 2022″]