10th Annual President’s Day of Service

Saturday, October 13th  marked the 10th Annual President’s Day of Service at Johns Hopkins University. Organized by the Center for Social Concern, hundreds of Hopkins students were randomly assigned to varying activities throughout Baltimore City. Some projects included cleaning parking lots in South Baltimore, planting trees or even pruning community gardens. Ten lucky undergraduate students were assigned to Project PLASE and dedicated their time in service to the Beacon House Square facility.

Our small but noble group painted the cafeteria walls at 3601 Old Fredrick Road. Students were greeted by Hope Sanders, our part time executive assistant, Nia Hampton our new communications specialist, Robert Dangerfield our maintenance man and Pablo Tejeda, our new maintenance manager. Hope briefly explained how we provide housing and shelter to those in need. Robert followed with detailed instructions for the day. The students enjoyed a small snack and then quickly got to work adding a fresh coat of paint to the wall. They finished the job in just three hours! It was great to have a group of committed students on site for the day.

After the day of service ended students were asked to go back to the Homewood campus and participate in a reflection with the rest of the University. Going into the 10th year, the President’s Day of Service places hundreds of students in various nonprofits throughout Baltimore hoping to help students better connect to the city through service. Many students reflected on how they’ve found themselves caught in “the Hopkins bubble”. Spending a day in the City helped them realize how much and what they owe to Baltimore City. The Center of Social Concern also offers a paid summer internship to students at participating nonprofits. Project PLASE intends to snatch up a Hopkins intern next summer!





We Note the Passing of Frank Dearden, One of Our Founders

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Our dear friend, Frank Dearden, Jr., passed away on November 6, 2017 just shy of his 82nd birthday.  Frank was one of five university student founders of PLASE in 1974.  The other founders were Miriam Wallace, Eric Bergerson, Gregory M. Hunter and the Executive Director of PLASE, Mary C. Slicher.

Frank was a beloved, husband, father, and  grandfather, a friend to us and to many, including Baltimore’s homeless community, and an advocate for juvenile justice.

Please go to https://tinyurl.com/bmorefrank to RSVP for the memorial service and reception for Frank to be held at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on Saturday, November 25th at 3pm to celebrate his long active life.  And see his full obituary in the November 9 edition of the Baltimore Sun.

We offer our sincere condolences to the Dearden family.

Night of Monologues: More Success Stories on YouTube!

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“For me, the Night of Monologues represented bravery, honesty and most of all, integrity: gifts from the soul” expressed Harriet Cooper, an audience member at PLASE’s first Night of Monologues. PLASE hosted an evening of monologues at the Strand Theater in May, 2011 to give our courageous clients an opportunity to share their honest and heartfelt stories of homelessness and more importantly, of hope. Audience members were touched by the stories of raw emotion. The monologues and excerpts from the evening can be found on the PLASE YouTube channel. Please check out the inspirational monologues! 

Want to host a PLASE speaker at your school or work? Contact our Community Projects Coordinator at 410-837-1400 X 136.

Project PLASE Re-Awarded Seal of Excellence 5 Year Certification

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Mary Slicher, Executive Director of Project PLASE, receiving the Seal of Excellence certification from Doug Gansler, Maryland Attorney General, and Kevin Gillen, Metro President at TD Bank at Maryland Nonprofits’ 16th Annual Conference, November 2008
Mary Slicher, Executive Director of Project PLASE, receiving the Seal of Excellence certification from Doug Gansler, Maryland Attorney General, and Kevin Gillen, Metro President at TD Bank at Maryland Nonprofits’ 16th Annual Conference, November 2008

In 2013, Project PLASE was re-awarded the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organization’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing accredidation through the Standards for Excellence program.  PLASE was originally awarded the seal in 2008.

This ethics and accountability program for nonprofits scrutinizes areas such as sound financial management, compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, human resource policies, governance, board organization, fundraising, organizational transparency, and accountability.

Project PLASE was examined in depth by a peer review team before the certification was awarded. The Standards program in Maryland, which began in 1998, was the first of its kind in the nation, and PLASE was one of the first organizations to be certified under the Standards program.

According to Peter V. Berns, Executive Director of Maryland Nonprofits, “Organizations which are successful in the certification program should be commended for their commitment to excellence and integrity.”

Project PLASE is exceedingly proud of this accomplishment. The Seal not only validates what PLASE employees and volunteers have been doing for more than 41 years as valuable, but it also demonstrates to those not yet familiar with PLASE that we adhere to the highest standards and strict principles while providing exemplary care and service.