(text message to an MHP staff member from a grateful resident)
While 2020 has brought many dark, difficult moments, we take pleasure in this season of light and hope for brighter days ahead.
I am particularly proud of our staff's response to the pandemic, including MHP's dedicated COVID outreach team. They are helping residents who are challenged by food insecurity, income loss, and other issues. Although we are operating in a distanced fashion, our staff is very present for our residents and working hard to bring a sense of security and normalcy.
We know we are having an impact from the many touching expressions of gratitude. Just a few days ago, a member of our team received a heartfelt thank you for grocery store gift cards from a resident who is struggling financially (see message above).
As we take stock in our many blessings, including family and home, I want to thank you for the light that you bring as a supporter of our work.Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy holiday season.
Robert A. Goldman
PS: The theme of our annual celebration of MHP's impact this year is Dreams Begin @ Home. While we typically celebrate in a hotel ballroom, of course this year was different. We shared our successes and vision by streaming the celebration on-line. Take a lookhere.
Thank You for Bringing Holiday Cheer!
Thank you for supporting MHP's holiday campaign to provide gifts to more than 300 of our young residents. This effort is more important than ever this year, with so many families struggling. We adapted the program and you adapted along with us, whether it was shopping from our Amazon wishlist or volunteering to wrap in a safe, distanced way. We are very grateful, and so are the kids!
MHP Helps Create Little Libraries
MHP is proud to have played a role in strengthening neighborhoods by bringing Little Free Libraries to Wheaton communities, a collaborative effort recently recognized by Montgomery County. This project has deeper meaning during the pandemic era, when access to public libraries has been curtailed and people are longing for connection.
Little Free Libraries are book-sharing boxes that provide free community access to donated books at all times. You can choose to donate books to share or to take a book.
The Greater Silver Spring Civitans Club and Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association (GFNCA) teamed up to create and maintain two Little Free Libraries in the Wheaton community. A key catalyst for the effort was MHP sending four GFNCA board members to community leadership training offered by NeighborWorks America, which granted GFNCA $2,000 for the project. Read more here.
(photo by Source of the Spring)
For more than 30 years, MHP has created quality affordable homes in Montgomery County and the surrounding region. MHP has developed more than 2,200 affordable apartments, condos, and townhomes. We also work to enhance the vitality of the neighborhoods where affordable housing is located and offer Community Life Programs to provide opportunities for residents, including more than 350 school-aged children.