View a PDF copy our 2019/2020 print annual report here.
Presidential Administration Opens Up to Mary’s Center
In March 2020, President Biden invited Lyda Vanegas, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, to participate in a roundtable on the American Rescue Plan at the White House. This was a significant moment in Mary’s Center history, the first opportunity we had to discuss our work directly with a sitting president. The momentum continued in April 2020 when we had the immense honor of hosting the Second Gentleman, Mr. Doug Emhoff, along with Congressman Jamie Raskin, for a visit to our Silver Spring site. Mr. Emhoff chose Mary’s Center specifically because of our direct outreach to get our participants vaccinated.
Mary’s Center Responds to the COVID-19 Crisis
From the start of the pandemic, Mary’s Center has been there for our community. As of June 30, 2021, we conducted over 20,000 COVID-19 tests and administered over 18,000 vaccines to over 10,000 community members. We also provided direct relief to those in need, including $2 million distributed to 1,500 families, $1 million distributed to 150 childcare providers, over 1,000 laptops distributed to students, and over 360 food boxes delivered to seniors. Additionally, Mary’s Center providers answered the call from media and other organizations looking for experts to give clarity and perspective on the situation, resulting in over 150 media stories and dozens of virtual presentations.
Mary’s Center Addresses Societal Injustices
In response to the national movement for racial equity in 2020, Mary’s Center renewed our commitment to provide the high-quality services that address the sources and consequences of trauma our communities are confronting and to pursuing the necessary systemic changes to free our community from trauma and to heal existing wounds. Our internal Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness (IDEA) committee grew to include over 10% of the staff, all working toward these goals. In April 2020 the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) selected Mary’s Center President and CEO Maria Gomez as one of nine members of a national advisory panel to provide guidance on its new National Health Equity Strategy, working to confront the nation’s crisis in racial health disparities.
Mary’s Center Covers the Cost of Over $7.7 Million in Free Care
Mary’s Center is extremely grateful for the generosity and commitment of our donors, which helped us cover the cost of over $7.7 million in free medical, dental, and behavioral health care for our most under-resourced participants. In the past five years, this generosity has enabled us to provide $37 million in free care. By covering these costs, Mary’s Center can give our community members access to the latest treatment trends, resulting in high quality patient care outcomes for our most under-resourced patients.
Mary’s Center Brings Dental Care to Maryland
In July 2020, we opened the dental suite at the Silver Spring location, bringing dental care to Maryland for the first time. This new dental suite, made possible with support from the Robert I. Schattner Foundation, allows us to serve nearly 3,500 participants a year. In addition to dental services, we also provide medical, behavioral health, social services, health education, and nutrition services at this location.
Mary’s Center and Briya Public Charter School Celebrate Three Awards from The Washington Post 2021 Top Workplaces
The Mary’s Center & Briya Public Charter School partnership made the list of Washington Post 2021 Top Workplaces in the Greater Washington, DC area. This is the fourth time in 6 years that Mary’s Center received this recognition, and the second time receiving it together with Briya. Mary’s Center President and CEO Maria Gomez was honored with the Large Workplace Leadership Award, and Mary’s Center and Briya in addition to receiving the Top Workplace award were also recognized with the national Top Workplaces Woman-Led Culture Excellence Award, a testament to the many incredible women on our staff leading at all levels of the organization.
Awards and Recognitions
Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) selected Mary’s Center President and CEO Maria Gomez as Local Hero of the Week in April 2020 because of her advocacy and commitment to get Maryland residents tested and vaccinated for Covid-19.
Dr. Maria Marquez, pediatrician and medical director at Fort Totten, and Veronica Hernandez, BHAP Supervisor, were named COVID-19 Hispanic Heroes in September 2020 by El Tiempo Latino, one of the region’s Latino newspapers. Dr. Marquez and Veronica were selected among hundreds of nominations in the DC area for making a difference in our community through their work and commitment during this pandemic.
Briya was named a 2020 Literacy Awards Best Practice Honoree by the Library of Congress in September 2020. These awards celebrate organizations in the U.S. and worldwide that use innovative, replicable methods to promote literacy.
Mary’s Center earned a 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.
Mary’s Center was designated as a 2020 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index.
Once again, Mary’s Center was recertified as a Federally Qualified Health Center for three more years by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), verifying that we meet the highest standards set by the federal government.
Mary’s Center’s Behavioral Health Department was certified as meeting the highest performance standards by the Council on Accreditation (COA), the leading accreditation organization for human and social services providers in the country.
Mary’s Center was announced as one of the 2020 Top-Rated Nonprofits by GreatNonProfits. This rating is earned from the number of reviews posted on the GreatNonprofits website by people who know us and expressed their positive experience.