Annual Report

Letter from the Board Chair and President

Dear Friends, 

Mary’s Center has had an impressive year, full of many celebrations and achievements that reflect our continued strategic growth. In the past 12 months, we have won more than 15 awards that honor everything from our standards of care to team performance, thus speaking to our breadth of success and commitment to our values. These values insist that our entire team is P.A.R.T. (Patient-Centered, Accountable, Respectful and Team-oriented), of building a strong community.

Our success was further demonstrated by the final report we received from the Urban Institute and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on our Social Change Model. We have long been proud of our innovative Model as we have witnessed how the comprehensive care benefits our participants. Therefore, with the results of the evaluation, we hope to draw attention to the way our model can be adapted throughout the country, and even, internationally. Overall, the report, demonstrates that providing quality care across diverse programs resulted in healthier participants. 

Additionally, we unveiled our newly rebranded image to better reflect the diversity of the population we presently serve and the exponential growth of our services. We decided to undergo an extensive analysis of our brand including our logo, tagline, and online platform to demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as we expand our programs. Through this process, we decided to keep our name, Mary’s Center, as our research showed our name carries tremendous value and prestige. Meanwhile, we made the necessary changes to allow our image to better mirror the values of our organization. Our rebranding stresses above all else that Mary’s Center provides equitable and quality care to all, with an aura of openness, friendliness, and competence.  

Another big project that kept us busy in the past year was the opening of our new location in Silver Spring, Maryland. Montgomery County is showing an increased need for our services as our original site on Flower Avenue, which opened 10 years ago, was consistently booked to capacity. At our new location on 344 University Boulevard West, we have more than thirty rooms, effectively serving three times as many participants with our diverse range of services including, medical, behavioral health, and for the first time in Maryland, complete dental services. 

Thank you to everyone who has helped to make these extraordinary services possible, especially Adventist Healthcare, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, the Meltzer Group, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and the State of Maryland for being the first to commit to growing much needed services in Maryland. Support from our community —whether that is through donations, attendance at our events, or the use of Mary’s Center’s services— enables us to innovate and improve our services. We invite you to browse this annual report to fully understand our impact on DC and Maryland, and we hope that you will be inspired by what you see. 

Warm regards,

Stuart Butler | Board Chair

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Maria S. Gomez | President and CEO 

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