Annual Report

Letter from the President and the Board Chair

Dear Friends,  

Mary’s Center has undergone dramatic transformations since we opened our doors 30 years ago. We’ve gone from 10 pioneering employees serving 200 participants in a basement in Adams Morgan in Washington DC, to more than 600 employees serving nearly 50,000 participants at eight locations in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Our offerings have also expanded to a wide array of services, including behavioral health, dental care, HIV prevention and treatment, primary care, and workforce development programs in partnership with Briya Public Charter School. Through all of these changes, our commitment to serving low-resourced participants and helping them build better, healthier futures and climb the economic ladder remains our primary focus. 

To that end, we have strengthened our outreach and services for veterans and the LGBTQIA community. We have also increased our capacity to help people addicted to heroin and other opioids on their recovery journey and doubled the number of participants in our Medication Assisted Treatment Program to over 350 people. We additionally hit the 1000-patient milestone in our innovative Telemedicine program, which launched in 2017, and, in 2019 we plan to open a new center in Montgomery County, which will gradually replace our over-capacitated existing site in Silver Spring. Presently, we are providing behavioral health services at this new site where the need is urgent, but the new center will offer our comprehensive social change model, including the introduction of dental services for the first time in the state of Maryland. 

We will not rest on our laurels, however. While celebrating the achievements of the past, we recognize that there is still much work to be done. For example, many in our region still lack health insurance and we have to raise funds to defray the $6 million in free care that we gave this past year. In addition, we face the possibility of budget cuts to Medicaid and other health programs. 

Through all of these difficulties, however, we will continue to forge ahead. Our 30th anniversary year marks the start of a bright future of further growth and even greater impact. This impact is made possible because of the dedication and innovation of our Board of Directors and staff, as well as the commitment of thousands of volunteers, including individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors, as well as our partners, whose unwavering support sustains our work. Together we will make sure that the community we serve has access to affordable, quality care, as well as educational and economic opportunities, which enable them to fulfill their highest potential. Their success is our country’s most valuable asset. 

Warm regards, 

Stuart Butler | Board Chair

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Maria S. Gomez | President and CEO 

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