Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More establishes youth mentoring program following $10,000 donation from Point Breeze Credit Union

Donation from local credit union will support programming, re-housing and the creation of a new youth mentoring program

HUNT VALLEY, MD (April 18, 2018) — Point Breeze Credit Union has donated $10,000 to Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More, a program run by St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. The funds will be used to start a mentoring program for middle and high school-aged students living at the shelter.

Homeless children experience low self-esteem, shame and are victims of bullying at higher rates than their peers in more stable housing.  This new mentoring program will provide an outlet and help instill a sense of belonging.

Sarah’s Hope is an emergency program that ¬¬provides shelter and basic essentials for families dealing with homelessness. Its mission is to ‘re-house’ families by helping them move into permanent housing. Sarah’s Hope serves roughly 25 families at a time and provides hot meals, youth activities and tutoring, adult education classes, case management, housing placement and referrals.

“We’re so grateful for Point Breeze for their generous donation, which is our most significant contribution to date this year,” said Michelle Boyle, Vice President of Development and Communications at St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. “It will allow us to continue to help the families in our care and start a crucial mentoring program for older children.”

In addition to the mentoring program, Point Breeze’s donation will help provide Move-In Kits. As each family transitions to permanent housing, Sarah’s Hope assembles items such as sheets, blankets, kitchen wares, and cleaning supplies in a Move-In Kit to help welcome them to their new home and smooth the transition.

“We’re pleased to help such an incredible organization provide for families in need. Sarah’s Hope plays a significant role in helping these members of our community gain long-term self-sufficiency,” said Bernie McLaughlin, President and CEO of Point Breeze Credit Union. “It’s our mission to better the lives of our members and our communities. Our support of local organizations like Sarah’s Hope is just one of the ways we strive to continue to help the communities that we serve.”

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About Point Breeze Credit Union

Point Breeze Credit Union is one of Maryland’s largest credit unions, with over 62,000 members and approximate assets of $940 million. A full-service financial institution that is member-owned and not-for-profit, Point Breeze offers easy, reliable banking through offices in Hunt Valley, Rosedale, Bel Air, Westminster, and Owings Mills, as well as more than 5,600 Shared Branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide. Membership in Point Breeze is open to individuals who work, worship, or volunteer within 20 miles of a Point Breeze location. Point Breeze is federally insured by NCUA and an Equal Housing Opportunity lender. For more information, visit

About St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore

For more than 150 years, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore (SVDP) has been a leading provider of community services to people suffering from the effects of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Baltimore, Maryland. Since starting its first parish conference in 1865, SVDP has greatly expanded, building programs consistent with community needs and service trends under five service areas: Homelessness and Supportive Housing, Child and Family Services, Workforce Development, Access to Healthy Food, and Emergency Assistance. SVDP helps thousands of people through comprehensive services that have a singular focus: To ensure those impacted by poverty have the skills and resources to achieve their full potential. SVDP has a proven record of providing impactful services to people suffering from the effects of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Helping people overcome poverty, SVDP employs a staff of 289 who provide services through 18 distinct programs at 13 sites in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

About Sarah’s Hope, Hannah More

Sarah’s Hope, Hannah More is a comprehensive 85-bed shelter serving homeless families in Baltimore County. Services include meals, youth activities and tutoring, adult education classes, case management, housing placement and referrals. Hannah More offers all homeless individuals, regardless of income or substance abuse or mental health issues, the opportunity to access resources under the guidance of trained staff, who work to engage clients and help them fully take advantage of Sarah Hope- Hannah More’s resources.


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