Local volunteer group honored for work with elderly, disabled


August 27, 1996|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CLAUDIA ROBERTSON and L.O.V.E. (Ladies Organized for Volunteering and Encouragement)have been honored for dedicated service by the Howard County Representative Payee Program, which helps the elderly and disabled with financial matters.

Robertson, former coordinator of the payee program, received a leadership plaque from the payee board, a certificate of merit from the Maryland State Department of Human Resources and a citation from Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Robertson and co-chairwoman Thelma Spence developed the Howard County program five years ago. L.O.V.E members are women from the Columbia Baptist Fellowship, which sponsors the program.

Volunteers from the Howard County community are invited to join the group for monthly training sessions held the second Wednesday of every month except January, February and March at the Oakland Mills Village center. The meetings last from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The program matches volunteers with elderly or disabled adults to provide financial guidance with budgets, paying bills, visits to the Social Security office and bank transactions.

The payee program began in 1984 under the auspices of the Maryland Department of Human Resources' Adult and Community Services Administration. It is active in Baltimore and in 11 Maryland counties.

Volunteers, or adults who would like to be considered for the program may call (410) 730-2026.

Parish welcomes sister

The parishioners of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic parish -- which meets at the Oakland Mills Meeting House -- officially welcomed Sister Janis McQuade of the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sunday.

Sister Janis arrived this month to be the new parish life associate. She previously served in Chapel Hill, N.C., and was pastoral administrator at Holy Cross and St. Mary Star of the Sea parishes in Baltimore.

Life's circle brings Sister Janis and Pastor Richard Tillman together in the same parish once again. Sister Janis taught at St. Mary Star of the Sea when Tillman was a curate at that parish.

Sister Janis will be assuming some of the responsibilities of St. John's assistant Father Michael Murphy, who is teaching religion at Mount St. Joseph High School.

Pub Date: 8/27/96

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