Sue is Bethesda Cares’ Executive Director. She works tirelessly to help the most vulnerable in our community, always willing to do whatever it takes to support Bethesda Cares’ clients, and invariably with good cheer. She is deeply involved in all policy and advocacy matters affecting our clients, all of whom she knows by name. Sue’s undergraduate degree is in psychology and social work; she also holds an MBA in Organizational Development.
Wendy is our Housing Stabilization Counselor. She works with clients facing financial crises to assist them with overdue rent or utility bills. In this work, she coordinates with state agencies and other nonprofit groups. Wendy has worked on poverty issues and issues effecting homeless people on the national, state and local levels. She ran a House Committee on Government Operations that initiated groundbreaking hearings and legislation on public housing, homelessness and community development. She has also worked with several governors, advising them on issues facing low-income residents. Wendy authored Working to End Homelessness: A Manual for States. She has also worked with many local programs, including soup kitchens and mobile outreach vans.
“Blake” is our Lunch Program/Clothing Closet/Shower Coordinator. He is the face of the lunch program and receiver of the food donations; he coordinates meals and oversees our volunteers. Blake also picks and delivers clothing to the closet and supervises a once a week shower program. To read more about Blake, click here for a profile on his work with us in the New York Times.
Amy is Bethesda Cares’ first Development Director. A former litigator, Amy left the law to raise her children. When she returned to work it was in the nonprofit world, focusing on international issues. Over time Amy realized she wanted to concentrate on improving her own community; after a brief stint with Montgomery County’s Office of Community Partnerships, she consulted with some of Montgomery County’s leading social service providers before hanging her hat at Bethesda Cares. Her weekly blog, exploring our own humanity through the prism of homelessness, is on the Huffington Post, here.
Andrea is a Clinical Social Worker. She provides psychotherapy and case management services to clients who are transitioning from homelessness into permanent supportive housing. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland and completed the Two Year Adult Psychotherapy Program at the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has experience with diverse populations and works collaboratively with clients to best serve their individual needs.
John is the Director of Outreach and Special Projects at Bethesda Cares. John’s objective is to coordinate an “exit strategy” for individuals experiencing homelessness. John has multiple levels of experience in “best practice” programs and policy development, including activities associated with CoC systems, State Interagency Councils, and Federal policy initiatives. John has also served as Coordinator for the Bethesda Chapter of 100,000 HOMES Campaign since joining the campaign in 2011. John has received multiple awards for his work to end homelessness, including recognition from U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Washington DC for his work through HUD-VASH and being named the recipient of the 2012 Dr. Wayne Fenton Memorial Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Montgomery County. In addition, John had the distinct honor of being Congressman Chris Van Hollen’s guest at President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address to Congress.
Eduardo is an Outreach Specialist at Bethesda Cares. Having worked in social services throughout Montgomery County since 2006, Eduardo is specialized in Spanish language outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness, conflict resolution, mediation, counseling, and cultural barriers that exist for Latino populations. Eduardo obtained his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. In addition, Eduardo served as associate pastor at Montrose Baptist Church from 2001-2006.
Eddie is the day to day meal provider and the face at the clothing closet. He and Blake work together to assure meals are ready for our clients and that clothes are picked up and distributed. Eddie is also quite a handyman!
Eager to talk with those wanting to volunteer at Bethesda Cares, Elizabeth, a volunteer herself, is the Volunteer Coordinator for our weekday and Saturday lunch programs, as well as for our main office. A dedicated member of our team, Elizabeth is delighted to talk with those interested in donating time to Bethesda Cares whether individuals, families or groups, and is always open to ideas of different ways to assist our clients. She can be reached at: elizabethsnape48ATgmail.com.