Reflections on a Year Past

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Changes aren’t permanent. But change is.

Geddy Lee/Neil Peart/RUSH

This time of year always brings a reflection on the achievements and transformations of the past year. This is especially true for Seton Center. 2019 saw us celebrating our 50th anniversary. We have changed in many ways since our humble beginnings as a day care center.

With change, comes growth. Seton Center has evolved into a dynamic force in northern Frederick county. Through collaboration with many of the agencies and programs in the county, we have raised awareness of the need to provide more services to this part of the county to children, families, and seniors, and we have developed several solutions.

We added new programs that provide opportunities for our neighbors to build their resources and partnerships to empower them to bring positive change to their lives. For example, the Tech Café meets on the first Thursday of each month to help with any IT questions people may have. One of Technology Guides is a Getting Ahead graduate! Also, the Frederick Community College began conducting free GED classes at Seton Center.  The first group of 16 participants completed the eight-week program in December and a second group began in January.

The DePaul Dental program continues to provide access to dental care, as well as educating the community on the importance of dental care through the DePaul Dental Health Club. This unique approach is influencing many to look at oral health in a more holistic way.

The Bridges Out of Poverty initiative is entering a new phase this year. At our October symposium, we introduced the framework for overcoming poverty. This sparked interest with many Frederick County agencies to take on this concept to overcome poverty. The year 2020 will see this program spread across the county with Seton Center leading the way!

Of course none of this would be possible without our generous donors and benefactors, whose gifts and grants make our work possible. We could also not serve the community in the capacity we do without our family of dedicated volunteers sharing their experience, time, and talents. And of course, we are grateful for friends like YOU. I hope this new year brings you happiness and health.