Archive for July 2009

Opening Ceremony Held for Renovated Building

July 30, 2009
FCC Executive Director Douglas Murphy and Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith

FCC Executive Director Douglas Murphy and Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith

The Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County took part in an opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday for it’s newly renovated building.  Speakers at the ceremony included Mary Harvey, the Director of the Baltimore County Office of Community Conservation, Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, Sally Wingo who represented Senator Barbara Mikulski, Senator Norman Stone, County Councilman John Olszewski, Sr., State Delegate Joseph J. Minnick, and State Delegate John Olszewski, Jr.  Following the ceremony, the speakers and FCC supporters took a tour of the new facility.

Executive and Clinical Director, Douglas Murphy stated, “The is the finest celebration and gift that the Family Crisis Center could receive during it’s 30th year of offering services for those experiencing domestic violence and family conflict in our community.”

Visit our website for pictures from the event.


Shelter Counselor Moves onto Peace Corps

July 30, 2009

ivy2Ivy Walker, a Shelter Counselor at the Family Crisis Center has recently been accepted in the United States Peace Corps.  Ivy will be headed to the Republic of Benin, on the west coast of Africa for 27 months.  She will be working in the areas of community development and education, focusing on working with young woman and girls.  Since high school, Ivy always had the dream of going into the Peace Corps.  After a long application and interview process, she was finally accepted.

Ivy stated, “Everyone at the Family Crisis Center has been supportive of me going to the Peace Corps.  It’s almost like an extension of what we do here, but on an international scale.  Of course you get a few jokes like ‘Oh, you could do the same thing here’.  But, the difference is for me, from what I see, is that the scale and level of poverty in Baltimore County and in Maryland is much less than what is the current state of Benin and West African countries that suffer from poor infrastructure.  Their people don’t get resources, and there is homelessness, and disease, and economic disparity. It’s much greater.”

Rebecca Foster, The Shelter Director at the Family Crisis Center stated, “I was sad to accept Ivy’s resignation.  But, once she explained to me where she was headed, I had to let her go.  Farewell Ivy.  I’m excited you have the opportunity to serve others in need in a foreign country.”

Get Your Tickets – FCC Benefit Concert

July 30, 2009

A concert benefiting the Family Crisis Center is being held on August 4th at 7:30 PM in Columbia, Maryland.  “Family to Family – A Concert to Benefit the Family Crisis Center” is being put on by pianist and composer Robert Hitz, who has been an important Family Crisis Center supporter.

This annual concert features Robert along with many other talented musicians who will be playing piano, guitar, flute, and singing.  You can order tickets online by visiting, and can also learn about the composers, get directions, or order a compilation CD.

Tickets are $10, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Family Crisis Center.  Join  us!

FCC Hires Food Service Manager

July 30, 2009

The Family Crisis Center is pleased to announce the hiring of a Food Service Manager to take control of the shelter’s recently renovated, state of the art kitchen.  Christopher Sharp has signed onto the position and will be making dinner for the shelter residents 7 days a week, as well as preparing lunches.  Having someone on staff to make sure the kitchen and pantry are stocked properly to serve the families staying at the shelter is essential to making the Center run smoothly.

Take a virtual tour of the new kitchen.

New Kitchen – Virtual Tour

MOMS Club of Perry Hall/White Marsh Donate To Center

July 20, 2009
Kelly MacDonnell, Tasha Gibson, Yolanda Moody, Debi Mikolowsky, Wendy Chaney, and their families donate items to the shelter

MOMS Club of Perry Hall/White Marsh and FCC Counselor Yolanda Moody

Members of the MOMS Club of Perry Hall/White Marsh came by the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County’s administrative offices this past Friday to make an in person gift to the Crisis Center.  Wendy Chaney, Kelly MacDonnell, Tasha Gibson, and Debi Mikolowsky, along with their families, delivered bags filled with essential care items that were on the Family Crisis Center’s wish list.

The tote bags contained diapers, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes, umbrellas, deodorant, skin care products, first aid supplies, Tylenol, grocery store gift cards, and more.  Yolanda Moody, a shelter counselor, accepted the donations on behalf of the Family Crisis Center and thanked the MOMS Club of Perry Hall/White Marsh for their donations.

The Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County was happy to be the recipient of these gifts from the MOMS Club and hopes to develop a long lasting partnership.  For information on how you can donate to the Family Crisis Center, visit our donation page.

FCC Job Opening- Food Service Manager

July 9, 2009

000_0060The Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County’s Safe Shelter, a residential facility, is looking for a Food Service Manager to organize food supplies, prepare meals and clean the kitchen. Facility houses adults with children for a combined total of 35.

Times: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM Monday-Friday
Must be able to pass background check and drug screening.
Salary: $23,400 Plus Benefits

Please fax or email your cover letter and resume.

Reply To: Rebecca Foster
Shelter Director
Fax Number: 410-285-0718

FCC Board President Grand Marshal of Parade

July 2, 2009

The President of the Board of the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Scott Holupka, is the Grand Marshal of this year’s 75th Dundalk Heritage Independence Day Parade, which is held on July 4th.  Here is an article from the Dundalk Eagle.

holupkaScott Holupka will be seeing the annual Dundalk Heritage Independence Day Parade from a new perspective this year: seated and riding.

The 2009 grand marshal of the parade is more accustomed to walking along the parade route carrying a bucket.

“It will be very different,” Holupka said. “This is the first time I’ve ridden in the parade. My voice won’t be as hoarse from shouting for donations.

“A part of me wants to have a bucket with me. But I can’t get out of the car, so that would make it more difficult.”

Holupka, a member of the Dundalk Renaissance Corp. board of directors and president of the Greater Dundalk Community Council, is the 2009 Dundalk Citizen of the Year and one of the two 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award winners for Dundalk High School.

The 1977 Dundalk High School graduate is also on the board of directors of the Baltimore County Family Crisis Center and is a senior research associate with the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies.

Holupka helped create the DRC in 2001. He was the first president of the organization and continues to play a major role in Dundalk revitalization plans.

Being grand marshal of the parade will help him in another way besides sparing wear and tear on his voice and feet.

“This is the first time in eons I’ll actually be able to see the entire parade,” he said. “As part of the parade, you don’t get to see all of it, but as grand marshal, you see it all from the review stand.”

Click here for a link to the full article.