Hope Has a New Home Capital Campaign

Mary's Shelter Renovation
 
Mary’s Shelter began the process of acquiring the decommissioned Navy Marine Reserve Center on Kenhorst Blvd. in 2006. The military closure process took more than 7 years to complete. Mary’s Shelter then embarked upon a full building study which included: utility studies, identifying areas of remediation, full building measurements, new design drawings and codes assessments specific to housing women and children. Throughout that time the Board of Directors had been silently campaigning and making personal commitments to the project. Active solicitations began in 2016.

The Board of Directors strategically planned the 2.8 million dollar campaign with five specific targets for fundraising. The plan enabled Mary’s Shelter to address some immediate concerns, preserve the integrity of the building and plan for opening.

With the exterior work completed in 2016, the interior mechanical, electrical, and sprinkler system work began in January 2017. During this time, the individual rooms were studded out, and the blue prints on paper came to life. You can now visualize the living room, bedrooms and everyone sitting around the dining room table for dinner. It is very exciting to witness this transformation and truly reminds me of the lives we are transforming every day. The rough exterior softens, the heart opens to new possibilities and opportunities, and the mothers can imagine a better life ahead.
March 1, 2018 the new facility was open.

Your support will change lives for generations to come.

Thank you,

Christine Folk-Orth
Executive Director
 
 

 
Jess Cwiklinski (1933-2017)
 
“Mary’s Shelter will always hold a very special place in my heart”

I first met Jess at the Monday night bingo which supported Mary’s Shelter. Several church groups would rotate volunteering at the bingo, but you could count on Jess being there every Monday from start to finish. Her fun-loving personality, enthusiasm and obvious love for Mary’s Shelter were contagious. It was impossible to say no when she asked for help with any project. Over the years, Jess became my friend, teacher and mentor.

Jess had a life-long love of learning. She received her nursing degree from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Kutztown University to become a school nurse in the Reading School District. While working the two jobs, she continued to take courses and received her Master’s Degree in Education, and eventually became a vice principal at Reading High School.

Jess joined the Mary’s Shelter Board of Directors in 1995 and helped design many of the educational programs that continue today. Her passion for teaching could only be outdone by her pure love for the mothers and babies. Jess’ unconditional acceptance and spark for life placed the mothers at ease instantly. The occasional pizza and box of donuts was always a hit too.

Through the years, as Mary’s Shelter grew and expanded into multiple locations and added new services for families, Jess was leading the way. She was a champion and advocate for those in need. No project was too big or too small, and if we helped just one person, then it was the right thing to do.

In 2010, Jess ended her tenure on the Board of Directors but never left our hearts or our minds. She “took a leap of faith” and made the first donation to our new building project, even before the government process was completed, saying “I have faith in Mary’s Shelter and you”. Unknown to us, Jess continued her legacy of love and faith with a bequest to Mary’s Shelter in the form of an endowment and educational fund. Her amazing gifts will continue to change lives and inspire generations to come. We are honored to have the Jess Cwiklinski Family Resource Center dedicated to educating and serving our community.

Jess Cwiklinski’s life story and amazing works will be featured on our website in the next few weeks. Check in frequently, as the staff and friends share personal remembrances.
 

 
Adopt-A-Room Sponsors
 
Bedroom #1 - Altrusa International, Inc.
Bedroom #2 - Penske Women’s Network
Bedroom #3 - St. John Center Lutheran Church
Bedroom #4 - Berkshire Systems Group, Inc.
Bedroom #5 - SAH, Inc.
Bedroom #6 - Rob and Celeste March
Bedroom #7 - Gallen Insurance
Bedroom #8 - Wyomissing Rotary
Bedroom #9 - CrossKeys Insurance
Bedroom #10 - High Point Baptist Chapel Dessert Ladies
Dining Room #1 - Altrusa International, Inc.
Living Room #1 - Penske Women’s Network
Community Room - Contemporary Insurance Inc.
Bedroom #11 - Penske Women’s Network
Bedroom #12 - Harvest Bible Chapel Reading
Bedroom #13 - Penske Women’s Network
Bedroom #14 - Penn National Gaming, Inc.
Bedroom #15 - St. John Baptist De LaSalle Church
Bedroom #16 - Harvest Bible Chapel Reading
Bedroom #17 - Iron Mountains LLC
Bedroom #18 - Iron Mountains LLC
Bedroom #19 - Berks Community Action Program
Bedroom #20 - Valetta Painter Eshbach, Holly Martin & Billy Myers
Living Room #2 - Meyer Design Inc.
Dining Room #2 - Meyer Design Inc.
CertaPro Painters
 

 
Campaign Donor List

Click here for a complete donor list.
 

Gift In Kind Contributors
 
Burkey Corporation
Berkshire Systems Group
B & G Glass
SS. Constantine and Helen Church
Gail McKim
Keystone Instant Printing
Mastercraft Woodworking Company, Inc
Dr. Timothy Malak

A special Thank you to all the subcontractors who worked with Burkey Corporation and Mary’s Shelter on this unique project!



 
Mary’s Shelter supports families in the community and works to prevent homelessness 
through housing, education and social service programs.
 

Mary's Shelter Renovation
 
Mary’s Shelter began the process of acquiring the decommissioned Navy Marine Reserve Center on Kenhorst Blvd. in 2006. The military closure process took more than 7 years to complete. Mary’s Shelter then embarked upon a full building study which included: utility studies, identifying areas of remediation, full building measurements, new design drawings and codes assessments specific to housing women and children. Throughout that time the Board of Directors had been silently campaigning and making personal commitments to the project. Active solicitations began in 2016.

The Board of Directors strategically planned the 2.8 million dollar campaign with five specific targets for fundraising. The plan enabled Mary’s Shelter to address some immediate concerns, preserve the integrity of the building and plan for opening.

With the exterior work completed in 2016, the interior mechanical, electrical, and sprinkler system work began in January 2017. During this time, the individual rooms were studded out, and the blue prints on paper came to life. You can now visualize the living room, bedrooms and everyone sitting around the dining room table for dinner. It is very exciting to witness this transformation and truly reminds me of the lives we are transforming every day. The rough exterior softens, the heart opens to new possibilities and opportunities, and the mothers can imagine a better life ahead.
March 1, 2018 the new facility was open.

Your support will change lives for generations to come.

Thank you,

Christine Folk-Orth
Executive Director
 
 

 
Jess Cwiklinski (1933-2017)
 
“Mary’s Shelter will always hold a very special place in my heart”

I first met Jess at the Monday night bingo which supported Mary’s Shelter. Several church groups would rotate volunteering at the bingo, but you could count on Jess being there every Monday from start to finish. Her fun-loving personality, enthusiasm and obvious love for Mary’s Shelter were contagious. It was impossible to say no when she asked for help with any project. Over the years, Jess became my friend, teacher and mentor.

Jess had a life-long love of learning. She received her nursing degree from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Kutztown University to become a school nurse in the Reading School District. While working the two jobs, she continued to take courses and received her Master’s Degree in Education, and eventually became a vice principal at Reading High School.

Jess joined the Mary’s Shelter Board of Directors in 1995 and helped design many of the educational programs that continue today. Her passion for teaching could only be outdone by her pure love for the mothers and babies. Jess’ unconditional acceptance and spark for life placed the mothers at ease instantly. The occasional pizza and box of donuts was always a hit too.

Through the years, as Mary’s Shelter grew and expanded into multiple locations and added new services for families, Jess was leading the way. She was a champion and advocate for those in need. No project was too big or too small, and if we helped just one person, then it was the right thing to do.

In 2010, Jess ended her tenure on the Board of Directors but never left our hearts or our minds. She “took a leap of faith” and made the first donation to our new building project, even before the government process was completed, saying “I have faith in Mary’s Shelter and you”. Unknown to us, Jess continued her legacy of love and faith with a bequest to Mary’s Shelter in the form of an endowment and educational fund. Her amazing gifts will continue to change lives and inspire generations to come. We are honored to have the Jess Cwiklinski Family Resource Center dedicated to educating and serving our community.

Jess Cwiklinski’s life story and amazing works will be featured on our website in the next few weeks. Check in frequently, as the staff and friends share personal remembrances.
 

 
Adopt-A-Room Sponsors
 
Bedroom #1 - Altrusa International, Inc.
Bedroom #2 - Penske Women’s Network
Bedroom #3 - St. John Center Lutheran Church
Bedroom #4 - Berkshire Systems Group, Inc.
Bedroom #5 - SAH, Inc.
Bedroom #6 - Rob and Celeste March
Bedroom #7 - Gallen Insurance
Bedroom #8 - Wyomissing Rotary
Bedroom #9 - CrossKeys Insurance
Bedroom #10 - High Point Baptist Chapel Dessert Ladies
Dining Room #1 - Altrusa International, Inc.
Living Room #1 - Penske Women’s Network
Community Room - Contemporary Insurance Inc.
Bedroom #11 - Penske Women’s Network
Bedroom #12 - Harvest Bible Chapel Reading
Bedroom #13 - Penske Women’s Network
Bedroom #14 - Penn National Gaming, Inc.
Bedroom #15 - St. John Baptist De LaSalle Church
Bedroom #16 - Harvest Bible Chapel Reading
Bedroom #17 - Iron Mountains LLC
Bedroom #18 - Iron Mountains LLC
Bedroom #19 - Berks Community Action Program
Bedroom #20 - Valetta Painter Eshbach, Holly Martin & Billy Myers
Living Room #2 - Meyer Design Inc.
Dining Room #2 - Meyer Design Inc.
CertaPro Painters
 

 
Campaign Donor List

Click here for a complete donor list.
 

Gift In Kind Contributors
 
Burkey Corporation
Berkshire Systems Group
B & G Glass
SS. Constantine and Helen Church
Gail McKim
Keystone Instant Printing
Mastercraft Woodworking Company, Inc
Dr. Timothy Malak

A special Thank you to all the subcontractors who worked with Burkey Corporation and Mary’s Shelter on this unique project!



 
Mary’s Shelter supports families in the community and works to prevent homelessness 
through housing, education and social service programs.