Cove Properties Community Drives

Member Outreach ,

Staff and Residents of Cove Properties have been spreading holiday cheers, and giving back to the community with the following drives:

Toys for Tots Foundation- St. Mary's County Division:

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in St. Mary’s County is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in St. Mary’s County.

Food Drive (Donated to Three Oaks Center):

The concept and need for Three Oaks Center was first discussed in 1991 by a handful of community leaders who saw the increasing incidence of homelessness among men as a major concern in St. Mary’s County. In 1992, the group incorporated as a nonprofit, the first of a series of steps aimed at addressing the problem by concentrating energies and resources on the establishment and implementation of a transitional and emergency shelter for homeless men. 

Their vision matured in January of 1996 when the doors of the new facility on Lei Drive in Lexington Park were opened and the first individuals were served.In two years, it became clear through continuous local assessment that there was a need to expand supportive services and extend those new services to women and families. At this time, Three Oaks had only been providing these services to men. The Center also recognized that many of the most vulnerable in the homeless population were suffering from severe mental illness. The Center decided to make a special commitment to these people. In May of 1999, the Center submitted a grant application to the United States Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the purpose of providing permanent housing to the mentally ill. Having been chosen to receive these funds, the Center began providing those services in October 2000. Since then the Center has been awarded five additional HUD Permanent Supportive Housing grants and are currently providing those additional services.In 2003 the Center purchased 10 substandard townhouses in Lexington Park for $650,000 and then spent another $100,000 rehabilitating them. 

This project now provides an additional 10 units of supportive transitional housing for families, and also achieves the desired effect of significantly improving the neighborhood.The Center continues to participate in numerous community and agency meetings in an attempt to explore new ways in which to assist the St. Mary’s County community in providing much needed additional and improved services to homeless individuals and families. Three Oaks Center shares information and communicates regularly with other Supportive Housing providers in St Mary’s County with the idea that by working together, these organizations can maximize the amount of services provided while minimizing any unneeded duplication.

Gently Used Toy Drive (Donated to St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center, Inc. Loveville, MD):‚Äč

St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center provides comprehensive health care, counseling, adult education and social work to individuals and families who lack access to health insurance. Established in 1993 as a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Center is committed to raising the health status and quality of life of individuals and families.
The Center serves approximately 3,500 individuals (22,000 visits) per year. Patients and clients come primarily from the Rochester area and surrounding counties; however, there are no geographic or other limitations to service. Any uninsured or underinsured individual is welcome.
·         In the last year, the average number of monthly patient and client appointments increased 70 percent.
·         70 percent of our patients and clients are the working poor.
·         Approximately 1000 walk-in clients are served each year with use of the Center's telephone, fax/copier and mailing address.  Bread, hygiene bags, and referrals for food/clothing/shelter and apartment rentals are also provided.

Villas at Rockville Angel Tree:

Cove Property's Villas at Rockville took part in a charity event on December 2nd featuring the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program. The program started in Lynchburg, VA in 1979 with the mission to provide gifts of toys and clothing to children in the community who might not have anything for Christmas. The children's names are written on paper angels and placed on the tree. Attendees of the event pick a name from the tree to donate a holiday gift to. Attendees were also encouraged to bring canned or boxed food items to donate to Manna Food Bank. 

Getting Festive:

In addition to giving back to the community, Cove Management properties Villas at Greenview and Park Villas Apartments decorated for the holidays, and had a visit from santa for their staff and property residents. 

Keep doing good things and helping out those in need!