So many needs [Editorial]

There are all kinds of needs in Harford County. Much of the time, it seems there will never be enough money to meet all of those needs.

While that is mostly true, there are plenty of examples of people and organizations defying that truism with their overwhelming generosity. So many times, when someone opens the pages of The Aegis there are stories of more gracious giving. Wednesday’s edition was but another example.

The Harford Family House received a $25,000 donation from Movement Mortgage, a national company with 640 locations, including a dozen or so in Maryland. The Harford Family House, according to its website, “is the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children and unaccompanied adults ages 18-24 in Harford County. We are the only organization in Harford County capable of keeping an intact family, including father, together during the crises of homelessness.”

Not long before the Movement Mortgage gift, the Harford Family House received another $25,000 donation from the Society of Italian American Businessmen. Robin Tomechko, CEO of the Harford Family House, said the members of the Society of Italian Businessmen are “wonderful friends, partners and philanthropists with truly caring hearts for our mission and the families that we serve.”

Tomechko added “these men have cleaned and set up apartments at our complex, volunteered at our events, served as board and committee members, and just weeks ago donated $25,000 to Harford Family House through [their] own annual grant process.”

There’s a real need for what the Harford Family House does, but that’s also a real $50,000 for the cause.

The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center also tackles a real need. Its mission is to be “a lifeline for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking by providing safe haven, advocacy, resources, and hope in Harford County.”

Not quite a month ago, the organization held one of its largest fundraisers - the popular Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes event. In this, its 10th year, it raised $64,000.

“Walk A Mile in Her Shoes’ goal is very much the same today as it was when we held it our first time 10 years ago,” Luisa Caiazzo, SARC’s CEO, said. “The need for education and awareness surrounding sexual assault and domestic violence has proven its importance within our community, as we’ve served more than 2,000 women and children and answered nearly 2,200 helpline calls in just in the past year alone.”

That’s quite a need, indeed.

And as happens so often in Harford County, someone or many someones step up to do what they can, raising the money they can and helping those most in need.

Established in 1978 after a year-long grassroots effort by Harford County residents reacting to the lack of services and support for victims of sexual violence according to its website, SARC is the only full-service domestic violence agency and the primary Rape Crisis Center in Harford County.

Whether it’s helping the homeless or victims of sexual violence or simply helping others in need, Harford County residents have a generations-long tradition of helping those in need. Everyone living or working here should be not only proud of that practice, but also thankful for it.

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