A Baltimore Raven will be in Reisterstown Friday night at an event that has absolutely nothing to do with football.
Instead, wide receiver Torrey Smith will let his dreadlocks down and host a holiday party for residents of Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More. The event is not open to the public.
The shelter houses families, single women, men with children and married couples who are homeless, and many residents who are victims of domestic violence. The shelter provides meals, job assistance, case management, housing assistance and refers residents to other services like group therapy and substance abuse treatment.
The shelter’s services work perfectly in concert with the Torrey Smith Foundation, which focuses on helping at-risk youth and those who have been affected by domestic violence.
“I was in my car and I got a voice message from Torrey Smith saying he was interested in talking to us,” said Mary Rode, senior vice president of program services at St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. The community services nonprofit starting running the Reisterstown shelter on November 12, about two months after Baltimore County accepted its bid to take the shelter under its wing.
St. Vincent de Paul provides a wide range of services to more than 50,000 people dealing with the effects of hunger, homelessness and poverty in the Baltimore metro area each year. The organization runs programs similar to its Reisterstown shelter in Baltimore City, and also offers a food program and a shelter for homeless men.
Rode’s hope is that Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More has just begun a long-term relationship with Smith. The NFL player also plans to have dinner on Christmas Eve at the shelter with his family.
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