Helping individuals with disabilities for 60 years with educational, residential, vocational and day services for children and adults ages 5 and older.
School programs include: functional academics; speech therapy; psychological, psychiatric, social work, counseling and case management; assistive technology; physical and occupational therapy; vocational and transitional services; and intensive collaborative programs designed for students within the Autism Spectrum.
Benedictine Adult Services is a residential and vocational program for adults ages 22 to 60+ who live in the community or in group homes with peers and continue to work within the Benedictine vocational program.
Benedictine is a fully approved, non-sectarian service provider caring for individuals with special needs without regard to racial, ethnic, or religious background, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
We were scheduled to gather this weekend to celebrate Benedictine’s 60th anniversary. In light of the current crisis our plans have obviously changed. Now, more than ever, we need positive ... Read More
A message from Spring Benefit Event Co-Chairs: We’re sad to announce today that our Spring Benefit and all related activities scheduled for the weekend of April 24-25 have been cancelled. Many ... Read More
UPDATE: June 18, 2020 Our Commitment to Safety COVID-19 Response Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis Benedictine has acted quickly to modify our policies and procedures based on the ... Read More
BALTIMORE, Md., (Dec. 11, 2019) – Maryland Works, Inc. named Elizabeth “Betsy” Partridge Employee of the Year during the organization’s 12th Annual Employment Awards Luncheon at the BWI Marriott in ... Read More
RIDGLEY, Md., (Nov. 25, 2019) – Paul and Holly Fine of Easton, Md. recently donated a wheelchair-accessible van and a motorized wheelchair to Benedictine, to help meet the transportation needs ... Read More
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"The Sister Jeannette Award was established in 2012 in honor of our leader for over 30 years, Sister Jeannette Murray O.S.B. Each year, the Board of Directors honors a staff person who brings our mission to life on a daily basis and exhibits the values and vision of Sister Jeannette and her Benedictine Community. This year’s Sister Jeannette award recipient was nominated by several coworkers. Nomination submissions included phrases like: “she is an ever-present force in the school”; “she truly loves Benedictine and has made it her life”; “she is amazing with the students as well as the staff”. These comments give just a hint of the passion and dedication consistently seen in this staff person, for 35 years. It is my pleasure to recognize this year’s recipient of the Sister Jeannette Award, Nurse Mary Winstead. Mary spent two weeks at Benedictine as part of her clinical rotation and after graduating, she became the school nurse in 1984. Mary has worked not only with the students, but also many of the adults who came through the school program. She is a strong advocate for the students and has worked closely with Dr. Rever for years. Promoted to Nursing Supervisor in 2013, Mary is respected by her peers and is known to always lend a helping hand. She exemplifies the spirit of Sister Jeannette and the Benedictine community through her passion to serve our students. Mary’s dedication to Benedictine and the students is commendable, and we are blessed with her commitment, strength, dedication, and wisdom. Mary now joins an impressive list of employees whose dedication to Benedictine’s mission and values must be celebrated. These are employees who go above and beyond, who do not seek recognition, and who make sure our values are brought to life in the way we work with each other, our students and the adults we support. Once again, congratulations Mary on being this year’s recipient of the Sister Jeannette Award!!!" - Scott Evans, Executive Director ... See MoreSee Less
How wonderful Nurse Mary!!! You are so worthy of this honor. Sister would be in total agreement. You know more about the children and adults who attended the school then most doctors. The Higgs family loves you for your kindness, compassion and caring of our special man. Hugs🥰🤟
Congratulations for all your years of dedication as a super nurse and leader!
Congratulations Mary! You are so deserving of this special award.
Congratulations, I would have never made it through without you keeping me and Nicholas straight❤🥰❤ , so deserving
Congratulations! You have been a Blessing to the students and parents of Benedictine. And to your co-workers!
Congratulations Mary!! Very much deserved!! You recruited me straight out of nursing school and I am so blessed to have had you and the Benedictine experience ❤️
Congratulations, could not have gone to a more dedicated and loving nurse,
Congratulations Mary way to go and well deserved! Lots of Love!
Congratulations Mary!! 🎉 What a wonderful person to be selected!! Worked with her in 1989 thru 1994
Congrats to you Mary. What an honor to be recognized for your dedication and passion!
Congrats Mary! Blessed to know you as a friend!
Well deserved! Wonderful nurse and leader!
so well deserved! she has always had the children in her heart and actions! i respect her immensely! Judi Cornette
YEA! CONGRATULATIONS Mary, can't wait to get together again!
Congratulations Ms Mary
Congrats, Mary! What an honor.
Excellent choice. Congratulations and thanks Mary
Congratulations! Well deserved!
I can recognise Sr. Jannette in your recipient... congratulations.
Congratulations, Mary! What a great honor and you were the perfect choice!
A message from our Executive Director - "It has been 154 days since we closed our education program and 153 days since we stopped our day supports for our adult program. We flipped the “Off” switch literally overnight and entered a new world of uncertainty. Now we find ourselves slowly turning our programs back on, not flipping the switch, but instead increasing our programming on a dimmer switch.
During those 154 days we have had to work through numerous challenges and at times those challenges seemed insurmountable. There were so many unknowns and collectively we had to forge a path forward so we could continue to support the students and adults in Benedictine’s programs. Over those 154 days we had to lean on each other more than ever. “Stronger Together” defined our efforts and was a rallying cry for our hard work. Every person in the Benedictine family had a roll in this success – every employee, board member, family member, student and adult. Our collective strength saw us through these first 154 days.
Yes, I said these first 154 days. The reality is we are not done – in fact, as we open we need to be more vigilant and supportive of each other. There are new challenges ahead of us. Those of us with school age children know there will be challenges with distance learning and how we support our own children through this difficult time. There will be challenges with future funding as state dollars begin to tighten. There will continue to be challenges directly related to COVID-19. From my perspective these challenges, and any others thrown at us, can be overcome because of the strength of our Benedictine family.
Personally this time has been difficult to wrap my head around at times, especially given how long it has gone on and there is no definitive end. I am sure it is the same for many, if not all of you. The one thing I know for sure is that Benedictine is an amazing organization with amazing people who are dedicated to the mission and values – that is the strength that will get us through.
We need to remember the simple things like wearing a mask, washing hands and surfaces, and maintaining social distance when possible. We also need to remember that each of us individually plays a role in Benedictine’s success. As we move forward we will continue to communicate openly about our plans, challenges and successes.
Thank you again for what each of you do for the students, adults we support and each other – We are Stronger Together!!"