Asbury in the News
We are thrilled to announce that resident Rev. Hal Garman has won the LeadingAge 2014 Hobart Jackson Cultural Diversity Award. Hal earned the award on behalf of the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative, an outreach group he founded to foster relationships and provide learning opportunities for at-risk children living in the communities surrounding Asbury Methodist Village.
Hal will receive the award in October at LeadingAge’s annual conference in Nashville, accompanied by his wife and Beloved Community volunteer, Jan.
“Through relationships with schools, government and community agencies, and area residents, Asbury Methodist Village and its Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative partners are fostering understanding and compassion through diversity on many levels – age, race, income and culture,” LeadingAge President Larry Minnix wrote in announcing the award. “You have been a lifelong, tireless minister of social justice. Now, you are also expanding public perception of the benefits an aging-services organization and its residents can bring to a diverse community. We look forward to honoring you.”
LeadingAge is the national association for non-profit aging services providers.
Since creating the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative in 2011, Hal has built a coalition that includes dozens of Asbury residents and associates, Wesley Theological Seminary students, Gaithersburg City government departments such as Parks and Recreation, Montgomery County schools, and Identity, a Gaithersburg organization focusing on Latino youth services.
The Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative’s (GBCI) origins stem from a Martin Luther King Day service Hal attended. It is named after King’s vision of social justice and equality. Hal, 78, has championed causes addressing social inequality since before he began his career as a minister in Syracuse, N.Y. His doctoral dissertation was a call to action for Boston-area ministers to engage in the Civil Rights movement.
GBCI’s primary activity is a mentoring program with students from Gaithersburg Elementary School. Students meet at Asbury weekly, beginning their session with a meal in the community’s formal dining room. Other GBCI events have included pool parties at Asbury’s indoor pool; hosting after-school photography clubs at its Wildlife Sanctuary; Earth Day tree plantings; internships for Latino teens; support for a camp for children of incarcerated parents; and, a veterans’ oral history project to name a few.
Last August, GBCI members headed to the Mall to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. This fall, GBCI volunteers and students in the mentoring program will attend the annual National Book Festival.
For more information and to see photos of Beloved Community events, please click here and see the links at the end of the article.Read More »
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