Christ­mas din­ner do­nated by church, busi­ness

Hope to ex­pand into com­mu­nity foun­da­tion

Maryland Independent - - News - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

The hol­i­days be­came a lit­tle brighter for one com- mu­nity group last Christ- mas af­ter a lo­cal busi­ness­man do­nated Christ­mas din­ner.

Thirkel Freeman, pas­tor of True Gospel Church Min­istries, worked with Ashok Kavi of Rosewick Wine and Spir­its in La Pla- ta to pro­vide a do­na­tion to the Jude House of Bel Al­ton to pay for its Christ- mas din­ner.

The Jude House, lo­cat- ed in the old Bel Al­ton School build­ing, is a non­profit live-in treat­ment pro­gram for in­di­vid­u­als in re­cov­ery from chem­i­cal de­pen­dency, and also pro­vides group and fam­ily coun­sel­ing, job search and hous­ing search as­sis­tance, so­cial skills build­ing and out­pa­tient care, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

“It’s in­valu­able,” Mary Lynn Logs­don, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Jude House, said of the do­na­tion.

Logs­don said the Jude House re­cently in­creased its ca­pac­ity to 61 clients to meet the needs of the com­mu­nity.

“Ad­dic­tion isn’t glam­ourous, but it’s here, and it’s killing peo­ple, so any help we can get from the com­mu­nity is greatly ap­preci- ated,” Logs­don said.

Freeman said Kavi, whom he has known for sev­eral years, ap­proached him about devel­op­ing a non­profit com­mu­nity foun­da­tion, and the two looked for a lo­cal or­gani- za­tion to sup­port.

“We’ve ac­tu­ally been flir ting with this idea for some time, dat­ing this idea, and it was time to fi­nally marry the idea,” Freeman said. “So he [Kavi] called me, a week be­fore Thanks­giv­ing, and said, ‘We’ve got to do this.’”

Freeman and Kavi set­tled on a do­na­tion to the Jude House af­ter tour­ing the fa­cil­ity and meet­ing with res­i­dents and staff.

“We knew that this was the right place to go, the right thing to do,” Freeman said.

Kavi, who is also a trust- ee of the Mary­land State Li­censed Bev­er­age As­so­ci­a­tion, said he hopes to grow this into a non­profit foun­da­tion to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

“We want to take this to a larger scale. We don’t just want to wait un­til Christ­mas or Thanks­giv- ing, we want to be able to do this year-round,” Kavi said.

“It has to start some- where, and it has to have some­one who takes the ini­tia­tive,” Freeman added.

Freeman said the foun- da­tion, with ad­di­tional com­mu­nity spon­sor­ships, might also pro­vide job as­sis­tance or schol­ar­ships for youth.

“We have some ideas of things that would be help­ful to do in the com­muni- ty,” Freeman said.

Kavi said he is glad to be able to give back to the com­mu­nity in this way.

“When you’re giv­ing, it brings a long-term hap­pi­ness,” Kavi said.

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Pas­tor Thirkel Freeman of True Gospel Church Min­istry in Waldorf and Ashok Kavi of Rosewick Wine and Spir­its in La Plata.

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