|The concept or idea for a transitional home based on love and understanding, set in a family environment was first proposed to a small group of people by Mr. Wood. Their acceptance of the idea in principle strengthened his resolve to go forward. Through the financial sacrifice of 170 individuals this work in progress began in 2002.|
Joseph honed his expertise in fund raising and public speaking during his tenure as Director of Parish Stewardship in the Diocese of Brooklyn and set up Monica's Manor, Inc. as a 501c3 organization. There is no financial remuneration for work done at the manor. Witnessing the successful transition of individuals into society as useful, giving members is more than enough reward.
|Marjorie has been the secretary of Monica's Manor, Inc. since its inception as a 501c3 organization in 2002. Her input in the direction that Monica's Manor would take has proven to be very valuable. Her knowledge and insight as a wife, a mother, a sister and a companion has given the residents the experience of life skills necessary in relationships to cope with the daily situations which arise.|
Marjorie's work experience as a medical secretary for geriatric patients has helped her to minister to all of our residents. Her gentile but firm ways, have kept us all, residents and board members alike, on the path necessary for a happy and joy filled journey which keeps us focused on reaching out to other, less fortunate, individuals.
|Being in the forefront of moral and spiritual education as pastor of both Transfiguration Parish and St. Stanislaus Parish in Maspeth, Queens and as chaplain of the Newman Center at Queens College, Father Paul provides the ingredients necessary for the spiritual growth of the board of directors and the residents of Monica's Manor.|
Father Paul's dedication and spiritual leadership bodes well for the continuity of the principles set forth in the mission statement of Monica's Manor. His input at regular board meetings, our annual donor meetings and special occasions adds to the spiritual nature of Monica's Manor.
As the daughter of our founder, Mary has been involved with Monica's Manor since its inception. She has recently completed her studies to become a NY State Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor after working in the field of customer relations for over 20 years. She is the Residence Director for Monica's Manor as well as the Executive Board Liaison to the Advisory Board. As our web administrator she is also in charge of keeping our website current and managing online donations.
Vernon is a member of the Board and the Residence Director of Pete's Place. As the father of 2 children, an honorably discharged soldier in the U.S. Army and one of Monica's Manor's alumni, all of our residents benefit from the strength, insight and experience that Vernon brings to the table. Vernon's passion and enthusiasm for helping others makes him a valuable addition to the Board and the Monica's Manor family.
|With a heart for helping, he has been with the FDNY for over 14 years and is an active member of the volunteer fire department in his neighborhood. The father of 4 children of his own, he is also involved with his church youth group. As one of our founding members, Mike takes a page from his father's book by consistently and faithfully giving of his time, talent and treasure to help others.|
Fran is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. She is also a Board Certified Diplomate in Social Work and among her awards have been the 2002 Elizabeth A. Doherty Social Worker of the Year Award, a 2004-2005 listing in Who's Who in American Health Care and 2005-2006 Who's Who in America. Fran volunteers her time at Monica's Manor, Inc., providing and supervising counseling services to the residents as well as helping them to obtain Social Services, deal with Probation and Parole, work toward job placement and obtaining driver's licenses when they're ready.