EASTON — Talbot Sings to benefit Talbot Interfaith Shelter is back for its third year, and neighbors are invited to lift their voices in song at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Blue Crab in St. Michaels.
Each year, TIS invites musicians to lead the community in singing an uplifting song. Local videographers capture the event on camera and produce a video of the song, which will be shared with the community at large to help raise awareness for TIS’ mission of ending homelessness on the Mid-Shore by providing “Shelter, Stability, Support,” and a path to Success for families and individuals in need.
This year’s song is “Stand By Me,” and event participants will be led by members of Christ Church Easton’s Walk in Love choir, conducted by local musician Ray Remesch.
The evening will start at 6 p.m., when participants will have the opportunity to learn about TIS’ S4 Program (Shelter, Stability, Support, Success) and have a brief Q&A session, followed by a few practice takes, and then it’s time to “roll tape” and capture the magic on video.
Last year’s Talbot Sings event featured local musicians Justin Ryan, Anna Burgess and Emma Myers. Ryan was particularly moved by his experience at Talbot Sings and what he learned while participating, and has since become an ardent advocate for TIS and its mission.
“I was honored to perform in last year’s Talbot Sings event,” Ryan said. “It certainly was an unforgettable moment, both musically and spiritually. It was at this event that I was able to learn about the amazing things that TIS is doing for our community. After hearing many stories of how the shelter has helped so many get back on their feet, I was inspired to get involved myself.“
Participants are asked to bring a $10 minimum donation to support the shelter’s mission. Talbot Sings 2019 is presented by Wells Fargo Advisors Easton, Willow Construction, On Your Mark Lighting and Eat Sprout.
TIS is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Easton and serving Talbot County and the surrounding areas. The organization has developed the S4 Program, which is designed to guide families and individuals from homelessness to sustainable financial independence.
Once guests are accepted into the shelter facility, a former bed and breakfast called Easton’s Promise, they receive case management as they move through an individualized plan. They also participate in educational programming, including classes in parenting, budgeting, health, nutritional cooking and more. When they reach a certain level of financial stability, they are invited to move into one of the shelter’s eight subsidized transitional apartments, where they incrementally take over expenses until they are fully self-sufficient.
Their vision is that no one in Talbot County will ever have to spend a night on the streets, in a car or in the woods because he or she cannot find housing.
If you would like information about Talbot Sings or TIS’ Business Partnership Plan, contact Jayme Dingler at 443-786-4676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.