Annapolis, MD – December 20, 2019 – First Lady Yumi Hogan today joined the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives and Anne Arundel County Food Bank to deliver holiday gifts to women in recovery and their children at Chrysalis House in Crownsville. The Anne Arundel County Food Bank provided the donated gifts.

“Christmas is all about love,” said First Lady Yumi Hogan. “As a mom, grandmother, and First Lady of Maryland, I believe no child should be without a gift during the holidays. Our state has such a spirit of giving and sharing love, I wanted to help spread the joy, especially to those in recovery.”

This event also recognized organizations changing Maryland for the better through their services to our citizens. The Anne Arundel County Food Bank is focused on the food, security, and well-being of Marylanders by offering access to food and nutritional supplements; basic necessities; medical and clothing programs; and more. They also assist the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives to expand its partnerships and connect Marylanders with resources from state government and other partner organizations.

Chrysalis House is a premier provider of addiction and mental health treatments, and a residential facility for women and their children. Mothers recovering from opioid addiction can stay with their children under age 10 and learn parenting and life skills. Chrysalis is currently serving more than 100 women and children annually. This life-transforming service provider empowers mothers to find their talents and potential to build a bright future. 

First Lady Yumi Hogan shared gifts with Chrysalis mothers and children.

Chrysalis residents introduced their artworks and shared what art means to them with First Lady Yumi Hogan. Weekly art therapy sessions help their clients find peace through creativity and to express themselves in a healthy way.

First Lady Yumi Hogan and Chrysalis Family.

Chrysalis women sang for First Lady Yumi Hogan, “Thank you and we love you.”