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Providing an array of
individualized supports to
persons with developmental
disabilities since 1954.

Friends Aware, Inc.
1601 Holland Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: 301-722-7268
Fax: 301-724-8965
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On October 15, 2013, Friends Aware, Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony at its 1601 Holland Street location. The event launched the beginning of its “Building Independence” Capital Expansion Project – the next phase in providing exceptional services for individuals with developmental disabilities. This new opportunity allows for handicap-accessible upgrades, as well as much-needed training and vocational facility expansion.

The “Building Independence” Capital Expansion Project will provide…
• Positive and sustainable economic
impact to Allegany County.
• Increased number of full and part time
jobs to residents of Allegany County.
• Greater capacity to serve the vocational,
residential, and support needs of individuals
with developmental disabilities.


Monday, March 9, 2015 was Opening Day! Excitement was in the air as the buses pulled into the new handicap-accessible entryway for the first time and the doors opened to our new addition at the Friends Aware Life Enrichment Center. The Board of Directors and Staff welcomed everyone to their new work space and helped them get acclimated to their new surroundings.

The new 10,000 square-foot addition is complete with a handicap-accessible, secure entryway, accessible restrooms, work rooms, a confidential shredding room and conference space. Until now, Friends Aware’s entryway and bathrooms were not handicap-accessible, the building lacked a sprinkler system, and it did not provide adequate space. The $2 million project is being funded through grants and donations and is the first phase of the “Building Independence” Capital Expansion Project. Individuals moved out of their former work areas and into the fresh new space to allow for the renovation planning phase of the project to get underway. Additional funding is being sought to see the project to completion. Donations to the “Building Independence Capital Campaign” continue to be accepted and room naming opportunities are still available.

Tiers of Giving
The following Tiers of Giving have been established to give recognition for the generosity of donors who support the Friends Aware Capital Expansion Project:
• Dream Builders... $50,000+
• Friends... $10,000+
• Champions... $1,500+
• Heroes... $50+
Capital Campaign Brochure

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Join us as we continue our Journey of Awareness…
with a contribution to the Friends Aware Capital Campaign!

All donations are tax deductible and are acknowledged with a letter for tax purposes.
Friends Aware is a non-profit, charitable organization.

Contributors to the “Building Independence” Capital Campaign

— Dream Builders… $50,000+ —
The Howell Family - In Memory of Karen Marie Howell
Belt Construction Group • First United Bank & Trust
Doug & Betsey Schwab & Family Foundation
— Friends… $10,000 - $49,999 —
Maximus Foundation • Mr. John F. Boyer, PhD
David Francis - In Memory of Ricky Hamilton

— Champions… $1,500 - $9,999 —
Mr. Frank Gerwig • Berry Plastics, Inc. • Kiwanis Club of Cumberland
Ms. Wilma Delbrook - In Memory of Stuart & Denis Delbrook
Mr. & Mrs. John & Gail Ralston • Mrs. Virginia Lloyd & Family
In Memory of John ’Jack’ Lloyd & In Honor of Jimmy Lloyd
United Commercial Travelers (Mr. Jearald Allen) • AES Warrior Run
Western Maryland Building & Construction Trades Council
• Applebee´s
Alliant Tech Systems Operations, LLC • The Larry D. Boggs Family
Glass Services of Cumberland • Mr. & Mrs. Carlos & Lee Anne Santiago
Western Maryland Civil Trades Council • Friends Aware Board of Directors
— Heroes… $50 - $1,499 —
Mr. Morton Peskin • GFWC Western Maryland Community Club
Mr. & Mrs. Will & Lindsay Stahl • Mr. & Mrs. A.M. Koback
Mr. James D. Zamagias, Sr. - In Honor of Miss Kaity Pat Kauffman
Fairfield Inn & Suites • Rotary Club of Cumberland • Gloria & Sandra Saville
Ms. Carol A. Kauffman - In Memory of M. Patricia Murray Kauffman
Mr. John A. Kauffman - In Honor of Kaity Pat Kauffman • Ms. Delores F. Lewis
PNC Foundation Matching Gift Program • Ms. Anne Blake • Mr. George Merling
Staggers, Heare & Whiteman, P.A. - Progressive Physical Therapy & Rehab Center
Ms. Patricia Hilton • Ms. Julianne Hagan - In Memory of Dick Moffatt
Rocky Gap Casino Resort • Opposite Genders Salon • Susquehanna Bank
Ms. Jo Edda Rosskamp McDowell - In Memory of Charlie R. McDowell
Mrs. Joan C. Jackson - In Honor of Jimmy Lloyd • Mr. Bradley E. Smith
Ms. Marcy A. DeArcangelis, Buttercup Boutique - In Honor of Debbie Boggs & Trey
Schwab Charitable Fund • Mr. Thomas E. Kilduff • Ms. Rebecca Ruppert
Ms. Noreen A. Murray - In Memory of Patricia Murray Kauffman
Ms. Sharon Snyder • Selective Insurance Group Foundation
Walker Brothers Mining, Inc. • The Bowler, Inc. • Howell Sunoco
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Mattingly • Greg & Beth Leake


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