A Donor's Story
"I just think Earl's Place, over the years, has and will save
many men from an experience like George's."
Kathryn (Kay) Joellenbeck decided to create a living memorial out of
her brother's death. She said the curly-haired "baby" brother who
grew to be a reclusive and mentally erratic man shared some of the
characteristics of drug addiction and alcoholism that she has
learned about as a longtime supporter of Earl's Place. It was those
similarities that aided Kay's decision to donate her share of her
brother's estate to Earl's Place, money used to set up the Earl’s
Place Fund, an endowment at the Baltimore Community Foundation.
"We just felt that if it weren't for the fact that his apartment
was rent controlled ... he would have been homeless and on the
streets. And so it just seems really appropriate to remember him
through a gift to Earl's Place."
"In a way, it's the success rate that makes me really want to
support it [Earl’s Place] as much as possible. Most statistics of
recovering alcoholics and drug addicts are appalling. I think that
Earl's Place has a much better success rate than most other
"I just think Earl's Place, over the years, has and will save many
men from an experience like George's," Kay said. "If George had been
in a place like that, his story would have been different."
Please remember United Ministries/Earl's Place in your will.