Giving Back to Her Community

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Dorothy Holman spent over a quarter of a century running the Baltimore County Medical Association as the executive director, and she spent the first seven years of that time running the then 300-member organization using her basement as the office.

By the time Dorothy decided to retire 26 years later, in 1987, the organization’s membership had nearly quadrupled. “I enjoyed working and sharing with the 1,100 physicians that were involved with the association,” she said.

But after spending so much time doing a job she loved, what was there to do next? For Dorothy, this was a chance for her to do another thing she loves, which is giving back to her community.

Dorothy initially began volunteering within her community through the Salvation Army, but after her husband, Basil Holman, passed away in 1996, she decided to seek out a continuing care community that would provide her with more social activities.

After visiting a few locations, a friend recommended Maryland Masonic Homes in Cockeysville to Dorothy, and she realized it truly was the place for her. “I was looking for a smaller facility where I could be involved with activities and social gatherings,” said Dorothy. “I also liked the fact that with a smaller place, I could have the opportunity to get to know every resident by their first name.”

Since moving to Maryland Masonic Homes in 1998, she has continued to live an active lifestyle by remaining a volunteer with the Salvation Army and now also volunteering at the community gift shop. In addition, Dorothy is a member of several organizations.

Though Dorothy does not have any children, her sister resides at the community with her, and she also has two nieces and one nephew. And while the transition from her career to life at her new home may have been a large one, it has given Dorothy the opportunity to make new friends and live a fulfilling new lifestyle.

“I remain active and very social here which is very important to me,” said Dorothy. “Every new resident becomes a part of our family. Family and friends are very important to me.”

Dorothy has not only used this time in her life to help others, but she keeps herself lively and continues to take on new challenges within her community.

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