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Mary’s Center Launches Stories into Books, Memoirs From its Senior Members

A Journey of Unique and Inspiring Life Experiences in 15 Stories


Mary’s Center announced the launch of “Stories into Books”, a compilation of memoirs in two books from 15 members of the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center, a recreational senior center of the DC Office on Aging managed by Mary’s Center since 2011.

The event, which will take place on Thursday, July 19th at 10 am the Petworth Library in Northwest DC, will be a reflection on the importance of memoirs in history, and a tribute to the seniors’ legacy to their families, the Center, and the District of Columbia.

“It is astonishing how often we marvel at the accomplishments of total strangers such as athletes, movie stars, and political figures, but we are seldom introduced to the achievements of those who reside right within our own families,’ says Clarence ‘Buddy’ Moore, one of the two facilitators of the project and author of one of the memoirs.

“Working with the seniors and bringing back to life their memories has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my career as social worker,” says Erin Segal who volunteers at the senior center and facilitated one of the book projects.

The 15 authors worked for over four months to compile their most interesting and inspiring experiences, which they will share during the launch of the books, which are now available at and

What: Launch of Stories into Books

When: Thursday, July 19, 2018 – 10 am – 11:30 am

Where: Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011

Laura Newland, Director DC Office on Aging Affairs
Maria Gomez, President and CEO, Mary’s Center
Michelle Singleton, Director Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center
Erin Segal, Social Worker, Facilitator and Publisher of the Memoirs
Buddy Moore, Senior Center Member, Facilitator of the Memoirs and Author
Lisa Warwick, Library Program Coordinator - Special Collections


About Mary’s Center:

Founded in 1988, Mary’s Center is a Community Health Center that provides a model of care including healthcare, education, workforce development and social services to nearly 50,000 individuals from 50 countries through eight locations in Washington, DC and Maryland. Using a holistic, multipronged approach, Mary’s Center helps each participant access individualized services and find the path towards wellness, stable families, educational success and economic opportunities. For more information please visit us at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

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