Our History

Our History

In 1986, guided by one woman's vision and with unwavering community support, the nonprofit agency For All Seasons was established. Led by Joy Mitchell-Price, a local social worker, a coalition of concerned community members addressed a critical issue: child victims of sexual assault and abuse lacked access to support services without traveling across the Bay Bridge. This coalition, with initial funding from a substantial grant from the Maryland Governor’s Office, established For All Seasons as the sole Rape Crisis Center in the five Mid-Shore counties.

As the For All Seasons Board of Directors identified community needs, the agency's services expanded. Recognizing that sexual assault affects individuals of all ages, For All Seasons' services grew to include support for sexual abuse survivors across the lifespan. Subsequently, the agency extended its reach to provide mental health services for all community members, ensuring local therapy accessibility for those in need.

Consistent with this approach, For All Seasons’ leadership continued to enhance the agency’s continuum of mental health services to address community gaps. This expansion, spanning the 2000s and 2010s, led to the inclusion of school-based mental health services in select K-12 public schools, a 24-hour crisis program, a psychiatry department, a Latino outreach program, and an embedded interpretation team.

The most recent additions to For All Seasons’ offerings include the Center for Learning, the agency’s educational programming arm, a robust telehealth program (launched agency-wide within five days of the COVID-19 state of emergency declaration), and our Open Access Program - a revolutionary initiative allowing clients to walk in for services five days a week.

President & CEO Beth Anne Dorman assumed leadership of For All Seasons in 2014 when the agency served 1,000 clients annually with a staff of 28. Today, For All Seasons has expanded to a team of nearly 100, providing 50,000 life-saving services each year to over 3,000 clients annually from every county of Maryland and Baltimore City. The agency continues to serve as the only Rape Crisis Center for Caroline, Kent, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties, representing a population of nearly 200,000 and 22% of Maryland’s geography.

For All Seasons stands today as a statewide leader in mental health and sexual assault support services. Recognized as a Rural Innovation Site by the National Rural Justice Collaborative, For All Seasons also serves as a national model of excellence for other rural communities.