Marie Pizelo Award

Is there a volunteer you would like to acknowledge at Transtions who tirelessly supports women and children in our programs? Nominate a recipient for 2019!

Recipients of this award, in memory of Marie, will have volunteered for Transitions for a minimum of seven years and embody the following 4 characteristics:

Welcoming – Marie's favorite place was at the front desk so she could welcome each woman who came in the door, understanding many are fearful and hurting. She learned every woman’s name and greeted them by such. She often introduced new women to others and directed them to staff if they needed extra help. 

Creative – Marie's sculptures were part of her own journey through suffering, healing and joy. She donated many of them to the Women’s Hearth so other women could gain hope to heal their lives. Some women said they got the courage to come in because they stood at the window and saw the sculptures. Her sculptures are honest, as was her sharing in groups. 

Spiritual – Even in her painful childhood, she always knew God loved her. This helped her to look for the good in everyone, to be inclusive. It also gave her the courage to face her death with acceptance and dignity.

Compassionate – From the suffering in her own life, Marie learned and chose to be compassionate to others, ready to listen and comfort. Perhaps most importantly, Marie became a good friend to many women at the Hearth.

Nomination Form here.

The recipient of the 2019 award is Mary Murphy (pictured above). Mary served on the Transitions Board from 2002-2007 and as its Board Chair from 2004-2005. She eventually took over as Development Director full time from 2007-2011.  It was under Mary's leadership with Mary Ann Marciel (who was volunteer Executive Director) and Diane Thomas, Board Chair, the People Who Care event was created.
Mary started Transitions' Endowment and since leaving the employ of Transitions, she continues to be an active, engaged, supportive Transitions family member.  She always makes herself available to new Development Directors, and she golfs at our Annual Golf Outing and sponsors it (and PWC) with her husband Bill. She and Bill were one of the first Capital Campaign donors to the Home Yard Cottages. And currently Mary volunteers every Monday night at Miryam’s House, sharing dinner and stories with the women there.
The previous recipients of the award were: Sr Mary Ann O'Mara, 2018; Michael Phalen, 2017; Trudy Ophus, 2016; Brenda Tudor, 2015; Sonya Rose, 2014; Joyce Blazek, 2013; and Sr. Cathy Beckley, 2012.