Sisters of Mercy are women who commit their lives to God, deepening their relationship with God and serving God's people, especially those who are sick, poor and uneducated. In the spirit of the Gospel, our mission is to help people to overcome the obstacles that keep them from living full and dignified lives. A life of prayer and community is at the heart of our shared mission.
In 1998, Cap Mona and the Mona family gifted three beautiful homes to the Sisters of Mercy. It previously served the Mona's as their family compound for Cap's growing family. The home pictured in the photo below is the main house situated on 15 acres that was one of the homes gifted to the Sisters of Mercy. There are two additional guest houses on the property that the Sisters have also utilized for their charitable mission. The plaque pictured in the photo below is in honor of the generous gift made by the Mona family.
A beautifully landscaped prayer garden on the grounds of the Sister's Of Mercy in Clinton, MD. For peaceful remembrances in honor of Cap's mom Loretta.
Christmas in April is a non-denominational volunteer organization that repairs the homes of senior citizens who are either low-income and/or physically challenged so they may live in warmth, safety, and independence. After months of planning and preparation, Christmas in April culminates in a one day repair effort on the last Saturday in April.
The Christmas in April program was started in 1973 in Midland, TX by Bobby Trimble, an oil scout and a committed member of his community. He organized a group of caring and like minded people to repair homes for low-income, disabled and elderly neighbors.
During one repair on a Saturday in April, a very enthusiastic and grateful recipient exclaimed, "Thank you, this is like Christmas In April", hence the funny little name for a very small program in West Texas. The program would eventually spread across the entire US like a Texas prairie fire. 40 years later, the 250 Christmas in April programs across America would have repaired over 100,000 homes with 2.5 million caring volunteers.
Trevor Armbrister, a correspondent for Reader's Digest, brought the story back to Washington DC and shared the story with his fellow parishioner's. In 1984, Treavor and a small group started the program in Washington, DC. Then in 1986, the program was started in Arlington and Alexandria, VA.
In 1986, Cap Mona started sending electricians from his electric company Mona Electric to assist in the DC program. Over the next few years, the same electricians were eager to go back and help. It was then that Cap realized there was something special about this program, so at the Mona Electrical Group Yearly Corporate Planning Meeting, Cap announced his plan to initiate the Christmas in April program in Prince Georges County.
Cap's affiliation with various business owners, unions, government agencies and fraternal organizations, led him to launch a concerted effort to start the next Christmas in April program. With the support of Parris Glendening, the future Governor of the state of Maryland, many construction businesses and their trade unions, and many other caring and committed organizations and individuals, the Christmas in April program began in Prince George's County. On the last Saturday in April 1989, the program repaired 35 homes for neighbors in need.
Cap took the business model to Charles County MD and six other counties in MD, where he was the MD State Coordinator. Congressman Steny Hoyer was an early supporter of the program and hosted the very first kickoff of the national program on the steps of the capitol building.
Under Mary Kucharski's leadership and with the support of the President of the Maryland Senate Mike Miller, the counties in Maryland were the most productive Christmas in April programs across the USA. Nationwide, the program grew to over 250 Christmas in April programs.
Quite a lot of the Christmas in April programs eventually changed to "Rebuilding Together" and they remain a wonderful National program. The Christmas in April programs are still in a handful of towns and counties where the program originally blossomed. The Prince George's program is still run by Mary and her assistant Judy with the continued support of Wayne Curry, Rashern Baker and many past county executives. In addition to their support, they also work as volunteers on the big repair day.
In Prince George's County, the hard working Christmas in April Board, headed by Chair Sunny Vargas and the many caring volunteers, continue to make the program thrive. Over 70,000 volunteers can be proud that their efforts have repaired almost 2,500 homes of neighbors in need. The work of the Prince George's County program exceeds $40 million dollars of free work for the community.
The home pictured in the photos above is one of the first homes renovated in 1989. The photo on the left is before the renovations and the photo on the right shows the home after the renovations were completed.
The home pictured in the photo to the right is one of the 35 homes repaired in the inaugural year 1989. Since that time, many homes have been repaired for the elderly and needy with help from many generous business donations and volunteers in the community. To date, 2,400 homes have been repaired with the help of 70,000 volunteers, totaling $40 million in free work for needy neighbors.
St. John's College High School was founded in 1851 as an independent, Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory school in the Lasallian tradition. The mission is to provide a quality education to young men and women from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
In October 2012, the Vincent "Cap" Mona Baseball Clubhouse construction was completed. This facility is the first in the area for a high school program and one of only a handful in the nation. It includes the varsity locker room with player's bathroom/showers, coach's offices and coach's bathrooms/showers, a press box and a VIP viewing area. In the varsity locker room each player has his own locker with a personal safe. It is also outfitted with full video analysis capabilities including a 60 inch flat-screen television and 72 inch drop down screen with a projector mounted in the ceiling.
The rendering below shows the future Cap Mona Family Student Center.
Bishop McNamara High School, a college preparatory school in the Holy Cross tradition, exists to educate and to form young men and women in and through the Catholic faith. The school challenges its students to think with Christ: a thought animated by the gospel, manifested in service, and informed by academic excellence.
The rendering below shows the future Dining Hall & Cafe which will be located in existing school facilities. The renovations are to be accomplished with construction of a new addition to the school.
St. John Neumann Catholic High School, Inc., a STRONG Catholic Christian Family, has Jesus Christ and His Gospel message as its inspiration. We strive to develop the uniqueness of each student spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially. We respect the dignity of all in a safe, fair and positive learning environment that stresses personal responsibility, service and life-long learning skills.
The alter in the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel is named after Cap's Mother Loretta in honor of his $100,000 donation.
The St. Gemma stage is dedicated in loving memory to Cap and Christina Mona's sons who passed away - Graham Eaton Moody and Andrew Michael Mona. The combination of their initials spells Gemma. St. Gemma is the Patron Saint of Students. Both sons went to Catholic High Schools and the stage represents their spirit for the students who will be part of the Performing Arts programs at St. John Neumann. The photo to the right shows Cap and Christina receiving a plaque in honor of the dedication for their generous $100,000 donation.
Christmas in Naples, Inc. is a Florida, non-denominational, not-for-profit corporation staffed by volunteers to rehabilitate the residences of homeowners in Naples, Florida who are in need of assistance. Our efforts are focused on the elderly, disabled, veterans, and families with children. Our goals are to keep people living safely and independently, to restore neighborhoods, the homeowner's pride and dignity.
The Susan Denison Mona Beacon Of Hope Center will be the latest addition to the Catholic Charities locations servicing Prince George's County. Named after Cap's late wife of 42 years, Susan believed in serving her community as strongly as Cap. Located at 5859 Allentown Way in Camp Springs, this building formerly served as a number of restaurants since it opened on 1974 including the Joe Theismann Restaurant. The picture here shows Cap presenting the keys to the center to Monsignor John Enzler, the President of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc. The 12,000 square foot facility is designed to offer the same services as the McCarrick Family Center in Wheaton, some of which include:
The mission of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc., is to fight poverty, strengthen families and build communities. Agency services and programs shall ensure human dignity and enhance the quality of life for all persons regardless of race, creed, color or religious affiliation. The populations we serve across all our programs can be seen in the accompanying demographic reports. The vast majority are at or below the poverty level as determined by current Federal Standards. Cap and Christina are major donors.
Loyola on the Potomac Retreat House (located in Faulkner, MD) operated a Youth Camp during the 1970's and 80's. St. Inigoes Youth Camp served youth groups, scouting organizations, and teen clubs. Now, after more than 20 years of hibernation, we are excited to have begun the revitalization of the Youth Camp with a goal of opening the facility once again to area groups in the Spring of 2014. One of the major hurdles in our revitalization project was the overhaul and renovation of the old shower and bath house. Thanks to Cap Mona and Mike Mona, Jr. this portion of the overall project is complete. Lisa White, from marketing and development, commented, "We hate to see them go, they were great. They really did so much work the last couple of weeks. They were amazing and the house is beautiful". Cap & his companies donated $35k for this project. The revitalization of St. Inigoes Youth Camp will be dedicated in the loving memory of Cap's parents Joseph Vincent Mona and Loretta Concepta Mona.
The food pantry was built to serve the needy residents of La Plata, MD and Charles County and is located behind Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Plata, MD. The pantry is dedicated in loving memory to Cap's Mother Loretta and his Aunt Mary. The project was funded by Cap and Christina Mona, built by Mike Mona Jr. and Port Tobacco Restaurant and Marina staff with the generous donations, discounts and financial support of those listed below:
We would also like to extend our thanks to the Local 26 Electrical Workers Union for their Christmas food donation to the pantry.
Cap & Christina donated 2 fully computerized rooms to the Pediatric Emergency Room at the North Naples Hospital. The enhanced Pediatric ER will create a friendly and calming encironment for children and their parents during times of crisis. In order to meet the needs of their youngest patients, plans call for 24 hour care with state of the art pedatric technology and equipment.
Cap & Christina donated to the Immokalee Youth Development Center which will break ground in 2015. The Immokalee community is rapidly growing and is projected to accelerate, therefore increasing the needs of services for families. The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County is stepping up to provide a coordinated, comprehensive out-of-school time support system that champions academic performance and nurtures the healthy development of all disadvantaged and at-risk youth.
The Monas hosted a "Music is The Major Key" party with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at their Port Royal home for the Latchkey League to assist with funding their new Youth Center which will serve latchkey kids in East Naples.
A deceased 8,000 pound 27 ft whale washed up on the property next to Cap and Christina's home in Maine. The authorities would not remove the whale because it was on private property, so the Mona's decided to turn it into an educational and awareness experience. Over 150 people attended the lunch seminar and everyone had a wonderful time learning about whales, marine life and environmental marine awareness. Cap named the whale "Willey" in honor of the Head of the Shoals Marine Lab - Dr. Willey Bemis.
The Mona's made an agreement with Marine Mammals of Maine and Shoals Marine Lab to provide them with:
The agreement was made under the conditions that the Marine Mammals of Maine and Shoals Marine Lab:
Cap and Christina Mona created a unique charitable venture by partnering with musical group A New Day to create a Christmas music CD with the intention of providing exposure to the young musicians in the group, providing a lot of people with some wonderful free music for the holidays and generating donations for non-profit schools and charitable organizations. The music CD is free to non-profit/community groups to give as gifts to their best donors, to sell, or to request donations.
Producers: Cap and Christina Mona
Arrangements: Keyboards & Produced by Jim Fry
Vocals: Cindy and Ben Bishop and Andrew Calcutt
Engineered & Mixed: Rowan Bishop Studios - Westbrook, Maine
Mastering, Design, Licensing and Replication: Crooked Cove Studios - Hampton, New Hampshire
Cap and Christina Mona assisted some young artists and the up and coming writer director named Andrew Bard at their house in Maine. Though most noted for his music contributions in the independent film industry, Andrew has also acted in several projects, working as a Producer, Production Manager, Craft Service, Director and writer. Most notably for Neo Phoenix's feature "Hypnagogic" and "Dystopia".