The Naomi Project has always attracted extremely competent women who volunteer to keep the organization running smoothly, and we are sad to lose one in co-director Mary Rank (Spring ‘13), who is moving to Beijing with her husband, David. He will serve as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy. Though they have lived in Beijing twice before, and also in Taiwan, Mauritius and Greece, this will be their first time moving without their three children, Maggie, 24, Bob, 22 and Ellen, 19.
It was Mary’s experience mothering in foreign countries that drew her to becoming a Naomi Project mentor after reading about the volunteer opportunity in the Washington Post. “As the wife of a foreign service officer, I had raised my children in various overseas posts with no nearby support of friends and relatives who felt worlds away,” she said. “Thanks to support of mothering groups, I was able to find my way as a new mother. Naomi Project gave me an opportunity to give back.” Working with clients, many of whom are single mothers, and often new to the United States, Mary learned “how challenging the social welfare system is, and how babies aren’t always born into ideal family situations...
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