A Career of the Heart

shared courtesy of Penn-Mar Human Services

Penn-Mar DSP Brenda McClure with Mary Jane celebrating Thanksgiving this past November.


FREELAND, Maryland – When Brenda McClure applied for a part-time DSP position at Penn-Mar ten years ago, she didn’t have very high expectations. She predicted she would only stay until something better came along. What she discovered, however, was she loved what she did, and as she grew into the job, made it her life’s work.

Originally from Maryland, Brenda grew up on her family farm with the early thought of pursuing a career in agriculture or horticulture. That all changed when she stepped in to care for her ailing parents and found that she had a heart and a passion for helping people.

“I’ve always worked supporting people,” said Brenda, who for a number of years, off and on, worked with the elderly, and also for the Baltimore County school system in Special Education. The latter position she took after working at Penn-Mar part-time, but then returning to Penn-Mar after she realized her heart was in working with adults.

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