Barbara Svenson, originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, has lived in Southern Maryland for nearly 45 years. Barbara has a degree in Hearing and Speech Science from the University of Maryland. Her first professional endeavor was running a breeding and training facility for Hanoverian horses in Charles County. From there she moved into the real estate specializing in both residential and commercial real estate.
Barbara attends Trinity Episcopal Church in St Mary’s City and is the full-time organist. She has always felt a strong calling to become involved with community outreach efforts. Through her real estate and church activities she met and ministered to many homeless and/or people living in poverty.
Over the years Barb’s journey with the homeless has involved finding housing, providing food and clothing (including going to campsites), being a mentor and friend. Barbara’s strong belief is that people can “do better” when given a healthy support system, which includes a strong biblical presence and Christ-centered teachings. She continues to personally mentor and help individuals and families who are in need.
Barbara currently teaches a financial literacy class for The Mission at St Mary’s County Department of Social Services, which The Mission developed specifically for those in need in St. Mary’s County. In addition to teaching these classes, Barbara is actively involved with the day-to-day operations of The Mission and is currently serving as the Secretary of the County’s Homeless Prevention Board.