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About MBIE
MBIE Mission Statement & Profile
The Mary McLeod-Bethune Intervention and Enrichment Center (MBIE) is committed to improving the quality of life for elderly, socially disadvantaged, and developmentally delayed people living in the Mansfield & Richland County area. Named after the great African-American educator, our organization exists to provide social and economic services that promote human dignity and self accomplishment.

Founded in 1995 by Alverta Williams, the Mary McLeod-Bethune Intervention and Enrichment Center is organized as a tax-exempt non-profit corporation that operates under the guidance of an advisory Board of Trustees. MBIE is staffed by a dedicated team of caregivers and volunteers who are actively involved in the Mansfield community. Over the years, the MBIE has contracted with social and human service organizations to deliver services that benefit the poor and needy in our society. Our outreach activities include alternative and transitional housing, daily living assistance, food and clothing drives, economic and community development, and daily assistance such


 
as respite, in-home care, and payee assistance. Our outreach activities include alternative and transitional housing, daily living assistance such as respite and in-home care, payee assistance, and economic and community development.



Who Is Mary McLeod-Bethune?
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875 - May 18, 1955) was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for black students in Daytona Beach, Florida that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Born in South Carolina to parents who had been slaves, and having to work in fields at age 5, she took an early interest in her own education. With the help of benefactors, Bethune attended college hoping to become a missionary in Africa. When that did not materialize, she started a school for black girls in Daytona Beach. From six students it grew and merged with an institute for black boys and eventually became the Bethune-Cookman School. Its quality far surpassed the standards of education for black students, and rivaled those of white schools. Bethune worked tirelessly to ensure funding for the school, and used it as a showcase for tourists and donors, to exhibit what educated black people could do. She was president of the college from 1923 to 1942 and 1946 to 1947, one of the few women

in the world who served as a college president at that time. Bethune was also active in women's clubs, and her leadership in them allowed her to become nationally prominent. She worked for the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, and became a member of Roosevelt's Black Cabinet, sharing the concerns of black people with the Roosevelt administration while spreading Roosevelt's message to blacks, who had been traditionally Republican voters. Upon her death, columnist Louis E. Martin said, "She gave out faith and hope as if they were pills and she some sort of doctor." Her home in Daytona Beach is a National Historic Landmark, her house in Washington, D.C. in Logan Circle is preserved by the National Park Service as a National Historic Site, and a sculpture of her is located in Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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