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Please Support Our Newest Mission - Spero

Spero is a "Safe Spot on Somerset" in OCMD dedicated to the healing and empowerment of people who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse. 


Please join us in our mission to help Spero open its doors and begin to offer services to all who enter! All donations made to GTF for Spero will be spent on start up expenses and first year operations. Thank you so much for your support - on behalf of the entire Spero Team. Valerie


Spero will be located on Somerset St., right off the Boardwalk in Ocean City, MD next door to Inspired Thrift, a shop that was opened three years ago with the purpose of someday providing support for individuals that have experienced sexual or domestic assault and trauma. We encourage you to stop by to meet Lisa Burdsall, the Owner of Inspired Thrift, and Executive Director of Spero, to learn more about the mission of this amazing new organization.

  • Safe on Somerset – Spero is a safe haven for people wishing to talk, visit, heal, mentor, inspire and support.
  • Therapeutic Activities – Healing from trauma takes time and everyone heals differently. Spero offers yoga, meditation, healing arts, and other healing events.
  • Education Resources – Sometimes healing involves evolving to the next level and often that requires education and training.
  • Advocacy – Along with education resources, Spero is a source of advocacy for the personal advancement of those in need.
  • Empowerment – Mentorship, fellowship, companionship, inspiration, and resources will be offered to help empower survivors to become thrivers.

If you would prefer to write a check in support of Spero, please make the check out to Global Training Foundation and mail to 9301 Atlantic Ave. #203, Ocean City, MD 20842. Be sure to note that it is for Spero – and THANK YOU so very much!

Valerie Whitcomb, Ph.D.

Micro-Entrepreneur and Executive Director at Global Training Foundation
Valerie is a micro-entrepreneur and founder of Global Training Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 that specializes in providing online micro-entrepreneurship training and support to individuals and small businesses who do not have access to traditional resources. GTF started in 2010 providing "job-getting" resources for transitioning, wounded veterans referred by the Wounded Warrior Project. It soon became apparent that some returning vets could not - for many reasons - hold down a full-time job. So micro-entrepreneurship was the logical solution. With a generous donation from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, GTF relocated from Washington DC to Worchester County, MD, and has expanded services to deserving individuals in the region.