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“The Home Tour has an extraordinary track record of providing some of our most vulnerable citizens, including seniors and veterans, with the opportunity to actively participate in a community celebration that honors where they live and the lives they are leading.”

United States Senator Patty Murray (WA)

“The Home Tour is an example of state agencies collaborating, providing quality holistic services to the populations they serve. It is a testament to our state agencies that they have worked so closely together with local town and not for profit agencies to bring this project to fruition.”

Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy S. Wyman (CT)

"The Home Tour illustrates that two simple tools, music and food, can be effectively incorporated into mental health recovery."

Connecticut Commissioner of Mental Health Pat Rehmer (CT)

“The Home Tour embodies celebration, hope, and recovery and the idea that people with illness can rebuild lives of their own choosing in the community.”

Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, PhD, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner

“Mary McBride's music touched our souls. But her character struck an even deeper chord with our Saudi hosts.”

James B. Smith, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

“Mary McBride's music inspires joy and friendship...an extraordinary talent.”

William Martin, US Consul General, U.S. Consulate Karachi, Pakistan

“It's this people-to-people connection tours that enable others to "see the tolerance and diversity and values of Americans, who we are and what we stand for.”

Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs

“During their recent tour of Vietnam, The Home Tour provided spellbinding performances that left audiences in three different cities crying out for more. They played heartwarming, personal performances for disabled and blind children, hospital patients, and other Vietnamese who would normally never have a chance to experience live music. As U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, I can say that Mary McBride’s commitment to playing for disadvantaged audiences helped to build the people-to-people ties that undergird our growing relationship."

An T. Le, Consul General, 
U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City

“The Home Tour can be a spiritual bridge, bringing diverse people together, giving hope, building community where everyone matters, and no one is forgotten. The past and present meet in that moment, in that space, and together the beloved community becomes real, and a better future is born.”

MARK ANDERSON, FOUNDER, WE ARE FAMILY, WASHINGTON, DC

"The Home Tour is truly unprecedented. It is shining light on the reality that there is no single definition of what a home is, or what a home should be, but that everyone should have a place to call home.#The residents in our community don't often have the opportunity to spend an evening dancing to and enjoying live music. A transformative evening.”

SISTER MARY SCULLION, PROJECT HOME

"I cannot express how meaningful The Home Tour performances were for the [Skid Row] residents. I fear that for some, because of their years of struggles with homelessness and disabling conditions, they have become afraid to experience pure joy...the fact that some of their own could participate in such a wonderful experience from their own homes meant that they too were now part of a larger community that they had become estranged from when homeless. Such is the power of music.”

MIKE ALVIDREZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SKID ROW HOUSING TRUST