Attorney J. Christopher “Chris” Llinas focuses on criminal and traffic defense work at his solo practice in Ocean Pines, Maryland, and has some 20 years’ legal experience. An avid marathoner, Chris Llinas supports several philanthropic organizations, among them Diakonia, Inc., for which he collected $5,000 from charity road races.
Serving Worcester County and the Lower Shore of the Delmarva Peninsula, Diakonia opened in 1972 and is now a non-denominational nonprofit agency. It provides transitional and emergency housing for the homeless and various counseling services for them at two locations. Diakonia goes beyond putting a roof over its clients’ heads to work on the basic causes of homelessness.
Volunteers use a case management system to address basic issues, including problems that may result in homelessness. For persons about to make the transition to independent living, they build bridges with other support organizations.
A member of the United Way, Diakonia sponsors fund-raising events for these expensive services. Donation opportunities have included the Empty Bowl Project; givers paid $20 to buy a bowl of soup, bread, and soft drinks. The proceeds helped stock Diakonia’s food pantry.
Diakonia’s Used to Be Mine thrift store benefited from a first-time event in 2015, a fashion show and luncheon. Models wore clothing gleaned from the store, and gift baskets were raffled to further aid Used to Be Mine.