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What is WIN Family Services?

WIN (What I Need) Family Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. WIN and its affiliate programs, are a faith-based child and family mental health network serving youth and families with emotional, behavioral and mental challenges. 

Our mission is to promote holistic, strength-based, and faith-based principles within the human service community. Our goal is to therapeutically support and strengthen youth, families, organizations and communities through the creation of innovative services, products and initiatives. 

For 25 years, WIN has helped thousands of Maryland youth and their families through its logosmall2continuum of community-based treatment services and its holistic, strength-based philosophy of care. WIN recognizes the ever changing needs of communities and continually seeks to meet those needs. In addition to its child placement services and training, WIN offers a Therapeutic Wellness Center. As a consortium of programs, WIN is developing new services, including: adult in-home services, residential, educational & vocational services, and home & emergent healthcare.

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August 2017 Newsletter

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August 2017

Happy August family! We've had such an eventful summer and can't wait to share all that we've been up to! From making our mark in the community, to successful adoptions, to clients reaching milestones - we have much to be excited about and we're ready to give you quick updates! Take some time to read below!
 

Finally a Forever Home

We’re excited to announce the adoption of one of our foster youth!
 
FB entered therapeutic foster care at the of 4 from a family history of drug and physical abuse in the home. Largely nonverbal and  diagnosed on the autism spectrum, FB was matched with a family who could give him the support and attention he needed. Through WIN’s network of therapists, psychiatrists, and doctors, FB was also given top priority to Maryland’s leading health professionals.  He has stayed with this family throughout his time with WIN and is now speaking and spending most of his time in a general education classroom. He enjoys playing basketball on a team and visiting with his birth family on a weekly basis. FB proudly states that he has “two mommies”.
 
FB's birth family is still heavily involved and highly supportive of his adoption placement. They encourage his transition, knowing that his adoptive family could give him the care he needs. Likewise, FB’s adoptive family invites his birth family to birthday parties and holidays, so they are able to celebrate these momentous occasions together.
 
FB’s own transition is a testament to the therapy and care that WIN is able to provide – from refusing to speak to smiling and hugging those who come to see him. A milestone was reached on the first day of school, FB was quick to stop his adoptive mother, insisting he enter into the school by himself… FB never did well with a change in routine before. He is currently learning to care for his new puppy, who he has become quite attached to. He still struggles with a daily routine due to his diagnosis, but he is making strides now that he has found his forever home.
 

Enriching Lives through Experiences

WIN Team PRP works to produce enriching experiences that enhance our clients’ worldview. Part of those experiences come in the form of activities planned and scheduled for youth and adults, ranging from cultural awareness, to financial advice, to trip to the zoo. In the past few month, WIN Team put together events that were not only fun, but truly enriching!

Baltimore’s  Team held a Multicultural Awareness event in which attendees learned about Japan, Africa, and St. Thomas. Youth and adults learned various facts about each culture and their traditions, while sampling popular snacks from each region. We’re looking forward to hosting our Multicultural Communication event this month!

The Prince George’s County team took their youth group to the  National Zoo. Three of our clients had never been before and it was clear that choosing the zoo as July’s onsite event was the right decision! The day was filled with nothing but smiles and wonder while kids were able to meet animals from different parts of the world. 

Cecil County hosted Art Therapy sessions to encourage clients to engage their creative side. From designing  crafts to coloring in books, youth and adults were treated to a relaxing atmosphere while they let their imaginations take over. Clients learned just how powerful it is to be able to channel creative energy as part of the healing process.

We’re looking forward to all the upcoming events!
 
WIN Helps Promote Safety in Neighborhoods during National Night Out
 
National Night Out was developed as a way for people to say “NO!” to crime in their neighborhoods. From rallies, to block parties, to parades, various groups put together evening programs to celebrate this night. The message? To just how strong the community connection really is.

WIN Family Services was proud to participate in Baltimore and Prince George’s County for the third year in a row. The weather held out while hundreds of community members gathered in solidarity. WIN was proud to offer support and services to anyone who may have otherwise not known where to look.

Additionally, WIN staff donated their time to offer services during Baltimore's Ceasefire "Nobody Kill Anybody for 72 Hours". Our community mental health and substance abuse professionals were on hand to be accessible to community members who may not have felt they had access or were to embarrassed to reach out. Our staff, along with multiple organizations,  spent Friday night in East Baltimore and then again Saturday night in West Baltimore making sure these neighborhoods had resources they needed.  

We’re excited to be a part of next year’s event and continuing to advocate for safety and compassion in our neighborhoods.
 

Three Cheers for another WIN!

Meet Ms. Carmelita Tchouake, who, despite facing extreme financial and personal challenges as she watched her life rapidly sinking in a downward spiral, persevered through each of these setbacks and now gratefully and graciously shares how her Faith, Focus, and Family at WIN helped her to keep pressing forward and make it through to VICTORY !!
"I really appreciate you for considering my problem with my security deposit for an apartment rental.  Moving to my new apartment was the best experience in my life and I am overjoyed with emotions.  I felt like I made it and God kept his promise. 

I am going through a divorce and dealing with an alcohol problem.  If it wasn’t for your supportive team always encouraging me and motivating me to be better; I don’t think I could make it. I could not get assistance for a major part of my security deposit. 

I had giving up and I did not want to live.  I felt like I was trying so hard, but nothing was happening.  However, my DSW, Ms. Sherri Adair and my Addictions Counselor, Mr. Jay Henderson did not give up on me.  They would pick me up from my house and sometimes wait for an hour for me to come out so I can make it to my appointments.

One day, I went to my onsite visit with my DSW, Ms. Sherri Adair and seen Mr. David Heard.  I asked him for help with my security deposit.  He told me that I have to try harder to make all appointments with my DSW and Addictions Counselor and to stay focus.  I agreed and began to work very hard to make all my appointments on time. 

Then, my life started to make a change. I got my own car and I started to really believe in myself.  Once I found out you had approved my security deposit financial support; made me so happy.

I have now moved into my new apartment.  It feels like a brand new start in my life. When we entered the apartment, my children were running around and now they are happy too.
Furthermore, I did not have enough money to purchase household items; but, I did not care.  My DSW, Ms. Sherri Adair was so excited for me that she went to Walmart to purchase items that I needed.  When I went to my Addictions Counselor, Mr. Jay Henderson would make sure that the whole group ate even when I knew he didn’t have the money. But, I am glad he did, because, I did not have food in the house. 

Mr. Al Laws, my mother, Ms. Earlene Cox worked for your company and she would say so many wonderful things about you.  Now, I see the great man she was talking about that is a true man of God.  I really appreciate you and your team at WIN Family Services. 

As I am writing this letter, tears are running down my face.  I am truly blessed that I am getting services at WIN.  I will be successful one day and I will never forget that you created a business that saved my life twice from suicide.  I have my own place, my own car, in the right state of mind and health with the help of an awesome team at WIN Family Services.  I am very happy and thank you so much for continuing to support me."

Catch WIN at an Event Near You!

WIN Family Services is making its mark in the community and we want to meet YOU! Our team has been spotted at events just like the 3rd Annual Community Resources Fair hosted by the Department of Juvenile Services. Prince George’s County staff, Alicia Merritt and Louis Martin, spent the day greeting individuals, sharing information and making connections.   It is our goal to make our services known and accessible to community members.  We'll be at your local resource fairs, backpack giveaways and family events throughout the rest of the season, so when you see our purple table cloth and bright colored banners, stop by and say hi! We’ll have all kinds of fun things for you!

Coming around the corner...

 WIN Family Services and Nickel Taphouse in Mt. Washington are teaming up once again this summer for a special fundraising event: Meet the Brewer: Brewer’s Art on August 17th. Bring your friends and get a chance to meet one of Baltimore’s favorite beer makers, have delicious food, and raise funds for at-risk youth! We can’t wait to see you there!

If you have any questions about upcoming events, please email Kristina Ramos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

June 2017 Newsletter

WIN-ning with Good News all Year Long!

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June 2017

Break out the sunscreen and fire up the grills, it’s the summer time! It’s the beginning of summer and WIN Family Services is excited to share with you all what we’ve been up to and what we’re going to be doing this season. From retreats, to graduations, to fundraisers, we have much to celebrate!
 

WIN Takes Part in the 109th Strawberry Festival

The sun was shining, the air was cool, and the sound of fun and laughter filled the air. June 3rd proved to be the perfect day for the 109th Catonsville Strawberry Festival! Each year, hundreds of community members gathered at Hunting Presbyterian Church to enjoy a barbecue, carnival games, sweet treats, face painting, pony rides… and of course, strawberries! This was WIN’s 3rd year volunteering at the beloved festival and without fail; employees and their families spent the afternoon making sure everyone who came out had a great time. The long standing community event marks the beginning of the summer season and we were happy that we could be a part of history for another year in a row. Thank you to everyone who gave their time and effort to making the annual Strawberry Festival a success.

A Month of Advocacy

The month of May signifies two very important events: National Foster Care Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. As advocates for both, WIN Family Services was excited to take part in and to host multiple events that aimed to spread awareness. We kicked off the month with a dinner and fundraiser at Potbelly in Towson. With support from the community, WIN was able to raise funds for our talents and arts development program – DREAM – and their activities. Chipotle  helped us celebrate families even further on Mother’s Day by hosting a fundraising day at its Towson restaurant. Attendees not only were able to enjoy their favorite burritos, but they left knowing they served a good cause. WIN’s biggest fundraiser of the year raised the stakes. The Preakness Stakes that is!  Our Preakness Parking event raised thousands of dollars to benefit the annual holiday event we host for our youth and families. Lastly, the folks at Big Lots at Reisterstown Plaza and Heaven600 AM helped bring our month to a close with a donation drive that collected everything from toiletries to school supplies that we will be distributing to the families we work with throughout the year. All through the month, we launched social media campaigns: #MentalHealthAwareness and #NationalFosterCareMonth where we gave our followers just a closer glimpse into the experiences of those we serve. For more information about mental health and therapeutic foster care, visit our website at www.winfamilyservices.org. A special thank you goes to everyone who supported us during this special month and those who helped facilitate each of the events. We’re all making a difference TOGETHER!
 

Caps Off to the Grads!

There’s really no feeling in the world quite like the swell of a heart with pride and joy as you watch a youth reach certain milestones. It’s no different for WIN when we see our youth graduate from kindergarten, middle school and even high school! This past June, we watched many of your youth throw their caps in the air. A special congratulations goes to the 11 youth in both our Baltimore and Prince George’s County programs who have graduated high school, our 3 graduates in Baltimore and Prince George’s County from middle school, and our kindergarten graduate in Prince George’s County. We’re so proud of all of you and have been blessed to watch you grow in your journey. Here’s to many more triumphs in your future!
 
WIN Refocuses and Refreshes
 
May 18th marked one of WIN’s most anticipated events: Staff Retreat! This is the time of the year for WIN  to regroup and refocus as a family so that we can ensure we are providing the best service to our community. Held at The Overhills Mansion in Catonsville, Maryland, staff from Baltimore, Prince George’s County and Cecil County came together to learn, bond, and celebrate. The theme of the day was: live your dream and do what you’re passionate about. Staff were encouraged to visualize their dream  and think about how WIN could help them achieve it. The day was full of fun and laughs as we heard from the CEO, shared in delicious meals, and played games that would give Minute to Win It a run for its money! At the end of the day, staff and their guests gathered for a dinner dance at the mansion, with employees themselves putting on A Night at the Apollo as the evening’s entertainment. Rejuvenated and inspired, WIN moves forward to continue our mission and strengthen individuals, families, and communities all over the world.
 

Happy Retirement

Every now and then special people come into our lives and do special work. They give their heart and soul in all they do and do this for years and years to come. For us, that special someone is our dear Ms. Linda.  Giving over 10 years to our organization, this amazing lady needs some rest! So please join us, in congratulating our Ms. Linda in a Happy Retirement! Congratulations Ms. Linda, we love you!
 

Coming around the corner...

DREAM will not be held until September for its annual summer break.

Join us August 2nd in Baltimore and August 3rd in PG for our next new parent orientation! Do you know anyone who wants to become a foster parent with WIN? Send them our way to learn a little more about us (410)578-8003

Save the Date: WIN Family Services and Nickel Taphouse in Mt. Washington are teaming up once again this summer for a special fundraising event: Meet the Brewer: Brewer’s Art on August 3rd. Bring your friends and get a chance to meet one of Baltimore’s favorite beer makers, have delicious food, and raise funds for at-risk youth! We can’t wait to see you there!


If you have any questions about upcoming events, please email Kristina Ramos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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