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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May 2019 Newsletter

 

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May 2019

The sun is shining and the temperature is warming up. This could only mean one thing: Spring is upon us! This new season is all about growth and we're excited to share all that we've been up to. Read on for the latest about WIN Family Health.  Visit our website at www.winfamilyservices.org
 

Launching New Programs!

We are excited for the launch of our Wellness Center under the guidance of Mrs. Lauren Capel and expertise of Dr. Mertine Jermany. Our mental health services will be more widespread throughout the Baltimore community as we accept and welcome new clients in their journey to their healthiest selves. Our on staff therapists are ready to help individuals heal and build stronger relationships with their families and community.

Additionally, our Counseling Support Services now offering a somatic health. Our Somatic Health Services, headed by nurse practitioner Yolanda Williams, will ensure our clients are meeting their holistic needs – not only mentally, spiritually, but also physically. Our Somatic Health staff will help individuals assess their overall health and meet their individualized goals.
 

Staff Shoutout

WIN Family Health prides itself in offering great customer service to our clients and our service partners. Our priority is to meet the needs of all those we work with and establish thriving relationships with agencies that share our mission. When we get great news from a partner, we can’t help but shout it out from the mountains. Thank you to Beacon Health by helping us in our goal to create a healthier community! Below is a quick message from one of our partners:

"I called Beacon Health today and spoke with Darlene, customer service representative.  Darlene reported that she checks in with providers and consumers from time to time about the services they receive.  WIN is constantly getting great reviews and service success stories.  She also stated its not often she gets great reports from providers and consumers but to consistently here great things about WIN is impressive.  In addition she gives WIN referral’s often and today she gave 3!  This is to acknowledge that WIN staff are doing a great job and CSW are doing great work in the community.  Way to go team you all are the best!" - T. Wheeler (Counseling Support Monitor)

Our WIN Family Health team members are committed to those we serve and helping  them through some of the toughest times in their lives. We are blessed to have individuals like Malika Brown as a part of our family, who is there to support at exactly the right time. She works to connect with the clients and ensure that they know they are cared for and supported. Here are just a few of the amazing things Malika has undergone through her time with WIN:

“We had platinum service at the PRP Baltimore office today. It’s always a very intense day when we have platinum service. It is especially intense for those who are there to help clients get through the intake process. We left work today overstimulated and a little bit tired from trying to get to get our workloads under control in time for servant leader tomorrow.

When Malika left she saw two gentlemen passed out on the bus stop near Giant. Like she does, she sprung into action. She called in the troops. Anita, Tina and Sarah were there in a flash and I circled back around to join them. When I got there Malika had already administered Narcam and one of the gentleman slowly became alert. The other was trying to come back around and the paramedics continued to work on him. Even though the scene was scary and some people were in tears, I was so proud to see our team in purple uniform handling business and serving the community.

Malika saved their lives! She did not hesitate to use her training, her knowledge and her team. She is such a blessing in a crisis!  I thank God for her and I am so blessed to watch her help people every single day!!! Today I watched her save lives!”


“ During our Platinum Services at Connexions, Malika was seen walking down the hall with a highschool student who was very upset and confessed doing hard to herself. Malika successfully de-escalated the issue and talked to her about how she and our entire team could support her.”

We are so proud to have you as a part of our team, Malika!

 
Meet our Social Workers
 
The month of March is recognized as National Social Work Month and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate the amazing individuals who give their hearts in their work each day. Meet our social workers – the heart and soul of WIN Family Health!

Leslie: The ability to interact with others and build relationships! Being a part of the process to support individuals growth, independence and change.

Lauren Capel: The best part of being a social worker is being able to advocate, support and be a light at the end of the tunnel for those who have lost hope and their own voice.  I enjoy creating transformative experiences to empower and being a vessel for healing for those in pain.

Shayla Cheeks: My favorite part about being a social worker is running into people that I served many years later and hearing their success stories.

Nicole: One of the many reasons I love being a social worker is because I love to help people. As cliche as that answer is, I love to be a constant in the life of someone who has always lived inconsistently. I love being able to be there and support a child or a parent when they feel stressed or overwhelmed. I love being able to plant seeds in the lives of children and hope that one day they bloom to become beautiful flowers. I love empowering children to become their own person and I absolutely LOVE that moment when a child learns that they can do anything they want with just a little hard work and help. I love playing a small part of change in the bigger picture of someone’s life.

Davida: I love being a Social Worker because I have been given enormous opportunities to serve disenfranchised populations through a therapeutic model premised on dignity. Serving children and families and providing innovative mental health services has propelled me to work towards being a part of alleviating the disparities present for marginalized groups. In a nut shell Social Work is a rewarding and diverse field.

We are so grateful for all of your hard work and commitment to our community!

 
Preakness 2019
The biggest event in Baltimore is coming to Pimlico Race Track on May 18th - The Preakness Stakes! Come see the horse race and enjoy the sights.

Worried about parking? WIN has you covered! Park all day on our supervised lot at 2502 W. Northern Parkway for a tax deductible donation of $40!

Coming around the corner...

Preakness 2019 Parking- May 18th 9am at 2502 W. Northern Parkway Baltimore, MD 21215

June Baltimore New Parent Orientation - June 3rd at 5:30pm
2502 W. Northern Parkway Baltimore, MD 21215

June PG New Parent Orientation - June 6th at 5:30pm
10001 Derekwood Lane Suite 210 Lanham, MD 20706

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

March 2019 Newsletter

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March 2019

We hope you've been surviving the crazy weather we've been having. But all the snow and ice can't keep WIN Family Health from all of our fun activities  this winter season! We've been very busy with community events, success stories, and changes to our agency. Read on for all that we've been up to. Visit our website at www.winfamilyservices.org
 

See Us in the Community!

WIN’s popping up all over the community – county to county, event after event. We got to share our mission throughout the state and even met some incredible people on the way. The next time you go to a resource fair or community event, be sure to keep an eye out for those friendly faces wearing purple polos and come say hi!

Check out our Family Support Monitor, Kawina Thornton, and our Director of Family Support, Jasmin Cooke, stopped by the Bilingual Latino Job Fair at the Center for Educational Partnership. “We met really great people wanting to make a difference!” says Jasmin, who collected over 13 resumes. Our amazing team were able to connect with compassionate individuals who were interested in becoming Counseling Support Workers and foster parents. We were also able to connect with agencies who want to collaborate. Sounds like you’ll be seeing a lot more of WIN at other resource fairs!

A huge thank you also goes to  to Gregg and Malika for helping make our presence known at Set the Captives Free service today! We met with dozens of individuals who share our heart and are excited to join WIN as DSW’s and foster parents. We’re blessed with the gift of community and can’t wait to make thriving and lasting relationships with everyone we’ve met.

Lastly, we've partnered with Medmark to network with local counselors and therapists to offer our additional services. Every month you can find us at the Timonium location, stop by to say hi and grab a treat!
 

Enriching Lives Through Experience

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 guest speakers, fitness classes, and finance workshops.  In the past few months, WIN Team put together events that were not only fun, but truly enriching!

Our Prince George's County Office Hosted a Personal Hygiene and How to Tie a Tie workshop for our young gentlemen enrolled in the program. Refreshments were on hand as our males took some time to learn how to tie their own ties and dress for success. They learned just how important it is to be presentable when it comes to making great first impressions.
 
A Special Thank You
 
Who knew a trip to after school detention would turn out to be one of the greatest blessings and acts of kindness the WIN family has ever witnessed? This past holiday season we were surprised with a very generous donation from the community of Connexions Academy The biggest surprise came when we found out how the donation came about.

It all started when two students landed themselves in afternoon detention. After a long talk with their teacher, Jodi Faye, they decided that they needed to do something different. Together, with the help of staff, the students put together a fund to help benefit foster youth for the holidays. After weeks of planning and collecting, the students and their community were able to purchase Christmas gifts for over 100 of our foster youth! Thank you so much to Ms. Faye, these two wonderful students, and the entire Connexions Academy community  for your acts of kindness! You are truly changing the world!

 
Connection with Connexion
ConneXions is a community-based, arts-focused, charter school located in the greater Mondawmin community whose focus  is on the arts with a commitment to academic excellence, preparing students for both college and career paths.

We are excited to announce our recent partnership with ConneXions to promote the performing arts, community cultural and civic leadership, and activism. In addition to the unique and rigorous program that helps students gain expertise in fine arts, they also participate in many multicultural school and community events. We’re excited to be a part of these students’ bright future.

 
Family First
WIN works to create a strong family dynamic  with those we serve throughout Maryland. So when we hear families of those who DO the work commend our organization, we really take it to heart. Hear what the mother of one of our wonderful team members had to say:

“Thank you!   I would love to meet you all and give you all hugs of thanks for the awesome coworkers that you are, for supporting and encouraging Jenn not only at work but personally, emotionally and spiritually.  She talks so highly about you all.”

Thank you to Dori for her kind words and a huge thank you to our dearest Jenn for all of your hard work and compassion toward the individuals we serve!
 

Coming around the corner...

April Baltimore New Parent Orientation - April 1st at 5:30pm
2502 W. Northern Parkway Baltimore, MD 21215

April PG New Parent Orientation - April 4th at 5:30pm
10001 Derekwood Lane Suite 210 Lanham, MD 20706

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

December 2018 Newsletter

 

WIN-ning with Good News all Year Long!

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December 2018

Happy Holidays! This is such an exciting time for WIN Family Health as we gear up for our biggest event of the year - our annual Holiday Extravaganza for the youth and families we serve. We've been busy like elves this season - from community events, to movie premieres, to big fundraisers. Read on for all that we've been up to. Visit our website at www.winfamilyservices.org
 

See Us in the Community!

WIN’s popping up all over the community – county to county, event after event. We got to share our mission throughout the state and even met some incredible people on the way. The next time you go to a resource fair or community event, be sure to keep an eye out for those friendly faces wearing purple polos and come say hi!

First we stopped at Cecil County’s Annual Recovery Walk where we shared information about our substance use disorder services. We also stopped at The Family Tree’s FamFest 5k and Walk where we took part in funfilled activities for the whole family! Next, we took part in Goodwill’s Thanksgiving Resource Fair where we were able to share our services with the Baltimore community. To round out a busy season, we held our annual gift drive for the youth at Big Lots in Reisterstown Plaza. We were also joined by Heaven600 radio superstar- Lee Michaels! Kind and generous faces greeted us throughout the entire day. What a great way to end the year!
 

Enriching Lives Through Experience

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 guest speakers, fitness classes, and finance workshops.  In the past few months, WIN Team put together events that were not only fun, but truly enriching!

Cecil and Harford County clients had the amazing opportunity to experience therapeutic horseback riding, thanks to our partner, Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program. The youth connected with the spirited animals and it was a great time had by all!

Cecil County also hosted a pumpkin decorating party. During the activity, the youth had fun and talked about how having the chance to express themselves through art made them fee. They were happy, relaxed and having a great time! It was all hands on deck as Cheryl provided cupcakes, cookies and drinks. Devin, Theresa, Tiffany and Placida helped to oversee the activity. Cheryl, Marina, and Ayo donated all the pumpkins that were used. Thank you everyone for your support!
 
A Special Thank You
 
We were extremely blessed this season to have received an abundance of donations. John Smith and his team shipped over 300 items from Under Armour right to our office. From jackets, to sweaters, to sweatpants, to gym bags- the generous donation will keep our clients warm this holiday season.

The great folks at Good Sports have also granted WIN the opportunity to choose any athletic clothing and equipment that fits our current needs. Our sports group in DREAM will be happy to know that Good Sports and Nike will be a huge part in helping our athletes practice and hone their skills.

Ashley Johnson and the Feld Entertainment family, granted magical wishes for the youth and families we serve. Sending over 100 of our clients passes to the Disney on Ice, Mickey’s Search Party, dreams really did come true as our youth were able to see their favorite Disney characters light up the stage.
 
A Special Movie Premiere
November was truly a time for family as the movie, “Instant Family” premiered right before the Thanksgiving holiday. The heartwarming comedy features Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as a married couple who decides to adopt a teenager and her two younger siblings from foster care. The film depicts their adventure as a new family, showing the various nuances of foster care and adoption – the joys and the struggles.

We were on hand during premiere weekend at the Bel Air Regal Cinemas to shed light on the therapeutic foster care experience. We hope the movie will inspire families to take the leap and be a part of a brighter future for a child in need. If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact Kristina Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Making a Difference
We are so proud of our former youth and a forever WIN Family member, Jamar Barnes, for the strides he has taken to improve the community we live in. In a recent video posted by Maryland Legal Aid, Jamar’s story is highlighted - from dealing with his past to taking the necessary steps to move forward. We are so proud of you Jamar, you are truly an inspiration! See the video here!
 

Coming around the corner...

January Baltimore New Parent Orientation - January 7th at 5:30pm
2502 W. Northern Parkway Baltimore, MD 21215

January PG New Parent Orientation - January 8th at 5:30pm
10001 Derekwood Lane Suite 210 Lanham, MD 20706

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