Time is definitely flying by this year, and we can feel the summer breezes slowly making their way toward us. It’s hard to believe it’s may and we are already almost halfway through the year, but that doesn’t mean we’re even close to halfway the exciting events we have going on at WIN! Read on for the latest news and updates on what we have been up to this season.
An Organization that Cares
The room was full of love and laughter as staff members circled around the room, greeting each other with hearty embraces - not the typical workplace greeting, but the instruction of WIN Family Services CEO, Al Laws Jr. This simple act set the tone for this month’s CEO Address – Employee Engagement. Shortly after staff took their seats, Mr. Laws then announced he wanted a chance to get to know new employees! He proceeded to take the microphone around the room and have the newest members stand and say a few things about themselves.
In the first 30 minutes, an outsider could plainly see that WIN Family Services is not your typical organization, but one that proudly gets down to business, but also knows how to have a good time. Most importantly, WIN Family Services is built on the compassion human beings have for one another. That is why Mr. Laws chooses to stress the importance of a conducive and happy work place.
In a presentation shared with over 50 individuals, Mr. Laws reviewed what employees and managers around the world are looking for in the jobs they seek and the results they wish to garnish. The results were nothing far from interesting! In a survey, agencies across the board believed that the top three things employees wanted from their job were:
2. Job Security
3. Promotion and Growth
Funnily enough, employees were surveyed and the lists were just a little different.. The three most important things to employees worldwide are:
1. Interesting work
3. Feeling Involved
Lastly, a list was reviewed of what employers look for in employees:
1. Communication Skills
4. Interpersonal Skills
5. Motivation/ Initiative
6. Strong Work Ethic
7. Analytical Skills
9. Computer Skills
10. Self Confidence
Reviewing the lists helped everyone – employees and management alike – get on the same page. We are excited for the results this new knowledge will produce!
“WIN” has never been a more appropriate name for an organization. The acronym stands for “What I Need” and the company tries to create a win-win situation for anyone involved. Month after month, Mr. Laws seems to hit a bulls eye right on what employees need – emotionally, spiritually, and physically (whether it’s relay races or delicious food, they always have us covered!) In this particular month, Mr. Laws felt that there was a struggle in the company and there was a support that was needed, “There is a comfort that surpasses our understanding… and in that moment, seek Good,” he shared. So together, not only as a staff, but as a family, WIN Family Services prayed together. We prayed for those we serve, we prayed for each other, we prayed for others around the world…we prayed fervently and reverently!
Not only did we come together as an organization, but WIN got STRONGER! With a renewed spirit and focus we are ready to put forth our best work for the youth and families we serve. Get ready to see big things from WIN Family Services in the time to come!
We're on the Air!
Don’t forget, Advice4Life airs every Sunday at 9am on Heaven600 AM! Tune in to get your weekly dose of the Family Strengthening Practice – broken down by Al Laws himself so that you can use it in your every day life! Have you been struggling with someone in your life? For the past couple of months, Mr. Laws has been helping every day people from the community improve their relationships one by one. You can be the next one!
National Foster Care Month is Here!
WIN Family Services is once again celebrating National Foster Care Month! For the entire month of May, we will be taking part in campaigns that shed light on the experiences and needs of children in care. Our own social media campaign will include special stories, parenting tips, and ways to help; just check in with our Facebook page, blog, and Twitter! Take some time to learn how you can help a child in foster care today!
Good News from Those we Serve
Ms. Merritt, one of our prized Direct Service Workers, took time to share with us the great achievements and progress her clients have made throughout their time with WIN Team. Take some time to share in our joy and celebrations and read on for what these wonderful individuals have accomplished!
*All names have been changed to protect privacy.*
“Larry is 18 years of age.... NEVER made honors.... Once I began working with Lamont he made honor roll his senior year of high school, for the first time. And he didn't think he was smart enough, for college. Larry is now enrolled in PG community college.
Mary is 20 years of age..... WOW! Angry, homeless, low self-esteem, frustrated, ready to give up on life. Since working with Mary, she has her own apartment, SHE SMILES NOW AND IS HAPPY. She believes in herself now... She has completed a 6month job training program and is working F/T.... this is in fact her first and only job!
Tara is 43 years of age.... Depressed, inconsistent, no goals, a runner and homeless....Since I have been working with Tara she is moving into her own place in June, she has much better follow-through, she has set goals for herself and is much more consistent.
Victoria is 18 years of age.... She had a great amount of un-forgiveness in her heart and would not talk to her mother, and had not talk to her mother in 5 years. Victoria gave up on her dreams and decided she was not going to college. Since working with Victoria she is now enrolled in college and will be leaving to attend Allegany in the fall. She has forgivien her mother who she now is rebuilding a relationship with.
I believe ALL my clients have showed great progress, however these are the clients I have seen a 180 degree turn around.”
Thank you Ms. Merritt for all that you’ve done and continue to do!
A Special Blessing
This past month, our organization was surprised by an incredible blessing. Toyota Motor Company announced that they had chosen us as recipients of care packages that staff had personally prepared for our youth. Each bag is decorated with an inspirational message, blankets, toys, and other items to bring comfort to children making tough transitions in their lives. May is National Foster Care Month and our goal is to raise awareness for kids in care. We are so excited that Toyota has taken the time to invest their time and care in our kids. We constantly try to find ways to offset the difficult experiences our youth have undergone in their lives and we are entirely grateful that Toyota has joined us in that mission. Thank you Toyota!
Care for Some Strawberries?
WIN Family Services is joining Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church for the 107th Annual Community Strawberry Festival in Catonsville, MD. This fun-filled event will be taking place Saturday June 6th from 5pm-8pm at the Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church on Edmondson Avenue. Take some time with your family to enjoy games, pony rides, food, desserts, and music as well as support various organizations in the community. We hope to see you there!