Happy Autumn family! The leaves are falling, the pumpkin spice is spreading, and WIN is walking into a new and exciting season with all of you. We can't wait to share with you what we have been up to and all that will be acompished in the months to come! Below you'll find news of partnerships, additions, and heartfelt thanks to those who have taken this journey with us. Take a look!
WIN Takes on Cecil County!
Great news! WIN is now in Cecil County! We have been blessed with the opportunity to open yet another location in Maryland. This time, we’re taking on Northern Maryland. With a new Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program office, the organization is hoping to open the doors to a wider audience who are looking to receive mental health assistance. With recent events, the conversation of mental health is being brought more and more to the forefront. WIN is hoping to encourage those who are suffering from mental illness or a mental health trauma to pursue the help they may need. The Cecil County office will be an accessible resource to those who are in need.You can find us at 33 S. Main Street, Port Deposit, MD 21904. Please keep WIN in your prayers as we take on this great endeavor!
WIN is GREAT!
WIN Family Services is pleased to announce its budding partnership with Greater Grace World Outreach in Moravia Park. Not only are we excited for the youth and families to take part in activities that build stronger relationships in Christ, but in turn we will also be sharing the knowledge of Family Strengthening. WIN CEO, Al Laws Jr., was recently featured on the Greater Grace network on a radio interview airing Thursday, September 11th. Be sure to tune in and hear from Mr. Laws! He will also be presenting to the church leaders and the Greater Grace community on Family Strengthening basics. Stay tuned for more news on this new and exciting relationship!
For more information about Greater Grace World Outreach, visit http://www.ggwo.org/
Looking Forward to a Blessed School Year!
Blessings come in abundance! WIN Family Services’ youth were thrilled to receive a very generous donation of school supplies that will prep them for the year. Reading, writing, learning and counting will be a breeze with the notebooks, folders, binders, pens, pencils, and countless materials that were given to WIN. We owe our thanks to the youth, families, and members of Elderslie – St. Andrews Church located on Pimlico Road. Our organization feels truly humbled and blessed to have received such support from the community. It takes just one person to show interest in a child’s future to turn a life around. In this case, an entire church has shown such interest and we can not wait to see what the future holds for our kids. THANK YOU Ms. Thomas, Ms. Stockton and the entire Elderslie – St. Andrews community!
WIN Goes to the Aquarium!
A special thank you goes to the National Aquarium for their generous donation of passes to the aquarium. As one of the most prominent attractions of Baltimore, WIN is ecstatic to have the opportunity to share this fun, informative, and exciting family experience with our parents and youth. A HUGE thank you goes to Ms. Rosalyn and the entire National Aquarium team for helping to provide our youth with enriching experiences.
WIN Staff is RecognizedFive years ago, a young woman walked into the offices of WIN Family Services to meet with the Director of Operations. New to the area, she was looking for a position that would not only support her new family, but also hold her interest and utilize her God-given talents. Once she stepped out of the office, the Director immediately called WIN’s CEO, Al Laws, saying “Your Director of Family Services for Prince George’s County just walked through that door.” That young woman is Angela Gardner. Since 2009, Angela has worked tirelessly to ensure our youth, families, and staff are well taken cared of. WIN staff came together during August’s CEO Address to honor this special lady and all that she has done for the company. Here is what a member of our staff and one of our parents had to say…
“Dear Angela, I wanted to write you to say "Thank You". The past few months have been very overwhelming and I would not have been able to get through them without your enormous support, strong leadership, and unlimited guidance. We spoke the other day about how everything happens for a reason, people come into your life for a reason, and we do not always understand the Why in the moment. I now understand why you were meant to be my supervisor. You have pushed me more than anyone has before, helping me to grow tremendously as a person and a professional. For this, I cannot thank you enough...I believe I am a better social worker and above all, a better person and I have you to thank for this.”
-T. Meltzer, LGSW
“I would like to let the executive persons of WIN know that they could not have chosen a better person for the position of Director of the PG office. I feel that Angela is a woman of God and shows it in her emails as well as speaking to her either on the phone or in person... Angela has shown me that she loves her job and does love the Lord. I have been with WIN for 4 years and not one time have I called or ask her for a time to see her that she said no...She has a lot of fires to put out each week but each situation gets her undivided attention. I have had struggles with my child, but she worked with me as well as my dynamite team to help me through it all... Angela and my team can see how determined I am to make this child productive in the world and have a great future. I believe it is because of Angela and the team that I can feel this way…I can definitely see the spirit of God in her when talks about what is needed to help these children. Angela is always willing listen to new ideas or what is working or not working. Please don't take lightly the kind of person you have running the PG office because she is always on the clock. She makes sure her staff is on task. She will go the extra mile but you have to come to her with the correct information. I have a great team and knowing that they and Angela have my back in support keeps me at WIN. Thank you”
Our Parents are the Best!WIN is excited for the opportunity to acknowledge those who have worked so hard for this organization. WIN truly has wonderful individuals working with the agency and we want to take a moment to give our thanks and a round of applause to these amazing people…
“I would like to send this email to acknowledge the outstanding job that Ms. J. Colbert has been doing with [the youth] in her home. [Her foster daughter] has been with Ms. Colbert for the past 3 years, and during that period, Ms. Colbert has gone above and beyond her treatment parent duties. She has created a healthy and nurturing family environment for [the youth] and has demonstrated tremendous resilience through all the various challenges presented in the home over the past 3 years. Not only has Ms. Colbert been taking care of all of [the child’s] needs, but she has also been of tremendous help with [the youth’s] 13 month old daughter as evidenced by getting the baby to and from day care every day and babysitting some weekends. Ms. Colbert does not hesitate to take off from work to assist the client with her Court-related obligations or team meetings. Over the past 3 weeks for example, she took off several times in order to make herself and her vehicle available for [our client’s] driving exam (twice). Last week, she was available for [her daughter’s] transitional facilitation meeting at DSS and just this yesterday, she took off again to assist client getting to her GED testing site for the exam. I always monument her efforts and dedication, but I also wanted to share with you about her active involvement in this youth’s development.”
-Rachid Bagana, LCSW-C
We would like to extend a very special thank you to one of our parents, Ms. E. Williams for the delicious meals she continues to prepare for our staff. Not only does the staff look forward to her fabulous Jamaican cuisine, but her kind heart has been a source of strength for not only staff but every child that has stayed in her home. She is such an important and strong part of our agency and we are so glad to have her on our team. Thank you for your tireless support!
WIN Stops by the Older Foster Youth Summit
It was a beautiful day in Druid Hill Park - perfect for a picnic, music…and the first ever Older Foster Youth Summit! The Department of Human Resources of Maryland hosted a great event targeted for foster youth looking to make their way in the world. WIN Family Services was so proud to be a part of such a great event, preparing youth for the life ahead – whether it was a need for housing, counseling services, or just an encouraging word. At the age of 21, youth in care age out of their programs, sometimes without the knowledge or proper resources of what it takes to live on their own.The entire day was dedicated to ensuring these youth are equipped with the information they need to live independent lives. Alongside organizations such as Catholic Charities, Hope Forward, and Mentor Maryland , WIN distributed information and answered questions of the visitors wanting to learn more about building their futures. The very interactive event featured classic picnic fare, outdoor games, lively music, and excited guests. We wish these youth the best of luck with their future endeavors!
Christmas is Coming...The Holidays are approaching and WIN Family Services is making preparations for our annual holiday celebrations! Every year, we work to provide our youth and families with a very merry Christmas, complete with a humongous party, delicious meal, and thoughtful presents. We are calling on the help of the community to make this year’s event the best it has ever been. Please consider sending in-kind or monetary donations to Kristina Ramos at 2502 W. Northern Parkway Baltimore, MD 21215. The holidays are a time for family and giving, please help us make this one memorable for those in need.
WIN and CFC – The only acronyms you’ll ever need to know!
Do you or someone you know work for a federal organization? WIN is now a CFC certified organization. Help support our organization by choosing us as the recipients of your donations. Our designation code is 17225. Give the gift that keeps on giving – invest in our youth!
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