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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.