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The United Way Campaign Is Underway

Everyone should by now have received your United Way pledge form, instructions on how to complete the form and the “Community Partners” list.  Please complete and return your form to Jennifer Raul in Human Resources no later than September 19th.  We encourage all staff to participate -- even one dollar goes a long way in helping.

Additionally, don’t forget that there will be 2 incentive prize drawings at the conclusion of the campaign!
If you donate $1.00 per pay period, to total $26.00 per year, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Acer Tablet and Essentials Bundle including a tablet case, screen solution and PNY 16GB microDs card. 

If you donate $2.00 or more per pay period, to total $52.00 or more per year, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a 39” Samsung LED TV.
Thank you!

Plan for Dietary Services

As has previously been reported, the Dietary Services Department will be closing its doors on Friday, September 5. While we prepare to honor the remaining staff members of the Department and celebrate the Department’s decades of service, we have also been planning for how to address the various functions that Dietary Services provided. To help implement these plans, we are pleased that Robin Metcalf has assumed the permanent position of Dietary Services Liaison (DSL), reporting to the Director of Centralized Services. In addition, Maggy (Director of Nutritional Services) has agreed to continue working through the month of September to assist with the transition.
Following is a summary of the major functions the Dietary Services Department has provided and the plan to continue, modify or replace the function:
1. Meals for children in the schools and residence – KidzTable has been providing meals and snacks to our schools since July 1 and began serving the diagnostic classrooms today (August 25). They have piloted several meal deliveries in the residence and are prepared to assume the total operation of food service for the residence starting Monday, September 1.

2. Snacks for children in the Timonium Therapeutic After School Program (TASP) – Snacks will continue to be purchased and provided to the Timonium TASP by the DSL. They will be stored in the SVV-DV kitchen.

3. Lunch service for staff – Unfortunately a food vendor has not been identified to provide lunch service to staff at the residential facilities, due to the small volume. While efforts continue to be made to identify a vendor, in the interim, vending machines will be installed at SVV-DV and SVV-PS which contain sandwiches and other lunch items. At SVV-PS, the vending machine will be installed in kitchen area adjacent to the break room. At SVV-DV, the vending machine will be installed in the vending machine room outside the kitchen. Tables will still be available for staff to gather and eat in the SVV-DV cafeteria. These machines should be installed within the next 5 – 10 days; an announcement will go out when the machines are installed.
Lunch service for staff will discontinue on Friday, August 29.
4. Coffee and hot chocolate machines – The coffee/hot chocolate machine at SVV-PS will continue to be maintained as it has been, however the Housekeeping Department will clean the machine and surrounding area. (Thank you, Maung Myint!)

At SVV-DV, the existing coffee and hot chocolate machines will be removed from the vending machine room outside the cafeteria. The Keurig machine that is currently located in the little kitchen outside of Sue Franklin’s office will be placed in this vending machine room. The DSL will be responsible for maintaining a supply of Keurig cups.
If we receive the Unaccompanied Child Program grant, a more sophisticated coffee/hot chocolate machine similar to what is at SVV-PS will be installed.
5. Refreshments for meetings, trainings, farewell parties and other events – We will continue to purchase and keep on hand water, juice and other beverages for meetings, trainings, farewell parties and other events. A Dietary Requisition Form should be submitted to the DSL to request these items.

Food will need to be brought or catered in. The DSL will work with event organizers to identify local caterers or food stores. The responsibility for ordering food will rest with the event organizer.

6. Discharge parties for children in the residence – We will continue to provide cupcakes and drinks for discharge parties. A Requisition Form should be submitted to the DSL.

7. Birthday parties for children the residence – Mary Lee Saarbach has graciously volunteered to provide the food, drinks and paper supplies for birthday parties. She has a form for staff to use to inform her of an upcoming party.

8. Provision of paper goods – We will continue to maintain a supply of kitchen-related paper goods, such as plates, cups, utensils, napkins and paper table cloths. KidzTable will also supply paper plates, utensils and napkins upon request.

9. Emergency food supplies – KidzTable will maintain the emergency food supplies in the two residence campuses and the schools that are to be used in the event that food service is disrupted by emergency conditions. Our DSL will order and maintain supplies of food in the event a child misses a meal, will not eat what is being served, or needs a certain type of food for medical reasons. Some of these items, such as Sun Butter, jelly, and bread, will be delivered to the schools and residential units upon request (please use a Requisition Form). Additional supplies will be stored in the kitchens at the schools and residential campuses.
Hopefully this information covers the majority of functions traditionally covered by the Dietary Services Department. Please check with either myself, Maggy or Robin if you have questions about these plans or anything that may have been left out. We appreciate your patience during the transition time and look forward to your suggestions about how to continue provide an appropriate level of dietary-related service.


It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to tell you of Debbie Chenoweth’s resignation from her position as the Program Coordinator of the Respite Program in Community Resources. Debbie has been offered an exciting career opportunity with Fallston Middle School in their School Consultation Program. Debbie’s last day will be Friday, September 26, 2014.
Debbie has been an integral part of the agency’s community of care and services of Catholic Charities and even more specifically, an integral part the Respite Programs Management Team, the CFSD Mentor Committee, the Community Connections Webpage Editorial Committee, and the Catholic Charities Agency-wide LEAD Program.  It has been a pleasure to have worked with Debbie, play a part in her professional development for many years, and bear witness to her tremendous professional blossoming, growth, and accomplishments during her 17 years tenure at Catholic Charities. 
I am certain without any reservation that Debbie will be both a gift and an asset to the team at Fallston Middle School. We will sincerely miss her presence, gifts, and passion in the provision of excellence and quality service to the children and families whom we are privileged to serve.  Debbie, I wish you the very best in this new endeavor of your career and continued success as you transition into the next phase of your career path and professional development. Because of your benevolence, presence, talent, and gifts, you have touched many lives and have helped Catholic Charities deliver a product for which it can be proud and respected now and in forthcoming years. 
We wish you the very best and bountiful successes in this new chapter of your professional development now and always.

Dietary Celebration

After more than half a century of distinguished service, the Dietary Services Department will officially close its doors on Friday, September 5.  This is the culmination of a process we have been undertaking for the past several months as we transition to KidzTable, a food service provider which began serving meals to children in our schools in July and recently started piloting meal deliveries in the residence.  Although this move was necessary as we plan for the consolidation of the residential programs and lose access to the kitchen at St. Vincent’s Villa – Dulaney Valley, that reality does not, in any way, diminish the sense of sadness and loss.
For as long as any of us can remember, the staff of the Dietary Services Department have worked tirelessly  to provide nutritional and good tasting meals to children and staff in the residential and school programs, on time, in any kind of weather, and with a caring smile and encouraging word.  The department has also catered special events such as staff retirement parties, trainings, meetings and Joint Commission visits, consistently receiving compliments about the customer service and the quality of the food. 
Several long-time members of our staff have stayed with the department through the transition and deserve special recognition for their years of service:
                Othelia Gomez – 27 years
                Robin Bailey – 12 years
                Mona Taylor – 12 years
                Rochonne Fair – 7 years
                Maggy Swift-Gobel – 6 years
To show our appreciation for these staff members, to reminisce, and to commemorate the end of an era, we will hold a special celebration on Wednesday, September 3, 2:00 – 3:30 in the cafeteria at St. Vincent’s Villa – Dulaney Valley.  The official program will begin around 2:30. 
Please RSVP to Lauren Owens at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 410 252-4700, ext. 160.
Please share the attached flyer with others as we want to encourage a great turnout!
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Dietary Department in different ways throughout the years.

Multi-Cultural Day

Another wonderful Multi-Cultural Day has come to an end and once again the staff and children at St. Vincent’s Villa exceeded all previous expectations.  After two weeks of summer camp which was devoted to learning about their specifically chosen countries, each unit went above and beyond to capture the true essence and dynamic of what these countries meant to them.  We were treated to the annual parade of nations (that was greeted to resounding applause from the staff from both campuses) complete with flag bearers holding up their vibrant and colorful flags that had been a handmade team effort from the units. The Gym at the Pot Spring campus was cheerfully decorated with the various art work done by the children over the two weeks at camp.
The theme of “Around the World in 80 Days” was carried out with balloons on each colorful table while the movie played up on the screen in the Pot Spring Gym.  The food was excellent (compliments of the dietary staff and Padonia Station restaurant) and everyone enjoyed the passports and activity books depicting different cultures and countries that were at each place on the tables.  Our college interns and high school volunteers were also an integral part of the summer camp and the day itself and they enjoyed interacting with the various units and asking questions about the fun facts from their countries.  This annual event couldn’t have taken place without the cooperation and enthusiasm of the staff and the children who made it a fitting end to the summer at St. Vincent’s Villa.

 LEAD Speaker Dr. Sam Ross

On July 22 about 50 Catholic Charities colleagues gathered at the Loyola Graduate School in Timonium to hear Dr. Sam Ross, the CEO of Bon Secours Hospital, speak about leadership as part of the Agency’s LEAD Speaker series.  Dr. Ross spoke about his responsibilities, including the management of the Bon Secours Hospital, as well as oversight of a variety of community outreach efforts that include affordable housing for seniors and families, job readiness, GED programs and community green initiatives.
Speaking about his journey to Baltimore, he talked about being a young man growing up in Texas and dreaming to become “the black Marcus Welby,” a 70’s television show about a family physician who returned to his hometown, finding success as well as a sense of purpose.   Dr. Ross did realize his dream becoming a family physician in private practice.  But, he soon realized that he had a much different calling, one that would take him to Parkland Hospital in Dallas as Chief Medical Officer before becoming CEO of Bon Secours Hospital in West Baltimore.
He described the decision to come to Baltimore as a difficult one.  Dr. Ross explained that he had never lived outside the state of Texas.   Leaving his parents and grown children behind was hard, but he was drawn to the mission of the Sisters of Bon Secours which    emphasizes caring for patients needs with quality and compassion. 
But, Ross was impressed by the impact, beyond health care, that Bon Secours has on the surrounding community.  He likened the community outreach effort made by the hospital as consistent with the concept of Community-Oriented Primary care promoted by Dr. Sidney Kark of South Africa.   Dr. Kark built facilities to address the social determinants affecting the poor, as Bon Secours hospital has done in West Baltimore. 
He spoke about listening to people in the community talk about the importance of “getting rid of rats and trash” in their community.  Ross described how the hospital responded to the community by helping the community eliminate houses that could not be redeveloped and use the lots for community gardens.  Ross affirmed that the effort by Bon Secours to reach out to the community is an extension of the Sisters’ mission of healing, compassion and liberation.  
Dr. Ross was both eloquent and passionate about his work.  Yet, he spoke directly to the hearts of the audience in an unassuming and humble manner.   All of those in attendance could feel that this was the same way he spoke to everyone, regardless of their position or status.   Dr. Ross is a grounded, yet charismatic and transformational leader and another example of a committed, talented, inspiring executive serving the Baltimore community.

A Fond Farewell

The Volunteer Services Department said goodbye to Maureen O’Reilly, Volunteer Coordinator, this week as she moved on St. Jerome’s Head Start to take a position as Disability Coordinator. For the past two years, Maureen dedicated herself to placing volunteers and undergraduate interns in support roles throughout the Division as well as in Head Start. We’re grateful for her contribution and the helpful, gracious nature she brought to her work. Prior to her role in Volunteer Services, Maureen had a 12 year career as Education Coordinator at St. Jerome’s. She is looking forward to working with the preschoolers once again and we wish her the very best in her transition.
Until a new hire is identified, any volunteer or intern questions can be referred to Maria Folsom-Kovarik, Volunteer Services Manager.

Media Reminder

It is the policy of Catholic Charities that all media relations are handled through the Catholic Charities Communications Department. This includes activities such as inquiries from media personnel or proactively placing stories. All staff members are expected to refer such inquiries or activities to their Director or Administrator.

Diversity Holidays and Cultural Observances July, 2014

*This calendar is meant to include a diverse sampling of holidays and cultural observances but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every holiday.

The United States is rich with diversity, which is reflected in the observances celebrated by its various cultures and populations. Knowledge of the following diversity holidays and celebrations may enhance our workplace diversity and our dedicated efforts of inclusion.

July 11 is World Population Day, The annual event is designed to raise awareness of global population issues and was established in 1989 by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program.

July 13 is Asala–Dharma Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the start of the Buddha’s teachings.

July 26 is Disability Independence Day, which marks the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

July 29 is Eid al Fitr, the Muslim celebration which commemorates the ending of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is a festival of thanksgiving to Allah, and is celebrated by wearing one's finest clothing, saying prayers, and nurturing understanding of other religions.

Quote of the Month, from Thomas Berry: 
“Diversity is the magic…The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.”


Milieu and Building Supervisors Serve Dinner at My Sister's Place

Another successful meal was served recently at My Sister’s Place.   The milieu supervisors and building supervisors of St. Vincent’s Villa were the volunteers.   The women enjoyed a wonderful meal of pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and pudding.  They commented on the ranch dressing and the sweet pudding.  Thanks to Maggy and Tonei for cooking the pasta for us.
The evening was full of spirit as evidenced by the broad smiles in the picture of our staff.   Music was played and several of the women danced to the tunes.   They had expressed to us their gratitude about the excellent meal and large portions they were given.  It was uplifting to see the joy in their faces as so often they struggle with life.  
Our next event is scheduled for Thursday, September 18th and the Utilization Review /Risk Management group will be the host of the event.   If your group is interested in experiencing this moving event, please contact Andrea Commarata at 1432.
The Mission Integration Committee- Andrea, Denise and Kim.

Ernst and Young Interns Summer 2014

The summer season has arrived at St. Vincent’s Villa with a wonderful series of events and activities. Another successful beginning of St. Vincent’s Villa’s summer camp started with our annual visit from the Ernst and Young college intern’s mini-field day.  The day’s events ranged from javelin throwing (with pool noodles) to a mini softball game to relay races to the ever popular water balloon races.  Afterwards the treats were ice pops which were enjoyed by the children, interns and staff!  The remainder of the week saw the arts and crafts project of patriotic flags and decorations which were building blocks for the dining room decorations in anticipation of Fourth of July and our Star Spangled Villa Fair on July 19th.  The camp ended with the children tie dying tee shirts for the summer.  On Tuesday night of camp week, the children were also treated to a delicious cookout compliments of the National Association of Catering Executives.  There were photo booths, face painting, arts and crafts projects, games,  two moon bounces, a visit from the sno cone truck, cotton candy, popcorn, and dancing to a dj, everyone (both staff and children alike) had a wonderful time. 

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New Staff, Volunteers and Interns

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Aimee Hoffman<br/>Sr. Clinician<br/>VM BHC TimoniumAlexandra Morella<br/>TSS II<br/>VM BHC WestminsterCalacia Douglas<br/>RTC I<br/>SVV DVCynthia Crown<br/>School Consultant<br/>School ConsultantKarey Skinner<br/>Sr. Clinician III<br/>VM BHC TImoniumKatherine Reynolds<br/>PRN<br/>PRNLauren Smelton<br/>Therapist I<br/>VM BHC AbingdonTryee Raeford<br/>RTC I<br/>SVV PS

Recently Posted Positions

Front Desk Supervisor, Full time, Timonium
Various Head Start positions in Baltimore City

For a complete list of position open within Catholic Charities, please visit the website at

Refer a candidate and receive a referral bonus after their start date.

Contact Kathy Iversen, Employment Coordinator for details.


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Child & Family Services

Our Vision:
Catholic Charities Child and Family Services will be a National model of a fully-integrated system of innovative, effective, state-of-the-art programs that assists children, adults and families to achieve their full potential.

Our Mission:
Catholic Charities Child and Family Services provides an integrated, state-of-the-art, comprehensive system of care that includes: child welfare; delinquency diversion; behavioral health; special education; and early-childhood and family-development services that assist children, adults and families to achieve their full potential.

Our Values:
Respect Partnership Knowledge Excellence Diversity Data-driven
Cherishing the Divine Within