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Catholic Charities Child & Family Services

A New Era

August 28, 2015 marked the beginning of a new era for Catholic Charities, when our children’s residential services were consolidated to one building on Pot Spring Road, and the facility at Dulaney Valley closed. As the world changes, the services we offer change with it.

“There’s been a huge shift in the child serving system,” said Kevin Keegan, the Director of Family Services. “Now we treat far more children and families in their homes, schools and communities than we do in the residence. By providing services where the families are helps to remove barriers, like transportation and missing work or school to get to appointments, allowing more children to safely remain at home."

The Dulaney Valley building and pool will remain open. The kitchen, gym, and some of the offices will continue to be used until a longer term plan is established for the building use. “Our countless fond memories of our children and staff will last forever, but the brick and mortar will eventually change,” said Keegan.

The transition we are going through, and the closing of this building, is all about preserving the good work that we do, and making sure that we are here to provide the highest-quality residential services well into the future. 

Kevin Keegan

Director, Family Services Division

Catholic Charities of Baltimore

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Villa Maria School News

Villa Maria School has begun another school year.   Our Dulaney Valley and Harford Schools – and our Diagnostic program – all welcomed students back to their classrooms today (August 26th).   Please join me in wishing our school staff – and all those who support them – the very best for a great 2015-16 school year!
 
A few updates:
 
We are really pleased that the Consolidation of our Pot Spring and Dulaney Valley schools has gone so well.   Except for a few building related tasks, we are essentially complete.   Many thanks to the school staff and to our Maintenance, Housekeeping and IT colleagues for helping to make this happen so well.
 
I am pleased to announce that we just received final approval from MSDE for our newly consolidated school to now serve Nursery School through 9th grade and to do so for both special education and general education students.   This “dual accreditation” will allow us to serve children who come to us (residential and partnership, primarily) who may not be considered full time special education students in that they are able to be provided “general education curriculum” for some subjects   This change occurs as a result of many of our Dulaney Valley teachers either having or now being willing to secure general education teaching certificates.
 
Also, yesterday, I announced to the school staff that Aggie Callahan’s title has changed from School Placement Supervisor to Assistant Director of Education.   Aggie’s essential job duties are unchanged. She will continue to manage school placement issues but she will as Assistant Director serve as Administrator in charge in my absence.   That title will also make it easier for her to represent us, as she does so well, to the LSSs that we serve and in her new role as member of the Board of Directors of MANSEF.   This position, not to be confused with the Associate Director position which we had to eliminate, is a Principal level position.  I also thank Aggie for serving as the Interim Principal at Harford County these past two months. Congratulations and thanks to Aggie!
 
Yesterday, we also celebrated 30 years of service to Villa Maria School and Catholic Charities by Ida Collins.   Ida came to VMS as our Art Teacher in 1985 and by 1990 moved into her current role as the Coordinator of our Pre-Vocational Center.   You all know that Ida tirelessly provides a wonderfully unique set of experiences for our children – and she has touched the lives of countless staff and volunteers who have worked with her over these past 30 years.   Ida Collins is a true Villa Maria treasure.   Congratulations to Ida!!
 
Finally, on September 8th, we will be welcoming Gary Vosburg, our new Principal for Villa Maria School of Harford County, and LaRon Martin, our new Assistant Principal for VMS at Dulaney Valley.   LaRon, besides joining Brenda, Dan, Melissa and Sharon, as members of Dulaney Valley’s management team, will also serve as our overall coordinator for PARCC testing.   We look forward to welcoming Gary and LaRon to our Villa Maria School family.
               
Best Wishes to all for a great school year.
 
Jack Pumphrey
Administrator / Director of Education
 

Smoking Policy

Catholic Charities Child and Family Services has a No Smoking policy. It includes the entire campus -  buildings, grounds and parking areas in Timonium; our Harford County School; and all CFS and VMCR buildings and parking areas.  
 
The no smoking policy applies to all tobacco products. It includes vapor cigarettes / products. 
 
As with any other policy violation, staff who fail to implement the policy will be subject  to progressive discipline.
 
Catholic Charities and the Health and Safety Committee realize that some staff, clients and visitors who choose to smoke may find this policy challenging.  Staff are asked to seek Human Resource assistance and to utilize the confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP), or to seek assistance from their health care provider as needed for smoking cessation assistance.
 
We ask staff to politely relay the policy to clients and visitors if ever they are noted to be smoking on our buildings or on our property. Our goal is to emphasize well being and health; to teach by example; and to meet auditing body expectations.  
 
Thank you for your attention to this policy reminder.
 

Consolidation Update – Operational Plans

As the residential consolidation winds down, following is an update on certain operational aspects of the transition from SVV-DV to SVV-PS:

  • SVV-DV Phone numbers – The phone numbers associated with SVV-DV, including FAX numbers, will be maintained and automatically ported to SVV-PS. This arrangement will be continued for as long as needed. An arrangement is being set up for out-patient after hours calls to be re-directed to an answering service.
  • Mail - The US Postal Service has been alerted to forward all mail to SVV-PS.

As mail comes, the PS front desk staff will attach a note to the mail to remind the recipient to inform the sender of our new address.

  • Deliveries – FedEx and UPS will be asked to deliver all packages that are addressed to DV to PS.

Recipients of deliveries will be reminded to inform the sender of our new address.

  • Use of the In-Service Room – The In-Service Room at DV will remain available for limited use >-however it cannot be assumed that there will be receptionist, housekeeping, maintenance or IT support staff available unless specifically arranged in advance.

Staff who are interested in possibly scheduling the In-Service Room should check with Christy Ferguson ahead of time to discuss the options.

  • Office Moves – While most staff at DV will be relocating to the main building at PS, the following staff will be moving into the former Villa Maria School at Pot Spring building (now known as the SVV annex):

-Utilization Review staff
-Family Navigators
-Fiscal Services staff

Several administrative school staff will remain at DV. A sign will be posted outside of the main entrance directing visitors to the entry door for their wing. There will be new phone numbers for these staff which will be publicized upon setup.

The gym will remain available for use and the kitchen will remain open for Culinary Services Group to produce meals for our school and residential programs.

  • Pool – The plan is that the pool at SVV-DV will continue to remain open during the summer months
  • Holiday Donations and Gift Wrapping – Donations for the holidays will be received at the former Villa Maria School at Pot Spring modular building. Holiday gift wrapping will also take place here.
Further updates will be provided as needed.

 

Two Recipients Named For FPP Award

Recently two out-patient clinicians were selected to receive the Family Provider Partnership (FPP) Recognition Award.  This award is given to individuals, teams or programs who best demonstrate the principles of partnering with families, which is one of our most essential elements in the provision of excellent care and treatment.
 
Mary Williams, a therapist with Villa Maria Behavioral Health Services of Mountain Maryland, was selected as one of the recipients.  Mary was nominated by family representatives on the FPP Committee based on client satisfaction survey results, which reveal how much families appreciate the effort Mary makes to truly understand their circumstances and the trauma which has affected their lives.  Quotes from her clients include: “She treated me as a real person, not just a client;” “She actively listened and helped pull me through some traumatic times in my life.” 
 
Amanda Ressin was also chosen to receive the FPP Recognition Award.  Amanda is with Villa Maria Behavioral Health Services of Baltimore County in its Towson location.  Amanda was also nominated based on feedback from families.  The most compelling information was provided by a child’s grandmother, who shared that she was “beyond satisfied with {Amanda’s} commitment towards her clients.”  She indicated that Amanda seems to be available 24/7 and that she has had a tremendous positive impact on her grandchild. “The bond she has formed with him has worked miracles for our family.”
 
                                                              
Mary and Amanda are outstanding representatives of the many skilled clinicians who work within Villa Maria Behavioral Health Services and throughout the agency.  Congratulations to both!
 

Ethics Training Announced 

Please see the attached flyer for an announcement about an upcoming training on Ethics and Social Media.  This training is open to all but targeted towards clinicians.
 

Blood Drive Prize Winner

Thank you to all who helped make this year’s blood drive a huge success! 
              
This year the Red Cross donated two Oriole ticket vouchers to a staff person whose name was randomly drawn from the blood donors.  The winner of the vouchers was Ornelia Gillum, Front Desk Receptionist at St. Vincent’s Villa – Dulaney Valley.  Congratulations, Ornelia for helping save lives AND winning the Oriole tickets!
 

Living the Mission: Cooperation and Collaboration 

I am continually amazed by and appreciative for staff who demonstrate the highest standards in their commitment to supporting our mission, vision and values. I want to take a moment to acknowledge all of the hard work that has gone into our school consolidation in Timonium.  After a year of planning and a lot of hard work by staff from our Pot Spring and Dulaney Valley Schools, as well as our Housekeeping and Maintenance staff, we were able to complete the consolidation of our two schools by the end of June.  

On Wednesday, July 1st both elementary and middle school students walked into our Dulaney Valley School building to begin the summer session.  To date, students and staff have begun to embrace our new “dynamic” and we’ve already seen positive signs of the “older” students serving as good role models for our younger students.

Many changes have been completed, yet there are still more to come.  We now have 12 classrooms, with a combined Art and Music space. We also have a new Alternative Learning Classroom and a second Resource space for elementary students.  The boy’s bathroom has been completely remodeled and some new office space has been made available in the Main Office area.  Additional offices, parking spaces, a new staff lounge, a new Media Center that will include a 10 student computer stations have been added.  Also, we are looking forward to hiring a new Instructional Technology Specialist to assist staff and students in fully benefiting from our Smart Boards and IPads. We anticipate having a Smart Board in each of our 12 classrooms and we currently have a rolling cart of 10 IPads, allowing us to further improve our instruction and enhance our curriculum.

Many thanks and kudos to all of the staff and students who have worked so hard to make this monumental change occur as smoothly as it has.

More to come!

Kevin

Kevin Keegan

Director, Child and Family Services Division

Catholic Charities of Baltimore

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My Sister’s Place Event 

Recently there was was another successful night at My Sister’s Place.  The event was facilitated by Deniese Baslik and included members of the administrative support staff, consisting of Joan, Darlene, Shena, Shelley, Jennifer and Danni.
 
Despite some challenges in getting to the center on time due to Artscape, the group rallied, demonstrating their organizational  and leadership skills.  The meal was delicious and included baked chicken, string beans, potato salad, rolls and pudding.   Many of the clients ate their pudding first as this was a treat for them.
 
The group worked very well together and commented how much they learned from the experience and how they appreciated what they had in their lives.   Their efforts were definitely appreciated by the clients!
 


 

Adoption Program News

Twenty-five people in 6 families participated in the annual “Korea Homeland Tour,” sponsored by Catholic Charities’ Adoption Program.   Along with Catholic Charities’ social worker Mary Ellen Bean, the Korean adoptees and their parents, siblings and grandparents visited Korea for 12 days in July. They toured the entire country, visited Holt Children’s Services (the agency which placed them for adoption), met their foster parents, met with expectant parents in a maternity home, and learned about the Korean culture.  Catholic Charities has provided social work support for this tour for the past 20 years, and hundreds of families have benefited from this experience.
 
The attached pictures are from the most recent “Korea Homeland Tour.”

korea group pic  

 

Personnel News To Share

Two recent changes within the Division’s administrative support staff have been made as a result of organizational changes which have occurred within the Division:

Trish Hampton, who has been serving as the Administrative Assistant for both Kevin Keegan and Jon Hackbarth, is now Kevin’s full time Administrative Assistant.   The need for this position to report to the Division Director full time is a result of Gallagher Services becoming part of our Division coupled with the recent retirement of the Administrative Assistant for Mark Schulz, who currently oversees Gallagher Services.

Robin Metcalf has accepted the position of Administrative Coordinator for Jan Carson and Jon Hackbarth.  Robin had been holding the position of Dietary Liaison, however this position is being eliminated and those duties folded into the Administrative Coordinator position.  In her new role, Robin will provide administrative support to the Centralized Services that Jan and Jon oversee. 

Our organization is very fortunate to have administrative support staff of the caliber of Trish and Robin!


 
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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