LEAD Academy Reflections: January 2015
“You can’t stand still and proceed,” said Richard “Dick” Lombardo, President and CEO of Harkins Builders, to the LEAD class during our January field trip. This month the class got the opportunity to go on a field trip to Harkins Builders in Marriotsville, MD. Harkins Builders is a large company that builds houses for seniors, the homeless, and many other populations. Harkins Builders and Catholic Charities have a long history since 1980. The CEO, Senior Vice President, and Construction Vice President all met with the Fellows to discuss how they lead their company and the challenges they face.
Harkins Builders has an interesting concept of ESOP which means that employees own the company. They believe this is a cornerstone in their company because it attracts employees that want to stay and are interested in the long-term well being of the company. I found this notion similar to Catholic Charities because our culture also attracts employees that are interested in the well-being of our clients. A culture of quality in an organization is crucial and something to always strive for. Also like Catholic Charities, Harkins Builders believes in the importance of a relationship-based company. They realize their success is viewed on the happiness of the clients. This is something we strive for everyday at Catholic Charities - we value the people we serve.
The more we learned about Harkins I couldn’t help but notice how much they are not only invested in their clients but also their employees. The company recognizes that you need to look past your own time and look for the next generation so there is meaning and a reason to be successful. Catholic Charities is always striving to invest in their current employees so we can continue to help people generations from now.
The other Fellows and I believed that the leaders that we met at Harkins shared lots of valuable advice on leadership. Some of the most important lessons to share are how a good leader is always vulnerable and full of integrity. They also stressed to develop your own solutions to issues and have a large team to be able to go to in times of need. The need for developing future leaders in your organization is important not only for the organization but also for the employees in order to feel part of the larger organization. As our LEAD journey continues I am so thankful for the people I have met so far who are helping me to continue to grow as a leader. At the end of the meeting, someone asked about the theme of this year’s LEAD academy, “Leadership Under Fire.” The Senior VP responded with what is my favorite response to best deal with hard situations, saying you just “go hard.”
Kayleigh Coulson is a Therapeutic Support Specialist at the Fallstaff Outpatient Clinic within the Child and Family Services Division and a Fellow in the LEAD Academy Class of 2015. Kayleigh teaches coping and social skills to children and adolescents in the community and through groups at Baltimore City schools and the Fallstaff clinic. Kayleigh also works as an on-call Residential Treatment Counselor 2 at St. Vincent’s Villa – Pot Spring. Supporting her in the LEAD program, among others, are her supervisor, Lisa Giacobbe, and her mentor, Pat Ross, of the Central Services division.
Problem Solving and Coping Skills in a Trauma-Informed Environment
(5th in a series of articles from the Trauma-Informed Care Committee)
Last month, we looked at how demonstrating care and respect for others can result in a positive environment that supports resiliency. This capacity to be resilient (survive and thrive despite challenging or threatening circumstances) can be found in our children and families as well as our staff (paid and unpaid), and is certainly one of the defining qualities of a trauma-informed agency.
This month, in reflecting on problem solving and coping skills and their place in further strengthening a resilient community of care, take a moment to reflect and discuss these two questions with your colleagues:
1. Is the clinical care being provided in our agency strength-based; is it evidence-based; and does it include culturally sensitive strategies/tools that will empower children and families to develop healthy coping skills, problem solve, and make informed choices?
2. Does our entire staff (paid employees, volunteers, interns) recognize and practice self-awareness, self-care, and positive role modeling so that helping others develop healthy coping and problem solving skills regularly occurs in our interactions with clients and each other?
Now, a quote to ponder: “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
Check back again with us next month when our message will explore the importance of optimism and hope in a trauma-informed environment of care.
Assistance Needed | Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers
We need assistance with administering the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) which has replaced the Maryland School Assessment (MSA).
The PARCC Assessments, administered in grades 3 through high school, are measures of student achievement in Reading and Mathematics and it meets the federal testing requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).
We are seeking volunteers to help proctor/provide accommodations. We have a great number of students who will require one-to-one assistance. A brief, mandatory training is required and your school contact will provide you with further information. PARCC Assessments will be administered in March and April 2015.
Villa Maria School at Dulaney Valley Campus
Villa Maria School at Harford County
Villa Maria School at Pot Spring
April 21st 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
School Contact | Tia McLaughlin | 410.252.3725 ext.1515 |
Another Successful Night at My Sister’s Place
On a recent Thursday evening the Environmental Services Department, under the leadership of John Steuernagle, provided meals for the patrons of My Sister’s Place in Baltimore. The department was like a well oiled machine as they arrived in the vans, all food cooked, properly transported and on time! Almost the entire department participated in this event. On the return trip back our staff commented how great it felt to give back and how poverty does not discriminate.
The dinner started out with homemade spring rolls made by Maung Myint and his wife Ti Ti. The residents enjoyed honey baked chicken with homemade macaroni and cheese. To top it off, they had a choice of several deserts to choose from.
This department exemplified team work, cohesion and a sense of camaraderie. Music was played throughout and some members of our staff and some of the clients engaged in some dancing. Several people came up to us and thanked us for such a delicious home style cooked meal.
The next date is set for Thursday, March 19 and the host is the Outpatient Department under the leadership of Diane Shannon.
Mission Integration Event Committee - Andrea, Deniese, Kim
Committed to Service | Michael Carr | Project SERVE Volunteer 2014-2015
Tell me about yourself, why were you interested in becoming a Project Serve Volunteer?
My name is Michael Paul Carr and I am from Upstate New York. I went to undergraduate for a double major in English/Creative Writing and European Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. For the last four years at college, I participated in America Reads as a one-on-one literacy tutor in Geneva, NY, and have also spent the last 3 summers as a camp counselor at a United Methodist facility called Camp Findley. Also, my father has been very active in the community both as a homeless shelter director and currently as a United Methodist pastor. So I was interested in being a Project SERVE volunteer because I believed working at the Villa Maria Schools would be a perfect fit for me, and so far I’ve been right. For me, Project SERVE presented a perfect opportunity to get real-world job experience whilst committing myself to service.
What would you like to get from this volunteer job?
I would like to become more and more experienced in the workforce as a post-undergraduate. At the same time, I find it ever so rewarding to provide guidance and good role-modeling for students, especially for the many students here who are in great need of such things.
Which specific Associated Catholic Charities’ program(s) interests you the most? Why?
Specifically it was the Villa Maria Schools programs in Child and Family Services that caught my eye. I was interested because it was a school-setting and I felt most comfortable working with children each day.
What have you enjoyed most in your current volunteer assignments?
I’ve enjoyed getting to know the students more and more each week and develop a rapport with them. All of the staff at the schools are friendly and inclusive, and I’ve relied on them as I’ve gotten to know how the schools are managed.
What thing have you done as a Project Serve Volunteer that has given you the greatest personal satisfaction?
After school Monday-Thursday we leave school and spend some time in the residential units where we help the students with homework and after-school activities. It’s given me the opportunity to get to know some students more than just in a classroom/school setting, and I find personal satisfaction in helping them in any way I am able.
Project SERVE (Service and Education through Residential Volunteer Experience) is a unique, year-long, service learning opportunity where recent college graduates dedicate a year to full-time volunteerism and live in a small intentional community.
Project SERVE provides an ideal environment in which to obtain practical, meaningful work experience while serving people who are marginalized and working for social justice.
Project SERVE volunteers participate approximately August 25 through July 25. In exchange for your volunteer services, Project SERVE provides rent and utility-free housing, health insurance, a monthly stipend for living expenses, and an AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of the program (pending annual AmeriCorps approval).
For more information, please visit: http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/volunteer/serve/#sthash.WqOUdA23.dpuf
Retirement Celebration for Dr. Maisami
Please click the following link for information regarding the retirement celebration for Dr. Maisami.
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