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  • LIVING BUILDING WORKING ACHIEVING

    News

    &

    Notes A Publication of The Children's Home, Inc. Summer-Autumn 2015

    New Life in the Garden The Childrens Home campus has a history of farming, providing food for the staff and residents during the early days in Catonsville. After many reattempts, the TCH Garden is thriving once again. The fenced plot is filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, basil, and tall corn stalks. All the ground preparation, planting, weeding, harvesting, and cooking becomes a delicious learning experience. Our staff gardener, Mary Moore, is leading the agricultural effort with an abundance of assistance from TCH residents.

  • Residential Services & Administration 410-744-7310 Fax: 410-455-0071 Treatment Foster Care & Community Based Services 443-636-5456 Fax: 443-636-5784 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Susan P. Brown President

    Dr. Antoinette A. Coleman Vice President

    Carolyn Finney Secretary

    Paul Ullmann Treasurer

    Eric Collier Armon Emdad Kenneth W. Griffin, III David Hahner Kimberly Lamphier Ameous A. Lucas Jasmin Torres Christine Twele

    LIFETIME MEMBERS Forrest R. Foss Thomas J. Huber, Jr. H. Douglas Huether Jane S. Rohde Constance M. Unseld Carol E. Waddell Louis J. Weinkam, Sr., Esq. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Andr G. Cooper WEBSITE www.thechildrenshome.net FACEBOOK PAGE www.Facebook.com/thechildrenshome.maryland

    ACCREDITATION Council On Accreditation (COA)

    The Childrens Home Federated Campaigns: Maryland Charity Campaign # 7127 Combined Charity Campaign # 5174

    The Children's Home 205 Bloomsbury Avenue Catonsville, MD 21228

    www.thechildrenshome.net

    MEMBERSHIPS

    American Association of Childrens Residential Centers (AACRC) Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Foster Family Treatment Association Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations

    Founded in 1863 as an orphanage for victims of the Civil War, The Childrens Home has a long-standing history of commitment and experience serving children in residential care. A non-profit 501(c)(3), the organization is registered as a charitable organization with the Secretary of State of Maryland. The Childrens Home is licensed by the Department of Human Resources to serve dependent, neglected, and abused children ages 13 to 21. The Home provides long-term and short-term services that include a group home, Diagnostic Center for girls, high-intensity program for boys, and a Treatment Foster Care program. Our mission is to provide residential and community services to young people and families who experience disruption in their lives. By utilizing its human, physical, behavioral, and financial resources, The Childrens Home builds on the strengths of those served to promote long-term well-being and success.

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    Message

    from the

    CEO

    Even if you are on the right track, youll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

    The Annual Meeting in June is an opportunity update

    the public on the progress and challenges of The

    Childrens Home during the past year while looking

    ahead to the new fiscal year. We are serving more youth

    than in recent years, but are still below the number of

    residents it takes to balance the budget. Public

    awareness is growing with the hope that awareness will

    evolve into support. There is also optimism that we are

    able to transform programming, which will increase our

    relevancy and stability.

    During the past year, we have placed a greater emphasis

    on community partnerships and outcomes

    documentation to strengthen current programs and

    strengthen our position to receive funding for additional

    programs.

    We are forging a new paradigm of partnerships at The

    Childrens Home with the ProNet Alliance. We are

    working with a number of service providers in the area

    to assist in providing mental health, medical services,

    legal assistance, specialized education, and community

    outreach.

    Presently, we are reviewing options from a strategic

    planning perspective. It is with excitement and serious

    consideration that we reach beyond traditional

    programming to rethink what is possible within the

    Homes mission.

    As always, we look forward to your support and

    assistance to meet the critical needs of the children,

    youth, and families.

    Andre G. Cooper

    The Childrens Home 2015 Annual Meeting was

    hosted at Matthews 1600 in Catonsville on June 18th.

    Participants were treated to an inspirational talk by

    Marc Steiner, local radio personality and host of the

    Marc Steiner Show on WEAA-FM.

    Community Service Awards were presented to:

    Mary Boddie

    Baltimore County Police Wilkens Precinct

    The McLean Family (2nd

    photo below)

    Mosaic Christian Church (3rd

    photo below)

    Retiring Board Member, Kimberleigh Nash, (below)

    was acknowledged and thanked for her many years of

    dedication to the Home.

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    TCH Resident, Carrie, and TCH staff member, Cheri

    Vaughan, were invited on an exclusive field trip to the

    stables to meet champion Smarty Jones (2004 Kentucky

    Derby and Preakness winner) and other champions.

    Carrie took away many good memories and a

    commemorative statue of Smarty Jones. She is an avid

    horsewoman who participates in the Homes weekly

    therapeutic riding sessions at TCH.

    Campus and Community Highlights

    Community Fun Day & 5K Walk Horsing Around with Champions

    The walkers enjoyed a beautiful spring day in Catonsville, returning to a campus with a Bounce House, Face Painting, music from DJ Billy Zee, Horseback Riding, along with grilled burgers and hotdogs. The event raised $4,332 for youth programs at The Childrens Home. Thank you to all the volunteers, walkers, and Fun Day participants! Event Partner: Mosaic Christian Church

    Sponsors: First Potomac Realty Trust Caton Auto Clinic Brightview Rolling Hills Ms. Regina Cohen Edible Arrangements Deer Park Water Independent Benefit Services Bills Music House Reverse Mortgage Answers GNC Store - Westview Opies Soft Serve & Snowballs

    A view of the countryside at FM Cottage It is not a portal to another world, but a mural on a wall in

    the FM Cottage. Local mural artist and TCH art

    instructor, Mark Selby, designed the work and directed a

    number of TCH residents in the actual painting. The

    painting was a grand kick-off to the Summer Art Program

    at the Home.

    Thank you to Narcissus Salon in Catonsville

    for donating the funds for the mural.

    We hope to see everyone back on May 7, 2016!

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    FACES 2015 Creating Endless Possibilities

    FACES 2015 promises to be one of Baltimores premier fundraising events. The event is appropriately located in the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The theme, Creating Endless Possibilities, is a tribute to the work of The Childrens Home encouraging our residents to be industrious. Since 2006, FACES has been recognized as a spectacular event showcasing a gallery of unique artwork created by the at-risk children and youth in our care. In addition to the live and silent art auction, the event will include live jazz, fabulous food, and interactive art tables.

    Baltimore Museum of Industry 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, Maryland 21230

    Thursday, October 29th, 6:00 to 9:00pm

    Ticket Prices: $125 for VIP Ticket; $85 Advance General Admission Ticket; $100 at the door Attire: Business Casual

    For more information on ticket sales, sponsorships, and auction donations, contact: Gail L. Lee, Director of Development at 410-744-7310 x131 or glee@thechildrenshome.net

    Tickets are available now at: www.thechildrenshome.net

    An enjoyable and

    amazing evening that will reveal endless possibilities for our youth.

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    Olympic Gold Medalist hosts Think, Work, Play Day!

    Lisa Willis, former WNBA and USA Team (Gold Medalist),

    hosted a full camp day of activities for more than 25

    residents. Can we do this again? was asked by many of the

    residents. We like this!

    Residents learned the fundamentals of basketball. Think,

    Work, Play activity stations featured agility, strategy, and

    team training. Rest periods consisted of circle-seated

    discussions on topics such as perseverance and overcoming

    life challenges. The learning and fun was topped off with an

    exciting game featuring residents vs the Willis staff and TCH

    staff.

    Ms. Willis appreciated the opportunity and hospitality. She

    looks forward to hosting another session of Think, Work, Play

    in the near future.

    Faith-based Organizations Reception

    Members of local churches joined TCH Volunteer, Mary

    Boddie (left) and Gail Lee (right) to discover how the

    mission of their congregations can benefit the youth at The

    Childrens Home. The afternoon included testimonials from

    two TCH residents and a tour of the campus. Participants

    pledged to assist the Home with volunteer activities and

    events for the residents.

    TWP staff

    member

    (left)

    directing

    the action

    Social Work Students learning at TCH

    From September 2014 to May 2015, The Childrens Home

    has served as a Field Instruction site for Social Work

    Students, both undergraduate and graduate students in Social