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Welfare Advocates

Join us for 39th Annual Welfare Advocates Conference

Date: November 29, 2018
Theme: Thrive
New Location: Pearlstone Retreat Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Road. Reisterstown, MD 21136

Welfare Advocates is holding its annual conference at the Pearlstone Retreat Center. Inspired by the nature and peace that surround Pearlstone, the conference is centered around the theme of THRIVE. Join us at this beautiful location to learn how we can care for ourselves, care for our clients and care for our community so we can all THRIVE together.

We are planning a full schedule of informative workshops, so we hope you can join us!

Register for the conference here!

 

Caleb Stine is a local singer and songwriter who The BALTIMORE SUN has called the “lynchpin of the Baltimore folk scene.” Like his Baltimore home, Stine keeps the music honest, hardworking, genuine and is unafraid to “tell it like it is.” To date, Stine has released over 10 albums, scored music for films, acted Off-Broadway, sung for area homeless shelters and played guitar with Vieux Farka Toure.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Registration and light continental breakfast 
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.: Welcome  
9:10 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.: Opening Keynote by Caleb Stine  
9:55 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.: Break  
10:05 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.: AM Workshops A  
11:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.: Break  
11:20 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.: AM Workshops B    
12:25 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.: Luncheon   
1:25 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: PM Workshops  
2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.: Break  
2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.: Afternoon Plenary Session   
3:40 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Closing and Door Prizes 

MORNING WORKSHOPS  

(These workshops run twice, so all attendees will get to attend two out of the seven workshop offerings) 

 1: MD THINK: Better Care for Maryland Customers Through Technological Advancement  

Maryland’s Total Human-services Information Network, or MD THINK, is a cloud-based data repository that will break down silos and data barriers between state agencies and provide integrated access to programs administered by agencies. This workshop will review the current progress of implementing MD THINK in the Department of Human Services, how it impacts customer service, and how it will transform the way the public interacts with DHS.
Department of Human Services

 2: Putting Yourself First: Self-Care for Those Who Care for Others 

Caring for others and being agents of social change demands a great deal of energy. How can we keep our energy up when the work–and our lives outside of work–can be so draining? This session will examine the “tripod” of self-care, and how all three aspects are needed for self-care to be successful. Participants will leave with a greater self-awareness of their own needs, as well as some common self-care tools they can use. 
Elizabeth Wexler, Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore 

 3: Advocacy as a Clinical Tool for Growth and Liberation  

Advocacy and social action are effective for promoting positive systems change. They can also have positive effects on the lives of those who advocate. Drawing on individual strengths, advocacy and social action can provide meaning and purpose, build support systems and positive social connections, and enhance communication and interpersonal skills. This workshop will provide participants both the basic elements and real-life examples of advocacy and social action, and will demonstrate the positive clinical benefits from the perspective researchers, providers and consumers.
Adam Schneider, University of Maryland School of Social Work  

4: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Best Practices to Help Immigrants Thrive in Our Communities  

This workshop will explore some of the challenges experienced by the undocumented immigrant community, and ways in which attendees can best support their immigrant neighbors – including how to provide services without compromising safety – during these increasingly difficult times.
Helany Sinkler and Eric Seymour, Esperanza Center 

 5. Finding Balance: Practicing Financial Self-Care 

Financial self-care means taking the time to focus on our finances and connecting our finances to our larger life goals and aspirations. This workshop will give participants the tools to engage in financial self-care, which can also be passed on to clients and community members. Each participant will gain insight into their relationship with money, what drives that relationship, and how to build a financial life consistent with their goals.  
Sue Rogan, CASH Campaign of Maryland 

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS 

A: Caregiver Burnout and Tending To Your Own Needs 

Social service professionals are a special brand of people who enter the field to help and care for others. In fulfilling this ambition, however, they often neglect their own health and wellbeing, which can ultimately have unintended consequences. Start your journey to better self-care in this presentation by identifying the warning signs of that accompany caregiver burnout, and ways to tend to your own needs as well as others’.  
Karen Duffy and Jennifer Grinnell, EveryMind 

B: Solution-Focused Casework  

Feeling stuck in the same old way of working with clients and consumers? Join us and learn how to utilize solution-focused strategies to engage consumers and help them identify their own resolutions to the challenges they face.  
Johanna Miller, Catholic Charities of Baltimore

C: Healthy Working Families Law: What You Need to Know About Earning Sick Leave in Maryland  

This workshop will explain and review Maryland’s new earned sick and safe leave law, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. This workshop will educate attendees about workers covered by the law, the rights of workers under the law, and what to do if a worker’s rights are being violated. This workshop is especially useful for individuals who work with low-wage workers, know low-wage workers, or are low-wage workers themselves.
Sulma Guzman, Public Justice Center and Luis Larin, United Workers

AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION: 
Debriefing the 2018 Election and Preparing for the 2019 Legislative Session
 

In the afternoon, attendees will hear from several area leaders who will dissect the results of the 2018 Maryland election, and what that might mean for upcoming legislative initiatives in Annapolis for the 2019 Legislative Session. Attendees will talk about policies ranging from education reform, criminal justice, affordable housing, and workers’ rights.   

  • Nikki Thompson, Job Opportunities Task Force  
  • Zafar Shah, Public Justice Center 
  • Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, Advocates for Children and Youth 

We thank our sponsors:

Click here to download invitation>>

Founded over 35 years ago, Welfare Advocates is a statewide coalition of community-based organizations, advocacy groups, faith communities, and consumers, whose mission it is to educate ourselves and the wider community and to advocate for an adequate safety-net and public policies that support families moving to self-sufficiency. Welfare Advocates is chaired by Regan Vaughan of Catholic Charities.

Through public education in the form of our annual conference and advocacy by participation in workgroups, hearings and other meetings, we continue to identify needs and recommend solutions for people who are moving from welfare towards self-sufficiency. We meet monthly, produce educational materials (Guide to Welfare in Maryland), initiate surveys regarding public thought on welfare and sponsor numerous forums. We are leaders in the advancement of just public policies.

Membership in Welfare Advocates is open to organizations and individuals committed to ensuring there is an adequate safety-net for all Marylanders. There is no cost to join.

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Join us for 39th Annual Welfare Advocates Conference

Date: November 29, 2018
Theme: Thrive
New Location: Pearlstone Retreat Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Road. Reisterstown, MD 21136

Welfare Advocates is holding its annual conference at the Pearlstone Retreat Center. Inspired by the nature and peace that surround Pearlstone, the conference is centered around the theme of THRIVE. Join us at this beautiful location to learn how we can care for ourselves, care for our clients and care for our community so we can all THRIVE together.

We are planning a full schedule of informative workshops, so we hope you can join us!

Register for the conference here!

 

 

 

 


Morning Keynote Presenter: Caleb Stein

Caleb Stine is a local singer and songwriter who The BALTIMORE SUN has called the “lynchpin of the Baltimore folk scene.” Like his Baltimore home, Stine keeps the music honest, hardworking, genuine and is unafraid to “tell it like it is.” To date, Stine has released over 10 albums, scored music for films, acted Off-Broadway, sung for area homeless shelters and played guitar with Vieux Farka Toure.

 

 

 


Schedule of the Day

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Registration and light continental breakfast 

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.: Welcome  

9:10 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.: Opening Keynote by Caleb Stine  

9:55 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.: Break  

10:05 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.: AM Workshops A  

11:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.: Break  

11:20 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.: AM Workshops B    

12:25 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.: Luncheon   

1:25 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: PM Workshops  

2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.: Break  

2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.: Afternoon Plenary Session   

3:40 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Closing and Door Prizes 


MORNING WORKSHOPS  

(These workshops run twice, so all attendees will get to attend two out of the seven workshop offerings) 

 1: MD THINK: Better Care for Maryland Customers Through Technological Advancement  

Maryland’s Total Human-services Information Network, or MD THINK, is a cloud-based data repository that will break down silos and data barriers between state agencies and provide integrated access to programs administered by agencies. This workshop will review the current progress of implementing MD THINK in the Department of Human Services, how it impacts customer service, and how it will transform the way the public interacts with DHS.
Department of Human Services

 2: Putting Yourself First: Self-Care for Those Who Care for Others 

Caring for others and being agents of social change demands a great deal of energy. How can we keep our energy up when the work–and our lives outside of work–can be so draining? This session will examine the “tripod” of self-care, and how all three aspects are needed for self-care to be successful. Participants will leave with a greater self-awareness of their own needs, as well as some common self-care tools they can use. 
Elizabeth Wexler, Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore 

 3: Advocacy as a Clinical Tool for Growth and Liberation  

Advocacy and social action are effective for promoting positive systems change. They can also have positive effects on the lives of those who advocate. Drawing on individual strengths, advocacy and social action can provide meaning and purpose, build support systems and positive social connections, and enhance communication and interpersonal skills. This workshop will provide participants both the basic elements and real-life examples of advocacy and social action, and will demonstrate the positive clinical benefits from the perspective researchers, providers and consumers.
Adam Schneider, University of Maryland School of Social Work  

4: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Best Practices to Help Immigrants Thrive in Our Communities  

This workshop will explore some of the challenges experienced by the undocumented immigrant community, and ways in which attendees can best support their immigrant neighbors – including how to provide services without compromising safety – during these increasingly difficult times.
Helany Sinkler and Eric Seymour, Esperanza Center 

 5. Finding Balance: Practicing Financial Self-Care 

Financial self-care means taking the time to focus on our finances and connecting our finances to our larger life goals and aspirations. This workshop will give participants the tools to engage in financial self-care, which can also be passed on to clients and community members. Each participant will gain insight into their relationship with money, what drives that relationship, and how to build a financial life consistent with their goals.  
Sue Rogan, CASH Campaign of Maryland 

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS 

A: Caregiver Burnout and Tending To Your Own Needs 

Social service professionals are a special brand of people who enter the field to help and care for others. In fulfilling this ambition, however, they often neglect their own health and wellbeing, which can ultimately have unintended consequences. Start your journey to better self-care in this presentation by identifying the warning signs of that accompany caregiver burnout, and ways to tend to your own needs as well as others’.  
Karen Duffy and Jennifer Grinnell, EveryMind 

B: Solution-Focused Casework  

Feeling stuck in the same old way of working with clients and consumers? Join us and learn how to utilize solution-focused strategies to engage consumers and help them identify their own resolutions to the challenges they face.  
Johanna Miller, Catholic Charities of Baltimore

C: Healthy Working Families Law: What You Need to Know About Earning Sick Leave in Maryland  

This workshop will explain and review Maryland’s new earned sick and safe leave law, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. This workshop will educate attendees about workers covered by the law, the rights of workers under the law, and what to do if a worker’s rights are being violated. This workshop is especially useful for individuals who work with low-wage workers, know low-wage workers, or are low-wage workers themselves.
Sulma Guzman, Public Justice Center and Luis Larin, United Workers

AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION: 
Debriefing the 2018 Election and Preparing for the 2019 Legislative Session
 

In the afternoon, attendees will hear from several area leaders who will dissect the results of the 2018 Maryland election, and what that might mean for upcoming legislative initiatives in Annapolis for the 2019 Legislative Session. Attendees will talk about policies ranging from education reform, criminal justice, affordable housing, and workers’ rights.   

  • Nikki Thompson, Job Opportunities Task Force  
  • Zafar Shah, Public Justice Center 
  • Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, Advocates for Children and Youth 

Click here to download invitation>>


We thank our sponsors:

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