Here's What's Happening this Fall at Humanim

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Humanim Receives Howard County Rise to the Challenge Grant

Humanim was honored to receive the Rise to the Challenge grant from Howard County Executive Calvin Ball this Fall, which will allow us to meet the service needs of community members during the pandemic. Humanim’s Interim President & CEO, Cindy Plavier-Truitt, shared: “COVID-19 has been a trigger for stress, fear, anxiety, and feelings of vulnerability. For individuals who live with disabilities, we know the detriments of pandemic related stressors and isolation can be even worse. With the generous support from the Howard County Rise To The Challenge Fund, Humanim will continue to pivot our service delivery model increasing access to and use of technology for Howard County residents we serve and their families. We greatly appreciate the innovative thinking of our County Executive and his team for supporting new human service models in this era of social distancing and virtual learning.” We also want to extend our congratulations to the other 39 Howard County nonprofits who were fellow recipients of the Rise to the Challenge grants! Read more...

Maryland Chamber of Commerce Honors Henry Posko

On November 19th at 4pm, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce will be honoring state influencers at #InspireMD for their dedication to making Maryland a better place to work and live. Humanim’s former President and CEO, Henry Posko, will be joining the ranks of leaders who have made substantial contributions to the community, alongside fellow inductee Redonda G. Miller, M.D., President of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. This virtual event is free to attend! Join us for an inspiring evening honoring Henry and other Maryland leaders. Register to Attend.

Ground Breaks on Greenfields Community Living Project

iHome's Greenfields Community Living Project held its groundbreaking ceremony this Fall. The innovative project creates sustainable and affordable housing models for community members experiencing psychiatric or developmental disabilities, and includes the construction of 3 Zero Energy homes (9 living units).  The net zero houses will provide affordable housing for low-income adults with disabilities, allowing them to live independently in their community while receiving home supports. This project is a collaboration between Humanim's iHomes and various partners, including The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Howard County Housing & Community Development, Maryland General Assembly (Howard County Delegation), Standard Energy Solutions, and US Department of Housing & Urban Development. Read More...

Humanim's Administrative Career Training Program Receives BTU Partnership Award

Humanim’s Administrative Assistant Career Training Program was recently presented with a BTU Partnership Award! This award highlights the positive impact created from the collaboration between Humanim’s Workforce Development programs and Towson University. The Humanim & TU Human Resources Partnership “Provides workforce training and employment pipeline opportunities—reinforcing TU’s commitment as an anchor institution. The program has allowed TU faculty and staff in need of temporary administrative support to quickly meet their needs while providing much-needed experience in the workplace. Over the past four years, temporary employees at TU have successfully moved into full-time positions, primarily at TU but at other anchor institutions as well. Currently, six TU offices have Humanim graduates in permanent administrative positions after completing their temporary assignments. Not only is TU benefitting from Humanim’s thorough and high-quality training program, but members of our community are getting life-changing opportunities with steady and consistent employment.”  Read More...

ClearMask Donates 4,000 Face Masks to Humanim

A big thank you to ClearMask – who recently donated over 4,000 face masks to Humanim! Clear masks are essential to communicating with our staff and consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing during the pandemic. Many of our Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health services clients have difficulty expressing their emotions, and ClearMasks help mitigate additional communication barriers by supporting lip reading and allowing program participants and staff to show their facial expressions, so they are able to build rapport. Humanim’s culinary social enterprise, City Seeds, also utilizes ClearMasks when they are making food donation and catering deliveries in the community, which helps them better communicate with customers and community members. Read More...

Humanim is Awarded Grant from Apprenticeship Innovation Fund 2.0

Last month, Governor Larry Hogan announced over $2.8 million in grant awards to create and expand apprenticeship opportunities! Humanim received $250k in funding from the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund 2.0, in order to convert our existing Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship Program to an apprenticeship program that can serve multiple employers who are serving individuals with behavioral and developmental disabilities. We extend our deepest thanks to the Maryland Department of Labor, Tiffany Robinson, and Governor Hogan for their commitment to strengthening the workforce through apprenticeship programs.

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

In recognition of #NationalApprenticeshipWeek, we'll be highlighting stories from our Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship Program - the only one of its kind in Maryland.  Humanim currently hosts both Youth and Adult Apprenticeship programs in Baltimore City and Howard County. Many participants excel in our DSP Ladder, a program created to encourage mastery of professional standards of practice, along with career advancement opportunities and pay incentives.

In 2019, Humanim partnered with the Maryland Department of Labor to offer a Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship Program.  As a registered MD Apprenticeship program, apprentices receive paid, on-the-job training within a variety of community-based settings, while earning professional certification through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals.  Follow the stories on our blog or social media!


Join us for our Virtual Career Fair!

Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 10am - 3pm
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about careers, benefits, and programming at Humanim, engage in Q&A with our careers team, apply for open positions, and sign-up for virtual job interviews.  Learn More...

FREE 55+ Administrative Assistant Career Training Program

We are currently recruiting for our next FREE Administrative Career Training program, specifically designed for those 55-65 years of age! Training will provide advanced computer skills, administrative training, and professional certification, as well as job placement assistance with employer partners. Attend a virtual information session! Learn More...

October Was National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Humanim is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month each October. NDEAM aims to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year marks not only the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but also the 75th observance of NDEAM. Read More...

Humanim's Deaf Services Celebrates 100th Virtual Class

Humanim’s Deaf Services Day Program began a virtual learning class in mid-May as a way of engaging individuals in daily structured activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Right away, individuals were excited to have a platform to see and socialize with their peers, and the program recently hit their 100th day of Virtual Learning! Read More...

Take the Stress Out of Holiday Meal Planning

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, our Holiday Dinner Boxes provide the perfect stress-free family meal, so that you can spend more time with the ones you love.  All your favorite holiday classics, deliciously prepared and ready to serve. Best of all, when you purchase with City Seeds, you purchase with a purpose -- by supporting our mission to provide culinary job development to community members with barriers to employment.  View Our Holiday Menus!


Meet Norman

“I would have died had it not been for Humanim. They got me a place to stay, helped me with my medication, and helped me get a job. I had communal support.”

Norman was introduced to Humanim through a referral to Humanim’s Residential Rehabilitation program. He had recently fallen on difficult financial times, was at risk for homelessness, and in need of assistance with managing his mental illness. As part of the Residential Rehabilitation Program, Norman began working one-on-one with a counselor to outline and work toward his rehabilitation goals, and with the help of his counselor, was soon able to obtain stable housing.

To support his other individual goals, Norman participated in several of Humanim’s other behavioral health programs, including the Psychiatric Day Program, where he was able to engage in social support from peers while learning ways to cope with his mental illness and work toward recovery. He also participated in services from Humanim’s Evidence-Based Practice Supported Employment (EBSE), which assisted him in improving his resume and learning interview skills. Through the help of EBSE, Norman soon secured employment at Weis grocery store.

Despite many challenges, Norman stayed committed to his goals and recovery process, and through his dedicated involvement in Humanim’s programs, was able to increase his independent living skills, social skills and career development. With stable housing and employment, Norman was able to transition from an intensive level placement to a general level placement. Recently, he received his housing voucher, empowering him to move into independent living, and he officially moved into his new place last April. His support team at Humanim couldn’t be more proud of his progress and determination.

At Humanim, we recognize that every human being has potential and the right to economic opportunity, despite what social barriers they may face. We structure our programming to alleviate these barriers while providing concrete avenues to financial independence and integration in the community.

Help us continue to build pathways to economic opportunity, equity and independence for our community members by making a donation today.

We wish you & yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

And thank you for your continued support.
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Charitable Contribution Provisions in the CARES Act
For those interested in increasing their giving this year, the Charitable Contribution Provisions in the COVID-19 Stimulus Bill - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) - provide additional incentives for giving in the 2020 tax year:

•    There is a new above-the-line deduction available for up to $300 in annual charitable contributions in cash to a qualified charity, for people who do NOT itemize their deductions (contribution is subtracted from gross income).
•    Prior to the CARES Act, an individual’s deduction for cash contributions to public charities generally was limited to 60% of the individual’s adjusted gross income. The CARES Act increases the deductible amount for an individual’s contribution in 2020 to a qualified public charity to 100% of the individual’s adjusted gross income.
•    The COVID-19 Stimulus Bill charitable contribution provisions apply only to cash donations to qualified public charities; they do not apply to private foundations or donor advised funds. To constitute a qualified contribution, the contribution must be made during the 2020 calendar year regardless of whether the taxpayer’s taxable year is the calendar year.
•    Corporations can deduct charitable contributions up to 25 percent of taxable income, up from 10 percent previously.

This information is not intended to provide legal or accounting advice, or to address specific situations. Please consult with your legal or tax advisor for specific advice and additional information.
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