Here's What's Happening this Fall at Humanim

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Humanim Welcomes New Board Members

Humanim is excited to welcome 3 new board members to our Board of Directors in 2021: Blair Johnson, Diane Devaney, and Jennifer Herwig!

Blair Johnson is an accomplished senior executive and results-driven multi-industry leader with over two decades of business, academic, technology and healthcare experience. He currently serves on the board of a National PE-backed staffing organization based in New York and serves on the National Advisory Board for NPower, a national non-profit that creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.

Founder & CEO of the full-service advertising, marketing, and public relations agency Devaney & Associates, Inc, and with more than 30 years of experience in strategic marketing and integrated communications, Diane Devaney is an active leader in the Maryland business community. Diane has received honors from several business and community publications and organizations, including the BRAVA award, Daily Record Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence Award, MBE awards, community service awards, and others. Most recently, Diane received The Center Club’s Women in Business Trailblazers Award in Entrepreneurship. She currently serves on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Telecommunications Advisory Group, and is a proud graduate of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2016.

Jennifer Herwig is the Vice President of Human Resources for BGE. With 25 years of progressive human resources experience across various industries, Jen has held leadership roles at Under Armour, Wells Fargo and T. Rowe Price. Jen serves as chair of the board of directors of Special Olympics Maryland, aiding the organization in championing their mission of providing personal development through year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Jen is a member of the Inclusivity Committee for the board of directors at Notre Dame Preparatory School and an active member of STRIVE, a racial equity task force.

Read their full bios here.

Welcome Bill McIntyre, Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development
We are excited to welcome new VP of Workforce and Economic Development, Bill McIntyre to the Humanim team!  Bill has a long career working in the non-profit, private and government sectors. Growing up in East Baltimore, he has a passion and love for the City, workforce development and finding innovative solutions to workforce challenges. His career began as a science teacher in the Baltimore City Public School system as well as in the Prince George's County Public Schools. Bill has a strong background overseeing workforce development programs as well as leading national expansion efforts. He has an undergraduate degree from Lincoln University as well as a graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University.
NOW OPEN: Infinity Center for Behavior Services
We are excited to announce the opening of our brand new early intervention center in Carroll County -  The Infinity Center for Behavior Services. The Infinity Center provides Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) therapy for early learners ages 1-6 who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  Their team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians, and Licensed Clinical Psychologists work together with parents and caregivers to create individualized treatment plans that are customized to meet the specific needs of children and their families.  Services include diagnostic and assessment services, intensive individual and group therapy, social skill development, speech and language services, and specialized family training. The Infinity Center team is passionate about delivering the highest quality of services and evidence-based interventions to ensure that children and their families meet their treatment goals.  Learn more about their services here.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

Humanim is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme of NDEAM this year was America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion. Read more here.

Humanim Receives Quality Assurances CQL Accreditation
Humanim is proud to receive the Quality Assurances CQL Accreditation from the CQL, The Council on Quality and Leadership! One of the most rigorous accreditations in human services, CQL accreditation is awarded to human service organizations who meet international support standards for individuals with disabilities through a deep dedication to person centered services and ongoing commitment to quality of service.
Recap: Fall Events with Humanim's Impact Leaders Network

Scenes from the “Let’s Brie Friends” social, hosted by Humanim’s Impact Leaders Network (ILN) in September. After a fondue making demo from City Seeds, A Humanim Social Enterprise Executive Chef Aharon, ILN members enjoyed meeting other young professionals and impact leaders from Maryland, along with wine and a mouthwatering spread of savory and sweet fondue. Members were also able to learn more about Humanim’s work in the community, and opportunities to get involved in future impact initiatives!

Additionally, the Impact Leaders Network recently hosted a professional development event: “Synchronizing for Future Success.” The panel of leaders from a variety of fields featured Gracelyn A. McDermott, Jon Kucskar, Esq., and Jyl Danaceau Camhi. The group discussed strategies to help attendees reach professional goals and become effective leaders in their organizations and communities.

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2021

In recognition of #NationalApprenticeshipWeek, we highlight DSP Apprentices in our Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship Program! Humanim has 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.

We are currently hosting Youth & Adult Apprenticeship programs in Baltimore City and Howard County. Many participants are excelling in our DSP Ladder, a program created to encourage mastery of professional standards of practice, along with career advancement opportunities and pay incentives. Learn more here.

NOW HIRING: Direct Support Professionals
We’re currently seeking Direct Support Professionals to join our team! We have immediate full & part-time openings in a variety of locations and settings. Plus, receive a $500 Hiring Bonus!

If you want a position that’s more than a job, but a career that’s designed to improve the lives of those around you, look no further! Gain experience in the human services field, turn your passion into a profession, and make a positive impact in your community.

Direct Support Professionals will also be eligible for Humanim’s DSP career advancement and certification program, offering training and tiered payment incentives.

Learn more & apply today
Humanim Installs Pollinator Garden in Partnership with Howard EcoWorks 
This October, we completed the final installation of Humanim’s new pollinator garden at our Woodside location in Columbia, which they began this spring. The team enjoyed a sunny afternoon of planting and plant care instruction through the partnership of Howard EcoWorks.

Humanim’s new pollinator garden includes a walking path filled with native plants that provide a habitat for plant and produce pollinators. Additionally, this space will be used to engage Humanim clients in learning about the environment, while developing coping and job skills. A big thank you to Howard EcoWorks for their collaboration in this project!
Jeff Tsuruoka Receives DSP Award from Maryland Department of Disabilities and Maryland DDA
Big congratulations to Jeff Tsuruoka, Vocational Services Job Coach and Personal Supports at Humanim, who was selected as a winner for DSP Recognition by the Maryland Department of Disabilities and Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration, highlighting the essential and exemplary work of Direct Support Professionals in Maryland. Jeff was celebrated by his team at Humanim, and received a Governer's Citation from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration at the Orioles game last month.

Jeff has been a part of Humanim since November of 2013. Before coming to Humanim, he spent 21 years as a Sous Chef with local high-end restaurants and caterers throughout Maryland. Jeff’s first position at Humanim was as a Rehabilitation Counselor in the Gerwig Day Program as a classroom instructor. He was soon promoted to Community Coordinator before transitioning to Vocational Services Job Coach & Personal Supports in June 2019. During his tenure at Humanim, he has received three i25 (employee recognition) nominations and has been selected twice for outstanding service.

Apart from his work at Humanim, he has served as a volunteer for Athletes Serving Athletes, a non-profit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities and mobility issues, since 2014. In 2017, Jeff was named Volunteer of the Year by Athletes Serving Athletes. Read more here.
Meet the City Seeds Aberdeen Proving Ground Team
Say “hello!” to the City Seeds – APG Team! Humanim’s culinary social enterprise, City Seeds, recently began operating the dining facility for the Freestate ChalleNGe Academy located at Aberdeen Proving Ground. This exciting partnership is made possible through a contract with Maryland Military Department, and will allow for increased training and employment opportunities.
Humanim Programs Resume Their Annual Ocean City Trip

This year our Behavioral Health department was able to resume its annual trip to Ocean City for individuals served! 12 individuals were able to attend the 3 day trip this year, and had an incredible time visiting the beach, boardwalk, nearby outlets - and of course, feasting on some Maryland crabs. For many, this was their first time getting out of Howard County and taking a vacation in over a year, and for one client - it was his first time eating crabs and seeing the ocean in over 20 years.

The annual Ocean City trip is funded in part by the David Becker Fund established in honor of David by his family. David was a former Day Program client whose favorite thing to do was go to Ocean City every year with his Humanim family.

Healthy Transitions Youth Give Back During the Holidays

Youth participating in our Healthy Transitions program enjoyed volunteering this week with HCARCares and Neighbor Network Howard County, packing and delivering Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets (filled to the brim with Thanksgiving goodies and individually wrapped with love!) - as part of their annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive for families in need. Our youth volunteers had fun meeting and working with other community volunteers, and were thankful for the opportunity to give back during the Thanksgiving holiday! View more pics here.

Partnering with Local Government and Community Leaders

Humanim was proud to invite the delegations from Baltimore City and Howard County to a breakfast catered by City Seeds, A Humanim Social Enterprise, last week - at our Headquarters in East Baltimore and Columbia. As we continue to move forward from the effects of the pandemic, we are working together with our community partners to create new and better opportunities for everyone. We thank everyone who attended and are grateful to be partners in impact with our local leaders in government and the community.


Impact Leaders Network Event: Brew & Brainstorm

Join Humanim’s Impact Leaders Network for Brew & Brainstorm on December 8th from 5-7pm.
Enjoy local craft beers, a brewery tour, and lively discussion at Humanim’s Baltimore headquarters at the historic American Brewery! Guests will have the opportunity to network with like-minded impact leaders while engaging in an intentional discussion on how for-profit, government, and non-profit organizations can partner to create a more just and equitable society.  Refreshments will be provided by City Seeds, Humanim’s culinary social enterprise.  Learn More...
Tickets are free for ILN members and $15 for non-members.
Get your tickets by Dec. 2nd at:
ILN Members must RSVP by Dec. 2nd

Cyber Monday

Monday, November 30th

While you’re shopping for deals online at Amazon, don’t forget to shop through AmazonSmile to support your favorite charity. When you shop through AmazonSmile, your charity of choice receives .5% of the price of your purchase. It’s an easy way to add impact to your spending power!

We hope you’ll consider supporting Humanim as your charity of choice this holiday shopping season!

Humanim is Hiring!

We’re currently seeking social impact oriented professionals to join our team! We have immediate full & part-time openings in a variety of positions, locations and settings. Gain experience in the workforce development and/or human services fields, turn your passion into a profession, and make a positive impact in your community.  Learn More & Apply...


Meet John

“Because [Humanim] helped me to get this job, one day I’m going to be a manager. I love working here, I love the people that I work with, and I love what I do.”

John participates in Humanim’s Vocational Services, where he works with his Employment Consultant, Stephanie, to develop job skills and advocate for himself on the job. John initially joined the program to have additional income, and worked closely with Stephanie to find a job placement that fit his interests and skills.

Stephanie shared, “I came across Home Depot hiring, and I let John watch the video on what Lot Associates do at Home Depot. John stated he would give it a try because he needed some money. When he was hired for the job, he was excited! Though he originally took on the job because of the money, and he now sees himself building a career at Home Depot.”

John’s career path has encouraged him to build leadership skills by has going the extra mile in his job. When he finishes his work, he goes to the inside of the store and asks if anyone needs assistance with anything. His supervisors and upper management speak very highly of him, stating he has helped the Lot Associates become more team-oriented, and even spend time together outside of work at least once a month.

“Other team members have been following John by taking the initiative to help in other departments. John has expressed that he loves working at Home Depot and has gone to management and stated that he would love to learn new skills and move up the ladder.”

About his employment experience, John says: “Because [Humanim] helped me to get this job, one day I’m going to be a manager. I love working here, I love the people that I work with, and I love what I do.”

As a model Home Depot employee, John has also helped open the opportunity for other individuals to have more job placements in the company. We’re happy to be a part of John’s employment journey and look forward to watching him climb his career ladder!

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.

Thank you for your continued support.
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