Here's What's Happening this Summer at Humanim

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2020 Annual Impact Report

Just published - read Humanim’s Annual Impact Report! Including a Letter from our President & CEO, Cindy Plavier-Truitt + our stories, successes, and milestones in Workforce Development, Youth Services, Behavioral Health, Developmental Disability Services, and Social Enterprise in 2020.
View + Download the Annual Impact Report, here.

UPDATE: Humanim Program Reopenings
Humanim is beginning to gradually reopen programs, where we can safely support individuals in both our buildings and in the community. As programs reopen, clients and families will be contacted directly with more information. Stay tuned!
Humanim Opens New Programs in Harford County  

Humanim is expanding to Harford County! We’ve been working to further our impact in Harford County this year through our Workforce Development and Social Enterprise Divisions. This year, we are offering our award winning Administrative Assistant Career Training Program to Harford County residents, taking place at the EPICENTER at Aberdeen. Humanim’s Administrative Assistant Career Training program offers a 9-week course of instruction to prepare participants for careers as administrative assistants.

Additionally, Humanim’s culinary social enterprise, City Seeds, began operating the dining facility for the Freestate ChalleNGe Academy located at Aberdeen Proving Ground. This partnership is made possible through a contract with Maryland Military Department. 

Cindy Plavier-Truitt Receives the Elizabeth Statuta Baker '70 Public Service Award

We are excited to congratulate Humanim’s President and CEO, Cindy Plavier-Truitt for receiving the Elizabeth Statuta Baker '70 Public Service Award from Goucher College! The prestigious Elizabeth Statuta Baker '70 Public Service Award recognizes an alumnae/i’s outstanding commitment and leadership in public service.
“As President and CEO of Humanim, a non-profit human service organization, Plavier-Truitt is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about innovating creative solutions to solve systemic social problems as well as developing systems and services that open doors of opportunity to all.”
Cindy was honored at the AAGC Annual Meeting on April 24, during this year's virtual Alumnae/i Weekend. Read more about the award, and Cindy’s exceptional service and leadership here.

Humanim Receives Telly Award 
Humanim and Mutual of America recently received a Telly Award in the “Social Impact” category for Mutual of America’s Baltimore City Deconstruction Project video! The video, which was created as part of MOA’s 2018 National Governor Hugh L. Carey Community Partnership Award to Humanim, features the story of Humanim social enterprise Details Deconstruction. The Telly Awards are a premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, the Telly Awards annually receives more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. A big thank you to Mutual of America for creating this video and to The Telly Awards for this prestigious honor.
Franciscan Center Culinary Training Utilizes City Seeds' Kitchen
Humanim is excited to partner with The Franciscan Center in Baltimore to facilitate culinary training and job opportunities for our Baltimore community members. The Franciscan Center’s culinary training program provides skills training and ServSafe certification for individuals who want to work in the food industry. The program is taking place this year at City Seeds’ headquarters located in the heart of East Baltimore, and students will make use of the City Seeds teaching kitchen to complete their skills training, as well as work with the City Seeds culinary team. At the end of the program, participants will have the opportunity to become a part of the City Seeds team.
Start on Success (SOS) Virtual Mock Interviews 

In June, Humanim’s Impact Leaders Network (ILN) and Start on Success (SOS) Program hosted another round of virtual mock interviews for program participants. SOS students had the opportunity to practice their interviewing and public speaking skills in preparation for their job search after graduation. They also received helpful feedback and coaching from the mock interviewers. Thank you to the ILN and volunteers, including business professionals from Capital One, who spent their afternoon partnering with Humanim for this event.

Pollinator Garden Installation with Howard EcoWorks 

Scenes from the recent pollinator garden installation at our Woodside location in Columbia! Through the collaboration of Howard EcoWorks and Humanim staff members, the team engaged in an afternoon of social and environmental impact to prep and plant the new garden. The 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, and developing coping and job skills. A big thank you to Howard EcoWorks for their expertise and partnership in this project!

View more photos here.

Trivia With An Impact Event Recap

We had so much fun hosting our “Trivia with an Impact” virtual trivia night & fundraiser this past spring! Questions ranged from sports and history to music, movies, and name that TV show tune – and everyone had a blast engaging in some friendly competition.  Congratulations to our Trivia winners, each of whom won Amazon gift cards:

  • Emily C (1st place)
  • JSD (2nd place) and
  • Dan the MAN! (3rd place)

And a big thank you to our event sponsors for making this fun event possible through their generous support and continued commitment to Humanim’s mission: Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Terrapin Pharmacy, Jacob William Advisory, Leonard Paper, Standard Energy Solutions, The Culotta Family, Howard County Autism Society, The Deadrick Family, The Frasco Family, and The Plavier-Truitt Family.

All the funds raised go directly toward Humanim’s essential, front line supports to community members who are especially vulnerable to the health risks, economic and isolating effects of the pandemic.

Developmental Disability Services:  Virtual Learning Campus

This spring, we spotlighted the Virtual Learning Campus – a program partnership between Humanim and The Arc of Howard County focused on providing meaningful learning opportunities, engaging experiences, and social supports on a virtual platform for I/DD community members who are isolated at home.

Participants are given a safe outlet for self expression, as well as a variety of learning opportunities including classes, creative workshops, social events, and more.  Past classes have included virtual cooking classes with City Seeds, Music Therapy, Movies, Games, Yoga, Dance Parties, DIY crafts with AR Workshop Annapolis, and virtual animal encounters with the Maryland Zoo.

Through this partnership, Humanim and The Arc have been able to increase the scope of services to meet the diverse interests and needs of individuals isolated at home, while creating greater access to virtual learning opportunities for the I/DD community.

The Virtual Learning Campus is available to all Humanim and Arc of Howard County clients.

Read more and view our class calendar here.


Capital One Grant
Capital One has awarded Humanim with a grant to support the organization’s goal of advancing socioeconomic mobility through workforce training and social enterprising. We thank Capital One for their continued support in creating economic opportunity for individuals with barriers to employment.
City Seeds Awarded Grant from Transamerica Foundation
Thank you to the Transamerica Foundation, which awarded Humanim's culinary social enterprise City Seeds with a grant to support their mission to bring trainees of all ages into entry-level positions within the culinary field and affording them development opportunities, including internal promotions, and the skills and certifications necessary to move into higher-responsibility, higher-paying positions with our Baltimore industry partners.
Horizon Foundation Awards Grant for Racial Equity Training
As part of their 2021 Community Opportunity Grants Program, Horizon Foundation has awarded Humanim with a grant in support of the organization’s racial equity training journey. The grant will fund a partnership with the Racial Equity Institute (REI) and provide racial equity training to current/future Board members, leadership and employees. This training initiative is part of the organization’s strategic plan goal of employing evidenced based practice, research and data in the diversity, equity, and inclusion arena, for the good of all stakeholders and individuals served.
Humanim Awarded Abell Foundation Grant in Partnership with Obran Cooperative
In partnership with Obran Cooperative—the first worker-owned conglomerate corporation in the United States—Humanim’s DSP Apprenticeship Program received a grant from the Abell Foundation to support a collaborative approach to job training, worker ownership and economic equity. Expanding the scale of the DSP Apprenticeship and adding a cooperative component, will afford even more individuals, particularly women and youth, the opportunity to explore the direct support field and find autonomy and financial equity in the work they do. Our objective is to improve caregiver’s lives by investing in the employee through improved wages and benefits. This ultimately means better stability in the life of the employee and their families, as well as improved care for the individuals served.
Thank You to the Truist Foundation
We’re happy to share that we’ve received a Truist Foundation grant to support Humanim’s Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship Program. The Foundation’s support will help our community grow its network of highly skilled and qualified Direct Support Professionals. Our DSP Apprenticeship programs provide paid, on-the-job training, pair each apprentice with a mentor, and allows apprentices to earn nationally recognized DSP Certification, with guaranteed pay increases as certification is achieved. Thank you to the Truist Foundation for their commitment to creating economic mobility by increasing Maryland’s skilled workforce of Direct Support Professionals through training, career, and recruitment opportunities to better our communities.
Thank You to the Community Foundation of Howard County

Humanim is excited to receive a community grant award of $7,500 from Community Foundation of Howard County to support our human services program operations. This grant will help us serve our mission of empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Howard County.


Impact Leaders Network Event – Let’s Brie Friends Fondue Class

Thursday, September 9th from 5:00pm- 7:00pm
Fuel your food passion at this interactive evening of cooking & feasting hosted by the Impact Leaders Network. Enjoy Cheese, Chocolate, and of course, Wine – with other impact leaders! Learn More...

Quarterly News from Humanim's Developmental Disability Services

Read what Humanim's Developmental Disability Services has been up to over the past few months, from virtual Zoo visits to DIY crafts with AR Workshop and more! In case you missed it, we recently published our quarterly Developmental Disability Services newsletter, including all the headlines and happenings. Read More...

Humanim is Hiring!

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. Gain experience in the human services field, turn your passion into a profession, and make a positive impact in your community.  Learn More & Apply...

Harford County Administrative Assistant Career Training Program

Increase your value to potential employers and start earning more than minimum wage. Humanim’s Administrative Assistant Career Training program offers a FREE 9-week course of instruction for Harford County residents to prepare them for careers as administrative assistants. Learn More...


Meet Barbara

"Success is my biggest achievement"

In 2016, Barbara was connected to Humanim’s Behavioral Health Department through a social worker that she was working with. Over the last few years, Barbara has faced and overcome many challenges, but also gained independence in Humanim’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program. Barbara shares that her Residential Counselor has helped her get on the right track for recovery, find a balance of a healthy lifestyle, and support her as needed.

One aspect of Barbara’s success is her full-time position as a housekeeper that she has sustained for over four years. She shows dedication to her role, waking up early to catch the bus, making sure she arrives on time every day, and lending a helping hand when needed. Barbara loves her job, and it shows - she has been named Employee of the Month on several occasions!

In addition to her participation in Humanim's programs and her full-time job, Barbara has been able to continue good relationships with her family, who have been her biggest supporters throughout recovery. She has also maintained a healthy marriage - her husband has been with her every step of the way, and she considers him her biggest cheerleader.

When asked what motivates her, Barbara shares that her husband and family are her biggest motivators to gain back more independence. 

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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