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5/20/2020

5/20/2020

Dear Child and Family Charities’ Community,

In this week’s article, Innovation + Imagination=Great Partnership J. Munley introduces a new grant and partnership with the Waverly Schools to provide much needed mental health supports in their schools. He highlights the alarming rates of suicide and mental health concerns in youth, and we must ask- how is the pandemic affecting the mental health of our youth?

He helps us consider safe transitions, both mentally and physically, as we plan to go back to redefined routines. While he focuses on children returning to school, this topic translates well to all environments. What do we need to feel safe as we make these transitions?

Our leadership team and committee are thoughtfully finalizing policies and procedures to open our buildings in June. This team is reviewing the many details involved in creating a healthy and safe work environment as we move forward.  We encourage you to communicate your needs to your supervisor and directors.
What do you need to feel safe in the work environment? How can we best support you?  

Save the date- all staff meeting:  To learn more about our reopening plans, there will be two opportunities to join an all staff meeting. Rod Carpenter of HotBeats Entertainment will host the event with music, fun games, and giveaways.
Please mark your calendar with one of these times (more details to follow):

Tuesday, June 2nd at 10:30-11:30

OR

Thursday, June 4th at 3:00-4:00.

** To ensure we have time to cover all questions, you are encouraged to email questions prior to our meeting to julie@childandfamily.org or call me at 734-476-4027.

Supplies: Please email liz@childandfamily.org with your supply needs. Masks, gloves and hand sanitizer are available. The items will be labeled and available at the front desk for you. You can place orders for foster families and clients as well.

Assistance for Families- please reach out:  Many requests have come through our website and social media for basic need assistance for families. Our Family Growth Center offers support to enroll in Medicaid and many resources are available through 211. There is also a fund available through United Way called One Lansing which provides families with up to $1,200 of rental and utility support if all other sources are denied. Families may have significant needs while they are waiting for assistance.

The Family Growth Center has been providing lunches for children and families in their program. Through the support of our grants and donors, this program recently expanded to serve additional families and fill the gap while families are waiting for funds. If you are working with or know of a family with an immediate food, supply, formula or diaper need, please reach out to CAPS Division Director, Kathy Kelly at kathy@childandfamily.org or 517-648-4245. 

Hiring! Thank you for helping us spread the word. Our teams have been busy with Zoom interviews. Many positions have been filled! Remember, if you refer someone who is hired in the next 8 weeks, you will receive a $250 referral bonus in your paycheck! Check it out- there is a new posting this week!

Gateway Division
Newest posting:
Street Outreach and Housing Case Manager:
Provide culturally sensitive and trauma-informed supportive services to run away, homeless, and street youth to help them access immediate shelter; set and achieve goals that lead to safe and stable housing; and move toward self-sufficiency.  Locate, contact, and provide information, referrals, and services to run away, homeless, and at-risk youth while also increasing community awareness and support. 

Youth Specialist (KJM): Under the supervision of the House Manager and Director of Programs, the Youth Specialist Staff will provide for the basic needs of runaway, homeless, or at-risk youth who voluntarily admit themselves into the shelter program. This position is responsible for direct shift coverage, including the provision of supervision, crisis intervention, and appropriate modeling for at-risk youth in either of Gateway’s residential program.

Angel House
Youth Specialist:
The Youth Specialist will provide supervision and care to children and adolescents who are placed in Angel House. The position covers a broad range of “direct care” responsibilities similar to that of a temporary guardian and to ensure that the physical and emotional needs of each child are met. This position requires good organizational skills and follows through on all assigned tasks.

Behavioral Health- NEW Position
Full Time School Based Clinical Therapist:
Provide direct therapeutic services (individual, group, and family therapy), education, case management, advocacy, referrals, and service coordination to students and their families identified by Waverly Schools. 

Billing Specialist: Highly analytical, organized, capable problem solving and motivated, possess sound communication skills to interact with management, co-workers and vendors and a firm understanding of computers and accounting related software.

Wishing you health and well-being,

 

5/5/2020

Good day Child and Family Charities' community,

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Support: As our agency continues to provide essential services, please know we are committed to your physical and mental well-being. Please find this resource from HelpNet with great tips for creating safe routines.

Support calls continue with J. Munley through Zoom. You are encouraged to join a group! His weekly blog "Mentally Distancing" challenges us to unplug from social media and approach tasks with mindfulness, fully engaging in each moment.

Jennifer Cousineau continues to offer weekly yoga options. Please see the information at the bottom of this page for this week's class schedule.

Technology needs: Please communicate with your supervisor if you have an unmet technology need or challenge. Also, please find the attached instructions for updating your Zoom account. This update is intended to increase security for this platform.

Agency Closure: Our agency will continue to follow state recommendations for closure. This will likely extend through the end of May. As the state releases reopening procedures, CFC will assess how to safely open our doors. Policies and procedures will be forthcoming.

The most up to date information can be found at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/

Supplies: Cloth face masks are available. Children sizes are available. Medical grade masks, surgical and some face shields, are here! N95 face masks will arrive soon. Please email liz@childandfamily.org with your needs. She will put them in a bag with your name and leave at the front desk for you.

You can place orders for foster families and clients as well. As we receive more supplies, we will fill your requests. Gloves and hand sanitizers are available at all locations. Please take what you need.

Hiring! Please help us spread the word! If you refer someone who is hired in the next 8 weeks, you will receive a $250 referral bonus in your paycheck! Our teams need more help!

Gateway Division

Life Coach: Supportive Community Housing for Youth Programs (SCHYP)

To support homeless individuals and families with a youth head of household ages 18 through 22 in locating and securing safe and stable affordable housing and achieving economic self-sufficiency, good health and well-being, and positive and permanent social connections.

Youth Specialist (KJM): Under the supervision of the House Manager and Director of Programs, the Youth Specialist Staff will provide for the basic needs of runaway, homeless, or at-risk youth who voluntarily admit themselves into the shelter program. This position is responsible for direct shift coverage, including the provision of supervision, crisis intervention, and appropriate modeling for at-risk youth in either of Gateway’s residential program.

Community Outreach Specialist (Street Outreach Program): the Community Outreach Specialist will locate, contact, and provide information, referrals, and services to runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth while also increasing community awareness and support.

Angel House

Youth Specialist: The Youth Specialist will provide supervision and care to children and adolescents who are placed in Angel House. The position covers a broad range of "direct care" responsibilities similar to that of a temporary guardian and to ensure that the physical and emotional needs of each child are met. This position requires good organizational skills and follows through on all assigned tasks.

Behavioral Health- NEW Position
Full Time School Based Clinical Therapist: Provide direct therapeutic services (individual, group, and family therapy), education, case management, advocacy, referrals, and service coordination to students and their families identified by Waverly Schools with a minimum caseload of 50 unduplicated clients per year.

Child Welfare

Child Welfare Specialist: As a member of the Child Welfare Team, the person in this position will provide case management for children and families involved in out of home placement. You will work closely with various community resources, therapists, court and court personnel, as well as with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Child Welfare Associate: This position performs routine clerical related tasks (including, but not limited to word processing, clerical, statistical, record keeping, report writing duties) as assigned; and assists professional staff in non-technical services by transporting clients, and supervising parental visits related to child welfare services.

Juvenile Justice – New Position
Juvenile Justice Counseling and Prevention Therapist: The Mental Health/ Substance Use Prevention Therapist provides juvenile justice youth and their families with screening, counseling and prevention services as well as community resource connections for youth and families.

Jennifer Cousineau's Yoga SCHEDULE

General Public Yoga Classes
Zoom Link for Tuesday and Thursday 5:15pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82892182927

Zoom Link for Saturday 10:15am
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86479306665

CFC ONLY Yoga Class
Zoom Link for Friday at 12:30pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89693650662

 

4/21/2020

Dear Child and Family Charities’ Community,

Good Day to you. I hope this update finds you and your family doing well! I will be sending these updates out on Tuesday mornings from today forward. Please look for the update to arrive in your email InBox at about 8:35 a.m. each Tuesday for the duration of the current Covid-19 health crisis.

Support: J. Munley authored an inspiration poem and perspective on grief, brilliantly relating the concept to the community trauma we all experiencing on some level.  Grief evolves, ebbs and flows as we navigate these times. We are in this together. Humans are resilient! Reach out, we are here!

Please read the most current article from J Thomas Munley, entitled,
"Article #4: Grieving what was; Working toward what could be"

Agency Closure:  Our agency will continue to follow state outlined recommendations for closure. As the state releases reopening procedures, those will be shared. The state remains on a Stay Home; Stay Safe order until April 30th; however, we anticipate a possible extension of the order.

The most up to date information can be found at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/

Supplies: We are in pursuit of additional supplies. What is needed most:

PPEs, in particular protective facemasks (and if possible coffee filters for additional protection)
Cleaning supplies (especially Lysol products, but any would be appreciated)
Gift cards to local restaurants. This will help with the numerous meals we must provide to our shelter youth.
Hand Sanitizer is always welcome.
Funds—your donations will go even farther than ever. Please visit our donation page at https://www.childandfamily.org/page.php?id=29  to help with our additional costs to keep our vulnerable children, youth and families safe and healthy during the current health crisis.
 
Please send an email to CFCevents@childandfamily.org or Demphna@childandfamily.org for more information on how you can help.

Hiring! Last week Child and Family Charities secured the Payroll Protection Program loan through the CARES Act. It is a forgivable loan that is available for small businesses (less than 500 employee) that helps us retain staff and remain financially healthy during this time of uncertainty. With this news, we are in a position to provide premium pay for our staff delivering supplies in the community and for staff who are working onsite at the KJMY home and Angel House.

There are new positions and vacancies to fill. Please help us spread the word! If you refer someone who is hired in the next 8 weeks, you will receive a $250 referral bonus!

Gateway Division
Life Coach:
Supportive Community Housing for Youth Programs (SCHYP)

To support homeless individuals and families with a youth head of household ages 18 through 22 in locating and securing safe and stable affordable housing and achieving economic self-sufficiency, good health and well-being, and positive and permanent social connections.

Youth Specialist (KJM): Under the supervision of the House Manager and Director of Programs, the Youth Specialist Staff will provide for the basic needs of runaway, homeless, or at-risk youth who voluntarily admit themselves into the shelter program. This position is responsible for direct shift coverage, including the provision of supervision, crisis intervention, and appropriate modeling for at-risk youth in either of Gateway’s residential program.

Angel House
Youth Specialist:
The Youth Specialist will provide supervision and care to children and adolescents who are placed in Angel House. The position covers a broad range of “direct care” responsibilities similar to that of a temporary guardian and to ensure that the physical and emotional needs of each child are met. 

This position requires good organizational skills and follows through on all assigned tasks.

Behavioral Health- NEW Position
Full Time School Based Clinical Therapist:
Provide direct therapeutic services (individual, group, and family therapy), education, case management, advocacy, referrals, and service coordination to students and their families identified by Waverly Schools with a minimum caseload of 50 unduplicated clients per year. 

Child Welfare
Child Welfare Specialist: As a member of the Child Welfare Team, the person in this position will provide case management for children and families involved in out of home placement. You will work closely with various community resources, therapists, court and court personnel, as well as with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Juvenile Justice – New Position

Juvenile Justice Counseling and Prevention Therapist: The Mental Health/ Substance Use Prevention Therapist provides juvenile justice youth and their families with screening, counseling and prevention services as well as community resource connections for youth and families.

Full job postings are available on our website. Please send resume and cover letters to Liz Gonzalez at liz@childfamily.org.

As always, please know that I am accessible if you need anything and available at

734-476-4027.

Thank you all for your unwavering commitment to children and families during this time,

Julie

4/13/2020

Ingham County Resources

4/9/2020

Dear Child and Family Charities’ Community,

Agency Closure: Legislators voted to extend the state of emergency and Gov. Whitmer extended the Stay Home, Stay Safe order until the end of April. The agency will follow state recommendations and remain closed until the state orders are lifted. If you do need to visit the main building related to essential services, please coordinate your visit times with your supervisor.  As a reminder, when entering the building please wash your hands upon entry and complete the screening questions as required by Ingham County. If you answer yes to any of the questions or present with a fever over 100° °F , we ask that you do not enter the building and contact your healthcare professional for guidance.

Time off requests: Some staff have asked about use of personal, vacation and sick time. Please continue to use T-sheets and document your time as usual. Ahmad relies on accurate and complete Time Sheets for payroll processing. The T-sheet app is also available for ease of use on your phone.

Reporting illness: Everyday our leadership has been asked to report to the state our staffing availability and numbers of confirmed cases of clients with a COVID-19 diagnosis. If you become aware of a client who has tested positive or under the care of a healthcare professional for symptoms please inform your supervisor.  

Staff support:  Zoom support calls with J. Munley launched this week. Please join a call and share your experiences with other staff members. If you have not heard about a Zoom call option, let J. (jmunley@childandfamily.org) know directly or your supervisor that you are interested. Remember, someone else may benefit from hearing from you! I encourage you to connect with our community- so many great things are happening right now!  J. continues to author reflective pieces to help guide us through these times that can be found on our Facebook and the Mid-Michigan Trauma Collaborative Facebook page as well as on our CoronaVirus updates on the CFC website. I encourage you to like/follow the Mid-Michigan Trauma Collaborative Facebook page for regular postings to help us emotionally navigate this health crisis at work and at home. This week he encourages us all to write a letter to our future self. What a fun and therapeutic exercise!

Please see below for the most recent J. Munley article.

Supplies: All sites have hand sanitizers available for pick-up for your personal use. Please grab one, compliments of Red Spirit Distillery.

Sparks of Hope: Have you liked us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Everyday we are posting resources for children and families. Our goal is also to inspire and connect with our community by sharing positive “Sparks of Hope".  Demphna sent an email earlier this week requesting stories and pictures to highlight how we continue to fulfill our mission even in these challenging times. Our goal is to spread the word in a BIG WAY! Can we get to over 2,500 likes/followers on Facebook? 

Our challenge to you- Like, Comment and Share on one social media post each day. This type of activity gives our stories a boost to reach more people. Help spread the word about everything we are doing to keep children, youth and families safe, healthy and connected to services during this time.

Please contact Demphna@childandfamily.org with your stories/photos or text to (248) 396-2266.

Events:  Our events have always been ways to bring the community together and provide critical funding for our services. We are looking at how the current health crisis might impact our 2020 fall gatherings. Stay tuned for new opportunities to connect and support with our mission!

Thank you for being there for our children, youth, families and coworkers!

4/5/2020

Dear Child and Family Charities’ Community,

A few updates to bring to your attention:

Agency Closure: Our state legislators will meet next week to vote on the extension for the Stay Home, Stay Safe order.  Offices will remain “closed” according to the state recommendations.  With the recent school closure announcement, please know we are committed to our flexible work culture to accommodate your family needs.  Scheduling options can be arranged with supervisors when our office opens.

Potential Financial Assistance: The CARES Act was put into effect last week on a federal level.  This Act includes many tax credits and financial relief programs. Child and Family is eligible for some of these options and we plan to pursue them.  Our goal is to cover our increased costs with providing 24/7 residential services, additional staffing, and possible decreases in fundraising dollars.   It is important to consider the future climate of the state contracts and fundraising. Our Board of Directors has been very supportive in this effort, helping us navigate best options.

Student Loan Forgiveness:  Many staff members qualify for the student loan repayment forgiveness program by working at Child and Family Charites, a registered non-profit. The CARES Act includes relief for some borrowers. I encourage you to contact your student loan provider to see if you can benefit.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/wesleywhistle/2020/04/02/a-surprise-benefit-for-student-loan-borrowers-from-the-cares-act/#5842e6614909

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA):  FFCRA went into effect April 1st. To help us track who may be eligible for benefits under this act, we have added a COVID-19 code in payroll. If you or a family member are unable to work and under the care of a health professional for COVID-19 symptoms, you may be eligible for up to 2 weeks paid leave.  Liz will be communicating additional information about this and posting at your work sites. Please contact her directly with questions.

Screening Questions: Ingham County is requiring all essential businesses to complete screenings of employees or clients entering our buildings. You will now find this screening form at the main agency. Please sign in and answer the screening questions. 

Supplies:  United Way provided us with 5 gallons of hand sanitizer from Red Cedar Spirits. We are dividing the sanitizer into smaller containers for your use at our residential sites and if you are in the community. At the main agency front desk, you can find gloves and hand sanitizer.  Please take up to 5 gloves and one hand sanitizer per person.  Orders for additional supplies have been placed. I will let everyone know when additional masks arrive.

Staff support:  J Munley and Andrea have worked to set up Zoom calls to help support staff. You should receive an email invite to participate. This is a great way to share stories and tips for navigating these unique times.   As a follow up to his last piece on community trauma, J. authored another excellent piece on building a personal resilience strategy. I encourage you to check out the iChill application from the Trauma Resource Institute. This time can be used to create a new space that includes pause and reflection for our own personal well-being.

New Programs! Our Behavioral Health and JJ Division received notification of new grant dollars to support the following programs:

E3 Grant (Expanding, Enhancing Emotional Health Program)- Pilot Program

Co-located at Waverly High School and Child and Family Charities

Provide onsite mental health and substance use disorder therapy to students and families year-round. This program is being funded by MDHHS as a pilot program to assist with startup costs to build a free-standing clinic within the school itself. 3.5-year contract.

Pilot Programs for Juvenile Justice Diversion

Located within the Juvenile Justice Division serving Ingham and Eaton Counties

Will fund a full-time therapist to provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and substance use prevention therapy to juvenile justice clients, as well as expand the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) to serve 7-17-year-old and their families. This program is being funded by MDHHS as a pilot program to assist with startup costs to build a sustainable juvenile justice diversion program that is rooted in evidenced based practices. 1.5-year pilot contract.

Thank you all for everything you are doing to continue our services for those who need us most. Please let me know if you need anything, 734-476-4027.

Appreciate you all,

Julie

 

3/23/2020

Dear Child and Family Charities’ Community,

We continue to monitor how to best deliver critical services during this time. Today the Governor released the following: “Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life,” or the “stay home, stay safe” order.” This order takes effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 am, and continues through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm. In order to meet this request, we will extend the period to keep staff working from home until at least April 13 to provide necessary and essential services. Per our call today with DHHS, they clarified that in-person parenting time, sibling and home visits are suspended during this time unless there are exigent circumstances. In addition, residential visits are limited. We will send the memo from DHHS as soon as we receive it.

In line with this order, we are limiting people who can be in the office and rotating times for staff who need to pick up essential items and paperwork. Please maintain social distancing of the recommended 6 feet.

This is a summary of the Governor’s Executive order: All individuals currently living within the State of Michigan are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence. Workers who are necessary to sustain or protect life are defined as “critical infrastructure workers,” and can continue to do so in person. The governor said these organizations must take aggressive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19—see this one-pager for additional guidance.

Critical infrastructure workers include some workers in each of the following sectors:

(a) Health care and public health.
(b) Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders.
(c) Food and agriculture.
(d) Energy.
(e) Water and wastewater.
(f) Transportation and logistics.
(g) Public works.
(h) Communications and information technology, including news media.
(i) Other community-based government operations and essential functions.
(j) Critical manufacturing.
(k) Hazardous materials.
(l) Financial services.
(m) Chemical supply chains and safety.
(n) Defense industrial base.

These workers also include:

Workers and volunteers for businesses or operations (including both and religious and secular nonprofit organizations) that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities.

The governor will evaluate the continuing need for this order prior to its expiration. In determining whether to maintain, intensify, or relax its restrictions, she will consider, among other things, (1) data on COVID-19 infections and the disease’s rate of spread; (2) whether sufficient medical personnel, hospital beds, and ventilators exist to meet anticipated medical need; (3) the availability of personal protective equipment for the health-care workforce; (4) the state’s capacity to test for COVID- 19 cases and isolate infected people; and (5) economic conditions in the state.

I will continue to communicate updates as they become available from state, local and federal sources. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out and ask. I am available and offer my cell to contact me anytime, 734-476-4027.

Thank you for your dedication to keeping our community safe and healthy,

Julie Thomasma, Ph. D., Chief Executive Officer
Child and Family Charities
www.childandfamily.org
O: (517) 882-4000, ext. 123
M: (734) 476-4027

Related Links:
https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98163-522625--,00.html
https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626--,00.html

 

3/23/2020

School Closure Food Service Program

 

3/17/2020

Dear Child and Family Charities’ Community,

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time when we are all doing our part to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) through social distancing. With the goal to limit the number of staff in the office, each Division is taking additional precautions and have implemented responses consistent with guidelines from our Governor, CDC, and MDHHS. In addition, with schools canceled, we recognize and respect that many staff need to care for children at home.

Effectively immediately through April 5th, the following services are canceled:

  • Respite childcare services at the Family Growth Center at Bethlehem Church (Foodbank remains open with pick up at the door);
  • Accountability hearings for Teen Court;
  • All groups including Strengthening Families, Too Good for Drugs, Prime for Life, PRIDE, and Foster Parent Orientation;
  • Due to limited staffing, we are asking donors to hold in-kind donations for the time being.

Currently we are assessing virtual therapy options for our substance abuse program and mental health services.

Until further notice, MDHHS implemented an additional health screening for all staff and any visitors of our residential homes at Angel House and at Kevin J. Moody Youth Home, Gateway Youth Services and for staff completing home visits. We extended this screening to parental visits at the agency to help ensure staff and client safety:

When scheduling a visit with a child/family, staff should ask the following three screening questions pertaining to all household members:

  1. Is there any reason you have been instructed to self-quarantine or isolate? If yes, why?
  2. Have you had contact with any Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for COVID- 19 within the last 14 days, OR with anyone with known COVID-19?;
  3. Do you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection (e.g., cough, sore throat, fever, or shortness of breath)?

If all household members indicate no to all three questions, it is expected that staff complete the home visit. Clients should be advised to cancel their visit if answers to any of the screening questions change between scheduling and the time the visit occurs. If any household members indicate travel, contact, or symptoms as outlined above, the in-home visit should be postponed/rescheduled.

If in-person contact cannot occur, staff should utilize other available resources to make contact with children and families, including phone calls, skype, or other technology that allows verification of child safety and the ability to address concerns of parents and caregiver.

We will continue to maintain a healthy work environment with new procedures that includes: limiting items in family visitation rooms, increased hand-washing, sanitation between all visits and social distancing (work remotely and virtual meetings only).

As a reminder on using good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases, please use the following guidelines:

  • Stay home if you are sick, and advise others to do the same.
  • Always cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and warm water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (computers, keyboards, desks, etc.).

Remember, in effort to keep our CFC community informed of potential exposure and monitor risk, all reports of diagnosis or exposure to COVID-19 should be made to CV19@childandfamily.org. Questions or concerns can be sent to this email address. A response will follow within 24 hours. We will continue to send updates as new information becomes available.

Thank you for your dedication to keeping our community safe and healthy,

Julie Thomasma, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer