UPDATE: 2/11/2021 Good Afternoon, Below is a video message update. The message will also be available on our employee portal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_EyZXcWviM&feature=youtu.be Thanks and have a great rest of the day, Scott UPDATE: 1/14/2021 Good Morning, It was 304 days ago when we started implementing COVID-19 precautions and modifying programs. I don’t think we fully understood how dramatically our lives would change in those early days, at least I know I didn’t. I honestly couldn’t get used to wearing a mask when all of this started – but thank God for Caren and her crew for sewing the masks during those critical first few weeks. Now I have a mask for different occasions like Christmas and with sports teams on them, we even have a special hanging place in my house to put them all. Who could have guessed this as we brought in 2020 a year ago. But today is a turning point for Benedictine in our fight against COVID. Today we will see our first round of COVID-19 vaccines being administered to our front line employees. Today is a first step in us getting back to some sense of normal. I mentioned yesterday to the COVID leadership team wouldn’t
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We were scheduled to gather this weekend to celebrate Benedictine’s 60th anniversary. In light of the current crisis our plans have obviously changed. Now, more than ever, we need positive stories of hope and miracles. Sister Jeannette used to say miracles happen every day at Benedictine. I hope this video gives all of us a little lift and reminds us of the great work that happens at Benedictine.
Benedictine’s Spring Benefit 2020 – A Night to Celebrate, scheduled for April 24, and then canceled in response to COVID-19, nets more than $171,000 in support of their mission to help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their greatest potential. “Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and ticket holders our net revenue is almost 30 percent higher than we had hoped for. These much needed funds will go directly to supporting our employees, students and adults in our programs at this critical time for our community,” said Benedictine Executive Director, Scott Evans. Funds help off-set the increase in program support and operational costs associated with implementing CDC recommendations, including staffing requirements, due to COVID-19. This year’s annual fundraising event to celebrate Benedictine’s 60th anniversary was set to premier a promotional film about the organization's history and mission. The video was created by Easton-based business Rockfish Media Group and will now premiere online in conjunction with the launch of a new website this summer. Despite having to cancel the in-person celebration in response to public health guidelines, the organization received overwhelming support through a virtual
Meet Ms. Nancy: Social Worker Month each March is a time to celebrate Benedictine’s dedicated Case Management team and the valuable profession of social work. Our team of social work professionals hold a key role in connecting students, families, and staff in all areas of programming. Meet Nancy Morris, a social worker who has been with Benedictine for 25 years. Shortly after earning her degree at Salisbury University, Nancy began her career and passion for making a difference in the lives of students and their families here at Benedictine. As a resource for parents, students, and staff navigating challenging situations she takes incredible pride in her work. “Being able to support families on their journey is a tremendous feeling,” said Nancy. “To see a student smile when they see me, and want to talk or show me gains they have made, that makes me proud to do what I do.” [caption id="attachment_5312" align="alignleft" width="400"] Social Workers can use "feelings cards" with students as an emotional development tool.[/caption] Nancy got her start at Benedictine as a Resource Room assistant and later a supervisor before returning to school at Delaware State University where she earned her Master's degree in the field of
Meet Ms. Laura Mitchell, a social worker who started her passion for helping students here at Benedictine seven years ago. On her career path, she first earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and later Master’s in Social Work at Salisbury University. “The best part of my job is helping students build independence in their communication and working through challenges,” said Laura. “I love that I can be that for our students, and to have those day-to-day interactions that always brings a smile to my face.” Starting in 2011, Laura was an Education Assistant in the Functional Academics 2 classroom, and then taught for three years in the Total Communications 2 classroom. She went on to spend two years teaching in public schools before returning to Benedictine in 2016 teaching in Functional Academics 1. “I realized after my time away from Benedictine that this was where I needed to stay,” said Laura. “ I knew I wanted to pursue a master’s degree and continue to work with the special needs population, but wasn’t quite sure what avenue to go until one day I realized that social work was my true passion. Her start in the social work
A message from Spring Benefit Event Co-Chairs: We’re sad to announce today that our Spring Benefit and all related activities scheduled for the weekend of April 24-25 have been cancelled. Many of us look forward to this annual gathering of our community, and while this decision is disappointing it is being made out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and well-being of all. Since the public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) began, the dedicated staff at Benedictine have been working non-stop to ensure the children and adults entrusted to our care are as safe and comfortable as possible. We are all living with the added anxiety of uncertainty in these challenging days, and we couldn’t be more proud of the way our team has pulled together to support those we serve. Please keep the Benedictine community in your prayers, and know you continue to be in ours. As you can imagine, our financial needs have never been greater, and we hope you will participate in our “Virtual Gala” by raising your auction paddle for Benedictine online. We have received a generous $25,000 challenge grant from a donor who will match any donations up to that amount. As members
Benedictine’s annual Spring Benefit fundraising event is set for Saturday, April 25th at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Md. Guests are invited join the organization for a dazzling evening of gourmet cuisine and cocktails to raise funds in support of the kids and adults at Benedictine. Spring Benefit 2020: A Night to Celebrate is a special 60th anniversary gala co-chaired by Thomas & Jacqueline Collamore and Charles & Syd Mills. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and individual tickets to Saturday night’s event are $150.00. Registration is available at www.benschool.org, or by calling 410-634-2292. The event kicks-off with a Friday Night Reception where Benedictine friends and staff are invited to enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour, tickets are $25 and also available for purchase online. For nearly 50 years, Benedictine has hosted this annual night of hospitality and philanthropy to raise funds for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. In total, Spring Benefit has raised $10 million to support special education programs at Benedictine including the purchase of adaptive technology and classroom and campus improvements.
Maryland Works, Inc. named Elizabeth “Betsy” Partridge Employee of the Year during the organization’s 12th Annual Employment Awards Luncheon at the BWI Marriott in Baltimore in November. As a statewide membership association, Maryland Works, Inc.’s mission is to promote economic and workforce development strategies that assure full inclusion of individuals with disabilities or those with other barriers to employment. Partridge was recognized for her years of competitive integrated employment at both Broadneck High School in Annapolis where she has worked in the cafeteria since 2009, and Home Depot in Annapolis, where she has worked since 1996. “Betsy has developed many positive relationships in the community and is best known for her catch-phrase “waz up” which showcases her enthusiasm and positive attitude in her positions,” said Benedictine’s Supported Employment and Community Services Director, Candy Jordan. Partridge lives in one of Benedictine’s 18 Group Homes and is part of Benedictine’s residential Adult Services program which provides community living and independent living skills for people with developmental disabilities. As a graduate from the Benedictine School, Partridge transitioned into the organization’s Adult Services program in 1989. “Betsy has been a part of the Benedictine family for many years and we are thrilled to see her hard