UPDATE: June 18, 2020 Our Commitment to Safety COVID-19 Response Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis Benedictine has acted quickly to modify our policies and procedures based on the information we received from the Maryland Department of Health and the CDC. Below is an overview of our response and new policies we have put in place to minimize the impact on COVID for our Benedictine community. We will continue to modify our policies based on the most up to date information and communicate those changes to key stakeholders utilizing various communication channels. Depending on the circumstances these changes could either take the form of easing, retracting or tightening these policies. Employee Health Monitoring Staff have been required to perform a self-assessment of their current health condition prior to each shift and to stay home if they are ill. Temperature checks are performed for each employee prior to the start of every shift and if they become sick during a shift they are to leave work immediately. Student/Adult Health Monitoring Our employees continuously monitor the health of our students and adults we support for any changes. We also check their temperatures multiple times a day for any fluctuations. Personal Protective Equipment
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
In a recent grant award from Choptank Electric Trust’s Operation Round-Up, the Trust’s non-profit whose aim is to improve the quality of life in their community, The Benedictine School received $2,400 for the purchase of adaptive tricycles for their students. As a special education program that serves over 60 students with developmental disabilities and autism, Benedictine’s physical education programs require specialized equipment. The grant allowed the School to replace older devices with two new adaptive tricycles. The specialized tricycles are often medically necessary for students who are unable to walk independently, or for those who require wheelchair support. Adaptive tricycles help to provide the gift of mobility to Benedictine students. Choptank Electric Trust’s gift will be used year-round by those who would otherwise be unable to enjoy the ability to ride and engage with their peers. Each student, including those with severe physical challenges, benefits from improved coordination, balance, and increased lower leg strength the tricycles offer.
Paul and Holly Fine of Easton, Md. recently donated a wheelchair-accessible van and a motorized wheelchair to Benedictine, to help meet the transportation needs of the children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities served by the organization. The multi-passenger van will be used to transport individuals to medical appointments, vocational and recreational activities. “We wanted the vehicle and wheelchair went where it is truly needed and help as many people as possible,” said Fine. “Over the years, Paul and I have produced a number of news programs focused on people with disabilities. We know that transportation is just one of the many barriers they face on a daily basis, especially here on the Eastern Shore.” The donated Toyota Sienna XLE, valued at $35,000, and the Quantum 600 motorized wheelchair will benefit more than 200 children and adults in Benedictine’s programs. The Fine’s gift was made possible by an introduction from Richard Marks of the Dock Street Foundation and Royce Ball, director of Mid-Shore Veterans Group. “Transportation is such an important part of our community-based model of care,” said Barry Smale, director of the Benedictine Foundation. “We are so grateful for Paul and Holly’s contribution.” Cutline: Benedictine staff and individuals receive