2018 Annual Gathering

Agenda

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  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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    Committee Meetings

    9:00 AM  -  3:00 PM
    Aging Section Steering Committee Meeting
     
    2:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
    Conference Registration, Information Desk and Exhibits Open
     

    Committee Meetings

    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Children, Youth and Family Section Steering Committee Meeting
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Development & Communication Steering Committee Meeting
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Food and Nutrition Community of Practice Coordinating Committee Meeting
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Housing Community of Practice Coordinating Committee Meeting
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Immigration & Refugee Services Community of Practice Coordinating Committee Meeting
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Management & Administration Steering Committee Meeting
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Parish Social Ministry Leadership Team Meeting
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Social Enterprise Community of Practice Coordinating Committee
     
    5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
    First-Timer Orientation
     Optional 
    5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
    Management & Administration Meet and Greet
     Optional 
     

    Committee Meetings

    5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM
    Asset Development Section Steering Committee Meeting
     
    6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM
    Executive Committee of the Council of Diocesan Directors Dinner Meeting (Members Only)
    6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM
    Share the Journey 5K

    Join colleagues and Buffalonians for a fun 5K through downtown Buffalo. Feel the cool breeze rolling in off Lake Erie as you jog past Canalside, the Naval Park and the mouth of the Buffalo River. If you time it right, you might even catch a world-famous Buffalo sunset over the water.

    Advanced registration fee: $25
    On-site fee: $30

    2018 Annual Gathering attendees will receive a code to waive the race fee on their registration confirmation.

    For more information or to register visit the Optional Activities page at ccusannualgathering.org

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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    7:30 AM  -  8:15 AM
    Breakfast
    7:30 AM  -  5:15 PM
    Conference Registration, Information Desk and Exhibits Open
    8:15 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Opening Prayer and Welcome to Buffalo
    9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    President's Address - Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD
     

    Concurrent Session 1

    10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
    1A Embracing an Agency’s Catholic Identity

    Intermediate

    Catholic social teaching is central to the identity of Catholic Charities agencies and its service to clients. Through expert presentation and small group work, this workshop will consider successes, opportunities, and challenges in implementing Catholic social teaching in the culture, formation efforts, and executive decision-making of a Catholic Charities agency. 

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1. Explain the importance of Catholic Identity to the mission of a Catholic Charities agency
    2.  Identify challenges and opportunities in shaping an agency’s culture through Catholic Identity
    3.  Discuss practical ways Catholic Charities leaders can form staff and volunteers in Catholic social teaching

    Presenters:
    Joanne Nattrass MBA, BSN, RN, Executive Director
    Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Richmond, Va.

    David Bethuram, Executive Director
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.

     Optional 
    10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
    1B Creating a Culture of Self-Care and Burnout Prevention

    Intermediate

    Self-care is an essential survival skill for those of us involved in social services and helping professions. Self-care refers to activities and practices that we can engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and maintain and enhance our short- and longer-term health and well-being. Self-care is necessary for your effectiveness and success in honoring your professional and personal commitments. During this workshop, we will discuss the various components of a quality self-care plan including steps you can take at work or home to reduce the negative impact of the hard work of caring for others and enhancing the joy of service.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work and Professional Counseling – 1.25 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1. Describe the problems associated with burnout and compassion fatigue
    2. Make a self-care plan
    3. Discuss different organizational structures that promote self-care

    Presenter:
    Fr. Ragan Schriver, MSW, PsyD, Consultant
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

     Optional 
    10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
    1C Engaging Media to Advance Your Mission!

    Intermediate

    How can your Catholic Charities agency better engage with your stakeholders (donors, staff, board, clients and community) with visual media in new and creative ways? Whatever your needs, whatever your size, you will gain new ideas about innovative, effective and compelling approaches to telling your story and generating the support needed to thrive.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe memorable and creative ways to position your fundraiser; view award-winning and adaptable videos that capture the essence of your work; understand the creative process behind your creation
    2. Demonstrate opportunities to repurpose and/or micro-size video products for different media platforms (events, website, presentations, social media)
    3.  Explain your market – how market surveys may benefit your media engagement focus for donors, supporters, staff, and the community at-large 

    Presenters:
    Patrick Raglow, MSNSS, Executive Director
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Okla.

    Chris Williams, Chief Creative Officer
    Staplegun Design, LLC, Oklahoma City, Okla.

     Optional 
    10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
    1D Equity & Inclusiveness in Culturally Responsive Organizations

    Intermediate

    As Catholic agencies we are called to see the face of Christ in everyone we serve.  How do you know if your agency is culturally responsive?  This workshop will introduce participants to the CCUSA Assessment Guidelines for Culturally Responsive Organizations or Programs and demonstrate its value.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 1.25 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1. Explain the importance of organizational culturally responsive practice
    2.  Describe the benefits of being a culturally responsive organization
    3.  Identify ways to mitigate disparities in leadership opportunities for people of color

    Presenters:
    Paula Mann-Agnew, LMSW, CSW, Director of Programs
    Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford, Hartford, Conn.

    Jean Beil, LCSW, Senior Vice President, Programs and Services
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

     Optional 
    10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
    1E Creative Resources for Affordable Housing

    Beginner

    As part of Catholic Charities USA’s (CCUSA) efforts to enhance the ministry’s affordable housing initiatives, we have entered into an agreement with CSM Advisors, Inc. (CSM) to provide Catholic Charities’ agencies and their housing affiliates with access to capital for the preservation of existing affordable housing units and for the construction of new affordable housing units. This session introduces participants to the process for obtaining this pre-development financing. It provides examples of successful projects that used this financing, answers general questions and offers participants an opportunity to arrange brief one - on - one conferences to discuss individual deals in the vendor area.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work –  1.25 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Access innovative and alternative project pre-development financing for current and future developments
    2.  Utilize a loan source that includes project consulting services
    3.  Accelerate member project pipelines and collect developer fees sooner

    Presenters:
    Steve Capobres, Housing Executive Director
    Catholic Charites of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz.

    Anthony (Tony) Savarese, Partner
    CMS Advisors, Inc., New York, N.Y.

    Fr. Eric Cruz, Pastor
    St. John Chrysostom Church, Bronx, N.Y.

     Optional 
    10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
    1F Engaging Local Volunteers to Support Vulnerable Immigrant Communities

    Beginner

    During these challenging times of increased enforcement, access to resources for immigrants is paramount. We will discuss how parish-supported scalable legal clinics can help leverage local resources to provide valuable information, access to legal services, harness volunteer energy, and create local pro bono opportunities for your immigrant communities.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Restate the various elements necessary to create large-scale legal clinics
    2.  Create innovative ways to include volunteers in their legal clinic and pro bono models
    3.  Develop plans for creating pro bono opportunities in their communities

    Presenters:
    Maryann Tharappel, J.D., Special Projects Director
    Catholic Charities Community Service, Archdiocese of New York, New York, N.Y.

    Lucia Goyen, MPA, Special Projects Manager
    Catholic Charities Community Service, Archdiocese of New York, New York, N.Y.

     Optional 
    10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
    1G Addressing Emotional & Mental Health Needs in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

    Intermediate

    Houston was significantly impacted by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s Counseling Department has played a key role in disaster recovery efforts. Programs have provided community and school-based clinical services using trauma-informed interventions to address the mental health needs of families struggling after the storm.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work and Professional Counseling – 1.25 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Identify signs of emotional distress following a natural disaster
    2.  Demonstrate awareness of strategies and therapeutic models utilized to address the emotional and mental health needs of individuals and families affected by Hurricane Harvey
    3.  Describe how to implement therapeutic practices into different settings, including community outpatient services and school-based counseling 

    Presenters:
    Sandra Willett, LPC, LFMT, NCC, Lead Community Counselor
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Houston, Texas

    Alejandra Restrepo, M.A., LPC, Lead School Counselor
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Houston, Texas

     Optional 
    10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
    1H ACA and Transition Services with Medicare

    Advanced

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established innovative funding pools for pilot programs administered through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The program tests evidence-based models for improving care transitions from hospital to other settings. This workshop will look at two agency models that are successfully partnering with health care to keep seniors in their communities.  

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe the implications of the Affordable Care Act regarding hospital transitions for Medicare patients
    2.  Summarize how human service organizations are forming partnerships that support reduced hospital readmissions for older adults through the provision of in home supports
    3.  Evaluate funding mechanism that support the provision of these services 

    Presenters:
    Mary Ann Bibat, Vice President of Senior Social Services
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

    Heather Huot, Assistant Director of Parish and Housing Services
    Catholic Housing & Community Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.

     Optional 
    10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
    1I Sharing Best-Practices for Engaging Volunteers of Different Generations

    Intermediate

    Join us to learn how to engage three different generations in your volunteer program. This Volunteer Managers’ Network presentation will use an interactive Jeopardy-style activity to share best practices to utilize at your agency.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Create opportunities for Gen Z and minors in volunteer programs
    2.  Engage Millennials in volunteer program at a greater rate
    3.  Retain Baby Boomers and retired volunteers to serve again and again 

    Presenters:
    Maggie O’Neill, M.A., Senior Program Manager of Volunteer Services
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Washington, D.C.

    Regina O’Connor, Volunteer Program Manager
    Catholic Charities San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif.

    Amaris White, J.D., Director of Volunteer Services
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, N.Y.

     Optional 
    10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
    1J Sharing the Journey with Refugees in an Anti-Refugee Climate

    Intermediate

    This presentation is meant to show the impact of anti-refugee and anti-immigrant executive actions and other policy changes on refugees and immigrants and on refugee and immigrant programs. It will also demonstrate the humanitarian, strategic, and economic need to restore the resettlement program and reform immigration law consistent with Catholic social teaching. 

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe the major refugee and immigration policy and program changes by the Trump administration
    2.  Understand and empathize with the impact of the changes on refugee and immigrant individuals and families and on refugee and immigration service agencies
    3.  Provide tools for advocacy by describing the international, humanitarian, and economic need to restore the refugee resettlement program and to reform immigration law consistent with Catholic social teaching

    Presenters:
    Matthew Wilch, J.D., Refugee Policy Advisor
    U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.

    Jill Marie Bussey, J,D,, Director of Policy
    Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Silver Spring, Md.

    Thomas Mrosko, LSW, MPH, Director, Office of Migration and Refugee Services
    Catholic Charities, Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio

     Optional 
    10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Not Attending Concurrent Session 1
     Optional 
     
    11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Mass for Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
    12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
    Lunch and Plenary Address

    The Most Reverend Christophe Pierre
    The Apostolic Nuncio, Washington, D.C.

    2:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
    Meeting of the CCUSA Board of Trustees (Closed to Public)
    2:15 PM  -  5:15 PM
    Service Project – Catholic Charities of Buffalo - HOMEBOUND BAGS (off-site)

    Join your colleagues from across the ministry to assemble 800 homebound bags. The bags consist of toiletries, cleaning supplies, greeting cards, small gift, towels and other needed items for someone who does not leave home often. The bags will be distributed through their case workers or Meals On Wheels volunteers at Christmas time through the eight counties of Western New York. [Involves standing]

    Transportation will be provided to Catholic Charities of Buffalo Lackawanna Office.

    If registering for this project please select: Not Attending Concurrent Sessions 2 and 3.

     Optional 
     

    Concurrent Session 2

    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    2A The Call

    Beginner

    You are here at Catholic Charities because you were inspired by God's call. Discover and share God's amazing and exciting plans for you. Hear about the Church's teachings on our call, find your voice, reaffirm your convictions, strengthen your commitment, and gain courage in your service work.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Explain Church social teachings and receive clarity on God's call to service
    2.  See that success in our daily work is only possible when we remain focused on our call
    3.  Identify how he/she is personally called by God in his/her life journey and strengthen his/her commitment to work at Catholic Charities

    Presenters:
    Sally O’Dwyer, M.A., Vice President
    Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington, Arlington, Va.

    Margot Chavez, Program Coordinator
    Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington, Arlington, Va.

     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    2B Diocesan Collaborations in New York State: Encompass Family Health Home

    Intermediate

    In an historic move, five dioceses in New York state have come together under Encompass Family Health Home to create Health Home Serving Children. This workshop will present the process by which this has been created, the current structure, a description of the current network and services, challenges, lessons learned and future strategic directions.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work and Professional Counseling – 1.25 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Demonstrate a creative way that the power of Catholic Charities collaborations can proactively position agencies to continue to serve high need children and their families in this new age of managed care  
    2.   Integrate physical and behavioral systems that may inform their ability to participate and shape such models in their own states    
    3.   Describe objectives and performance outcomes expected of Health Homes Serving Children and how this new approach is expected to positively impact the lives of high-need children and their families 

    Presenters:
    Lori Accardi, LMSW, Executive Director
    Catholic Charities Diocese of Syracuse, Broome County, Binghamton, N.Y.

    Tonya Brown, MSW, Deputy Director
    Catholic Charities Diocese of Syracuse, Broome County, Binghamton, N.Y.

     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    2C Engaging, Acquiring and Retaining Donors in Today’s Digital World

    Intermediate

    Donor expectations are changing. As technology continues to evolve and shape the way your constituents interact with the world, new advances in digital philanthropy and online fundraising are helping forward thinking organizations engage, acquire, steward, and retain donors in a whole new way. Armed with the right platform and little more than a smartphone in their pocket, tech-forward philanthropists can have a bigger impact on your mission, messaging, and development attainment than ever before. Come join the team at Classy as they walk through best practices for today's digital donor journey and the impact those campaigns are having on organizations like yours.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Explain the expectations of today's modern donor, whether Millennial or tech-savvy Baby Boomer, and convey the impact of your work in the giving process
    2.  Describe how to harness technology to not only attract new donors that can't be found through traditional direct mail appeals, but steward those relationships to reduce donor fatigue and attrition, and drive year over year retention
    3.  Watch live examples and case studies about organizations that are successfully executing exciting giving strategies like crowdfunding, peer to peer fundraising, and recurring giving campaigns 

    Presenters:
    Andrew Collins, Sales Director, Enterprise
    Classy, Inc., San Diego, Calif.        

    Lucy Medvec, Director of Development and Communications
    Catholic Charities of North Louisiana, Shreveport, La.

     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    2D Best Practices in Developing Community Leaders to Address Systemic Poverty

    Presentation level: Beginner

    This panel, organized by USCCB’s Department of Justice Peace and Human Development, features Catholic Charities professionals sharing how they implement the Two Feet of Love in Action through engaging and developing leaders in marginalized communities.  

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1. Explain their programming within the framework of Catholic social teaching and the Two Feet of Love in Action
    2. Integrate advocacy as vital part of their work to promote systemic change
    3. Evaluate different models for leadership development and determine which one would be appropriate for their locality

    Presenter:
    Charlie Gardner, Poverty Education and Outreach Manager, Department of Peace and Human Development
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.

    Sr. Mary McCarrick, OSF, Diocesan Director
    Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

    Brian Zralek, Lead Organizer
    Voice Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    2E Dignity Works: A Story about how Necessity is the Mother of Invention

    Beginner

    Catholic Charities of Onondaga County uses social ventures to create jobs and employment opportunities for people who are homeless, refugees, and other clients who struggle with high barriers to employment. Culinary training, catering, property management work, and other social venture concepts are helping people move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Employ client workers with high barriers to traditional employment
    2.  Select the right social venture for your agency and client workforce
    3.  Describe how to consider and pursue a social venture return on investment beyond financial support to your agency

    Presenters:
    Michael F. Melara, Executive Director
    Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, Syracuse, N.Y.

    Christopher Curry, MPA, CAS, Chief Program Officer
    Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, Syracuse, N.Y.

     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    2F Building Self-Determined Community Assets to Reduce Poverty

    Intermediate

    Community organizations based in communities of color and poor rural communities have the cultural understanding, imagination, and vision to create capital assets that will help reduce poverty and build stronger, more sustainable communities. Catholic Community Services of Western WA supports the Communities of Concern Commission, a statewide coalition of leaders.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Demonstrate that communities of color and poor rural communities know best how to care for their communities’ members and what works to reduce poverty in their respective communities
    2.  Describe how a diverse leader coalition secured state resources to build community-owned capital assets
    3. Evaluate this collaboration model to assess if it can be applicable to your agency and the communities you serve to build partnerships with communities of color and poor rural communities 

    Presenters:
    Josephine Tamayo Murray, MSW, Vice President for Public Policy
    Catholic Community Services/Catholic Housing Services of Western Washington, Seattle, Wash.

    Shawn Abdul, J.D., Housing and Community Developer
    Catholic Housing Services, Seattle, Wash.

    Gloria Velasquez Burton, Director and Housing Developer, Catholic Housing Services
    Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, Seattle, Wash.

     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    2G Preparing to Generate Top-Tier Evidence of Impact

    Intermediate

    This workshop will feature examples of how Catholic Charities agencies have successfully integrated research and evaluation into their programs through a partnership with LEO. Participants will walk away from this session with knowledge of what is needed to begin an evaluation at their agency.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe why top-tier evidence is important
    2.  Explain challenges to generating evidence of program impact and learn how to overcome those challenges
    3.  Build evidence-generating evaluation into their future program plans 

    Presenters:
    Natalie Lecy, MSW, CSW-PIP, QMHP, Director of Family Services
    Catholic Social Services Rapid City, Rapid City, S.D.

    William Evans, Ph.D., Co-Founder Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO)
    University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.

     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    2H Catholic Charities of New York Feeding Our Neighbors Program

    Intermediate

    According to the USDA data calculated by Hunger Free America, 45 percent of all adults in New York City who were food insecure in 2013-2015 were also working; that is equivalent to more than 400,000 NYC residents living in food insecure households with at least one person working.  During this same period, the Bronx continues to be the hungriest borough, with 31% of residents overall and 37% of children living in food insecure homes.  Our CC-NY Feeding Our Neighbors Food Hub Program strives to help reduce the issue of hunger in NYC through the implementation of a three-fold model: 1) Increase Access to Healthy Food and Nutrition Education, 2) Address Hunger Prevention by providing assistance to social services and SNAP enrollment, and 3) Support the operations of small food pantries and feeding programs in order to promote efficiencies and best practices.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Apply idea(s) on how to increase access to healthier foods and nutrition (more produce)
    2. Develop idea(s) in extending services to more vulnerable families (parishes, churches, schools, etc.)
    3.  Gain better insight into the importance of supporting food programs to enhance service delivery 

    Presenters:
    Dianne Johnson, MPA, Division Director
    Catholic Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York, New York, N.Y.

    Brady Funn, Program Director, Feeding Our Neighbor
    Catholic Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York, Bronx, N.Y.

     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    2I How to Help Create Parish-Based Ministries to Serve People with Developmental Differences

    Beginner

    This workshop will present a model of disability services that is parish-based and replicable without Medicaid waiver funding. In light of the potential rewrite of Medicaid funding this model is impactful, small and easy to replicate at the parish level. 

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.   Recognize program models that are expanding services, both parish and agency, for families and individuals dealing with disabilities
    2.  Explain the current scope and variety of programs offered under Catholic auspices for individuals with a disability
    3.  Describe the potential impact of Medicaid block granting on legacy disability programs and other services that support those with those with disabilities 

    Presenters:
    Stephen Riley, J.D., Executive Director
    Potomac Community Resources, Potomac, M.D.

    Deacon Jim Nalls, Director, Family, Parish & Community Outreach Department
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Washington, D.C.

     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    2J Public Policy Forum: Talk Policy

    Intermediate

    As the political landscape continues to shift, the status quo is changing, and the tough conversations are taking place, it’s critical to engage in the process. Join the Social Policy team for an update of what’s happening administratively and legislatively in Washington, learn how CCUSA is engaging and how you can too.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe the political landscape
    2.  Engage in dialogue
    3.  Engage in advocacy

    Presenters:
    Lucas Swanepoel, J.D., Vice President of Social Policy
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

    Lucreda Cobbs, MBA, Senior Director, Policy and Legislative Affairs
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    2K Service Delivery & Advocacy on Behalf of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children and Families

    Intermediate

    This session will provide an overview of the key federal immigration policies and practices impacting unaccompanied immigrant children and families in the United States. Presenters will share effective strategies and best practices to support and advocate on behalf of immigrant children and families in communities across the country with a special focus on the impact of family separation policies and practices and their effect on family dynamics. Presenters will draw from actual case examples from USCCB/MRS and Catholic Charities Children’s Services Programs.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work and Professional Counseling – 1.25 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe key federal immigration policies and practices impacting immigrant children and families in communities across the United States
    2.  Articulate best practices for working with immigrant children and families in a community-based setting within the current political landscape
    3.  Explain effective strategies to engage with stakeholders at various levels to support family unity, community-integration, and advocacy on behalf of immigrant children and their families  

    Presenters:
    Silvia Diaz, M.A., Safe Passage Coordinator
    Catholic Charities Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York, New York, N.Y.

    Melissa Hastings, J.D., Policy Advisor, Migration and Refugee Services
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.

    Kathryn Kuennen, MSW,  Associate Director of Children’s Services, Migration and Refugee Services
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C.

     Optional 
    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Not Attending Concurrent Session 2
     Optional 
     

    Concurrent Session 3

    4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
    3A Partnering with Parishes to Promote Effective Legislative Advocacy

    Beginner

    Through a Diocesan Public Policy Committee, Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rochester engages parishes in effective legislative advocacy and education on issues related to Catholic social teaching. The goal of this workshop is to equip attendees with information and contacts to enable them to replicate such efforts in their own dioceses. The workshop will also cover how the Committee engages in ongoing relationship-building with elected officials, particularly at the state level. 

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe to diocesan and Catholic Charities leadership the benefits of creating a Diocesan Public Policy Committee
    2.  Identify criteria for effective Public Policy Committee membership
    3.  Describe activities that promote effective parish engagement in legislative advocacy and social policy 

    Presenters:
    Laurie Konwinski, M.A., Justice & Peace Ministry Coordinator
    Catholic Charities Diocese of Rochester, Ithaca, N.Y. 

    Fr. Brian Cool, M.Div., M.S., EdD Candidate, Director
    Catholic Newman Community, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
    3B Collaborative Relationships between Catholic Charities Agencies and Health Systems

    Intermediate

    Health Guardians (HG) provides intensive care management in order to help clients navigate the complex healthcare and social service systems. HG addresses all of the diverse needs affecting a client’s health. Patient navigators work with clients to develop care plans for disease management that results in an improved quality of life and sustainable access to appropriate care.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 1.25 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe how the delivery model incorporates social and health services
    2.  Replicate the model in their community and local agencies
    3.  Determine performance measures

    Presenters:
    Benjamin Wortham, LMSW, Program Director, Health Guardians
    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of New Orleans, New Orleans, La.

    Khyati Patel, Patient Navigator and Data Specialist, Health Guardians
    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of New Orleans, New Orleans, La.

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
    3C Planned Giving: A Primer from a Few Perspectives

    Beginner

    The goal of this workshop is to give the audience both a 30,000-foot overview of planned giving and some practical, boots-on-the-ground suggestions on how to implement a planned giving program in any size development office.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Explain why it is important to seek planned gifts
    2.  Give an overview of typical planned gifts
    3.  Take home a few techniques to implement planned giving in home development office

    Presenters:
    Steve Wilmes, CFRE, Director of Development
    Catholic Charities of Yakima, Yakima, Wash.

    Andrew Mantione, Development Director
    Presbyterian Senior Care Foundation of Western New York, Williamsville, N.Y.

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
    3D In Your Own Backyard: Improve Immigrant Integration in Your Community

    Intermediate

    Immigrant integration occurs most successfully at the local level. Participants will learn key components of successful immigrant integration initiatives, tips for implementation, and how to engage the city and its resources into agency integration initiatives.  CLINIC and Catholic Charities staff will present.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Explain the difference between integration and assimilation and why that language matters
    2.  Name the key steps to planning and implementing an integration initiative, including planning for local city government engagement and support
    3.  Describe successful integration initiatives currently operating in Catholic Charities around the nation 

    Presenters:
    Ben Brokaw, Project Coordinator
    Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Austin, Texas

    Marjean Perhot, M.A., Director, Refugee and Immigration Services
    Catholic Charities, Boston, South Boston, Mass.                    

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
    3E Forging a New Path – Ending Poverty, One Family at a Time

    Advanced

    Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) has a mission to end poverty, one family at a time.  Join Heather Reynolds as she walks you through CCFW core processes, from pioneering a new model of strategic case management backed by research to the tools used to measure success along the way.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 1.25 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1. Summarize CCFW’s new model of strategic financial assistance, and how assistance can be used at various points of the service intervention to optimize results for clients
    2. Consider how to use CCFWs STEP Tracker (Steps to Ending Poverty) that helps managers and teams monitor client progression on their journey out of poverty
    3. Summarize the way CCFW is defining out of poverty, why we set this definition, and what we are learning through our randomized control trials and innovation beta tests

    Presenter:
    Heather Reynolds, MSW, Executive MBA, President and CEO
    Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Texas

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
    3F Valuing Offender Accountability: the New York Model for Batterer Programs

    Intermediate

    Batterer programs can provide men information to stop abuse of intimate female partners and hold men accountable. To what degree is this possible? Over 40 years, NY Model has examined these issues. This workshop presents the history, principles, requirements, and operation within context of coordinated criminal/civil justice response. It also presents how the program operates as a mechanism monitoring men’s compliance with court orders.  

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Demonstrate increased knowledge of the realities of batterer programs as they currently function in the United States
    2.  Describe the realities, limits, and risks of having a batterer program in their community which is wedded to behavioral change outcomes
    3.  Explain the critical role of a New York Model Batterer Program in the context of a coordinated criminal justice response

    Presenter:
    Gregory R. White, Program Director
    Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Buffalo N.Y.

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
    3G Disaster Response to Vulnerable Populations: Immigrants and Refugees

    Beginner

    As the United States and its territories continue to experience unprecedented natural disasters with more frequency, the impact on the immigrant and refugees population is especially pronounced. This workshop will explore the scope of disaster impacts and the varied responses that Catholic Charities agencies have taken to address them. 

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe the unique circumstances that immigrants, refugees, and other vulnerable populations face in times of disaster
    2.  Explore Best Practices/Lessons Learned from other areas while considering approaches their agencies might engage to effectively respond to vulnerable populations should a disaster strike their area
    3.  Develop an agency disaster response strategy considering current immigration  

    Presenters:
    Kim Burgo, Senior Director, Disaster Operations
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
    3H More than a Community Garden – Catholic Charities – Small Farms and Community Benefit

    Advanced

    This workshop will look at three agency programs that have developed significant agricultural programs. All three programs support food access to those dealing with food insecurity while providing opportunities for skill building and workforce training. 

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Decide how to partner in rural communities to develop agriculture programs that complement existing services within the agency 
    2.  Formulate how to build onto small community gardens or larger agricultural programs a virtual classroom training for hard to employ individuals
    3.  Formulate partnerships and funding opportunities aligned with this work 

    Presenters:
    Laura Peot Stevens, Program Director, Common Earth Gardens and Common Table Culinary Arts Training Program
    Catholic Charities of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.

    Scott Cooksley, Director of Nutrition Services
    Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, Reno, Nev.

    Dixie Shaw, Director, Catholic Charities Farm for ME program
    Catholic Charities Maine, Monticello, Maine

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
    3I Transitioning from Emergency Assistance to Financial Wellness

    Intermediate

    This workshop will demonstrate how agencies have developed services that address debt, credit and support savings.  In addition, the session will present various models, one with a large volunteer component and the other using a credentialed staff model.  Partnerships will be highlighted that have helped to expand financial wellness services that compliment direct assistance.  The program builds upon direct support to help alleviate crises while moving families to more proactive savings and skills to better manage their income. 

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work and Professional Counseling – 1.25 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe how to set-up a financial wellness program by leveraging agency relationships and building on some of the core skills that are common in direct assistance programs
    2. Create and train a team of volunteer financial coaches – know how to recruit, what skills to assess for and how to train.  Volunteer coaches can help to expand coaching beyond staff capacity 
    3.  Explain a model that goes beyond current agency clients via partnerships with employers and health care systems – expanding financial coaching into the workplace  

    Presenters:
    Molly O’Donnell, Family Success Center
    Catholic Charities of Oregon, Portland, Ore.

    Bobbie Lison, Division Director
    Catholic Charities Diocese of Green Bay, Green Bay, Wis.

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
    3J Public Policy Forum: Listening Session

    Intermediate

    The policy forum provides a way for CCCUSA Communities of Practice, Sections and you (the CCUSA ministry) to influence federal policy discussions by sharing issues affecting your community and recommendations for policy change for the next congressional session. This interactive session allows Communities of Practice and Sections to highlight the most important policy issues facing their ministries. Participants will develop a holistic understanding of the policy landscape, potentially identify intersecting policy areas between ministries, and leave determined to work with renewed vigor for social justice 

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Understand the political landscape
    2.  Engage in dialogue
    3.  Engage in advocacy

    Presenters:
    Lucas Swanepoel, J.D., Vice President, Social Policy
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

    Lucreda Cobbs, M.A., Senior Director, Policy and Legislative Affairs
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
    3K Pin It: Creative Ideas for Adoption

    Beginner

    The presentation will address the importance of adoption as being a primary core service of Catholic Charities.  As the adoption world is ever changing, it is important for programs to be proactive and innovative to be able to sustain.   The presenters will focus on the growth of our program and the services we provide for all members.  

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work and Professional Counseling  – 1.25 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Identify potential areas of growth within your organization for birth parents
    2.  Identify potential areas of growth within your organization for pre- and post-adoptive families
    3.  Identify potential areas of growth within your organization for adopted individuals   

    Presenters:
    Christy Reppe, Post-Adoption Coordinator
    Catholic Charities, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Wis.

    Melissa Bowe, M.S., Adoption Services Director
    Catholic Charities, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Wis.

     Optional 
    4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM
    Not Attending Concurrent Session 3
     Optional 
     
    6:00 PM  -  8:30 PM
    Reception and Awards Dinner

    Join friends and colleagues as gather to celebrate the accomplishments of colleagues from across the network for their hard work. The following awards will be given: 

    • The Volunteer of the Year award thanks the volunteers who have answered God’s call to ease the suffering of those in need. In our goal to reduce poverty in America, Catholic Charities is able to serve more of our brothers and sisters due to the dedication and commitment of volunteers
    • The Bishop Sullivan award thanks a person in the Catholic Charities network who has distinguished him/herself for dedicated service and/or leadership in the field of children, youth and families
    • The Excellence in Management award recognizes supervisors and managers who are addressing the needs of their units and individual employees to successfully navigate impending changes in the workplace
    • Member Agency Anniversaries Several member agencies are celebrating significant anniversaries this year. Join us in celebrating their achievements
  • Thursday, September 13, 2018
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    7:30 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Breakfast
    7:30 AM  -  4:00 PM
    Conference Registration, Information Desk and Exhibits Open
    8:00 AM  -  8:15 AM
    Morning Prayer
    8:15 AM  -  9:45 AM
    Plenary Panel: Stories Along the Journey

    Moderator:
    Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, President & CEO
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

    Panel:
    Fr. Flor María Rigoni, CS, Director
    Migrant Center of Tapachula, Mexico

    Walaa Ali, Program Assistant
    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Arlington, Va.

    Sister Raghad Saeed Saqat, OP, Instructor
    University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq

    10:00 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Meeting of the Council of Diocesan Directors ( Members Only)
    This session is only for Member Agency Presidents/CEO or Executive Directors who are designated as Diocesan Directors.
     Optional 
     

    Concurrent Session 4

    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    4A Service at Work: Catholic Charities of Buffalo’s Refugee & Immigration Services OFF-SITE

    Beginner

    Join us for a site visit to Catholic Charities of Buffalo’s comprehensive refugee & immigration assistance program. From medical & dental services, ESL school, legal assistance, and more, Catholic Charities of Buffalo is unique in its approach to refugee resettlement and their use of AmeriCorps members to augment their services. (Transportation provided)

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Utilize volunteers and national service members in their refugee resettlement programs
    2.  Recognize best practices in refugee resettlement
    3.  Explain innovative approaches to comprehensive case management 

    Presenters:
    William (Bill) Sukaly, MBA, Program Director
    Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

    Jennifer Scheibner, Service Corps Program Director
    Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

    Sarah Hendley, Manager, CNS Programs
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

     

     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    4B Increasing Impact through Strategic Parish Partnerships

    Intermediate

    This workshop considers the increased impact realized when Catholic Charities agencies and local parishes enter into strategic partnerships through Parish Social Ministry (PSM). Such partnerships can address all of an agency’s current service areas and new ones emerging. Several different successful partnership models will be considered.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Appreciate the benefits to an agency when committing to PSM
    2.  Explain the breadth of services potentially addressed through PSM
    3.  Identify the characteristics of successful PSM models 

    Presenters:
    Michael Smith, Director of Mission
    Catholic Charities Maine, Portland, Me.

    Allison Cavazos, Parish Relations Coordinator
    Catholic Charities of Central Texas, Austin, Texas

    Sr. Betsy Van Deusen, CSJ, M.A., Director of Community Partnerships
    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, Albany, N.Y.

    Sally O’Dwyer, M.A., Vice President
    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Arlington, Va.

    Margo Chavez, Program Coordinator
    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Arlington, Va.

     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    4C Lessons Learned: Tools to Help Advance Two-Generation Services to Families - Part 1

    Intermediate

    Building off of recent webinars, this Institute will allow leaders to go deeper into two-generation work. After an overview of two-generation approaches, participants will work in teams on a two-generation strategy/design session. They will also gain experience with two organizational change tools to help advance whole family work. 

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Articulate some strong first steps from organizations doing two-generation work
    2.  Practice using a two-generation design session that could be replicated in their own organizations
    3.  Demonstrate the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s resource parent engagement tool and see how it could be used to create change in their organizations

    Presenter:
    Shelly Waters Boots, MPA, Principal
    SWB Strategic Solutions, LLC, Silver Spring, Md.

     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    4D How to Engage Your Parishes in Agency Fundraising Efforts

    Advanced

    The relationship between a parish and a local Catholic Charities can be challenging. Let Msgr. John Enzler show you how to effectively build a relationship between your Catholic Charities agency and your local parish to increase visibility and fundraising efforts.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Explain the importance of a local parish relationship
    2.  Know who to speak to at the Parish level to gain agency visibility
    3.  Describe how a partnership works and assist with fundraising goals 

    Presenter:
    Msgr. John Enzler, President & CEO
    Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Washington, Washington, D.C.

     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    4E Enterprise Risk Management

    Beginner

    In today’s complex world of mission pursuit and service delivery, Catholic Charities, like other nonprofit agencies, face many risks, which if not identified and addressed appropriately, can have negative outcomes.  Join us as we discuss the multi-dimensional management of risk in the context of a real case study.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1. Give the definition of enterprise risk management and its importance to organizational performance
    2. Explain the principles and interrelatedness of functional risk management areas
    3. Describe how to get started in moving from traditional risk management to enterprise risk management

    Presenters:
    Cynthia Colbert, MSW, President & CEO
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Houston, Texas

    Nyla Woods, Chief Operating Officer
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Houston, Texas

    John Prior, MSW, Director of Quality & Compliance
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Houston, Texas

    Fredreka LeVias, Compliance Officer
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Houston, Texas

     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    4F Resources for Developing Affordable Rural Housing

    Intermediate

    The need for affordable housing is universal from Coast to Coast, while the challenges and opportunities vary in each community and require a tailored approach. We will highlight a broad range of successful housing models ranging from homeownership, farmworker and rural rental housing options. The session will culminate in a discussion on current policy and advocacy issues for federal rural housing programs. Come see what opportunities there might be for your local community

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Recognize the challenges developing affordable rural housing
    2.  Advocate for more resources to meet the great need for more affordable rural housing
    3.  Replicate several “Best Practices” of successful affordable rural housing development 

    Presenters:
    Bryan Ketcham, Director, Housing Services
    Catholic Charities Diocese of Yakima, Yakima, Wash.

    Greg Sparks, Senior Program Officer
    Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Davis, Calif.

    John Wiltse, Senior Operations Director
    PathStone Corporation, Rochester, N.Y.

    Amy Casciani, Senior VP of real Estate Development
    PathStone Corporation, Rochester, N.Y. 

    David Lipsetz, Executive Director
    Housing Assistance Council, Washington, D.C.

     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    4G Trauma-Informed Care with Refugee and Immigrant Populations

    Intermediate

    The issues that immigrants and refugees face as they arrive in this country and seek to successfully integrate can be daunting. Often the discussion around these issues is at a macro program and/or policy level, concentrating mainly on the logistical aspects of their adjustment process while the individual and family struggles they experience receive less attention. This Institute will address the impact that the external traumatic events which are part of the story for many immigrants and refugees have on the emotional, neurological and behavioral life of these resilient survivors

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work and Professional Counseling – 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1. Outline trauma-related behavioral health issues in immigrants and refugees
    2.  List the effects of trauma on immigrants and refugees, particularly children and how providers can use trauma-informed approaches to support clients
    3.  Discuss behavioral health screening of immigrants and refugees considering the two generation model.

    Presenters:
    Fr. Ragan Schriver, MSW, PsyD, Consultant
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

    Margarita Alegría, PhD, Professor, Departments of Medicine & Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine and
    Chief, Disparities Research Unit, Department of Medicine
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass.

    Kellye Branson, Director, Refugee and Immigration Services
    Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn.

     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    4H Agency Leadership in Disasters Roundtable

    Beginner

    As the United States and its territories continue to experience unprecedented natural disasters with ever greater frequency and severity, the odds you will need to lead your agency through a disaster becomes a question of “when,” not “if.” This Institute will explore the challenges of leading through disasters with a panel of your fellow agency directors who “been there and back again.” You will hear the key lessons learned they learned, common mistakes to avoid, and how to identify your pre-existing strengths to help you lead through disasters. Ultimately this Institute is designed help you and your agency confidently put its best foot forward when disaster strikes.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe the unique strengths he/she has that uniquely qualify him/her to be an outstanding leader in times of disaster
    2.  Discuss frequent mistakes to avoid when leading a Catholic Charities agency through disasters
    3.  List and prioritize critical response actions amid the chaos that follows disaster events and self-assess his/her success in doing so

    Presenter:
    Kim Burgo Senior Director, Disaster Operations
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    4I Introduction to Racial Equity

    Beginner
    Using interactive exercises and facilitated discussion this session examines historical and present-day causes of racial inequities. Participants gain awareness of the history of race and key racial equity terminology, including implicit and explicit bias and individual, institutional, and structural racism. Participants will increase their capacity to advance racial equity in the work place.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work and Professional Counseling– 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1. Explain the history of race
    2. Describe the causes and manifestation of institutional racism
    3. Begin to advance racial equality in the work

    Presenters:
    Julie Nelson, M.A., Senior Vice President of Programs
    Center for Social Inclusion, New York, N.Y.

    Jacqueline Tucker, J.D., GARE East Regional Project Manager
    Government Alliance for Racial Equity, New York, N.Y.

     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    4J A Conversation with the Aspen Institute: Improving Economic Mobility through Employment

    Intermediate

    Even in a “near full” employment economy, tens of millions of people can’t access decent employment. Social services can be a key answer to bridging this gap. In this session, we’ll consider promising models to expand economic opportunities for low-income clients through employer engagement, blended programs and cross-sector collaboration.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe how to engage regional employers in service provision partnerships
    2.  Explain the impact of employer practices on poverty and economic opportunity
    3.  Apply best practices in employer engagement to create better opportunity for low-income clients 

    Presenters:
    Maureen Conway, MBA, Vice President for Policy Programs and Executive Director of Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program
    Aspen Institute, Washington, D.C.

     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    4K Families, Marriage and Poverty: A Mini Family Summit

    Advanced

    The Vatican’s August 2018 World Meeting of Families discussed the work of the Church to help families thrive. This “mini Family Summit” provides an overview of research on family dynamics and enables Catholic Charities leaders to learn and share best practices that strengthen family life and marriage to curb poverty.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Discuss their understanding of their Catholic Identity by exploring the theological basis of the Catholic Charities response to family and marriage issues
    2.  Explain how various social policies and the economy impact family and marriage and their relationship to poverty alleviation and how Catholic Charities can be advocates
    3.  Describe best practices in the field of social welfare that support and strengthen families and marriage 

    Presenters:
    Mary Ann Dantuono, J.D., M.A., Past President
    Ladies of Charity, East Willston, N.Y.

    Matt Zieger, Senior Director, Impact Investing and Social Enterprise
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

    Cynthia McKenna, MSSW, Director of Planning and Program Development
    Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford, Hartford, Conn.

     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Not Attending Concurrent Session 4
     Optional 
     
    12:00 PM  -  1:45 PM
    Lunch and Plenary Address - The Story of the Journey

    Enjoy lunch while you hear from award-winning journalist and news anchor Carol Costello as she talks about the migrant and refugee experience from a media perspective.

    Carol Costello, Journalist and News Anchor
    HLN, Los Angeles, Calif.

     

    Concurrent Session 5

    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    5A Catholic Charities Buffalo-Delta Development Affordable Housing Project Tour

    OFF-SITE
    Beginner
    Delta Development is the affordable housing arm of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Buffalo. This tour will demonstrate a successful project refinance and rehabilitation and also provide an example of converting surplus church property into affordable housing. (Transportation provided – will depart second site  at 4:20 p.m. to return to hotel.)

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Recognize how surplus property (a vacant school) can be converted into quality affordable housing
    2.  Describe how a preservation project can use refinance tools to preserve the project and provide a developer fee
    3.  Explain how to leverage resources and partnerships (surplus property, case management) to develop affordable

    Presenters:
    James Lonergan, Vice President, Delta Development
    Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

    Kim Keelan, Property Management and Marketing Director, Delta Development
    Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    5B Powerful Spaces for Healing and Transformation using the Philosophy of Restorative Practices

    OFF-SITE
    Intermediate

    VOICE-Buffalo is a faith-based community organization dedicated to building the civic capacity of ordinary people and equipping them to address social, racial, and economic justice issues through leadership development, negotiation, direct action and coalition building. Their current organizing work includes advocacy and education for Restorative Practices, creating alternatives to arrest and decreasing mass incarceration, and school suspensions in the city of Buffalo and throughout Erie County. 

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Explain Peace Circle facilitation
    2.  Describe Restorative Practices
    3.  Apply nonviolent communication methods

    Presenters:
    Whitney Walker, Executive Director
    VOICE-Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

    Dina Thompson, Board President
    Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition, Buffalo, N.Y.

    Heron Simmonds, Community Organizer
    VOICE-Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    5C Parish Engagement in Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees

    Beginner

    In his message for the104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis presents a four-point framework to encounter the newcomer among us: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating. It is this framework that will guide the presentation and discussion of this Institute which will offer examples of how parishes are being engaged in this ministry of hospitality in several dioceses. 

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Articulate Pope Francis’ four key principles of encounter with migrants and refugees as part of Catholic social teaching
    2.  Incorporate any of the engagement strategies presented in his/her own parish social ministry setting
    3.  Contribute to a greater understanding among Catholics and others of good will about the many gifts that migrants and refugees bring to their adopted home 

    Presenters:
    Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, Program Manager, Parish and Community Organizing and Advocacy
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Washington, D.C.

    Kellye Branson, Director, Refugee and Immigration Services
    Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn.

    Rhonda Sepulveda, Parish Social Ministry Coordinator
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Houston, Texas

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    5D Using a Two-Gen Approach for Engaging the Community with Refugee Families – Part 2

    Intermediate

    Learn how the Catholic Charities network is implementing the two generational framework to reduce poverty.  Two-generation approaches provide opportunities for and meet the needs of children and their parents together. This Institute will review two programs from our network that have applied the two generational approach to refugee families to improve outcomes.  The Institute will highlight the Share the Journey Dayton Program at Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley and the Parent Ambassadors Program at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe best practices in engaging diverse parents and working with diverse parents as partners within a two-generation framework
    2.  Demonstrate strategies for promoting parent leadership and advocacy skills within a two-generation framework
    3.  Explain the concepts of a two-generation model for supporting refugee families as they gain English skills and acculturate to a new community; acquire new understanding of using a two-gen approach with refugee families through contextualized learning and in the context of family 

    Presenters:
    M. Moureen Bish, M.A., Family Center Director
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Hartford, Conn 

    Janine McMahon, Parent Ambassador/Family Specialist
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Hartford, Conn

    Michael Murphy, M.A., Program Manager of the Refugee Resettlement Program
    Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, Dayton, Ohio

    Cindy Currell, MSW, LISW-S, ACSW, Director of Social  Services
    Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, Dayton, Ohio

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    5E From the Receptionist to the Board Member - Training Agency Ambassadors

    Intermediate

    By engaging our staff and board members as brand and agency ambassadors, Catholic Charities can empower some of our most passionate supporters to share the story of our work and mission with the community and beyond.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

     1.  Create an Ambassador Training Program tailored to his/her agency and used by staff and board members to passionately share and promote the vision and values of Catholic Charities   
    2.  Use the knowledge gained in the Ambassador Training Program to help staff and board ambassadors increase awareness; shape public opinion; and encourage constituent-based action including fundraising and advocacy 
    3.  Describe the importance of implementing consistent branding and creative marketing tools to assist staff and board member ambassadors with agency outreach

    Presenter:
    Kathleen Langdon Director, Development and Communications
    Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, Crest Hill, Ill.

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    5F An Effective Compliance Program: Managing a Daunting Task

    Intermediate

    This panel of industry experts will provide attendees the framework of challenges they face when implementing and maintaining an effective compliance program.  Attendees will hear how one Catholic Charities organization attempts to tackle the challenge.  Additionally, attendees will discuss and work through the process of creating an annual Compliance Work Plan

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Explain the recommended/required elements of a compliance program
    2.  Use the guidance provided to assist in creating an effective annual work plan
    3.  Utilize the information provided to assist in managing their own compliance program 

    Presenters:
    Lindsay Gozzi-Theobald, M.S., CFE, CHC, Chief Compliance Officer
    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.

    Paul Mayer, MBA, MPA, CHC, Principal Compliance Consultant
    The Bonadio Group, Pittsford, N.Y.

    Robert Trusiak, J.D., Consultant
    Trusiak Law, Williamsville, N.Y.

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    5G Healthy Aging and the New Patients Over Paperwork Initiative

    Advanced

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS has produced new tools to help consumers understand how to use their health insurance, how to find and obtain behavioral health services, and how to pay for their health care costs on a limited budget. This workshop will be shared to help consumers know what preventive services are recommended and at what age to receive them. This workshop will help health officials, advocates and consumers transform lives as they help individuals and families understand their health insurance and receive care.  This workshop will explore the ways that public health and healthcare intersect to promote healthy aging. Health literacy, preventive services and chronic condition management are the three areas of focus in this workshop. This workshop will help health officials, advocates and consumers transform lives as they help individuals and families understand their health insurance and receive care.  The new Patients Over Paperwork Initiative will be presented in detail for providers of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursed services.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Develop a knowledge of additional payment options for care management under Medicare 
    2.  Provide additional resources to share with individuals and families specific to behavioral health care and health insurance literacy
    3.  Present an overview of the Patients over Paperwork initiative from a provider’s perspective 

    Presenters:
    Lisa M. Carr, MSW, Senior Advisor
    Center for Medicare and Medicaid, Washington, D.C.

    Ramona Ivy, MSW, ACSW, Chief Health Integration Officer
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    5H Improving Community Impact Through Data-Driven Management

    Intermediate                                            

    This interactive session will introduce the three pillars of data analytics: tools, process, and leadership. In small groups, attendees will be guided through the process of identifying an action question for their organization, define how it impacts various stakeholders, and determine appropriate metrics to provide evidence of outcomes for that question.

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Apply the basic tools and infrastructure of data analytics, including data warehousing, visualizations, dashboards, and performance indicators
    2.  Self-assess data culture of own organization and identify three potential data-driven management processes to implement and measure
    3.  Demonstrate the process of creating an analytics action plan that will create the appropriate metrics for an organization and develop the management process for increasing impact 

    Presenters:
    David Paddison, MBA, CHFP, Principal & Chief Analytics Strategist
    Impact Analytics, LLC, Phoenix, Ariz.

    Kate Walker, MSW, Director of Performance & Strategic Initiatives
    Catholic Charities Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.

    M. William Sermons, MSW, PhD, Senior Director, Research and Evaluation
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    5I SNAP Workforce Requirements and Nutrition Education

    Intermediate

    The Institute will focus on two trending topics in the area of food security and nutrition: SNAP workforce requirements and nutrition education. This Institute will highlight SNAP workforce requirements and partnership potential with states on work readiness and training programs.  Also featured is the Healthy for Life curriculum, developed by the American Heart Association. 

    Eligible for Continuing Education Credits for Social Work – 2 hours

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Describe the SNAP workforce and employment regulations and their impact on Able Bodied Adults with no Dependents who could lose benefits without enrollment in workforce training
    2.  Explain about funding opportunities, via their state, funded by the SNAP E&T program and learn about one agency’s partnership with their state’s SNAP E&T program
    3. Describe a 15-module nutrition education program, Healthy for Life that supports a heart healthy diet and a demonstration on running the curriculum across agency programs

    Presenters:
    Kimberly A. Wright, Senior Program Manager
    American Heart Association, Dallas, Texas

    Kendrea D. Atkins, Program Supervisor, EPIC Program
    Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    5J Poverty Simulation: Opening Your Community’s Eyes to Poverty

    Beginner

    Join us to understand poverty through an experiential setting and learn how this simulation can change the hearts and minds of your community and galvanize them into grassroots advocates. CCUSA is now offering these simulations for our member agencies as a part of new engagement and education outreach program – attend and see if you community could benefit from this live-action simulation.

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Recognize poverty as a reality
    2.  Describe poverty through an experiential setting
    3.  Explain CCUSA’s new engagement and education outreach program 

    Presenters:
    Sarah Hendley, Manager CNCS Program
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

    Kim Mazyck, Senior Manager, Engagement & Educational Outreach
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

    Lucreda Cobbs, MBA, Senior Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    5K Family, Work and Wages: Employment Trends and Paid Family and Medical Leave

    Intermediate

    This Institute will focus on some of the emerging national and state policy efforts to address wages and paid family and medical leave. Participants will learn about the Church’s commitment to addressing paid family and medical leave; the emerging national, state and local initiatives to expand paid family and medical leave; and discuss best practices to improve institutional buy-in for paid family and medical leave. 

    Learning Outcomes - Following this presentation the attendee will be able to:

    1.  Develop a greater understanding of the Catholic Church’s teaching and support of work and family support issues
    2.  Discuss the emerging state and federal efforts on paid family and medical leave and how you to engage
    3. Describe best practices on how other Catholic Charities agencies are implementing PFML

    Presenters:
    Lucas Swanepoel, J.D., Vice President, Social Policy
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

    Andrew Bostjancic, Senior Manager, Social Policy
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

    Susan Martin Cipolla, Director of Human Resources
    Catholic Charities Diocese of Albany, Albany, N.Y.

    Jim King, Director, Office of Social Concerns
    New Jersey Catholic Conference, Trenton, N.J.

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    5L Meeting of the Council of Diocesan Directors (Members Only)
    This session is only for Member Agency Presidents/CEO or Executive Directors who are designated as Diocesan Directors.
     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Not Attending Concurrent Session 5
     Optional 
     
    4:15 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Share the Journey Solidarity Walk

    Gather at the main entrance of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center to join the Most Reverend Richard J. Malone and Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, as we walk in solidarity with migrants and refugees to St. Joseph Cathedral. (.3 mile)

    (Bus available from hotels to Cathedral for the non-walkers.)


    5:00 PM  -  6:15 PM
    Eucharistic Liturgy and Board Commissioning

    St. Joseph Cathedral
    50 Franklin Street
    Buffalo, NY 14202

     

    6:30 PM  -  9:30 PM
    Local Host Reception - Buffalo RiverWorks

    Embracing its industrial and ethnically diverse heritage, the Party in Buffalo promises a riverside venue among grain silos and within sight of a cereal-making plant (known for sending a “Cheerios” aroma across our city), and featuring unique music with an ethnic angle (think Dyngus Day). Buffalo RiverWorks, the city’s newest premier waterfront, boating, sports, music and entertainment venue along the banks of the Buffalo River, is the party site. On a typical balmy September evening, you can gaze across the river to Canalside and watch kayakers and boaters make their way downstream.

    The party: A full-course meal with appetizers, a main course highlighting some Buffalo favorites and ethnic delights, and sweet treats to finish. There’ll be a three-hour open bar and a champagne toast, too. For your dancing and listening fun, the Hocus Polkas is a great party band that plays both traditional and very non-traditional polkas. Based on the rich history of Polish-American polka, the band performs a mix of music from polkas you know and love to standards, rock, pop, and hip hop... all to a Polka beat!

    Join us waterside for the food, music and action of Buffalo – the City of Good Neighbors! (Additional fee)

    Feeling adventurous? Checkout the zipline course, rock climbing and other activities at Buffalo RiverWorks. Reservations and fees apply.

    Fee  Optional  Closed 
  • Friday, September 14, 2018
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    7:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Conference Registration, Information Desk and Exhibits Open
    8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Breakfast
    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Morning Prayer and Invitation to 2019 Annual Gathering
    9:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    CCUSA Communities of Practice Overview

    CCUSA utilizes a Community of Practice (CoP) approach to address the 2017-2022 strategic priorities identified by its Catholic Charities member agencies. The integral human development of individuals and families in the United States and their ability to reach their full human, financial, and social potential is at the heart of our ministry.

    Come be informed and engaged at the general session followed by interactive breakout groups around the CCUSA strategic priorities. We explore how to practically and effectively achieve these strategies and measure the results.

    Jean Beil, LCSW, Senior Vice President Programs and Services
    Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, Va.

    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Meeting of the Council of Diocesan Directors (Members Only)
    This session is only for Member Agency Presidents/CEO or Executive Directors who are designated as Diocesan Directors.
     Optional 
     

    Concurrent Session 6

    9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    6A Community of Practice Advocacy and Social Policy Initiatives
    Come meet other Catholic Charities’ advocates from across the country. We will review the Advocacy and Social Policy team’s work with agencies on advocacy efforts. There will also be time to showcase best practices and how best to highlight the work of Catholic Charities agencies in our advocacy.  
     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    6B Community of Practice Affordable Housing

    Affordable housing development is the ‘anti-poverty’ platform of the Housing Community of Practice (HCoP). 

    Join the HCoP’s efforts to promote:

    1.       Project development/preservation and capital access;
    2.       Transforming surplus church property into housing;
    3.       Coordinated housing policy advocacy;
    4.       Technical assistance and capacity building; and
    5.       Inter-Diocesan housing project partnerships.
     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    6C Community of Practice Disaster Operations

    Catholic Charities is called to serve the vulnerable, especially when affected by a disaster event.  The Disaster Operations Community of Practice provides a focus on responding, recovering, rebuilding, and resilience for vulnerable groups in the context of disaster events. Come join us — being disaster-ready begins with your participation.

     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    6D Community of Practice Food & Nutrition

    The CCUSA Food and Nutrition Community of Practice recently launched a CCUSA network-wide mapping project to position CCUSA to accept more product donations for distribution to local agencies. The meeting will unveil the results of this project as well as a national initiative on nutrition and other work related to Federal nutrition programs. We invite agencies that are, or hope to be, working in the area of increasing access to healthy food.

     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    6E Community of Practice Immigration and Refugee Services

    In the current U.S. political environment, immigrants and refugees are increasingly subject to harsher federal, state, and local laws, policies and regulations and are the target of hostile rhetoric. Come gather with your colleagues to strategize ways to counter this phenomenon through effective and innovative action.

     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    6F Community of Practice Integrated Health
    The Integrated Health Community of Practice will provide participants with an overview of existing and future training opportunities, new projects and workgroup offerings. Planning for future professional development and continuing education opportunities will be explored as well as enhanced communication options between CCUSA and CoP members. Program cross collaboration, integration that consists of comprehensive assessment and interagency resource sharing will be discussed.
     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    6G Community of Practice Leadership Development and Catholic Identity

    With an eye to the future, this session will discuss and assess current formation opportunities and resources that address Catholic Identity and leadership formation needs for staff, board members, and volunteers who serve Catholic Charities, including a forthcoming revision of CCUSA’s Catholic in Charity & in Identity.

     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    6H Community of Practice Social Enterprise
    Did you know Catholic Charities run nearly 50 social enterprises?  As funder expectations and local job markets transform, how might we use these models to improve outcomes and generate earned income?  If you manage a social enterprise or aspire to start one, this session is for you.
     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    6I Service Project 2–Catholic Charities of Buffalo - Dignity Kits

    Join your colleagues from across the ministry to assemble dignity kits. These packages will consist of toiletries and cleaning supplies. The kits will be given to people in unfortunate circumstances, such as, individuals re-establishing homes in WNY from USA, Puerto Rico and other countries; fire victims; domestic violence victims; newly released from prison and other situations that are life-changing. The kits bring some dignity to a person in need. We distribute them daily at our eight pantries and other areas of outreach. [Involves standing]

    Transportation will be provided to Catholic Charities of Buffalo Lackawanna Office.
     Optional 
    9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Not Attending Session 6
     Optional 
     
    12:00 PM  -  12:30 PM
    Box Lunch

     Grab a lunch to go as you head home or to an afternoon of exploring Buffalo.


    1:00 PM  -  4:45 PM
    Optional Tour: Maid of the Mist and Niagara Falls

    Journey into the heart of one of North America’s most powerful waterfalls. Hear the thundering roar of 600,000 gallons of water falling right before your eyes. Feel the mighty rush of the mist on your face aboard the Maid of the Mist. It’s the only way to experience one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders right here in the U.S.A

    A favorite Niagara Falls State Park attraction for more than 150 years, the Maid of the Mist journey begins at the Observation Tower, where guests are given a souvenir rain poncho to wear and board the double-deck Maid of the Mist tour boat. Cruise to base of the American Falls and the majestic Horseshoe Falls to experience one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders.

    (Transportation to the Park is included in the fee. Bus will depart the park at 4:00 p.m. to return to the hotels.)

    Fee: $15

    Fee  Optional  Closed 
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