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Springboard Spirit Newsletter - November 10, 2021

Fall into the Spirit of Giving

Dear Friends and Springboard Team,

Welcome to our first monthly e-newsletter. Each issue will include updates on new projects, partners, and initiatives while also celebrating your remarkable work to transform lives.


In addition to boosting communications, the newsletter helps build organizational culture and community between programs, sites, and supporters. We are joined by our mission, and I hope to connect you further with your colleagues.


During the Thanksgiving season, we look at our lives compared to those we serve and realize we have so much to be thankful for.

I'm incredibly grateful to work in partnership with you to transform the lives of those we serve.


Happy Thanksgiving to all!


F.T. Burden, CEO

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Springboard's Youth Resource Drop-In Center Opens

to Serve Growing Population of Vulnerable Youth

As we discussed at our last all-staff gathering, the Baltimore Office is expanding it programming to address homelessness and unstably housed youth ages 14 to 24.

For the past 18 months, we have been providing navigation services, case management, housing, and counseling to vulnerable youth. These young people are runaways, throwaways, couch surfers, and others who are escaping abuse and/or neglect.

In August, the renovation of the ground floor of the Baltimore was completed and furnished to serve as Springboard's Youth Resource Center (YRC). Once fully opened, the YRC Drop-In Center will offer a safe, centrally located, youth-centered atmosphere that is welcoming and provides access to vital services.

Not long after completing the renovations and moving into the space, we learned that the only existing Youth Drop-In Center in Baltimore, and one of our partners, would no longer be able to provide this critical component of the housing continuum for youth. This has made the opening of the Springboard Center even more critical.

As you may know, a youth drop-in center is a place where young people striving for the stability of a home can find a safe respite from the streets and obtain crucial connections to stabilizing services. Drop-In Centers are not shelters and do not provide overnight bed capacity.


On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, the Springboard YRC Drop-In Center will officially open. Staff will provide food assistance, clothing, laundry, showers, toiletries, computer and telephone access, employment assistance, health & wellness programs, as well as, assistance to obtain ID cards, transportation, and legal aid services either directly or by referrals to community providers.


"The vulnerability of these young people is of great concern and it is vital that Springboard steps forward to provide access to these young people," said F.T. Burden.


An interdisciplinary team will provide the services. They include but are not limited to the YRC coordinator, peer counselors, housing navigators, case managers, therapist, and workforce development specialist. "The Center will be a lifeline for young people in need, and we are honored to provide this service." 

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Chose Your Way to Give - Help Now!

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Participate in Holiday


A gift goes a long way in brightening a person's day, particularly during the holiday season. Springboard is recruiting donors to participate in our Adopt-A-Family event.

Please participate in the 2021 Adopt-A-Family campaign. Click the button below to register for the holiday event. Deadline is 11/22.

Wish lists are being compiled from children, adults, and families in need. Their requests are very modest and range from toiletries and socks to bed and bath linens.

Caring for our neighbors in need brings us all great joy.

Click HERE to Adopt-a-Family for the holidays. 

Dear team,

Please consider participating in Springboard's Employee-Giving Program! It's an easy way to make a tax-deductible donation to programs that matter to you.

To learn more and enroll, please email Human Resource Coordinator, Pattie Green, at pgreen@scsmd.org. You can also just click the button to reach Pattie.

Thank you, F.T. Burden

Email Patricia Green

Help build a safe play space for children and mothers experiencing domestic violence

Springboard's Carroll County office is the only comprehensive provider of services to address domestic violence in that County. Next month, the Carroll County office will relocate into its newly constructed offices.

The new space is fantastic but it lacks a protected play area for mothers and children to congregate while receiving care from the Springboard domestic violence abuse program.

You can make a difference in the lives of the families we serve by giving to the gift of play! Please DONATE give $5, $10, or $15 to create the outdoor, family play space.

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Baltimore - Cheers for Rapid Rehousing team Alisa Nelson, Mariah Moon, and Kyla Graves who secured housing for more than 5 individuals in October. Grateful for bi-lingual Case Manager Quetsy Bosque-Lugo's work with immigrant families. Excited for Katyrah Davenport who auditioned for American Idol.

Carroll County - Thanks to Kayla Lauer Vogt for serving as Victim Advocate for Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center (CCAIC) while also managing shelter after-care and services for clients from the main office. Hats off to Deanna Ferrell for her tireless work as a therapist. She met with 94 clients in October and provided excellent, individualized care. Grateful for Elizabeth Davoren's commitment to excellence in managing the Carroll County DV shelter. She also recruited Blaze pizza to fundraise for our program during domestic violence awareness month.

Harford County - Shout out to Justin Bales who has taken on additional work during the pandemic. He demonstrates excellent case management skills and has strengthened the Family Violence Case Management program! Thanks to Erica Waskey's work in strengthening our community outreach and developing a curriculum to educate external groups on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). Praise for Jessica Placek and for her incredible work to make the Helping Helpers Support Group a success and also recruiting local businesses to contribute yummy bake goods.

Howard County - Applause for Tiffany Jordan and Howard County staff for successfully providing COVID-19 relief funding to residents at risk of eviction. Kudos to LaShawna Obame for her positive energy and commitment to working with children and families at the County Child Advocacy Center.

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Welcome aboard

Springboard colleagues

Baltimore - Nadiyah Williams, Behavioral Health Clinician; Rowena Daly, Community Outreach/Marketing Coordinator.

Carroll County - Brenda Whitney, Domestic Violence Safe House Support Staff; Catherine Purcell, Family Violence Project Case Manager; Lisa Enriquez, VIP Case Manager

Harford - Beth Mead, Receptionist, and Kelly Grimes-Acosta, Bilingual Therapist

Click Join Our Team to view Springboard job openings.

Refer a friend for a position, and, if they are hired, and remain at the agency for a predetermined amount, you receive a $600 bonus!

Sauerkraut for Thanksgiving?

That's right, Hon. It's Bawlmore!

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Monthly Staff Recipe - Featuring

Harford County's Erica Waskey

My mom’s family has been making sauerkraut for Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. I literally do not consider it a Thanksgiving feast unless there is sauerkraut on the table. (Yes, I have brought my own sauerkraut to non-family parties, and I’m not the least bit ashamed).

Here’s the “secret” family recipe:

1 (2LB) BAG of sauerkraut (not canned)

A ½ cup of liquid for every 2 cups of sauerkraut (This can be chicken or vegetable broth. I’ve also used beer before – try Guinness blonde) and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, cracked Sea Salt & pepper, to taste.

  • Drain and rinse sauerkraut
  • Place in the slow cooker, or in a pot on very low heat.
  • Pour liquid over, just to barely cover it up
  • Add tablespoon of brown sugar, salt, and pepper – then stir.
  • Cook on low for about 8 hours
  • After carving the turkey put some pieces of dark meat into the crockpot.

My favorite is mixing homemade mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, and corn – then adding extra salt and pepper. If there’s a little turkey and cranberry “sauce” (aka the delicious jelly stuff from the can!) on the side, and it’s PER-FEC-TION.

Now that we discussed Thanksgiving sides, click button to vote for your favorite pie.
Pecan Pie
Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie
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Sleep as easy as 4-7-8

  1. Adopt a comfortable position and relax your body.
  2. Inhale through your nose for 4 seconds.
  3. Hold your breath for 7 seconds.
  4. Exhale through your mouth, making a whoosh sound, for 8 seconds.
  5. Repeat the cycle up to 4 times.

Anecdotal evidence shows that the rhythmic breathing technique can help boost feelings of relaxation and reduce anxiety. And, as a side bonus, if you're focused on your breathing, you'll be distracted from other things and you will get the rest you deserve.

Springboard Community Services - Mission

Transforming the lives of children and adults by providing

opportunities to build self-confidence, resilience, and hope.

Questions, suggestions, and more, contact:

Rowena (Rena) Daly, community outreach and marketing coordinator


410-366-1980 - Ext. 232


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