Funds helped refugees, new programming needs and more
The following report was submitted by Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley to show the organization’s use of funds from the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign in 2017.
Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
2017 Annual Report
Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley received two gift disbursements from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati One Faith, One Hope, One Love Campaign in 2017 for a total of $644,404.10. The money was used to expand programs and services, support existing programs in need of transitional funding streams, accomplish needed capital improvements to existing buildings, and provide necessary resources to improve outreach throughout our community.
New Program Development
Funding support from the campaign helped CSSMV begin or enhance several new programs in 2017. In the agency’s northern counties region, CSSMV was able to begin delivering 40 lb. staple food boxes to home bound. The program is a partnership with the Shared Harvest Foodbank and is being piloted in three counties. Additionally, the Sidney office was able to leverage Ohio Department of Transportation funding with matching funds from the campaign to better serve the transportation needs of our rural counties through Ridelink.
Through the Montgomery County/ United Way combined funding application, CSSMV was able to start an expansion program of the Pregnancy and Parenting support program call Teen Parents Learn. This unique program seeks to assist high school aged students – who are pregnant or new parents – complete their high school degree, while teaching them critical parenting skills.
Another new program initiated by Montgomery County/United Way combined funding application was the Families Forward initiative. This partnership between CSSMV (case management partner and lead agency), Dayton Public Schools, the University of Dayton, the House of Bread and Dayton Children’s Hospital provides wrap around service for children and their families at Kiser Elementary (K-5), a school which 100% of the students are eligible for free and reduced school lunch.
Finally, the parenting staff was able to allocate important resources and staff time to enhance the Parent Resource Room at Lincoln Academy. Providing needed hospitality items, educational materials, and technology access to improve the experience for all parents visiting the center.
Total investment in new program development – $162,500
Improving Parish participation and engagement
The campaign continued to fund the position of Parish and Community Relations Manager. 2017 did see some changes to the position which will allow for deeper connections with parish staff, religious, and the parishioners themselves. Volunteer management and stewardship has now been included in the job description for the manager. This will allow for a more seamless transition from outreach to cultivation.
Total investment in Parish and Community Relations Manager – $39,492
Investment in IT infrastructure and capital improvements
The funds from 2017 helped CSSMV make several IT upgrades. It allowed for the ongoing implementation of the new Apricot case management software, and helped CSSMV launch a refreshed website – www.cssmv.org. Additionally, we were able to make lighting improvements and increase efficiency at the Center for Families on Brown Street and the Eckerle Administration Building on Riverview Avenue.
Total investment in IT infrastructure and capital improvements – $47,500
Program capacity building and replacement for unforeseen loss in public funding
2017 was a challenging year for the refugee resettlement program. With uncertainty at the federal level and substantial loss in new arrivals, the resettlement program relied heavily on the support of both the Archdiocese and the USCCB. This bridge support allowed the refugee program to realign its priorities, staffing and goals in several areas, while maintaining its level of service to our newest arriving refugees.
The campaign helped CSSMV grow the Family Stabilization and Support program – the fastest growing program in the Dayton office. This program provides case management support to anyone in the Dayton area, and is operated out of the food pantry. It also supported ongoing programming in counseling through the SAFE program. This program works with children suffering from RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder).
Erma’s House received additional support in 2017 from the campaign to continue its important work as the only supervised visitation and exchange services building in Montgomery County. Erma’s, which was recognized this year by the Council on Accreditation as the gold standard for supervised visitation in the country, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017. The funds were used to bridge a gap in new service from the county to combat a rise in children’s services cases.
Finally, the campaign helped support capacity building with early childhood education (opened new classroom), and losses in county and state funding for parenting education, senior service and food contracts for the pantry.
Total investment in program capacity building and replacement for loss in public funding – $447,000 (includes balance used from 2016 campaign funds)
Strategic Leadership Development
In 2017, the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign continued to enable CSSMV to invest in strategic planning, and professional development opportunities for its staff. Most notably, CSSMV was able to retain consulting services to create a strategy for continuation of health care services in the northern counties region with the possibility of Medicaid eliminating the PASSPORT program. This program is the largest staffed program at CSSMV and accounts for more than 2/3 of the agency’s total annual budget.
Additionally, three members of the agency staff were able to participate in the CCUSA national conference in Houston, Texas. Due to the conference taking place just weeks after hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area, conference attendees – including those from CSSMV – were invited to join in the recovery efforts.
Total investment in strategic leadership development and consulting fees – $46,500
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