INMED Success Story

When you support INMED, you change lives—just ask Nery Hernandez. At INMED’s recent Board of Directors’ meeting, Nery shared her story of how INMED helped her as a young, inexperienced mother at age 19 and set her on the path to entrepreneurship. The owner of Nery’s Pupuseria in Purcellville, VA, she also catered a sumptuous assortment of pupusas for the Board luncheon at INMED’s Opportunity Center. Nery’s moving story of struggle and triumph moved everyone to tears and is a poignant example of what INMED strives to achieve in the lives of those who just need an opportunity to succeed. Learn more about our Opportunity Center: www.opportunitycenter.us. Check out Nery’s menu: http://www.neryspupuseria.com/nery-shares-her-storynery-talks-with-wendell

GIVING TUESDAY IS TODAY!

brazil-girl-2-tyGiving should not be an after-thought of Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is the day INMED children around the world celebrate the generosity of strangers for helping them achieve better health and brighter futures. But you don’t have to be a stranger! Join our Support Team by making a tax-deductible donation on our secure Giving Grid: https://www.givinggrid.com/INMEDOpportunityCenter/

Donation squares are as low as $10—and you can leave an encouraging message and photo for our kids. Make a difference in the world on this Giving Tuesday!

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Cyber Monday is Here!

Take advantage of great deals today while doing something good for the world! Simply do your holiday shopping on AmazonSmile and designate INMED as your favorite charity. Amazon will give INMED a donation with every purchase you make—at no additional cost to you!

Everything about AmazonSmile is exactly the same as your regular Amazon account, including your user name and password. The only difference is, you’re making INMED children around the world smile by simply shopping!

Make a kid smile on Cyber Monday! Shop AmazonSmile for INMED!

OC in the News

INMED’s Opportunity Center is featured in this month’s On the Banks magazine, a glossy, upscale publication of the River Creek community. Special thanks to Gail Donohue of N2 Publishing for selecting INMED for the magazine’s “Making a Difference” column. For more details on N2 Publishing, visit www.N2Publishing.com.
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Thankful Thursday

We are grateful to our friends at McGuireWoods—and especially Melissa Glassman, Deputy Managing Partner for Industry Teams and event organizer–for designating INMED’s Opportunity Center as the featured charity for its annual Executive Women’s Mixer last night at the Ritz Carlton in Tyson’s Corner, VA. Dynamic women from all over the region opened their hearts and their wallets to support and encourage our work with at-risk children and families in Loudoun County. Thank you for your generosity!

Learning by Doing

INMED is pleased to host a group of young executives from Mondelēz, a long-time partner in Brazil and South Africa, as part of the Leadership for Performance program. During this week, the leadership group will contribute new perspectives to help INMED tackle its greatest strategic challenges. This week, the LFP participants spent time at INMED’s Opportunity Center, helping children in our After-School program with homework, listening to the concerns of families in our Homelessness Prevention program and taking part in our Family Education workshop on saving money.

Skills Development at the OC

Computer C.O.R.E. is taking registrations for the next computer class beginning on January 10, 2017, at INMED’s Opportunity Center. Computer C.O.R.E is a nonprofit organization that offers computer training and career development support to low-income adults in Northern Virginia. C.O.R.E. classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 pm–9 pm at INMED’s Opportunity Center in Sterling. This is a 7-credit class approved by Northern Virginia Community College, with capacity for 12 students. Register today by contacting Shante Johnson at 703-931-7346, ext. 101.

SAVE THE DATE!

We are just 2 weeks away from Giving Tuesday! If you’re looking for a meaningful way to balance the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we encourage you to donate to INMED’s Opportunity Center on Giving Tuesday, November 28. We’re a life line to children and their families who are falling through the cracks in the richest county in the nation. Help us reach more children by supporting our Opportunity Center in Sterling. You don’t have to wait until Giving Tuesday. Donate today! https://www.givinggrid.com/INMEDOpportunityCenter/

A Story of Wheels and Wings

Cecilia and her two-year-old son are enrolled in INMED’s Healthy Families program at the Opportunity Center in Sterling. When she entered the program, Cecilia was unemployed, didn’t have a driver’s license and had no means to pay for child care to work outside the home. She faced a downward spiral of obstacles.

An INMED Family Support Worker (FSW) helped Cecilia create an action plan to get a license, find affordable child care and obtain a stable job. Cecilia diligently followed the steps of her plan. Night after night, after putting her son to bed, she studied the DMV driver’s manual and eventually passed the driving test with flying colors. INMED’s FSW also worked with Cecilia to find child care subsidies she could apply for, as well as a full-time job.

Today, Cecilia drives her son to daycare before going to work at her new job. Her life is stable, and the future for her son is bright. Cecilia told her INMED FSW that it feels like having wings!
If you know someone like Cecilia who could use INMED’s help, please contact Maria Vasquez at mvasquez@inmed.org.

All INMED Children are Super

According to studies by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, young children who lack at least one loving and consistent caregiver in the earliest years may suffer severe and long-lasting development problems. Studies of scientific brain research show environmental stress, even among infants and toddlers, can interfere with the proper development of neural connections inside the brain essential to a child’s proper social and emotional development.

INMED’s Moms & Babies class, as well as our Healthy Families program, promote and support early childhood development with a focus on parental bonding, the joy of play, nutrition, literacy and emotional and social growth. At INMED, we see all our children as super heroes! For more information on INMED’s parenting and family education classes at the Opportunity Center, visit http://opportunitycenter.us/programs/

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