INMED’s Healthy Families Loudoun program

INMED’s Healthy Families Loudoun program has been accredited by Healthy Families America (HFA) through December 2021. A program of Prevent Child Abuse America, HFA is a nationally recognized home visitation model to identify and prevent child abuse and neglect. HFA accreditation is an arduous process designed to recognize individual sites and multi-site systems that have achieved high standards for performance and a commitment to quality. “HFA is proud to grant Healthy Families Loudoun accreditation … and are honored to be associated with you and your colleagues,” noted Dan Duffy, President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America.

INMED Vice President of Development and Program Strategy Mary-Lynne Lasco was quick to offer her praise as well: “I know the depth of hard work and dedication this accreditation requires,” she said. “It really speaks to the quality and commitment of the whole team.” Kudos to Opportunity Center Director Maria Vasquez, Healthy Families Loudoun Supervisor Cecilia Diaz-Yap and their hard-working team for this well-deserved achievement!

Learn more about INMED’s Healthy Families Loudoun program at http://opportunitycenter.us/programs/

Congratulations Dr. Linda Pfeiffer

Dr. Linda Pfeiffer, founder and CEO of INMED Partnerships for Children, was recognized for her many years of serving disadvantaged children and families in Loudoun County at last Thursday’s Community Leadership Awards. Sponsored by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, the event honored business and nonprofit executives who go above and beyond to serve the community. Congratulations, Linda!

Keeping Families Together

Over the past 3 months, INMED’s case managers provided intensive home visiting and case management to 23 families and their 49 children to help them avoid becoming homeless. In addition to equipping parents with the tools to improve their financial management skills, INMED’s team helped parents improve their job skills, set goals for career advancement and implement other strategies to enable them to provide stable, nurturing environments for their children.  We’re happy to report that 100% of the program participants have remained in their homes.

Learn more about INMED’s Homelessness Prevention program at http://opportunitycenter.us/programs/community-based-programs/ or contact Cecilia Diaz-Yap at 703-729-4951.

#homelessnessprevention  #homelessnessintervention  #homelessness

Thankful Thursday

We are extremely grateful for the donors that fund INMED’s Healthy Families Loudoun program, a nationally recognized home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including abuse or neglect. INMED offers in-home educational and support services to pregnant women, teens and families with young children. Our family support professionals provide intensive case management to each family to give their children the best possible start in life and to ensure children are raised in healthy, safe and nurturing environments.

In the past 3 months, INMED has served 40 families with 178 home visits, case management and a broad range of standardized assessments designed to identify potential risks early and link families to the appropriate local resources before those risks result in instability and crisis. Our family support workers also made a total of 210 referrals to other appropriate health, social, educational, vocational, legal and crisis services.

Special thanks to the following donors for their support:

  • Virginia Department of Social Services
  • Loudoun County (regional organizations funding)
  • Loudoun County Community Development Block Grant
  • Loudoun County Promoting Safe and Stable Families initiative
  • TJX Foundation

Do you know a family that could benefit from this program? Contact Cecilia Yap-Diaz at 703-729-4951 or cyap-diaz@inmed.org.

#healthyfamilies   #corporategiving  #familysupport

Support INMED’s Opportunity Center

Supporting INMED’s Opportunity Center is easier than you think. We welcome in-kind donations of office and school supplies, computers/IT support, birthday and thank-you cards, kitchen tables and chairs, non-perishable items for healthy eating/cooking classes, bottled water, snacks for youth programs/child care, yoga mats, educational games/activities and books, arts and crafts supplies, educational videos, baby blankets/clothes, diapers/wipes and hygiene products and more.

If your church or civic group is looking for a great outreach project, consider organizing a diaper drive or wish list drive for our Opportunity Center. Check our wish list on http://opportunitycenter.us/get-involved/our-wish-list/ or contact Center Director Maria Vasquez at 703-729-4951 or mvasquez@inmed.org for more information.

After-school program is focused on helping at-risk students

Loudoun has the privileged position as the wealthiest, healthiest and happiest county in Virginia and the nation. In Sterling and other eastern Loudoun County communities, however, the picture is starkly different. For many of our neighbors, hope for the future is not matched by opportunity. Consider these sobering realities:

• Overall, 96% of Loudoun’s high schoolers graduate on time. The drop-out rate for Eastern Loudoun’s limited-English-proficient (LEP) students, however, is 10 times higher than the countywide rate.

• At Park View high school, nearly half of homeless students drop out. Among those who do graduate, more than one-third of minority, LEP and economically disadvantaged students do not pursue higher education, compared to the 81% countywide who do.

• As many as 28% of children ages 0-5 in some Sterling neighborhoods live in poverty, while nearly half live 200% under the federal poverty level.

As a county, we can do better! At INMED, we are. Our after-school program is focused on helping at-risk students bridge the academic gaps and language barriers with individualized tutoring, homework completion assistance, mentors, enrichment activities and ESL classes. Our summer day camps are designed to reinforce the progress our kids have made throughout the school year to prevent learning attrition. Our Moms & Babies class offers individual instruction to inexperienced and immigrant mothers to help them raise healthy, well-adjusted children who are ready to enter school.
Learn more about our continuum of support at the Opportunity Center: www.opportunitycenter.us/programs. Schedule a visit: mvasquez@inmed.org. Volunteer: elewis@inmed.org. Help us do better for the children who need it most.

#atriskyouth #youthmentoring #childdevelopment

Dare to care!

In this era of mud-slinging and finger-pointing, resolve to do something good for society—like Nancy Ordonez, one of INMED’s dedicated case managers, who works tirelessly with families struggling to survive in Loudoun County. Nancy works with teen mothers, families plagued by poverty, newly immigrated families and children at risk of abuse or neglect. She goes above and beyond to help her families access the resources and acquire the skills they need to build stable environments for raising healthy, well-educated children. Nancy and our incredible staff at INMED’s Opportunity Center are the REAL catalysts for change.

Are you interested in joining our team as a volunteer or to share your expertise and talents by leading a skills workshop? Contact Erin Lewis at 703-729-951 or elewis@inmed.org. #daretocare #kindness #volunteer

Thankful Thursday

INMED is grateful for the funding from civic groups, businesses and agencies that support our after-school program. Because of their support, children like Eduardo, who was going to be held back a grade due to behavioral issues stemming from a family crisis, have a safe environment to thrive and realize their potential:

  • Builders Foundation
  • Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
  • Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
  • Freddie Mac
  • Gannett Foundation
  • Insperity
  • Leesburg Daybreak Rotary
  • Loudoun Impact Fund
  • Rockwell Collins

Join the crowd! Support our After-School program. Visit www.opportunitycenter.us/donate. #corporategiving #philanthropy

INMED’s Opportunity Center welcomes Steven Tibbets

INMED’s Opportunity Center welcomes Steven Tibbets to our Board of Trustees. He is a Senior Managing Counsel with CA Technologies in Herndon, VA, where he manages transactions in the fast-paced software and IT services sales environment. We’re looking forward to working with Steve to raise awareness and resources for our programs at the Opportunity Center. Are you interested in becoming a Change Maker like Steve? Visit www.opportunitycenter.us/get-involved/ #volunteer