On a blistery morning in April, Earth Day was celebrated at the Sage Center. Parents, children and staff all gathered to clean out the old, winterized soil and add new organic soil to bring a slice of sunshine to the community. Our planter boxes were renewed and refreshed. Our vegetable garden will soon have purple kale, lettuce, and beefsteak tomatoes. Many of those in attendance had never experienced the beauty of playing in the dirt, planting plants, and being a part of Earth Day.
A great time was had by all![Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”97″ gal_title=”Earth Day 2021″]
Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter
Sage Center Vision Board Activity
On January 28th, 2021 the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta hosted a virtual vision board activity for the families of the Sage Center. The families worked on cutting motivating phrases from magazines to capture on their boards. While the parents did their boards the children made mosaics for Valentine’s Day. Many of the parents found positive ways to describe their goals and plans for the year. After eating dinner, families were called to the Zoom screen to share their work. Statements shared showed both insight and hope. The parents expressed their gratitude toward the sorority sisters sharing their time and resources. A good time was had by all.
When the Boss is away the Children will play. This is what can go on in the office of Dr. Gainers, Executive Director of The Family Recovery Program when she works from home.
Hard work knows no bounds. Sage Center resident Nikki M. is an entrepreneur. While caring for her family, Ms. Miller shared her talent for creating beauty and used her skills most recently to create Valentine’s baskets which she plans on offering for sale. One of her dreams is to offer her wares in a local market. The beauty she creates for others is the same beauty she exudes within her personality every day. She is an active participant in the community, always with a kind word or deed. We salute her efforts and support her in becoming a benefit to herself and the community. Go Nikki![Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”83″ gal_title=”Nikki M”]
Dr. Gainers, FRP Executive Director, was featured in “A Baltimore Boost Video” as part of the Johns Hopkins- A Baltimore Boost social media campaign.
We are pleased to share it with you using the links below. Enjoy!
Johns Hopkins Connects Facebook channel: https://www.facebook.com/JHConnects.
It is also available on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/VV2aSSJHg-Y.
I am pleased to share with you that our own Dr. Jocelyn Gainers, Executive Director of the Family Recovery Program was recognized by the Child Welfare League of America for the CWLA 100TH ANNIVERSARY CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN AWARDS!
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gainers for being acknowledged for her exceptional commitment to supporting children and families who are vulnerable and advancing the field of child welfare.
Please visit the CWLA 100th Anniversary Year webpage to see the outstanding group of Champions for Children awardees who deserve thanks and acknowledgement for their commitment to supporting children and families who are vulnerable.
The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) visited The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building at Sage Center to conduct NARCAN training November 10th 2020. According to the CVS.com website “Available without an individual prescription nationwide, naloxone, also known as NARCAN®, is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses.”
The staff and parents of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building at Sage Center were treated to an excellent NARCAN training conducted by the Baltimore City Health Department on November 10th in our backyard. Our partner, BCHD, comes regularly to train new families and staff. Everyone was certified and received an overdose kit so that they could assist someone that would be in need. This training raises everyone’s awareness of overdoses and encourages them to stay vigilant.
The kindness of others warms the hearts of the staff and parents of the Family Recovery Program. On November 20th, 2020 FRP received a donation of over 40 coats to keep our children warm as they travel within our community. The coats were absolutely beautiful and the kids upon receipt expressed their joy. The coats came just in the nick of time as winter was quickly approaching. Thanks so much to our generous donor Andrea McCants of a AROS Consulting and thanks to Ms Shanika Rice for coming out and organizing the coats for a seamless distribution. Good things come in warm packages!
And the work continues!
As the houses are slowly becoming homes, we look to the future and the opportunities for our families. The pictures above highlight the progress on the project this month. You will see walls have been closed in, cabinets have been hung, and the sink station is in in one of the houses. The value that this project brings is not just to the parents of the Sage center but it also will be a catalyst in our community. During build days we walk the project and notice how the community is changing. Individuals are beginning to ask us, “When is the project going to be done, Who can live there, This is such a blessing to the community!”. This project means a lot to the staff, the families, and our community. We can’t wait until we have our grand opening in 2021!
The Family Recovery Program Inc. is hard at work on its second property- Sage II at Monarch View. This 5 townhome renovation project will allow five families to transition from Sage I to Sage II which is located directly in front of our flag ship property on Rose Street. These five townhomes on Milton Street in Baltimore city will offer the families longer-term, and more independent housing. This will allow their children to be firmly grounded in their educational practices as school transfer is not necessary for them. This project strengthens their ability to network within their community, and it will allow the families to continue to receive support from our program while they continue to strengthen their families. These pictures reflect the very beginning of the project and will get updated on a monthly basis. We are so excited!