Welcome to the Staff Communication page. Thank you for the work you do every day!
New Overtime Policy
Please be advised of the new overtime policy, effective Sunday, June 4, 2023.
Reorganization in Community Employment
Kim Scroggins will be taking on the role of Director of Employment Services. In this role, Kim will lead the Workforce Development Specialists, the Discovery Specialists and the CIE Employment Support Specialists working with people employed in the community. Under Kim’s leadership, this merge of departments will hopefully create a smoother transition into employment for the people we support and lead to better employment outcomes and increased opportunities.
Tameka Harry’s title has changed to Director of Project SEARCH & Transition Services. In addition to continuing to oversee the Project SEARCH programs and support of the people working competitively at the sites, Tameka will be working to increase our presence with the school systems and transitioning youth by expanding the Pre-Employment Transition Services we offer through DORS.
Terri Spurrier’s title has changed to Director of Career Catalyst & Community Engagement. In her new role, Terri will continue to oversee the Career Catalyst program while also working to create a new program for the department. The goal for Community Engagement will be to give people who are unemployed, underemployed, waiting to begin an internship-to-work program, or possibly only working part-time, the opportunity to explore and engage in meaningful and purposeful activities in the community. Activities will be focused on career exploration, skill building, and increasing independence and individual relationships in the community.
We’re excited for the new opportunities for growth that Kim, Tameka and Terri will be able to bring about with these changes in their departments. In addition, we will appreciate their leadership as they guide Community Employment through a successful transition into LTSS and the new Meaningful Day Services.
-Joanna Falcone, Vice President of Employment First
Open Enrollment will be held from May 15 to May 26 for benefits effective July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024. Open Enrollment is a time to carefully review the benefits offered by The Arc Baltimore.
Relaxed COVID-19 Mask-Wearing Requirement
Great News! With the impending end to the public health emergency declarations for COVID-19, masks will no longer be required throughout the agency. Throughout the pandemic, we made the commitment to follow the data, and we will continue to do so. The State of Maryland and here at The Arc Baltimore, we are seeing fewer and fewer cases of COVID.
-The Arc Baltimore will not require staff to wear a mask. Wearing a mask will be optional and at your discretion.
-Staff can discontinue using the Work EQ App.
-Temperature checks at the receptionist desk, day centers, contracts, training, and homes are no longer required.
Employees may continue to follow masking and physical distancing protocols if they so choose, and all employees are expected to be supportive of their co-workers’ choices. Additionally, employees who are exposed to COVID-19 should continue to follow the current COVID-19 protocols we have in place. PPE will still be available for those who wish to continue masking.
As state and federal authorities release new health and safety guidance and requirements, we will continue to review and update our COVID-19 policies and procedures as warranted and inform you of any changes.
Thank you all for continuing to respect our health and safety guidelines and each other. Please contact your manager or HR if you have any questions. Respectfully, Senior Management Team
Attention…Attention…Spring Summer Mandatory Arc Vehicle Inspection Days!!!
This is a very special year! Brent Davidson, our Fleet Manager for the last 20+ years will be retiring shortly after the inspections for this period are concluded. This may be the last chance to say your goodbyes and well wishes. We all wish Brent only the very best in his retirement although he may pop up here or there teaching a class or two.
As usual, there will be a week of Arc owned vehicle inspections in May.
As always, if possible, the primary driver of the vehicle should be the person to bring it on the assigned inspection day. It makes things flow a lot easier when this happens as they know the vehicle and the locations of all the important stuff. (Registration, gas card, safety items, etc…)
Here are the assigned days to attend.
Vehicles at homes under Director Tracy Scarlett – Monday May 1st
Vehicles at homes under Director Arista Williams – Tuesday May 2nd
Vehicles at homes under Director Nasasha Parker- Wednesday May 3rd
All locations (Seton, 7215, Dundalk and Homeland) – Thursday May 4th
Friday May 5th
Special instructions, I will reach out to you at a later date.
Other helpful information regarding the inspections:
Location: Seton Vehicle Repair Shop – 6151 Metro Drive Baltimore Md 21215
Hours of operation: Very Important! 7:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday thru Thursday and Friday 7:30 to 12pm. We won’t inspect any vehicles arriving after 2:30pm (no exceptions) Also please don’t come at lunchtime 12:00 to 12:30 as the shop will close promptly at 12:00 and open at 12:30 So, if you are in line at 12:00 to come into the shop for inspection you will need to wait until 12:30 or later to get inspected.
Appointments: No , Never, Never have and aren’t starting now. Please don’t ask for one…..
How long does it take: about 15 to 20 mins to complete once you come into the shop. Wait time outside can vary depending on how long the line is.
Preparation: there will be a staff member outside to get you ready before your entry into the shop for inspection.
All personal items should be removed from the vehicle as The Arc isn’t responsible for any missing, damaged or lost items.
The vehicle should be clean inside and out.
PPE: please remember to wear your face mask and remain with your vehicle until instructed to exit.
You should also be aware that between now and your actual inspection date if your vehicle is in the Seton shop it is possible that it could be inspected then if we have the time to do so.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend on your assigned day. If there is an issue with the day that has been assigned please contact Melody Sengebush or Rob Pearson. (our phone #’s are in the Crash Book)
Thank you for your cooperation!
Attention All Direct Support Professionals
Our commitment to remain focused on and invest in our talent will continue to be a top priority – through career training and development opportunities as well as a competitive benefits package, inclusive of your direct pay.
To recognize our DSP’s who are on the frontline of services provided by The Arc Baltimore, we are pleased to offer an increase in wages. All DSP’s will receive a $.50 increase effective 2/26. Furthermore, the new DSP starting wage will now be $16.50/hr.
The increase will be reflected in the 3/16 payroll for Community Living, and in the 3/23 payroll for all others.
We are so very proud of the work that you do and I want you to know that we value the commitment that you display every day in your critical and meaningful role.
Sincerely and with Gratitude,
Kathleen and the Senior Management Team
Tickets Are Now Available
Tickets are now available for the Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner. Please join us as we celebrate the many staff members, people with disabilities whom we support, and community partners who have given so much of themselves to The Arc's mission and deserve recognition.
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Padonia Park Club
12006 Jenifer Road | Cockeysville, MD 21030
Served dinner and drinks/bar - 6:30 PM
Annual Meeting & Awards Program - 7:30 PM
$25 per person - staff, retirees and supported people
$50 per person - all other guests
Award winners will be announced next week. If you have any questions, please contact Norma Johnson at 410-296-2270 x5210.
Award Nominations Are Now Open
It’s time to show our appreciation. Please plan to submit nominations to recognize some of the extraordinary people in The Arc Baltimore community. Categories for awards include employees, people we support, and community partners. Plan to share the awards information with your teams to consider who you can nominate.
The listing with past awardees is also attached for your reference.
The deadline for nominations is one month from today – March 3rd. Don’t pass up this opportunity. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting and Awards Program on May 3rd at the Padonia Park Club.
Use the link above to submit your nomination online, or click the link below for the award descriptions that includes the nomination form. If you need assistance with your nomination, contact Katy McGuire at ext. 5217 or email@example.com.
Register Now For DD Day!
Greetings and Happy New Year:
Developmental Disabilities Day in Annapolis is on February 22nd this year and it’s back in person. For those of you new to The Arc, DD Day gives us an opportunity to advocate for our mission and those we support to our legislators in Annapolis. Self-advocates, staff, and family members attend a morning program with DD Coalition speakers as well as reps from DDA and hopefully the new Governor’s office, and then we have scheduled meetings by district with our elected officials in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Note that we do not schedule meetings outside of Baltimore City/County as those are handled by other agencies.
There may be a virtual program in the morning to hear from legislators that many could attend on zoom, but at this time we are focusing on readiness for in-person attendance as registration may be opening this week and SPACE IS LIMITED. This may force us to have a more limited number of meetings on the 22nd, and perhaps set up additional meetings for later during the legislative session for legislators we don’t see on the DD Day..
DD Day runs from approximately 8 a.m. at an Annapolis hotel; we then move to the Senate and House buildings for legislator meetings that conclude by 12-1. If you would like to attend and can commit to this timeframe, please RSVP to Norma Johnson by this Friday, January 6th. We will do our best to accommodate all staff who wish to participate in Annapolis on the 22nd, but please be flexible.
This is a fantastic opportunity to represent The Arc Baltimore and the policy needs of people with developmental disabilities.
Please reply to Norma Johnson as soon as possible. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, please look up your State Legislative District for your State Senator and State Delegate/s. Let Norma know the district number where you live. Look up by address at www.mdelect.net. Note that some district boundaries have changed, but the e-look won’t be updated til new officials are sworn in on January 11th.
Educational Opportunities at The Arc
Several of our resident experts developed trainings on various topics including the ins and outs of The Final Rule, developing an “elevator” speech about the mission of The Arc, Waiver 101, the finances of our organization, and the General Assembly and Maryland Legislative Process. Take a moment and enjoy the following videos.
NEW HOPE FOR ALL
New Hope for All is The Arc Baltimore’s self-advocacy group and it creates a space for people whose voices have not always been heard so they can feel empowered and advocate for their rights. We would like to recruit new members and grow our group.
Meetings are held on the Third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM. If interested, contact Moneen Blake or Tavon Jackson.
EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH
We have seven incredible staff to shout out for May and June! Between them, they represent HR, Day Services, Community Living and Business Services. Be sure to congratulate them when you see them!