Social Worker – Tri Cap Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:05:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Social Worker – Tri Cap 32 32 How Lacie DeCosta Became the Leader of the “Flock of Ravens” on Social Media – Baltimore Ravens Blog Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:05:56 +0000

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Brie Brown is in her first year teaching kindergarten in the Baltimore area, and she tweeted out a wishlist for class items, adding the hashtag “Ravens Flock.”

The next day, Brown received a package that caught his eye.

“I was like, there’s no way,” Brown said. “I think someone is playing a trick on me.”

Lacie DeCosta, wife of Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta, had sent puzzles, educational toys and tons of books. DeCosta even sent Lamar Jackson’s children’s book, writing on the front page, “Keep dreaming big!” Always believe you can because you will!

Brown sent a direct message to DeCosta, who told him more was on the way. Ten minutes later, two more deliveries were made.

“Our library is stacked,” Brown said. “[The children] call them our class family.

Interactions like this are why some fans refer to DeCosta as “the Ravens’ social media mother.” She wanted to be a social worker after graduating from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, but landed in the Ravens’ marketing department, where she worked for four years.

Although she no longer works for the team, DeCosta has found herself in a position where she can impact lives and use her social media platform to make a difference.

“There are so many people on social media who aren’t nice,” DeCosta said, “so I try to be an embodiment of positivity.”

A month after providing supplies for a kindergarten class, DeCosta volunteered for the food and clothing drive at Brown’s school. She spent the night loading boxes into people’s cars.

“There are only so many things you can go to,” DeCosta said. “I want to meet people. I want to touch that person. I want to change someone’s life by being in it. You go to these big fundraisers where you don’t really connect with people.”

A native of Baltimore, DeCosta is tied – literally – to the founding of the city’s sports teams. His father, George Litz, owned the company that supplied the bricks used to build the Ravens and Orioles stadiums.

For DeCosta, family and sports have continued to intertwine with Eric. The morning before Day 2 of the 2000 Draft, Eric ran to the home of Lacie’s family, who lived a few miles from the Ravens facility. Lacie’s dad thought Eric meant the players the Ravens had just signed. Eric had other news: he was going to propose to Lacie at Easter. Lacie and Eric married in 2001 and have three children: Jane, Michael and Jackson.

Lacie has carved her own niche in the Baltimore sports landscape thanks to Twitter. Her profile expanded on May 29, 2020, when she posted a photo — drawn by her cousin Will — of Ravens quarterback Jackson, who retweeted her. She quickly grew from several hundred followers to over 18,000.

“It was definitely uplifting”

When fans want to share news with the rest of the Ravens community, they usually tag two people: Jackson and Lacie.

Many of these cases are when fans share photos of their newborn babies. A fan asked Lacie for some positive vibes after her daughter broke her leg. Others asked for prayers after the death of a relative or friend.

Michael McBride, a Ravens fan from El Paso, Texas, was diagnosed with colon cancer and he started a GoFundMe page to help cover medical bills. He wanted to know if DeCosta could help spread the word.

In addition to donating, DeCosta provided encouraging words. McBride raised over $11,000.

“It really lifted my spirits because at that time there was so much uncertainty about my condition,” McBride said. “It was definitely uplifting, to say the least.”

DeCosta’s connections are extensive. Roman Tkach is a 29-year-old quality assurance engineer living in war-torn western Ukraine. When the long-distance Ravens fan wasn’t on social media for a while, DeCosta tweeted him to see how he was doing.

“I don’t know if it’s normal in American culture, but I’m not used to such kindness,” Tkach said. “I’m a complete stranger, living about 8,000 miles from Baltimore, just a random person on Twitter. You have to agree that actions like this show who the person is. To remember me, and even have thoughts and prayers for my safety, I feel like this world still has a chance.

“She just got very real on Twitter”

There are times when Lacie will also interact with Ravens players. She’ll snap playful photos of cornerback Marlon Humphrey for his coffee shots, the latest “Batman” movie, and dating.

As much as Lacie takes care of serious fan issues, she tries to keep social media fun. During the season, she handed out a jersey each week to fans who correctly answered a trivial question or guessed the player who recorded the game’s first sack. Two hours before the start of this year’s draft, she presented a gift card to the person who won the Ravens’ first-round selection. Fans are so invested in her Twitter account that they’ll DM her if she’s a little late with her daily morning post, which can include a quote from Kendrick Lamar or advice from her grandmother.

“She just got very real on Twitter,” Brown said. “And you can see she’s not doing this for looks. She’s not trying to be a socialite or anything like that. She’s just a Baltimore girl and she’s a fan, first and foremost. “

When Eric met Lacie, he knew how much she wanted to make a difference with people. He simply never anticipated that she would become such a popular face of the franchise on social media.

“She never lost her thirst to get involved, to make a difference and to help families,” Eric said. “She was able to use the Ravens as a way to accomplish what she wanted, which was to make it a better community.”

The Santa Barbara Bowl COVID Compliance Team Keeps Rolling Sun, 26 Jun 2022 18:35:47 +0000

The 2022 Santa Barbara Bowl event season is in full swing in the summer, but with some new protocols for those entering the popular outdoor venue. In our current pandemic-influenced world, onlookers are used to showing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result to Sansum Clinic staff members upon arrival. But few are aware of the incredible efforts being made behind the scenes to keep us safe.

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From 7 a.m. on the day of a performance (and sometimes a day or two before), a jovial team of four volunteers administers COVID tests to around 100 people who work in various functions at the Bowl: security, food preparation staff , unions, trucking companies and others. Team members chat and laugh with workers while they wait for results, usually about 10 minutes.

“We’re the first line of defense,” says Maria Long, director of COVID compliance, who created the Bowl’s 2021 on-demand testing system. “It’s all Jackson Browne’s fault,” she laughs, explaining that in 2021, as he prepared for his band’s first post-lockdown gig, Browne wanted to help out. “He wanted to provide masks for everyone in attendance and wanted everyone working at the Bowl to be COVID negative and compliant. He didn’t want anyone to get sick and take him on tour. It was such a great opportunity. The whole industry has flipped its head, moving forward through some really dark times.

Long obtained an official COVID compliance certificate and trained three other volunteers — Donna Reeves, Shelley Rickard and Carrie Offutt — to administer tests and screen for symptoms for Jackson Browne’s show and subsequent events for the remainder of the season. Now in its second Bowl season, the team is a well-oiled machine. “We all get along,” says Long, who adds that the four members share an infectious sense of humor that entertains workers while they wait for the results. “It’s a recipe for joy! Who would have thought that COVID tests could do this?

The COVID Testing Team is the latest project in Maria Long’s long history of nonprofit service, with roots dating back to childhood. She grew up in Marin County, the only child of a psychiatrist and a social worker/journalist. Her father died when she was just 3 years old and her mother took a job with Marin County Child Protective Services. “I was raised to be of service. This has been demonstrated to me; it was not what was expected of me.

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Tragedy struck again when her mother died of cancer at the age of 16. She became a ward of court and lived with three different foster families before becoming a legal adult. “It was a really, really rich and at the same time quite painful childhood.” Long says those early experiences laid the foundation for who she is today, emphasizing that “we are products of our environment.”

She became a volunteer with Marin’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), “because I could relate so well to adoptive children.” She also worked in the hospitality and fashion industries at a time that coincided with the height of the Bay Area music scene in the 70s, with regular gigs featuring the Grateful Dead, Santana and other legendary bands rocking local stages and parks.

In 1998, Long moved to Santa Barbara to open a bikini store on State Street. Clients complained about body image, and Long decided she would be better equipped to help them as a psychologist. She earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University and has dedicated her career to service ever since, working for the nonprofits CADA, CASA, and Doctors Without Walls. Today, she is the Director of Community Development and Outreach at the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. She also produces and hosts a KZSB talk show, Community Affairs.

At the Bowl, Long’s voluntary COVID testing project allowed him to marry his three main passions: music, medicine and humanitarian relief efforts. “It’s a labor of love,” she says. “We love the Bowl and the music, and when it’s happy it’s amazing.”

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Space available in the New Hanover County Special Assistance Home Program Fri, 24 Jun 2022 01:55:48 +0000

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – New Hanover County Social Services has funding and space available through the Special Home Assistance Program.

The County Adult Services Unit within the DSS provides case management for recipients of Special Assistance (SA) Home Financial Assistance and Home Support Services.

The program helps Medicaid-eligible adults who need home care with the support they need to stay safely and effectively at home for as long as possible.

Case managers perform in-depth assessments to determine a person’s ability to live at home, such as the client’s functional status and need for care and services, the availability of family, friends and neighbors to provide care and services, availability of and access to care and services from agencies and other formal service providers, ability to pay for housing, and availability of affordable and safe housing.

If a person is determined to be able to stay safely at home with the right help and support, this program provides financial supplementation and helps to develop a care plan with the necessary services so that the person can live at home .

“Providing residents with the services and support they need to live and thrive in our community is a top priority for our Social Services team,” said Director of Social Services Tonya Jackson. “The Special Home Support Program is designed to keep low-income adults in their homes, a space that is familiar and comfortable to them. The program provides financial assistance for monthly living expenses that contribute to support services, food, and other necessities, helping them avoid having to move to a residential facility. We are excited to have the capacity and funding to support New Hanover County citizens who qualify for the program and look forward to talking with applicants about how we can help them.

To be eligible for the Special Home Assistance Program, a person must:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Be a resident of New Hanover County
  • Have a completed FL-2 requiring care in a licensed adult care facility, but willing to live at home or in another private living setting
  • Be a U.S. citizen or qualified alien
  • Fully eligible for Medicaid
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for special assistance
  • Be able to maintain health, safety and well-being with appropriate services, such as home support services, home modifications, case management services and necessary supplies
  • Must have unmet financial need

To apply, contact New Hanover County Social Services at (910) 798-3500 to have a social worker arrange an assessment or visit social services website for information.

]]> Letter: Not the first time Councilor Kronick has acted foolishly on the Pittsfield budget | Letters to the Editor Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000

To the Editor: Councilor Kronick’s debacle commandeered the City of Pittfield budget by killing hard-fought amendments and advancing a flawed budget. (“A Default Budget? Pittsfield Councilman’s ‘Irresponsible’ Decision Overturns All Revisions,” Eagle, June 14.)

With two words, “charter objection,” Mr. Kronick erased protections for our most vulnerable. We’ll probably never know if the first-year counselor planned the selfish and irresponsible move knowing the repercussions or if it was pure grandstanding. Yet, while this nuclear option grabbed the headlines, it shielded him from the real story. Mr Kronick has presented himself as transphobic, racist, bigoted and, in a bizarre twist, biased against high-paying jobs for people with less than a master’s degree – something he sees as ‘not much’ . (“Mayor Tyer Presents $198 Million Budget for FY23,” Eagle, May 18.)

As Maya Angelou said, when someone shows you who they are, believe them. Mr. Kronick is indignant at having a diversity director in Pittsfield. A councilman with the power to enact laws and control money in our city sees the need to promote diversity, equality and inclusion as a no-brainer. He cites his religious beliefs and economic conditions as grounds for cutting funding for diversity, equality and inclusion, a positive and effective step that is sweeping the nation. Like a fanatic, when Mr. Kronick starts talking about people who look different from him, he fumes about pronouns and the responsibility of addressing people the way they prefer. He says we should just call people what they were told at birth, because “it’s common sense”. In fact, it’s scary and offensive.

Another budget item he killed was a dedicated police social worker position. It’s this job that Kronick says deserves a base salary of $45,000 because it requires a master’s degree, which he calls “not much education.” What level of education should be required of members of the municipal council with their corresponding salaries?

The way Mr. Kronick feels so free to talk about his bigotry and prejudice says a lot about him. But we have to talk too. He said his actions were “on behalf of Ward 2.” Are they, Ward 2? Does he also speak for you when he says we shouldn’t bother learning pronouns; that there is no race or equality issue here in Pittsfield; that you need a master’s degree to earn an entry-level salary? We know that equal rights for others does not mean less rights for you. Will Mr. Kronick?

Pittsfield, Mr. Kronick showed up. Believe it.

Sinead O’Brien, Pittsfield

LETTER: Knapp shares our values ​​| Letters Mon, 20 Jun 2022 21:00:00 +0000

I’m voting for Don Knapp as circuit judge in the Republican primary on June 28. As a lifelong Republican, Don’s message of personal responsibility resonates with me. I think he has done a great job of holding criminals accountable in McLean County and would welcome that view on the bench. When I hear him talk about growing up on his grandfather’s farm in Goodfield and attending Eureka High School during a time when Ronald Reagan was president, it’s clear to me that Don subscribed to the values of hard work and personal responsibility that were embedded in him. at an early age like many of us here in central Illinois.

This stands in stark contrast to his opponent’s social worker message, which I heard on a Peoria TV station saying it’s his job to teach lawyers to be social workers from the bench. These are his words from the Peoria TV interview. If you want social workers on the bench who believe it’s their job to enact social justice policies and teach the lawyers who appear before them to do the same, then Don Knapp probably isn’t the one for who you want to vote on June 28. .

I will vote for Don Knapp. Like many of us here, he grew up on a farm in the district he races for, worked the land like us and shares our values. I’ve never seen so many cops supporting a candidate before. Their message and support for Don speaks volumes to me. I will be voting for Don Knapp as a judge on election day.

Police rescue 3-year-old girl held hostage by gun-toting father for two days at Lynn’s home Sat, 18 Jun 2022 17:51:19 +0000

A police standoff that stretched from Friday afternoon until late Saturday morning was ‘successfully resolved’ as officers were able to rescue a 3-year-old girl who had been barricaded inside a Lynn by her armed father.

The saga began when a DCF social worker and Lynn police went to 42 Hanover St. to perform a wellness check on the child. Upon arrival, police noticed the child’s father sneaking into the basement, while holding a “cylindrical object with a six-inch drill bit” attached, state police said.

A machete and crossbow were also reportedly seen in the basement, prompting Lynn PD to seek assistance from the State Police’s Special Tactics Operations Team – or STOP – Unit Crisis Negotiations and the Bomb Squad, who surrounded the home and began a two-day effort to try to persuade the man to release the child and turn himself in, state police said.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, stopped communicating with officers at midnight and stepped up efforts to barricade the police home.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, the STOP team determined the man was attempting to burn down the house – he had poured flammable liquid inside the apartment and was setting off fireworks, police said. State.

“The STOP team made an immediate forced entry, going through several doors to gain entry, and secured and rescued the 3-year-old girl from the hostile suspect,” State Police spokesman David Procopio said.

Procopio noted that the STOP team used “less than lethal force” to arrest the “combatant and aggressive” man, and praised state police and Lynn police for the “well-executed operation” that prevented the child from being injured or burned.

Dogs can help reduce stress in children Thu, 16 Jun 2022 20:22:39 +0000

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Experts say spending time with dogs can help reduce stress levels in children. Daniela Jovanovska-Hristovska/Getty Images
  • In a new study, researchers claim that interactions with dogs help lower stress hormone levels in children.
  • Experts say owning a dog can also help teach children responsibility and social interaction.
  • They note, however, that parents should consider the financial and time commitments of having a dog.

Spending time with dogs can help reduce stress in children.

It’s according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

The study looked at stress levels in children in the UK before and after spending 20 minutes with a trained dog and a professional dog handler. The sessions took place twice a week for four weeks.

The results were compared to a control group of children who didn’t spend time with dogs and a group who practiced meditation instead.

The researchers said that children who spent time with dogs had significantly lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels after their interactions than either the control group or the meditation group. This was the case in both mainstream and special schools.

The researchers said that dog interventions can successfully reduce stress levels in school children, but they also point out that more research is needed to determine the optimal time spent with dogs to reduce stress.

The results of the new study match the findings of previous research.

A Literature review 2018 reported that dogs provide stress relief and social support in terms of increasing social interaction, alleviating loneliness and depression, and possibly increasing physical activity.

Andrea DornMSW, clinical social worker, author of When Someone Dies: A Practical Guide for Children to Grief and Lossand mother of two boys, suggests that the latest research confirms that there are significant benefits of exposing children to dogs to reduce stress.

Dorn told Healthline that exposing children to healthy, good-natured dogs can provide several other stress-busting benefits.

They include the following:

  • Positive, loyal and unconditional love and connection (i.e. a sense of belonging).
  • Important lessons about caregiving, which can build confidence and a sense of self-confidence.
  • An avenue to focus outside of yourself, providing a distraction from stress and anxiety.
  • Increase in social skills and decrease in behavioral problems.
  • A sense of security that can make children feel safe.
  • Stimulation and regulation of the sensory and nervous system by stroking or holding the dog.

Dr. Sandra Bonat, is a consultant pediatrician at VIP StarNetwork, a provider of mobile and on-site health services. She completed her residency program in general pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology.

Bonat told Healthline that if the child has never been around a dog before, it’s important to give them some exposure to a dog before bringing a dog into the family.

This can be done either through interaction with a friend or family member’s dog, or in some other type of controlled setting.

Akua BoetangPh.D., licensed psychotherapist and member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapytold Healthline that parents can help children get the most out of having a dog with the following strategies:

  • Allow children to identify how the animal can be part of their emotional well-being.
  • Educate the child on how caring for the animal could serve as a potential stress reliever.
  • Make sure the dog responsibility does not add more stress to the child.


“Look for a calm, confident, affectionate and friendly dog,” Bonat said.

Dorn agrees, noting that high-maintenance dogs or dogs with a history of aggression have the potential to increase anxiety within a family and household.

Family involvement

“It can be helpful to research and investigate before involving your child in the process,” Dorn said.

“Talk with your child about this possible new addition to your family and allow them to meet potential dogs to find one they feel a connection to,” she added.

Timing of introduction

Consider the timing of the dog’s arrival in the house, Bonat said.

“Make sure there is enough time to pay attention to the new dog and to make sure family members are home and can establish a routine with the dog,” she advised.

Family commitment

Socialization, training, and exercise are all important for a dog’s well-being.

This time commitment should be considered before bringing a dog into the family, Bonat said.

Financial capacity

Dogs can be wonderful pain relievers, but they need grooming and can be an incredibly large financial commitment, Dorn notes.

Consider which vet your dog will go to and the cost of food, vet visits and any unexpected medical bills.

“If you think you can handle those commitments, great. If your family decides a dog might be too big of a commitment, a smaller pet might be a consideration,” she said.

“While dogs are wonderful companions, your child will still experience many of the same stress-relieving benefits of any well-functioning pet for your family,” Dorn added.

Adult supervision

Parental involvement and supervision (especially in children under 10) is necessary for dog ownership to be positive for the family, says Bonat.

“Younger children and those with special needs may not have the maturity to control their aggressive or angry impulses and should be supervised with the dog at all times,” she explains.

Model behavior

Keep in mind that you are setting the tone for the housework.

Bonat says parents should teach the child the proper way to care for the dog and treat the dog with kindness and patience.

If your family already has a dog (or more) and your child or children are still experiencing high levels of stress, you may be wondering what you can do next.

Bonat suggests to parents that the child take a more active role in caring for the dog.

“They can also ask the child to do activities with the dog, such as walking the dog, playing with the dog in the yard, or training the dog to do new commands or tricks,” she says.

But ultimately, if your child is still experiencing high levels of stress despite spending time with a dog or dogs, other forms of stress reduction should be considered and implemented, says Bonat. .

“This can include exercise, meditation, mindfulness, play therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT),” she said.

Charles Kernaghan, scourge of sweatshops, dies at 74 Tue, 14 Jun 2022 22:19:20 +0000

Charles Kernaghan, who with single-minded passion and tireless energy exposed the prevalence of sweatshop-made goods on American toy shelves, department stores and celebrity fashion lines, died June 1 at his Manhattan home. He was 74 years old.

His sister, Maryellen Kernaghan, announced the death but did not provide a cause.

As a longtime director of a restricted organization called the National Labor Committee, Mr Kernaghan was among the first campaigners to show that the seemingly magical fall in prices of a wide range of consumer goods in the 1980s and 1990s was the result of American companies. ‘ moving production to developing countries, where workers often worked in dangerous conditions for pennies an hour.

He specialized in high profile takedowns, targeting brands like Nike, Disney and Walmart. He targeted Bratz DollsEddie Bauer and Microsoft outerwear wireless mouse. In 2007, he showed that the crucifixes sold at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan came from a Chinese sweatshop.