2019 ANNUAL REPORT
Moving Today's Families Forward
A message from our Executive Director and Board President Dear Valued Friend, Your generous support of Outreach during the past year resulted in great benefits for Lackawanna County’s children and families. More than 40 children received backpacks filled with school supplies to begin the school year on the same footing as their classmates. Thanks to Home Depot, the Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardners, Lackawanna PROSPER, and volunteers from Keller Williams, we created a respite garden in our backyard, with trees, shrubs, flowers, a gazebo, and a bench. Your donations allowed us to implement the new SafeCare Augmented program and the newly enhanced and expanded workforce program, L.E.A.D. (Lead, Educate and Develop) Center, where participants receive assistance enhancing soft skills like interviewing and resume writing, and where they can take advantage of the “employment pipeline” staff built with area business. Outreach’s early childhood staff also hosted our first ever Children’s Career Fair, in an attempt to expose youngsters and their parents to the endless opportunities awaiting them after successfully graduating from high school. The following report will show how funding received for fiscal year 2018-'19 assisted us in our mission Moving Forward Outreach has big plans for the future. We began working with justice-involved juveniles and will continue expanding this much-needed program. We are hoping to become a Pennsylvania Academic & Career/Technical Training affiliate to avail resources for this very vulnerable population. Also, we are working to place a School Navigator in Scranton elementary schools to help teachers identify families who may benefit from services offered here at Outreach or at other community organizations. In addition, we launched the Legacy Giving Society this year, with special thanks to charter and founding members Mary Belin Rhodes and John Morrison. Outreach’s extremely dedicated staff members strengthen our community, one family at a time, to lift up individuals and move today’s families forward. We are so grateful for your continued and valued support of Outreach’s mission. With heartfelt appreciation,
Linda Ciampi Outreach Executive Director
Ryan McGowan Outreach Board President
Lead, Educate, And Develop The L.E.A.D. Center began operations in March 2019. Open to the community free of charge, all job seekers are welcome to participate in this complimentary community service. Job search topics include goal seeking, effective resumĂŠ writing, employment search, interviewing tips and mock interviews, and targeting local employment opportunities. 202 individual participants since March 2019 257 children served by parentsâ€™ participation 3,500 job postings and referrals 146 completed job search/career sessions 39 updated outdated resumes 17 received additional education and skills training
81% received an interview as a result of participation in L.E.A.D. Center Career Services Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am-Noon at Outreach and Wednesday from 12noon-2:00pm at the Recovery Bank, 120 Wyoming Ave, Scranton. Additional times available by appointment.
SafeCare® Augmented is a research-based parenting program for families with children from birth to five years.
Outreach’s SafeCare Augmented Certified Family Development Specialists support parents by providing information and coaching in three important areas: parent-child interaction, child health, and home safety. This program is also used as a wrap-around service in conjunction with the Wright Center’s Healthy MOMS program, geared toward pregnant women or new moms overcoming opioid use disorder.
We are pleased to announce that 20 babies born healthy and drug-free because of these programs celebrated their first birthday in 2019. What a great collaboration!
Promoting the protective factors, Parent Cafés bring parents/caregivers together to talk about the challenges and victories of families.
Through self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the protective factors and create strategies for strengthening their families. 26 families and 32 children were served
Outreach's interactive parent-child progr Lackawanna County and feature re An emphasis is placed on positive parent and overall family
Parents as Teachers offers quality early child development programs for families with children ages 0 - 5. 131 children served 82% of children made successful progress towards school readiness 83% of parents demonstrated improvement in their parent-child interactions
Early Head Start serves families with children beginning in the prenatal stage to age 3.
105 children enrolled 97% of participants demonstrated progress towards school readiness 84% of parents and caregivers demonstrated improvement in their parent-child interactions
Toddler Play & Learn Group is a weekly program for parents and their toddlers. Activities focus on child development, early literacy, parenting, and socialization. 100% of the 29 children who participated exhibited age-appropriate developmental skills (as measured by the Ages and Stages Developmental Questionnaire)
rams are open to all families living in gular home visitation services. t-child interaction, school readiness, y well-being.
The Incredible YearsÂŽÂ is an evidence-based parenting series promoting emotional and social competence and works to prevent, reduce, and treat aggression and emotional problems (including autism and ADHD) in children ages two to 12 years old. 48 parents successfully completed programÂ 86% of parents improved and increased positive parenting skills
Skyview Youth Mentoring offers mentoring, tutoring, and enrichment for inner city youth ages first grade and up.
20 students served 100% participated in all services provided
Education & Prevention Guiding Good Choices is a five-week evidence-based program for parents of children approximately nine to 14 years old. Parents learn how to strengthen family bonds, set clear family positions on drugs and alcohol, teach children skills they will need to make healthy choices, and increase childrenâ€™s involvement in the family. 83% of participating parents demonstrated excellent progress in at least one goal area 68% of parents demonstrated progress in two or more goal areas
Families in Recovery is a seven-session program that helps parents learn healthy coping and parenting skills while balancing the needs of their recovery. 100% of those participating completed this pilot program
Women's Recovery Support GroupÂ helps women to enhance their understanding of women specific issues in recovery and works to help prevent relapse through self-awareness in one's thoughts, behaviors, and actions while in recovery. 37 Total Participants 89% of those participating increased their knowledge of basic concepts of self-worth and acceptance in order to expand their personal growth as a woman in recovery
Workforce Development Life Skills/Reintegration TrainingÂ prepares men and women leaving Lackawanna County Prison for productive return to society. Activities include: personal assessments, education in life-change topics, job readiness, reentry planning, and support.
Women in Transition offers gender-specific reintegration services for women before and after their release from Lackawanna County Prison. Participants minimize the risks of re-incarceration through education, employment, addictions recovery, mentoring, and other meaningful activities.
Court Related & Reentry Programs 1,170 assessments completed 1,462 minor children impacted by parent incarceration
Of those participating in services offered at Lackawanna County Prison: 95% increased skills and abilities necessary for successful transition back to the community 81% demonstrated very satisfactory progress towards all goals aimed at successful reentry
Life Skills Education Reentry Services - Evidence-based pre- and post-release services for men and women incarcerated at LCP, including risk assessments, pre-release education, reentry planning, post-release support groups, employment assistance, and case management / transition services lasting six or more months after participants return to the community InsideOut DadÂŽ - The United States' only evidence-based fatherhood program specifically designed for incarcerated fathers Passport Women's Programming - Provides the necessary skills and assistance needed for successful transition, including help with the creation of individualized reentry plans that will assist participants with their journey back to the local community. Program draws from evidence-based practices and cognitive behavioral training that integrate life and recovery management
G.E.D. preparation and testing for incarcerated adults lacking a high school diploma 52 men and women enrolled in GED programming. Of those that tested,
earned their GED Of those individuals unable to complete programming while incarcerated, 11 followed up with continued tutoring upon release. Five have taken the exam at Lackawanna College and passed Three are still enrolled in programming
Employment & Life Coaching
for Court Referred Adults County Restricted Intermediate Punishment Program Women involved with Lackawanna County Court alternative sentencing programs receive one-on-one support aimed at achieving healthy life goals. 87% of participants actively participated in all aspects of programming, which includes maintaining open communication and accepting/requesting assistance as necessary with transition back to the local community
CaseÂ management and support services for military veterans enrolled in Lackawanna County Treatment Court and their family members. 90% of individuals participated in all aspects of Veteran's Treatment Court and achieved two or more treatment goals 75% actively participated in all services offered, including open communication with a case manager and accepted/requested assistance as necessary pertaining to graduating Treatment Court
Family Reunification Services Access & Visitation The Supervised Visitation program at Outreach assures that children can have safe contact with an absent parent without being put in the middle of adult conflict. Outreach offers both supervised visitation and supervised exchanges at our Seventh Avenue Center. 13 families evaluated* 73% of non-custodial parents developed co-parenting plans and showed increased understanding of parental roles *The state ceased its funding of this program in 2019. It took several months to identify alternative revenue sources and to start up the program again.
Family Reunification Family Reunification is a home- and community-based service that works with parents of children recently placed in foster care.Â The goal is to assist parents in removing barriers to reunification. 12 families and 24 children served 9 familiesÂ were reunitedÂ with 17 children (75% reunification rate) 65% of remaining parents/families moved closer to reunification
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Moving Today's Families Forward
has plans to expand reate new services, s to serve more people. Juvenile Justice In the summer of 2019, our prison team began serving juveniles in Lackawanna County Prison. New funding is allowing us to expand services to include minors who are involved with the criminal justice system. Intervention at this age is crucial to helping these youths graduate high school or earn a GED diploma, and to make healthy choices for their future.
Domestic Violence / Reentry Outreach also is working to create a new program that addresses domestic violence issues facing women who are incarcerated, helping women develop the tools, skills and selfconfidence needed to remove themselves from dangerous situations once released.
BENEFACTORS Benefactors, volunteers and interagency partners – too many to list here – help to improve our community through Outreach. We are grateful beyond measure to these Community Impact Partners, including area schools, universities, faith communities, and nonprofits that collaborate and share resources to help make a brighter future for children and families. We could not provide quality services without the commitment and generosity of our valued partners!
Garden Retreat Area With cooperation and the generosity of Penn State Extension, Keller Williams employees, PROSPER and Home Depot, Outreach’s building maintenance staff began constructing a garden retreat area in our backyard. With a gazebo, walkways, a bench, and beautiful flowers, shrubbery and trees, the oasis is a retreat-like space for families, veterans and all of our participants. It’s a refreshing respite for all to enjoy.
CONTRIBUTORS Commonwealth Health Network Dress for Success Lackawanna Educational Opportunity Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania Maternal & Family Health Services/Women, Infants, and Children Program Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency Head Start Program Weinberg Regional Food Bank
Major Corporate and Foundation Contributors Advocacy Alliance & Friendship House Margaret Briggs Foundation Clearbrook Foundation Cummings Insurance Community Bank, N.A. Eureka Foundation Fidelity Bank FNCB Bank Forever Sammi Foundation Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Behavioral Health Initiative
Hawk Foundation Highmark Hospice of the Sacred Heart Maximus Foundation McGrail, Merkle, Quinn & Associates, P.C. Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services Janney Scott Montgomery Investments M&T Foundation North American Manufacturing Co., Inc. Robert Y. Moffat Family Charitable Trust Peoples Security Bank Foundation PPL Foundation
PNC Foundation Sanofi Pasteur Foundation Scranton Area Community Foundation Simplex Industries Robert H. Spitz Foundation TJX Foundation Times Tribune Topp Copy Toyota of Scranton Ufberg & Associates Willary Foundation
Major Government Partners Lackawanna County Commissioners Lackawanna County Department of Human Services Lackawanna County Department of Veterans Affairs Lackawanna County Prison, Court System, and the District Attorney’s Office Lackawanna County Treatment Court Advocacy Center Lackawanna-Susquehanna Office of Drug & Alcohol Programs Pennsylvania Children's Trust Fund Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development Pennsylvania Department of Education/Office of Child Development & Early Learning Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
2018-2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Stephanie Mihal, President Ryan McGowan, Vice President Donald Ryan, Treasurer John Morrison,Jr, Secretary Anne Quinn Butler, Past President
Ida Castro, Honorary Sr. Maryalice Jacquinot, Honorary John Nalevanko, Honorary J. Randall Palko, Honorary
Michael Cummings Mary Beth D'Andrea Kate Holod N. Thomas Johnson-Medland Teresa Lacey Madolyn MacArthur Jerry Musheno Michael O'Brien Nicholas Parise Maureen Pesavento Mary Belin Rhodes Joseph Sileo Thom Welby Cynthia Yevich Mark Young
OUR STAFF Mike Abdalla Jim Allen Renee Arledge Jane Augustine Erica Baltrusaitis Vicky Bitting Lisa Brister Tammy Capone Tara Carroll Linda Ciampi Kristin Cianfichi Lindsay Cochrane Chrissy Colon Tom Cook Becky Corby Elaine Donly Sarah Evans Jennifer Gerardi Maria Gething Carlene Gula Jason Kunda Kathy Kutsop Mickey McConnon Jim McElroy Jaime Minor
Kim Minor Joan Morales Gary Moss Alicia Olivetti Irene Pacheco Pam Pangonis Kristin Perez Travis Prince Meagan Rincavage
Megan Rincavage Alyssa Savitski Eve Schell Angela Seibert Jennifer Shoemaker Marichelle Sunseri Kristy Vassell Nicole Wendolowski Bridget Wickizer
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