EMPLOYMENT OPP: Shelter Prgm Director (Cecil Co, MD)

Position: Program Director Cecil County Men’s Shelter (CLOSING DATE:  July 24, 2015)


Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Program Director is responsible for assuring
the efficient functioning of the Cecil County Men’s Shelter such that the program is a place of
hospitality, safety, education, community participation, spiritual growth, and re-integration into
society on a path to home.


-Program Development and Resident Support

-Develops and facilitates resident support of all kinds, including accessing community services
for employment, transportation, housing, physical and mental health, substance abuse and
domestic violence, as well as assisting residents in developing resumes, educational options,

-Assists residents in formulating individual goals and setting priorities and exploring pathways
with residents to reach these goals.Communicates, and enforces program expectations, rules
and policies.Provides necessary documentation for schools, Department of Social Services,
Housing Authority, Section 8, Veteran’s Administration, etc.Maintains standards and procedures
to ensure each resident’s privacy; while maintaining secure confidential files that include records
to document resident’s needs, goals, and progress.Makes admission and discharge decisions in
accordance with Meeting Grounds’ and Cecil County Men’s Shelter’s policies and mission that
are consistent with program guidelines.

-Leadership and Facilitation

-Ensures the program and its facility is a place of safety, respect, and encouragement towards
human transformation.

-Supervises and provides proper management of all aspects of the program, including but not
limited to finances, coordination of volunteers, residents and groups, crisis management, food
management, appearance of the house and grounds, and tracking the acceptance and use of in-
kind donations.

-Works in conjunction with the appropriate agency staff to ensure the proper use and maintenance
of vehicles, facilities –especially the fire and electrical systems, and appliances.  Reports
necessary repairs or emergencies to the Executive Director in a timely manner.


-Monitors program budget and ensures that all cash donations and savings are collected, recorded,
and deposited according to the program’s policies and procedures.

-Ensures distributions of funds are distributed and recorded according to agency’s policies and

-Submits all weekly, monthly, and annual program records to the Executive Director.

-Communicates current and impending program needs to the Executive Director in a timely basis,
and works with agency staff to acquire necessary information to seek grants or provide reports to
funding authorities.


-Develops and maintains an effective site volunteer program, while providing support and
supervision for program volunteers to help make valuable contributions to the community.
Builds relationships with individuals and community organizations that provide services for
residents, such as Veteran’s Administration, Social Services, Churches, Health Department,
Community Kitchen, Upper Bay Counseling, healthcare providers, etc.

-Supervises site community assistance programs such as the distributions of Food Box, donations,
Christmas toys, etc.


1. A degree from an accredited university, or equivalent experience in a program for

2.    Familiarity with homelessness issues facing the Delmarva and Pennsylvania Region and
an understanding of the unique characteristics and patterns of rural homelessness including
the related issues of mental illness and substance abuse.

3. Demonstrated ability to be flexible, tolerant, and to work in a meaningful and
compassionate manner with persons of diverse backgrounds, economic status, age, and life

4. Strong listening and interpersonal skills, especially conflict resolution skills.

5. Strong leadership and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple
tasks while adhering to deadlines.

6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills including a familiarity with
Microsoft Office and is confident communicating across a wide variety of platforms to a
wide variety of audiences.

7.  Experience in program management, supervision, and fiscal management.


The proposed salary range for the Director of Emergency Services is $40,000--$42,0000
depending upon applicant’s experience and training.  This full-time, salaried position offers a
fringe benefit package that includes health care, 403(b) retirement plan, and leave benefits.


-Interested persons who meet the minimum qualifications of this position are invited to submit a
letter of interest and resume to Patricia N. Marks, Executive Director of Meeting Ground via
email at  pnmarks@meetingground.org no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015

-Following screening of credentials, interviews will be scheduled.

We, the community of Meeting Ground, respect and serve persons at-risk of, or experiencing, 
homelessness by: meeting basic human needs, connecting people to services, fostering spiritual 
and emotional well-being, and advocating for those whose voices need to be heard with the goal 
of creating a path to a place they call home.  

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New SOAR Tools 

Continuing Disability Review FAQs

The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center has put together a frequently asked questions document on Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs), associated with the 2014 Webinar, SOAR Representation with CDRs. Questions in the FAQ document include "what is 'Medical Improvement'?," "can you continue to receive benefits during an appeal?," and "when do benefits terminate?" Read the full FAQ document.

SSA's New "All" Evidence Rule: What does this mean for the SOAR Practitioner?

A new Social Security Administration (SSA) ruling clarifies existing regulations that require claimants and/or their authorized attorney or non-attorney representatives inform SSA about, or submit, all evidence known to them that relates to the applicant's disability claim. This article discusses the purpose of the ruling, outlines key requirements, and presents a few scenarios which a SOAR practitioner may encounter. Read the full article.

Sample Medical Summary Reports

The SOAR TA Center has collected examples of well-written, successful Medical Summary Reports (MSRs) from SOAR providers across the country for the SOAR community to use as extra guidance. We have collected MSRs representing applicants with varying illnesses, including intellectual disabilities, anxiety-related disorders, and personality disorders. Read the samples.

If you have any questions about the SOAR TA Center's new tools, contact us at soar@prainc.com.

Sharing Our Successes

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The Alabama Disability Determination SOAR Team, composed of Cynthia Childress, Ophelia Collins, and Brad Stanley, was included in SSA's annual "Deputy Commissioner's Citation Awardees." The team was recognized for their quality public service in 2014, "which has contributed to improved communications to agencies that serve the homeless populations." Learn more about the Deputy Commissioner. Congratulations, Alabama -- this is an incredible achievement!

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Maryland's Behavioral Health Administration's Office of Adult and Specialized Behavioral Services and the University of Maryland Training Center held their second annual Maryland SOAR Conference on June, 18, 2015. The day featured talks and workshops on a range of SOAR-related topics, including reviewing brain injury and disability, highlighting the role of the MSR, navigating the Consultative Examination process, and understanding the Reconsideration and Appeals process. The conference provided participants with the opportunity to meet representatives from the SOAR TA Center and Disability Determination Services, and to hear inspirational testimonies from individuals who have successfully obtained benefits through the SOAR process. A key aspect of the day was recognizing the amazing work performed by Maryland's SOAR community. Margaret Flanagan, Baltimore City, became the second inductee to Maryland's SOAR Hall of Fame, and Victoria Frazier, Amy Baker, and Carmela Amankwaah, all of Health Care for the Homeless and Community Case Management Services, were among those honored for their achievements. Congratulations, Maryland! What an exciting meeting! 
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Do you have a SOAR success story to share? E-mail us at soar@prainc.com.

Federal Updates

National Disability Forum Meeting -- Date Change

The National Disability Forum will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 1:00--3:00 p.m. Eastern Time at the International Trade Commission Building, Main Hearing Room, 500 E Street Southwest, Washington, D.C. 20254. Individuals wishing to attend should register no later than July 10, 2015 if they are interested in participating in the July 15, 2015 meeting. Telephone conferencing will be available for participants not attending in person. Read the full announcement.

Coverage of Housing-Related Activities and Services for Individuals with Disabilities

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services have released an informational bulletin that provides states with assistance in designing their Medicaid benefits, and clarifies the circumstances under which Medicaid reimburses housing-related activities. This bulletin is also intended to help states design benefit programs that acknowledge the social determinants of health, and contribute to a holistic focus on improvement of individual health and wellness. Read the full bulletin.

Statement by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on the Affordable Care Act

The June 25, 2015 Supreme Court decision confirms that the Affordable Care Act's tax credits are available to all eligible Americans no matter where they live. Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia can continue to rely on the security and peace of mind that come with affordable, quality health care coverage. Read the full press release.

Funding Corner

2015 Community Innovation Awards

Connect 4 Mental Health (C4MH) will issue four awards to United States-based community programs exhibiting innovative work in the four C4MH pillars -- early intervention, creative use of technology, continuity of care, and service integration (one winner in each pillar). Winners will be implementing approaches that support individuals living with serious mental illness and their families, and that also may positively impact the communities in which they live. Each of the 2015 Community Innovation Award winners will receive a $10,000 award and access to a one-on-one mentorship program featuring exemplary community-based programs with expertise in the four C4MH pillars. Learn more and apply by July 17, 2015 here.

Recent Stories from the SOAR Voices Blog

Paying it Forward with SOAR

Peer support has used SOAR as a lifeline for individuals who seem to feel as if there is little hope in them ever getting back on their feet.  SOAR allows me to give individuals hope that there is a special program with a team of individuals collaborating to help them be successful in the SSI/SSDI process.  Prior to SOAR, people were frustrated, feeling as if SSI/SSDI was not obtainable for them, as many of them applied and had been rejected, even with the help of case managers.  Read the full blog.

Poverty Is Bad For Mental Health - No, Really, It Is!

Spoiler Alert: Readers of this article will learn that research proves it is difficult to recover from behavioral health disorders if you have no money! Read the full blog.

Liaison Spotlight: Abigail Lemon

Get to know SOAR Project Associate, Abigail Lemon, in this new blog. Find out what states she works with, her favorite travel story, and her favorite SOAR success story! Read the full blog.

Do you have a blog you would like to share on SOAR Voices? E-mail us at soar@prainc.com.

Upcoming Events

Leadership Academy 2015 Dates

September 1-3, 2015 - Denver, CO
Contact your SOAR State Liaison for more information!

July Webinar -- Save the Date

We will be hosting our next webinar on July 22, 2015! Join us to learn about the relationship between SOAR and employment. Stay tuned for the webinar description and registration link.
In This Issue

New SOAR Tools 

Sharing Our Successes

Federal Updates

Funding Corner

Recent Stories from the SOAR Voices Blog

Paying it Forward with SOAR

Poverty Is Bad For Mental Health - No, Really, It Is!

Liaison Spotlight: Abigail Lemon

Reminder: NDRC NOFA-Specific: Stakeholder Consultation - July 2, 2015 - 3 PM EDT  

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Reminder: NDRC NOFA-Specific: Stakeholder Consultation - July 2, 2015 - 3 PM EDT

This webinar is one of the many upcoming webinars in the NDRC Webinar Series. This NDRC NOFA-specific webinar will be held on July 2, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT. HUD will discuss the differences between Phase 1 and 2 and the importance of stakeholder consultation in your overall proposal for Phase 2.

Presenters: Jessie Handforth Kome (HUD)

Please note you DO NOT need to register to join this webinar. Instructions to access the webinar directly are provided below. However, if you would like to get credit for this webinar, you may use the link to register.

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Upcoming Webinar: Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration & Homelessness Among Veterans

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness - No on should experience homelessness. No one should be without a safe, stable place to call home.

Join us for an upcoming webinar!

Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration and Homelessness Among Veterans
Wednesday, July 8, 1:00 - 2:15 PM ET

There is a high prevalence of criminal justice system-involvement among Veterans experiencing homelessness, with some estimates indicating that as many as one-half of all Veterans experiencing homelessness are involved in the justice system. Strategies to end Veteran homelessness must therefore also encompass efforts to address and reduce justice system involvement. One starting point for this is to include the criminal justice settings as part of the locations where Veterans experiencing and at-risk of homelessness are identified and engaged, spanning every step in the criminal justice process, from arrest to reintegration back to society. Some key approaches include:

  • In-reach efforts into jails and prisons as communities identify and engage all Veterans who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness,
  • Partnerships with corrections departments to prevent the homelessness of Veterans who are re-entering the community from prison or jail, and
  • Collaborations with law enforcement agencies and courts to divert Veterans from jail or advance alternatives to incarceration. 
This webinar, hosted by USICH, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, and VA's Veterans Justice Programs (Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) and Health Care for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV)), provides information to help communities integrate criminal justice system partnerships into their effort to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans. 

  • Jessica Blue-Howells, Health Care for Reentry Veterans, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Sean Clark, Veterans Justice Outreach Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Baylee Crone, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
  • Cindy Borden, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
  • Peter Nicewicz, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Registration is required to attend this webinar. Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a URL link and audio instructions (computer or dial-in) for accessing the webinar during the scheduled time of July 8, 1:00 PM, EST.