Our New CEO and President
Following a national search, the Board of Directors of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County (CSSW) chose Mr. Jim Gajewski to take the helm as the agency’s new president and CEO, effective June 12, 2017.
Gajewski’s nearly 30 years of non-profit executive and management consulting experience has included various senior leadership positions at four medical centers in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, eight years in nonprofit management consulting, and, more recently, four years leading a senior services healthcare and housing system in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He spearheaded the successful merger of that system with a regional provider.
During his tenure at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Gajewski instituted and expanded numerous programs that provide behavioral therapy, services for children and persons with disabilities, and programs serving the elderly, immigrants, and refugees.
Gajewski has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. His expertise includes non-profit program operations, strategic planning, and fund development.
Gajewski’s vision for CSSW emphasizes partnerships and integration of services. “Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County has earned a fine and longstanding reputation as a highly collaborative and effective provider of social services,” Gajewski explained. “I look forward to working with our dedicated staff, community partners, and stakeholders to work with even greater diligence to effect positive change in the lives of those in need of comfort, compassionate healing, and self-sufficiency.”
The beginning of Gajewski’s tenure has already generated enthusiasm at the agency. Board Chair Pamela Sexton added, “The Board is excited to have Jim join CSSW! His team-based skill set is exactly what the agency needs to help those most vulnerable in our county. We have already benefitted from his experience as we find better ways to provide service to our clients while collaborating with our community partners to maximize the quality of care at an efficient cost to the public.”
Please join all of us at CSSW in welcoming Jim Gajewski!
Art From The Oaks Participants!
Leave the sweltering heat of Art Fair behind! Come to The Oaks annual Art Show and see the beautiful selection of curated crafts and goodies participants have created this year.
Who: The Oaks Adult Day Program
When: Tuesday, July 25 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: The Oaks Facility at Arbor Bridge Church: 2500 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Don’t miss this opportunity to see the beautiful things that happen every day at The Oaks!
Art From Last Year’s Show:
Mother’s Day with Nurturing Families
Mother’s Day was extended to Monday this year for the families in our Nurturing Families monthly Play Group and Parent Advisory Council. When parents were questioned about the most popular element of the monthly meetings, a variety of benefits were noted: time for parents to relax and socialize with each other while their children played; opportunities to swap stories and learn parenting tips; access to the ‘Giveaway Table’ packed with freebies, such as diapers, clothing, and bottles; and last but not least, a delicious pizza lunch.
During this Monday celebration, families, including some grandmothers, enjoyed a special Play Group party to honor the life-changing work moms and caregivers do every day. Each mother was given a beautiful long-stem rose to remind them of how important and special they are.
Nurturing Families is accepting new families! Expectant mothers and/or parents of children up to three months of age, residing in Washtenaw county, are eligible for a screening assessment. Contact Sheila Schaaf at email@example.com to learn more.
New Collaboration For Healthier Clientele
We at CSSW are delighted to announce the opening of a branch of Packard Health at our main service building in Ann Arbor. Nurse practitioner Katherine Hoffman, FNP-BC, will be providing a variety of primary care services to both our own clients, and to the general public. These services include physicals, chronic disease management, pelvic exams and pap smears, and acute visits.
The clinic is scheduled to be open as follows:
Monday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday 12:30 PM-5:00 PM
Wed 1:00 PM-8:00 PM
One Saturday a month, TBD
Our partnership with Packard Health was devised to create new ways to serve our community. The clinic is especially helpful for CSSW clients, who now can conveniently receive healthcare at the same location they are receiving other services. As economic pressures build throughout the country, the need for this kind of integrative approach rises. CSSW will continue its efforts to work in tandem with other service providers.
Health clinic appointments can be made through CSSW by calling 734-971-9781 and selecting extension 0.
Please join us in welcoming Ms. Hoffman and Packard Health to our CSSW family!