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!
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!
The Marnee & John DeVine Foundation’s 3rd annual Cooking for a Cause fundraiser is just a season away.
Competing chefs will lead a team of community leaders to bring you mouthwatering entrees in a fierce competition. Who determines the top chef of the pack? You do! Tickets are $150 per person, and all proceeds support CSSW. Taste your way through Washtenaw’s finest fares, and support the life-changing work we do here at CSSW every day!
Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Valley at Frutig Farms
7650 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor 48103
This event is made possible with the help of a dedicated committee chaired by Judy Turner, and honorary chair, Steve Garagiola of WDIV-TV
Questions? Contact the CSSW Development team at 734-971-9781 x313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t want to wait until the last minute? Good thinking!
Click the link below and get your tickets for Cooking for A Cause 2017 today!
Every child deserves a loving, supportive, and safe home where their creativity, dreams, and curiosity can take root. Every child deserves to be fed, clothed, and cared for without fear or punishment. Every child deserves to be hugged and told that they are loved.
Unfortunately, this is not what every child receives.
Currently in Michigan, there are approximately 14,000 children in foster care because their own homes did not provide the security every child deserves. Working one-on-one with birth parents, foster parents, and the children themselves, our case managers work tirelessly to be the voice and advocates for these children.
But to do that, counselors must begin with the birth parents. The problems that bring children into foster care stem from challenges with substance abuse, housing, employment, mental health, and/or medical issues. Our case managers help birth parents access community services and resources to help alleviate these problems.
Additionally, case managers work with both birth and foster parents to make sure services are in place for children who are experiencing academic, mental health, and/or behavioral issues. Case managers and foster parents represent the child’s interests at school meetings, therapy sessions, medical appointments, and in any other setting where parental input would be needed.
The primary goal of our foster care program is to achieve permanent placement for the child in a timely manner. Ideally, this goal is met through reunification with birth parents who have successfully met the legal requirements. Failing that, permanent placement is sought through adoption, often with the foster family. The child’s ultimate well-being and safety guide every decision.
Foster parents play a vital role in lives of children who have suffered significant neglect, abuse, and trauma. They invest in the children as if they were their own, while working toward their reunification with the birth family. We are always looking for individuals, couples, and families that are looking for a way to help their community and the families within them.
Foster parents have a tough job, but they truly make a world of difference.
Qualifications of a foster parent/family include:
- Good moral character
- Ability to physically, mentally, and emotionally provide for the
needs of foster children
- An understanding of the needs of children
- A willingness and ability to work with the child’s birth family
- Completion of all required trainings
If you are interested in learning more about our program and how you can help, please contact our foster care department at 734-971-9781 ext 448 or go to our link and fill out an interest form.