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Four Year's In

Posted by Dave Griffith on May 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM


May 1st marked my 4th year as Head Coach at Episcopal Community Services after a 38 year run in the for profit world. I thought I would share a few observations and top 10 thoughts:

1. Poverty if not addressed will consume us as a society.

2. That for many, the way out of Poverty is a real job.

3. That the current and historical methodology of dealing with Poverty is one of maintenance, not one of change. The data is very clear on this.

4. That Social Work as a profession is undervalued and not recognized for the career that it is.

5. Given the choice of an MBA or an MSW I would take the MSW every time.

6. Talent matters. Always has and always will. Hence the power of inclusion and diversity.

7. Listening is way more important that telling.

8. You participants will tell you what they need. See 7. Same with employees.

9. That the baptismal covenant and the Social Work Code of ethics, share the same values.

10. Powerful and truthful advocacy and witness, with the associated political will and vote is the most powerful tool in the tool kit to drive change.

So as individuals leading a faith based social service agency we call for you and us to Look Up and Challenge Poverty. We envision a world where access to prosperity is available to all. We hold in all we do the bedrock values of Justice, Community, Dignity, and Impact.

Our board has approved our strategic plan for 2018-2020 and backed it with investment. The three goals of this plan are:

1. Service delivery in alignment with economic mobility outcomes.

2. Infrastructure, operations, and human and financial capacity exemplify core values, organizational excellence, and position the agency for strategic growth.

3. Positioned as a leader in issue of economic mobility in the region.

Said another way we are moving away from the maintenance model to the change model in our current programs and new programs that are in the planning stage. Our work is about addressing individuals in poverty through mobility mentoring and coaching and the five fundamentals of family stability, health and well-being, financial management, education and training, and employment and careers. This model is backed by research and the most current brain science. I am grateful for our friends at EMPath for sharing their research as we pivot as an agency.

The next four years ought to be interesting.

Join us. Look Up. Challenge Poverty.


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Reply Jeff Laylon
9:44 PM on August 2, 2017 
Moving away from the maintenance model to the change model. Yes! It seems we are always trying to program ourselves out of poverty and what we need is real change. I am really looking forward to seeing your progress. Please set the example for Reading