San Antonio church engages neighborhood children in pen-pal program

first_img Rector Pittsburgh, PA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL August 1, 2016 at 6:19 pm St. Phillips College, San Antonio, is the child of St. Phillips Church. The College was owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas until after World War II, when it grew beyond the means of the diocese to support. St. Phillips is a grand old parish with a wonderful history of faith and service. Thanks for this article. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Music Morristown, NJ David Veal says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Laurie Eiserloh says: August 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm Thank you for sharing this history! 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Thanks alot for this moving story of the youngster and the history. May God bless you. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Rev. Patricia Riggins, left, and Regina Walker confer over a pen-pal notebook. Photo: Diocese of West Texas[Diocese of West Texas] On All Saints’ Day, Regina Walker, a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas, opened the thin spiral notebook from her fourth-grade pen pal at nearby S.H. Gates Elementary School and discovered that the light-hearted exchange of letters had taken an unexpectedly somber turn.The letter from her young friend, written on blue-lined paper, contained a sobering passage: “Do you have a dad because I don’t he died in a car crash. We had his funeral.”After she read this, Walker retreated to compose herself in a quiet corner of the church’s parish hall.  “My heart broke for such a young person to go through such a tragic event,” Walker said.  “I saw this as a light-hearted exercise.  Suddenly, it was very serious and thought-provoking.”Seeing her alone, the Rev. Patricia Riggins, St. Philip’s parish priest, sensed something was up.  Walker showed her the letter and the two huddled over how she should reply.“She is a young girl,” Walker said, “so I had to be sensitive to how I responded.”Riggins told her: “You know, Regina, it’s All Saints’ Day.  See if you can use that.”Walker thought about Riggins’ suggestion and sat down with the notebook.  “God is good,” Walker explained.  “He came at the right time to tell me how to respond.”She picked up her pencil and wrote: “I am very sorry to hear that your Dad died. Today is All Saints’ Day, a day when we give honor and prayers to our loved ones in heaven.  I will say a special prayer for you and your family.”“It was a beautiful response,” Riggins said.The exchange of letters between Walker and her young friend began as a pen pal program last fall between the fourth graders at Gates and the parishioners at St. Philip’s.  The school and church are located only about six blocks apart in southeast San Antonio and share a heritage rooted deep in the African-American community.S.H. Gates, a prominent local educator, was the first African-American to have a school named in his honor in San Antonio.  St. Philip’s heritage dates to its founding in 1895 as the first Episcopal Church for African-Americans in the Diocese of West Texas.Stephanie Webb, the counselor at Gates Elementary, coordinates the school’s pen-pal program. Photo: Diocese of West TexasThe cooperation between the church and Gates started when Riggins heard about a partnership between San Antonio’s Christ Church and its neighborhood school, Madison Elementary, at an Abide in Me conference. (See “A Mutual Transformational Relationship,” The Church News, March/April 2015)  Although St. Philip’s is much smaller than Christ Church, she wanted to see if there was some way on a lesser scale that her church could help the children at Gates Elementary.“Part of the DNA of this church community is to be in a relationship with Gates,” Riggins said.  “Several of the kids of our parishioners went to Gates.  And we have quite a few teachers in the parish.”Riggins arranged a meeting with Stephanie Webb, the school counselor, to explore ways that the church could help Gates. “I knew we could do something like buy school supplies, but I wanted something different,” Riggins said.Webb had an idea: “I said, ‘You know, what if we could have a little pen pal program with the fourth grade because they are tested in writing for STAAR.’”  The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness measures fourth graders on reading, writing and math.“I thought that that would help with the writing by encouraging them to write more,” Webb said.  “The kids would also be learning things about other people and people would be learning things about them.”Riggins presented the idea to the church and “nobody said no.”The program was launched when the school’s two dozen fourth graders decorated the cover of their spiral notebooks and wrote a letter introducing themselves to their future pen pals at St. Philip’s.Riggins picked up the notebooks from the school, took them to church and “just started passing them out at coffee hour to anybody who wanted to participate.”  They were quickly snatched up, even by St. Philip’s own sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.  “I thought everything is on phones these days,” she said. “They’ve never had a pen pal before.  So our youth are participating in this as well.”Generally, it takes about two to three weeks to turn the letters around between the church and school.  The parishioner and student remain paired as pen pals throughout the year.On Sundays, when the notebooks are passed out after services, it’s a mad dash as church members reach for their letters.  “It’s nice to see people grab their booklets,” Walker said.  “They grab their pencils and put their heads down and then raise them thinking about what to say.  We have to watch our own penmanship!”The parish hall also buzzes with conversations as members share what their pen pals have written.  “When I distribute the notebooks I listen to the conversations in the parish hall,” Riggins said.  “‘Listen to what he wrote,’ they say.”Regina Walker works on her pen pal notebook. Photo: Diocese of West TexasThe same excitement happens at school when the children get their notebooks back from church. “When they get their books back they open them up and read them, then they’ll share with each other what their pen pal wrote, the questions that they had, the ideas and experiences that they had,” Webb explained.The children tell their pen pals about themselves, their families, their school, their pastimes, what books they are reading, what their favorite stories are.  Sports and video games are a big topic, too. “We also get a lot of pictures,” Riggins said.One child wrote her pen pal that they were learning about the Caddo Indians.  “It’s really fun,” the youngster wrote.  “Tell me more about the Indians,” the parishioner wrote back.Another church member told her pen pal that she was “glad you like to read because reading is essential to your education.”“A lot of this is trying to be encouraging and asking questions about what they’ve learned,” Riggins said. “Anything to get them to write and to practice writing and to tell us about themselves and their school.”Webb said the fourth-grade teacher reviews the letters and offers suggestions to the children on what to write and how to improve their writing.“Sometimes they don’t know what to say, especially over a holiday,” Webb said.  She and the teacher encourage the children to write about what “happened on your Easter holiday, what happened on your Christmas holiday. Share that experience with them.”Webb will occasionally substitute the time she sets aside each Wednesday for guidance work with the class for letter writing. “I’ll say, ‘Take out your notebooks.  This is what we’re going to do for guidance’ so that it won’t take time away from their class” and interfere with their preparation for the important STAAR test.“I think that’s a good impact for them,” Webb said. “They notice the patterns that other people use when they write.  They will conform to what they see other people doing.”Riggins has also heard positive feedback about the program.  One parent noticed the improvement in her child’s handwriting, for example.  “You can also tell the sentence structure gets better,” Riggins said.  “They start responding.  They have more confidence.  They’re not getting anything from us that is scolding.  All they’re getting from us is that we’re responding to their questions and they get a chance to brag on themselves.”Church members “love the fact that they’re encouraging the kids.  This congregation knows the value of education.  They want to very much assure that these kids are valued as individuals and valued as children of God and keep up with their education.”“It warms my heart to go back in time to remember what it was like, what is in their minds, what their young minds think about at that age,” Walker said.Although religion is not a theme in the letters, the children know that the letters are sent from a local church.  “Several church members do talk about that this is my church family,” Riggins said.  “Many of our letters end with ‘You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.’”With only 49 families, St. Philip’s faces limitations on how broad it can spread its outreach programs into the community.  In addition to the pen pal program at Gates, a couple of members also read to pre-K and kindergarten children attending the school.In another outreach to neighborhood children and families, St. Philip’s has revitalized its Breakfast with Santa program, held on the second Saturday of December.  The breakfast, advertised throughout the area, including fliers distributed at Gates and a promotion on the church’s marquee, offered pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee to anyone who attended.The children got their picture taken with Santa and made Christmas ornaments.  Last Christmas, 100 people attended, including one family who joined St. Philip’s.  “Several kids said it was the best day they’d had,” Riggins said.  A few children participating in the pen pals program also attended.For St. Philip’s, the breakfast “allowed us to have conversations about how we can pray for people who are in trouble.  I think it’s deepened our conversations about what happens to our neighbors,” Riggins explained.When reading the children’s letters, she “picks up on loneliness.  I pick up on kids who are so excited that somebody’s listening. I think that’s what struck a lot of our parishioners is that these kids asking to be in a relationship and that’s what God calls us to do.”“It helps you count your blessings,” Walker said, “makes you realize people go through different things, makes you aware of what people go through.”Webb is hopeful that the pen pal program will continue in future years. St. Philip’s hopes so, too.  “It brings us great joy,” Riggins said.— Mike Patterson is a freelance writer and member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Blanco, Texas. 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Entries open for London Education Partnership Awards

first_img  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 15 February 2008 | News Tagged with: Awards About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Entries open for London Education Partnership Awards The London Education Partnership Awards (LEPAs) are open to entries from London’s education institutions, employers and voluntary sector organisations. The awards aim to recognise the innovation and entrepreneurship of education partnerships that encourage young people to take advantage of higher education.The awards, which are supported by the Government through London Aimhigher and London Challenge, have ten categories.Chief Adviser of London Schools Sir Mike Tomlinson, who is chairing the judging panel for the awards, said: “The London Education Partnership Awards demonstrate that there is some fantastic work going on to open up the world of higher education to those who thought a university degree or learning new skills was out of reach.”The deadline for entries is 20 March 2008.www.lepawards.org.uklast_img read more

Confero introduce inbound telephone fundraising service for charities

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Telephone fundraising “As the name suggests, this shared desk resource means that agents work across a number of charity accounts and answer inbound calls as and when they are received. The pricing structure works on a ‘per second’ basis, so charities only pay when an agent is engaged in one of their calls”.Iantosca is offering free management for the first month to the first 15 charities that sign up to the Charity Bureau service. The inbound and outbound telephone service provider Confero Call Centre has announced new services for charities, including outbound telephone fundraising and an inbound charity ‘bureau’.The company will operate a maximum of two asks on standard fundraising campaigns, and will place a cap on dial attempts.It has also developed a set of opt-outs to be used if they are triggered by a supporter response, “allowing for a comfortable opportunity for supporters in a variety of circumstances to end the call if desired”. These triggers include issues such as age, a close connection to the cause and employment status.These processes have been developed in response to media and government criticism of some charities and some fundraising agencies last year, and the resultant tightening of and specifications in the Code of Fundraising Practice, and other sector bodies’ guides.Outbound campaigns will be charged on a ‘cost per decision’ basis and fundraisers paid on a flat, hourly rate and in accordance with the national living wage.CEO and DMA Council Member David Freedman said:“Following on from our successful, FCA-approved and regulated, commercial bureau service and contact centre, we are very much looking forward to offering the same level of cost effectiveness, compliance and customer experience to charities that are committed to helping others”. Howard Lake | 21 June 2016 | News  99 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img Confero introduce inbound telephone fundraising service for charities Giuseppe Iantosca, Confero’s Client Development Director, has just completed answering calls for UNICEF and its SoccerAid 2016 campaign. He explained the shared desk approach: Advertisement  100 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7last_img read more

Trustees Week: Charity Commission launches 5 minute guides – & other activity

first_img Tagged with: trustees  132 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Some organisations are also using the opportunity to highlight their trustee vacancies, such as ARCh (Assisted Reading for Children): an Oxfordshire charity providing trained reading helper volunteers for primary school children. It is looking to expand its board of trustees and is particularly looking for individuals with experience in accounting/finance/bookkeeping. Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has also opened applications for new trustees to join its board. It is looking for trustees who have experience in one or more of the following areas: Finance and accounting; technology (including assistive tech); property and estate management; human resources; monitoring and evaluation.The week can be followed on social media with the hashtag #TrusteesWeek. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Trustees Week takes place from today until Friday 6 November, and the Charity Commission has launched five five-minute guides to help trustees with the key aspects of their role.Available in English and Welsh, the guides cover a ‘core syllabus’ of basics:financial oversightachieving a charity’s purposesgood decision makingaddressing conflicts of interestwhat to file with the Commission and what support is availableThe Charity Commission undertook user testing with trustees and engaged with sector bodies in preparing the guides, and they have been designed with real trustees and real situations in mind.Elsewhere, a number of webinars and virtual events are also running throughout the week on different aspects of trusteeship, from an online debate on governance in challenging times hosted by Pilotlight, to an update on changes to the Charity Governance Code with NCVO. These are listed on the Trustees Week site.Other activity this week includes Getting on Board’s first ever Festival of Trusteeship, with 33 events across the week on everything from anti-racism to youth leadership on trustee boards, and a free workshop from the Young Trustees Movement to help champion diversity and bring in younger people on charity boards.Over on social media, charities are also taking the opportunity to thank and celebrate their trustees, as well as shine a light on what they do.center_img Trustees Week: Charity Commission launches 5 minute guides – & other activity Melanie May | 2 November 2020 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Reuters targeted by campaign against foreign media

first_img Follow the news on Iran Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Reporters Without Borders is worried by yesterday’s Tehran jury decision finding Reuters guilty of “anti-government propaganda” for briefly referring to members of a women’s martial arts club as Ninja assassins.The decision refers to the headline “Thousands of female Ninjas train as Iran’s assassins” which the news agency initially attached to a video it distributed about the club last March. Reuters’ editor-in-chief quickly acknowledged the mistake and ordered an internal investigation.The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance nonetheless told the news agency’s Tehran bureau at the time that the press cards of its entire staff would be revoked.The Tehran court’s presiding judge has not yet confirmed yesterday’s jury decision but the worst is to be expected. By convicting Reuters, the Iranian authorities are targeting all foreign media, with the aim of getting them to censor themselves. It is an extension of the constant measures to gag the Iranian media.————30.03.2012 – Reuters accreditation suspended by Tehran in row over video headline News News October 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reuters targeted by campaign against foreign media Reporters Without Borders deplores the restrictions imposed by the Iranian government on foreign news organizations. Two days ago, the authorities suspended the accreditation of journalists working for the Reuters news agency in Teheran on the grounds that it had broadcast a report containing an error.“The latest infringement of the right to report the news shows the Teheran authorities are doing utmost to ban the correspondents of foreign news organizations from the Islamic Republic,” the press freedom organization said.“The government filters all news and information that appears outside the country. The correspondents of foreign media are kept under scrutiny and under pressure, and are banned from writing about ‘sensitive subjects’. A video distributed by the agency showed a women’s martial arts club in Tehran with the headline: “Thousands of female Ninjas train as Iran’s assassins”. Reuters editor-in-chief, Stephen Adler, immediately acknowledged the mistake and said the agency had already conducted an internal review and had “taken appropriate steps to prevent a recurrence”.Despite this gesture of goodwill, the Iranian ministry of culture and Islamic guidance told the agency’s Tehran bureau it was revoking the press cards of all of its staff.A day earlier, the government’s English language television station Press TV reported that some of the “female Ninjas” were filing lawsuits against Reuters.For the past two years, many international media correspondents have had their visa renewal requests rejected and been forced to leave the country, including those from the French agency Agence France-Presse, the BBC and Spain’s El Pais newspaper. Iran is ranked 175th of 179 countries in the world press freedom index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists RSF_en News News Help by sharing this information After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further March 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts June 9, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Hillsides Rolls Out Collaborative Workforce Education Curriculum Pilot Program

first_img Subscribe Business News Education Hillsides Rolls Out Collaborative Workforce Education Curriculum Pilot Program From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 22, 2014 | 12:56 pm 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Hillsides Youth Moving On (YMO) program has collaborated with four local agencies to develop a personalized workplace education curriculum that is currently being tested as a pilot program for youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. The alliance, the Transition- Aged Youth Collaborative, worked for three years to formalize and standardize how such youth are trained for success in the work force.Some 60 youth will use the curriculum over the course of three – four months. The results will be monitored and analyzed, with goal of finalizing the curriculum and making it available to the general public by the summer of 2015, said Thomas Lee, Hillsides division director of transition-aged youth services.The curriculum is the result of the tremendous need for workplace development for youth exiting the foster care system, said Lee. “The majority fall between the cracks and end up either homeless or in a life of poverty without a viable job or career. This curriculum aims to reach this segment of the youth population in an innovative way that lets us be responsive to the individual needs of each youth.”The four other agencies in the Transition-Aged Youth Collaborative are St. Anne’s, Hathaway-Sycamores, Pacific Clinics, and Los Angeles Youth Clinic. The five agencies have been working in partnership with Lauren B. Gates, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City. The Collaborative got a big boost recently when, under the leadership of St. Anne’s, it received a $1.5 grant over three years from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to implement the curriculum.The curriculum is comprised of a workbook and a multi-media component that teaches youth needed skills to obtain and retain jobs. “It will also allow youth to pinpoint what sort of jobs they will excel in, and give them guidance on how to get promotions, obtain higher wages, and build careers for themselves,” said Lee.The Collaborative will use the Hilton Foundation funds to hire a consultant who will serve as a curriculum coach to make sure the five agencies are consistently trained to teach the content. The consultant will also design different ways to teach the curriculum according to the varying education levels of the youth. In addition, the grant will fund a data management software program that will track the outcome of the youth and each agency.“Hillsides YMO program is continually staying on the cutting edge to support transition-aged youth, and this new workplace curriculum is yet another example,” said Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides chief executive officer. “We look forward to a continued partnership with the other local agencies in helping youth overcome difficult childhoods and meet adulthood with success.”Youth Moving On provides youth formerly in foster care and probation, ages 16 – 24, with a continuum of support services to empower them to find lasting independence and a lifetime of personal fulfillment. Hillsides is a premier provider of behavioral and educational services dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and their families. For more information, please visit www.hillsides.org and www.youthmovingon.org. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newscenter_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

Trump’s 2nd trial to start with fight over its legitimacy

first_imgLocal NewsUS News Twitter Trump’s 2nd trial to start with fight over its legitimacy Facebook WhatsApp Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – March 23, 2021 Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  Facebook Previous articleBrown scores 14 to lift S. Illinois past Bradley 69-68Next articleBraswell: COVID craziness Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Pinterest Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., left, joins Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., rear, and the other Democratic House impeachment managers to prepare for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.last_img read more

Ocwen Engages in Community Outreach to Help Distressed Borrowers

first_imgSubscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Home Retention Solutions Loss Mitigation Ocwen Home / Daily Dose / Ocwen Engages in Community Outreach to Help Distressed Borrowers Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago August 21, 2015 1,474 Views Ocwen Financial has announced a partnership with several communities and non-profits in order to reach out to assist borrowers who are in need of mortgage assistance and keep them in their homes.The Atlanta-based servicer’s outreach, which is scheduled to take place in 10 cities across California, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Florida, is part of Ocwen’s continued effort to partner with community leaders and non-profit housing organizations to provide solutions to struggling homeowners.”Hardworking homeowners in many neighborhoods across the nation still feel the effects of the 2008 housing crisis,” said Jill Showell, SVP of Government and Community Relations at Ocwen. “By partnering with respected leaders and organizations within these communities, we aim to bring trusted advice to borrowers to help maintain the dream of owning a home.”Ocwen’s home retention agents will be present at the upcoming events to offer free face-to-face individualized advice to help struggling homeowners find the right mortgage solution, according to Ocwen. HUD-approved financial counselors will also be present and will be available for homeowners to meet with them one-on-one.”Hardworking homeowners in many neighborhoods across the nation still feel the effects of the 2008 housing crisis.”Ocwen has scheduled the following events as part of the outreach effort this fall. Homeowners in these areas with Ocwen-serviced mortgage loans are invited to participate and receive information and assistance ranging from a Request for Mortgage Assistance package to information about state and local foreclosure prevention programs:Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), NACA American Dream Event, August 21-25, Ontario, CalforniaNeighborhood Housing Services of New York City, Making Home Affordable Event, August 21, Bronx, New YorkBridge Street Development Corporation, Fresh Start Clinic Ocwen Event, August 22, Brooklyn, New YorkSpanish Coalition for Housing, August 22, Chicago, IllinoisUrban League of Palm Beach County, Preserving Homeownership Clinic, August 22, Wellington, FloridaHope Now, Free Mortgage Help Event, August 27, Milwaukee, WisconsinNACA, NACA American Dream Event, August 28-September 1, Sacramento, CaliforniaReal Estate, Education And Community Housing (REACH), Home Preservation Workshop, September 26, Miami, FloridaNational Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) New York State Conference, Help and Hope for Homeowners, September 26, Uniondale, New YorkOC Housing Opportunities Collaborative & the City of Irvine (Hardest Hit Fund), Free Keep Your Home California Workshop, October 3, Irvine, CaliforniaOcwen has completed about 520,000 loan modifications nationwide to date, which include 290,000 modifications through the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Ocwen Engages in Community Outreach to Help Distressed Borrowers Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Home Retention Solutions Loss Mitigation Ocwen 2015-08-21 Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Previous: Divisiveness of Dodd-Frank is Evident Five Years After Its Passage Next: Ask the Economist: Who Are Strategic Defaulters and How do They Affect the Industry? Related Articleslast_img read more

Savoy serves up fresh management courses

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article PatrickMcCurry finds out how one of London’s most exclusive hotels has designed anddelivered a new competence-based programmeThe hotel industry has long had a reputation for taking a superficialattitude to training. High staff turnover and hectic working patterns havemeant that training has rarely taken centre stage. But one of London’s most exclusive hotels, the Savoy, has now put in place atailored manager development programme. It is aimed not only at sharpeningmanagement skills but also at helping break down barriers between departments.The programme is backed up by a new appraisal scheme to measure whether a newlist of competencies have been met. The programme grew out of discussions among the hotel’s 10 executivemanagers, who were aware of the need to introduce a specific managementtraining scheme in order to ensure consistent standards. One of the problems the hotel industry faces, says Savoy HR manager AndrewCreeth, is high staff turnover and this often leads to a downgrading oftraining. “It’s hard to get past first base with training when peopledon’t stay long,” he says. The hotel has begun to change this picture by recruiting staff who want acareer in the industry rather than those who just want a short-term job. Butfor real changes to be embedded and to retain more managers, a more ambitiousapproach to management training needed to be put in place, says Creeth. DefinitionsThe executive managers began by defining a ‘Savoy manager’, drawing up alist of competencies, ranging from teambuilding, communications and enthusiasmto planning and commercial awareness. These were incorporated into theprogramme and the appraisal scheme. An external consultant was brought in to deliver and facilitate thetraining, at a cost of around £40,000. Another helped design the appraisal. Four teams were set up, made up of 35 managers, ranging from chefs toaccountants, sales people and food and beverages managers. The executivemanagers also took part and helped lead the teams. The first training sessions began in January and the teams have nowcompleted three two-day training sessions plus coursework. Smaller teams werealso created to carry out a detailed project on how improvements could be madein another department. “Each team was given another department as the subject project and maderecommendations for cost-effective improvements,” says Creeth. UnderstandingAs well as giving participants an insight into the workings of anotherdepartment and therefore improve cross-departmental understanding, the projectsyielded a number of valuable suggestions, some of which have already been putinto practice. Creeth says: “For example, one of the recommendations was that allwaiters be given pagers so that the chefs could let them know when a particularorder was ready, which means the waiters can now spend more time with customersand only return to the kitchen when needed.” Another improvement involved modifying the way multiple orders are handledby the kitchen teams so there is more communication between kitchen staff andless likelihood of dishes arriving cold. Creeth says that one of the challenges any hotel faces is that the differentsections, such as the restaurant, reception, sales and HR, are often overlyfocused on their own jobs without taking into account the needs of otherdepartments. Bringing people together on the training teams and creating a more unifiedmanagement standard will help improve communication within the hotel, he hopes.As well ensuring every manager understood the hotel’s business plan andcustomer markets, a key part of the programme was instilling a knowledge of theculture of the hotel and its history, which could be shared with staff andcustomers. “We wanted every manager to be able to take someone on a tour of thehotel and understand the history, such what role the chef Escoffier played inour past,” says Creeth. He adds that the participants have completed the first two stages and willtake the appraisal in the autumn. This is designed to ensure they have absorbedthe training competencies and it includes 360-degree feedback. Probably the biggest lesson to emerge from the programme, says Creeth, isrecognition of the amount of time needed for effective management. “Afterdoing the course, people realised good management wasn’t something you could doin 15 minutes every afternoon but that it’s about having the time to spend withstaff and to think creatively.” Case study: Feedback from the topHead concierge Paul Pugh has been at the Savoy for four yearsand manages 24 staff.Hotel management can be a hectic business, he says: “It’snot quite crisis management but there’s a lot of having to think quickly onyour feet.”For that reason, he says he found the training on motivationalskills particularly useful.Pugh’s team studied the workings of the famous restaurant, theSavoy Grill, and came up with several recommendations that could improve theoperation.”We got a lot of positive feedback on the project from theexecutive directors,” he says.He has been impressed with the structure of the course. He alsowelcomes the new appraisal scheme. In the past appraisals have been ratherperfunctory, he says, but with the new competency framework, appraisals willplay a much bigger role in performance measurement. Savoy serves up fresh management coursesOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Two new species of Schusteria (Acari: Oribatida: Ameronothroidea) from marine shores in southern Africa

first_imgOribatid mites are typically terrestrial, though many species of Ameronothroidea are marine intertidal. Marine ameronothroids are cosmopolitan with genera being endemic to the Holarctic, sub-Antarctic, or equatorial Indo-Pacific and tropical Atlantic regions. Recent collections from rocky-shores and mangroves of the subtropical east coast of southern Africa (South Africa and Mozambique) contained specimens of the hitherto monospecific genus, Schusteria Grandjean, 1968, one of ten genera from four families of marine ameronothroid. This article describes two new Schusteria species, S. ugraseni n.sp and S. melanomerus n.sp., and compares them with the known species,S. littorea Grandjean, 1968.last_img