2017 Welfare Advocates Conference
Casting a Wide Net


Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Radisson Hotel - North Baltimore 
2004 Greenspring Drive
Timonium-Lutherville, MD 21093

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8:00am – 9:00am: Registration
9:00am - 9:10am: Welcome
9:10am - 9:50am: Morning Keynote
9:50am – 10:00am: Break
10:00am – 11:05am: AM Workshops First Run 
11:05am – 11:15am: Break
11:15am – 12:20pm: AM Workshops Second Run 
12:20pm – 1:20pm: Luncheon
1:20pm – 2:25pm: PM Workshops
2:25pm – 2:35pm: Break

2:35pm – 3:40pm Afternoon Plenary

3:40pm – 4pm: Closing and Door Prizes



Nancy Cupp 
Welfare Advocates 
Please join us for the 38th Annual Welfare Advocates Conference!  We are excited to present an educational and informative conference around our theme, Casting a Wide Net, speaking to the need for inclusivity in our organizations, our policies, and our communities.

Our Morning Keynote will be given by Marc Steiner, President and CEO of Emerging Center Media. He will speak about his work highlighting and amplifying the voices and stories of individuals whom are marginalized.

Our Afternoon Plenary will be a panel of community leaders answering the question, "How do we end poverty?" The panel will include Franklyn Baker, President and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland, Kevin Lindamood, President and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless, Becky Wagner, Executive Director of Advocates for Children and Youth, and Caryn York, Executive Director of the Jobs Opportunity Task Force. It will be a great conversation!

Morning Workshop Options

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1. A Safety Net for the Safety Net: Effectively Supporting Our Immigrant Neighbors
Esperanza Center Staff, Catholic Charities of Baltimore

2. Building Economic Stability: How the Earned Income Tax Credit Fights Poverty
Maryland CASH Campaign and Maryland Center on Economic Policy 

3. Food For Thought: Best Practices in Ending Hunger, and How You Can Join
Maryland Hunger Solutions

4.Consumer Panel
Individuals living in or near poverty share their stories of trying to access the Safety Net

5. Skilled Immigrant Integration in Maryland's Workforce System
Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees, Department of Human Services (DHS); Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR)

Afternoon Workshop Options

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A. Understanding the Need: Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Spaces
Johanna Miller, Villa Maria at Fallstaff

B. Panel: Working in and with Communities to Interrupt and Prevent Violence
Caryn York, Job Opportunities Task Force; Dedra Layne, Baltimore City Health Department - Safe Streets Program; Matt Zernhelt, Community Conferencing Center 

C. ALICE Report: Asset-Limited, Income Constrained, Employed 
United Way of Central Maryland

D. Adverse Childhood Experiences and Behavioral Health: What We Know and Why It Matters 
Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore