Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Being A Woman Will Be Easier on August 1st!

Starting tomorrow thanks to the Affordable Care Act women will be able to receive additional health care services. Any new plans after August 1st will have to include key preventative services without co-pays:
  • Comprehensive contraceptive care: The full range of Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, including birth control pills, condoms and IUDs as well as sterilization procedures, patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity. 
  • Screening and counseling for intimate partner violence: Screening and counseling for women and adolescents about current and past violence and abuse so that providers can address health concerns about safety and other health problems that may be associated with interpersonal and domestic violence.
  • Screening for gestational diabetes: Screening pregnant women for gestational diabetes, a form of the disease which develops during pregnancy and occurs more often among women of color.
  • Breastfeeding counseling and equipment: Making trained breastfeeding counselors available to all women during pregnancy and after they give birth and making breastfeeding equipment available to those who want it. 
  • Screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs): Counseling all sexually active women on STIs annually; screening all sexually active women for HIV infection annually; and adding a test for high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) – an infection that can cause cervical cancer -- to conventional cervical cancer screening for women starting at age 30 and continuing every three years. 
  • Well-woman preventive care visits: Conducting at least one well-woman preventive care visit for adult women each year so that women can get the recommended preventive services. 
For more information see Raising Women’s Voices’ Countdown to Coverage website that includes information on these preventative services as well as other gains for women under the Affordable Care Act.

Monday, July 30, 2012

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: July 30, 2012

Federal Policy Updates 

A JOB SHOULD LIFT YOU OUT OF POVERTY, NOT TRAP YOU IN IT

Women who earn minimum wage are struggling to make ends meet. The current minimum wage at $7.25 an hour can not support our families.

If you support raising the minimum wage sign this petition today.

What would raising the federal minimum wage do?
  • Rebuild our economy. For every $1 added to the minimum wage, low-wage worker households spend an additional $2,800 the following year.
  • Ensure a better future for our children. 21.5 million children have a parent who would benefit from a minimum wage increase. 
  • Increase jobs. Increasing the minimum wage would boost consumer spending, which drives 70% of our economy. 
Sign this petition today because we deserve the opportunity to work hard and earn enough to support our families!

For more information on the benefits of increasing the minimum wage please check out the National Women's Law Center fact sheet.

From our friends at 9to5. 

SIGN-ON LETTER IN SUPPORT OF VAWA REAUTHORIZATION

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enacted in 1994, was the first piece of American legislation that recognized the pervasive nature of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. VAWA programs give law enforcement, prosecutors and judges the tools they need to hold offenders accountable and keep communities safe, while supporting survivors and recognizing their role in the fight to end gender-based violence.

VAWA needs to be reauthorized to ensure the continuation of these vital, life-saving programs and laws. In addition, this is also an opportunity to expand VAWA by improving services available to LGBTQ survivors of violence, breaking down barriers to services for undocumented survivors, and continuing prevention efforts to counter the high levels of violence against Native American and Native Alaskan women.

If you support VAWA please sign this letter that was put together by the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact reauthorizeVAWA@gmail.com.

State Policy Updates 

GENERAL ASSISTANCE ENDS THIS WEEK

Cash benefits for over 60,000 Pennsylvanians will end this Wednesday with the ending of the General Assistance program. General Assistance was a safety net program for Pennsylvanians who are unable to work. Individuals on General Assistance received $205 a month to help pay their necessary expenses like rent, prescriptions, or transportation.

This program was cut this year as part of the state budget. It is crucial that current recipients of General Assistance are aware that this program is ending.

Community Legal Services has put together a flyer you can post and share with your clients. They have also written a fact sheet with answers to some frequently asked questions about the program ending.

Information & Events 

COUNTDOWN TO COVERAGE EVENT: BEING A WOMAN WILL GET EASIER ON AUGUST 1ST!

Starting on August 1, all new insurance plans will have to start covering important preventative health services for women, such as contraception, screening and counseling for domestic violence, annual well-woman visits, and breastfeeding supports, without charging co-pays. Expensive co-pays are a major barrier for women and can prevent them from getting the care they need. This preventative care provision will create a powerful tool for improving the health of women and we are so excited to celebrate this victory for women's health!


WHAT: A Visibility to Celebrate and Educate! 
WHEN: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from Noon to 1pm 
WHERE: The Clothespin Statue on 15th & Market Streets 

During the event, we will be raising public awareness around this important benefit for women by holding up signs and handing out literature to passerbys. Don't worry about bringing anything -- we will provide it all for you.

Please join us for this fun and celebratory event! Don't forget to spread the word to friends! 

If you would like to learn more about what goes into effect on August 1st join PHAN on the evening before Tuesday, July 31st, for our Tuesday Night Policy Call Series as we learn all about this new provision, what's included and who's covered.

VOTER ID LEGAL ASSISTANCE CLINIC

Attorneys from SeniorLAW Center, Face to Face, and area law firms will meet privately with individuals of all ages to learn more about the new Voter ID law and help with applications for birth certificates and other documents to obtain ID for voting.

WHEN: August 3, 10:00 – 12:00
WHERE: Face to Face Legal Center, 109 East Price Street, Philadelphia, PA

There is no charge for legal services, but please sign up and make an appointment. Call the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine at 1-877-727-7529 to register and for further information.

Current government-issued Photo ID will be required of all voters in the November election. Don’t wait! Find out if you have the ID you need to vote now.

PA DEPARTMENT OF AGING ANNOUNCES NEW CUSTOMER SERVICE LINE

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has announced a new toll-free number to help consumers with questions about long-term living and services for people with disabilities. The Link to Aging and Disability Resource Center line, 1-800-753-8827, is answered by trained customer service staff from 8:30am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The toll-free number previously used for the former Long Term Living Helpline, 1-866-286-3636, will automatically connect callers to the new service.

For more information on the Department of Aging’s programs and services, visit here.

READY, SET, REGISTER: NONPROFIT VOTER REGISTRATION

Registering to vote is the first step to becoming an active and engaged voter. In 2008, nine out of ten registered voters cast a ballot; among those who did not vote, many noted that they encountered problems with their registration.

Join Nonprofit VOTE to learn how your nonprofit can ensure that your clients and constituents are registered to vote and able to participate in this year's election!

WHEN: Thursday, August 2nd at 2:00pm
Register here.

They will help you create a voter registration plan, develop strategies and tactics for registering community members, ensure you remain nonpartisan, and more.

THE 2012 ROSALINDE GILBERT INNOVATIONS IN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE CAREGIVING LEGACY AWARDS

Three awards of $20,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, government agencies or universities responding to a community need with a program or project which focuses primarily on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Only agencies operating within the continental United States are eligible to apply. One award will be granted in each of these categories:
  • Creative Expression 
  • Diverse/Multicultural Communities 
  • Policy and Advocacy 
Applications are available, online only. The closing deadline is 5 p.m. (Pacific Time), Friday, August 17, 2012. Award announcements will be made by the end of December 2012. Award recipients will be honored at the 2013 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging (ASA). Participates will be invited to present information about their awarded program or project at the conference. Travel stipends will be available for the conference.

To apply and for more information, go to: http://caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=2188

Sunday, July 29, 2012

PathWays PA Job Postings July 27, 2012

Development and Communications Assistant
Excellent communication, organizational, computer and interpersonal skills required. Previous experience with fundraising, proposal writing, marketing, journalism, public relations, and coordination of special events is preferred. Ability to manage agency website and supervise development/communication interns within the development team. Prefer experience with Gift Works software. Bachelor’s Degree required. E-mail or fax cover letter and resume to: LD/FF 610-328-2807.

SIL Case Manager
The SIL Case Manager will have at least three years experience providing direct services to teen parents and their children. Individual shall possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the agency and the program . Familiarity with the concepts of strength-based practice. Mature individual with the knowledge of the skills necessary to live independently. Candidate shall demonstrate empathy, flexibility, perseverance, and team orientation. BSW or related Bachelors Degree required. Please e-mail or fax resumes to: LD/BD at 610-328-2807.

Center for Families Case Manager
Delco Group home - Provide case management to include coordination of mom and children's medical and mental health services. Ability to facilitate children's after school programs. Must have understanding of homelessness and child welfare issues. Individual shall possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the agency and the program. Familiarity with the concepts of strength-based practice. Knowledge of community resources helpful. Valid driver's license and independent travel required. BSW or related degree required. Please e-mail or fax Resumes to LD/CFF 610-328-2807.

Residential Advisor – Delaware County
PathWays PA needs a caring and motivated individuals to provide support and supervision for our Delaware County group home serving women and children; HS/GED, Associates Degree and experience preferred. 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM and alternate weekends. Second position will work 9:00 PM to 9:00 AM every other Friday and Saturday. E-mail or fax resumes to: LD/CFF at 610-328-2807.

Residential Advisor/Part-Time Weekends - Philadelphia
PathWays PA needs a caring and motivated individual to provide support and supervision for our Philadelphia group home serving women and children; HS/GED, Associates Degree and experience preferred. Weekend hours, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM and 12:00 AM to 8:00 AM Saturday and Sunday. Please indicate which shift you would be interested in applying for. E-mail or fax resumes to: LD/SIL at
610-328-2807.

Career Coach
PathWays PA is seeking a Career Coach -- 12 hours/week. The job will require strong communications and interpersonal skills. Work will involve ensuring healthcare workers have the communications, customer service skills, and job readiness skills required to succeed and advance in direct care healthcare careers. Independent transportation to healthcare facilities in Montgomery and Delaware Counties required. Must have at least a Bachelor's degree; clinical healthcare and/or career coaching experience preferred. Please fax resumes to: 610-328-2807 attention: LD/EVE

Trauma-Informed Therapist
PathWays PA is seeking quality therapists to provide trauma-informed therapeutic services to women, teen mothers and teen girls in their homes. Must be trained-in trauma-informed services and be familiar with the Sanctuary Model; must also be comfortable addressing sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and crisis intervention. Need to be flexible to work around clients' schedules. Degree in social work or psychology required; license preferred. Philadelphia and some DELCO area. Full time and Part time position available. Fax resumes to: BD/LD 610-328-2807


PathWays PA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Friday, July 27, 2012

You Go Girl: Women Taking over the Olympic Games

Tonight the Opening Ceremonies for the Summer Olympic Games takes place. For the next few weeks, all eyes will be on London as athletes from all over the world compete in events from archery to soccer.

This year is particularly exciting for women. It is the first Olympics where all participating nations will be sending women to compete. In addition, it is the first year that the US Olympic team will include more women than men. The 1900 Olympics were the first where women were allowed to compete when lawn tennis, croquet, and golf were introduced. Since 1900 women began to participate in more events and dominated many of them. With the introduction of women’s boxing this year, there are no Olympic events that are exclusively for men.

We look forward to seeing team USA compete and will be cheering on all the men and women!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 22 Today

Twenty two year ago today Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), legislation aimed to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The law protects individuals with disabilities when it comes to employment, public accommodations, transportation, and public services. The law has provided for things from curb cuts to protections from discrimination but there is still more work to be done. For example, right now employment for people with disabilities is lower than it was before the passage of the ADA.

While more needs to be done to remove barriers for people with disabilities, today is a day to be thankful for all the ADA has done and the promise it has for the future.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sign-On Letter in Support of VAWA Reauthorization

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enacted in 1994, was the first piece of American legislation that recognized the pervasive nature of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. VAWA programs give law enforcement, prosecutors and judges the tools they need to hold offenders accountable and keep communities safe, while supporting survivors and recognizing their role in the fight to end gender-based violence.

VAWA needs to be reauthorized to ensure the continuation of these vital, life-saving programs and laws. In addition, this is also an opportunity to expand VAWA by improving services available to LGBTQ survivors of violence, breaking down barriers to services for undocumented survivors, and continuing prevention efforts to counter the high levels of violence against Native American and Native Alaskan women.

If you support VAWA please sign this letter that was put together by the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact reauthorizeVAWA@gmail.com.

Countdown To Coverage Event: Being a Woman Will Get Easier on August 1st!

This spring marked the second anniversary of the new health care reform law and Raising Women's Voices of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a coalition PathWays PA is a member of, celebrated by launching the Countdown to Coverage campaign!

This campaign is aimed at helping women understand the concrete ways that the Affordable Care Act is making it easier for women to get the services we need to stay healthy throughout all life stages and across all socioeconomic levels. We are currently counting down to an important milestone for the health care reform law, and more importantly, for women.

Starting on August 1, all new insurance plans will have to start covering important preventative health services for women, such as contraception, screening and counseling for domestic violence, annual well-woman visits, and breastfeeding supports, without charging co-pays. Expensive co-pays are a major barrier for women and can prevent us from getting the care we need.

This preventative care provision will create a powerful tool for improving the health of women and we are so excited to celebrate this victory for women's health!


WHAT: A Visibility to Celebrate and Educate! 
WHEN: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from Noon to 1pm 
WHERE: The Clothespin Statue on 15th & Market Streets 

During the event, we will be raising public awareness around this important benefit for women by holding up signs and handing out literature to passerbys. Don't worry about bringing anything -- we will provide it all for you.

Please join us for this fun and celebratory event!Don't forget to spread the word to friends!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Job Should Lift You Out of Poverty, Not Trap You In It

From our friends at 9to5

Women who earn minimum wage are struggling to make ends meet. The current minimum wage at $7.25 an hour can’t support our families.

It's time to raise it to a wage that can.

Sign a petition today asking your elected officials to support hard working men and women by increasing the minimum wage!

What would raising the federal minimum wage do?
  • Rebuild our economy. For every $1 added to the minimum wage, low-wage worker households spend an additional $2,800 the following year. 
  • Ensure a better future for our children. 21.5 million children have a parent who would benefit from a minimum wage increase. 
  • Increase jobs. Increasing the minimum wage would boost consumer spending, which drives 70% of our economy. 
Sign a petition today because we deserve the opportunity to work hard and earn enough to support our families!

For more information on the benefits of increasing the minimum wage please check out the National Women's Law Center fact sheet.

Being a Woman Just Got Easier!


August 1 is an important milestone for health care reform law, and more importantly, for women. Why? Because starting August 1, 2012, the Affordable Care Act is making it easier to be a woman. 

On August 1, all new insurance plans will have to start covering important preventative health care services for women without co-pays, such as…
  • Contraception 
  • Screening and counseling for domestic violence 
  • Annual well-woman visits 
  • Breastfeeding supports, such as counseling and equipment (including rental of breast pumps)
  • Screening for gestational diabetes 
  • HPV testing 
  • STI counseling 
  • HIV screening and counseling 
Expensive co-pays have been a major barrier for women in accessing the care we need. In fact, more than half of women have delayed or avoided preventative care because of its cost.

So many women are not aware of the benefits provided by the preventative health care provision of the Affordable Care Act that will begin to take effect on August 1st. We know that personal stories can be powerful tools for helping others understand the benefits of the health reform. Therefore, Raising Women’s Voices of SEPA is collecting stories so we can help educate women on the real impact health care reform will have on the lives of women everywhere.

Tell Raising Women's Voices how you are going to benefit from the preventative health care provision taking effect on August 1… 

Will you be able to afford birth control that you were previously struggling to afford because of expensive co-pays? 

If you’re a survivor of domestic violence, how will access to counseling without a cost barrier help you? 

If you’re new or expecting mother, how will access to breastfeeding counseling and equipment (including breast pumps) without a co-pay make things easier as a new mom? 


Take a moment to help others understand the impact of health care reform. Share your story.  Fill out Raising Women's Voices Story Form or contact Katherine Lewis of WOMEN’S WAY at klewis@womensway.org or by calling 215-985-0333 ext. 233.

PathWays PA is a member of Raising Women's Voices of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  If you would like to learn more about this Coalition visit: http://www.raisingwomensvoicesofsoutheasternpa.com/

Voter ID Law Goes to Court

This Wednesday a group of voting rights groups, led by the ACLU, will be seeking an injunction from Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court to prevent the state from enforcing the Voter ID law. The ACLU and its allies will argue that the law will prevent legally registered voters who are unable to obtain one of the accepted forms of identification from casting ballots. It's a burden, they have found, that falls disproportionately on groups like the elderly, low income and minorities.

The decision on the case is expected be in 5 to 7 days but no matter the outcome it is likely the case will be appealed to the State Supreme Court.

In addition, the US Justice Department has opened an investigation into Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law. They have requested information so they can evaluation the law’s compliance with the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting rights laws.

If you need more information about obtaining an ID or have questions about the law visit: http://www.seventy.org/Elections_Voter_ID.aspx.

Monday, July 23, 2012

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: July 23, 2012

Federal Policy Updates 

HOUSE RELEASES DRAFT OF LABOR-HHS APPROPRIATIONS BILL

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee released a draft of the Fiscal Year 2013 (FY 2013) Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations. The bill passed out of the subcommittee by a vote of 8 to 6.

Overall the bill cuts more than $6 billion in discretionary funding from current levels. The majority of programs are flat-funded at current levels, but there are some notable increases and decreases.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) is cut by $194 million 
  • The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is funded $111 million below last year’s level. 
  • Head Start and child care do receive modest funding increases of $46 million and $25 million respectively, although these increases are lower than they both receive under the Senate bill
  • The bill again de-funds many of the programs integral to the President’s health care reform law, which would make implementing the law difficult if not impossible. 
The timeline on full House consideration of the Labor-HHS bill has yet to be determined, but with three weeks left in session before the next break the House has plenty of time to pass it before leaving for the five-week long summer recess.

From our friends at CWLA

State Policy Updates

NEW VOTER ID CARDS UNVEILED

Last week, Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele announced the creation of a new card that can be issued to voters who need photo identification under Pennsylvania’s voter ID law.

The Department of State voter cards, which will be issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, will be available to registered voters who are not able to provide all of the documents they would normally need to obtain a photo ID from PennDOT.

The new voter photo identification cards are scheduled to be available at PennDOT’s Drivers License Centers beginning the last week of August. Those opposed to the Voter ID Law are still concerned about the ability of people, especially those with disabilities and the elderly, to find transportation to PennDOT Centers where they may have to wait hours for an ID.

The IDs, which are free, will be issued to voters for a 10-year period and can only be used for voting purposes. When requesting these IDs, voters will need to affirm they do not possess any other approved identification for voting purposes. They will be asked to provide two proofs of residence, such as a utility bill, along with their date of birth and Social Security number, if the customer has an assigned number. PennDOT will validate the voter registration status with the Department of State while the voter is in the PennDOT office. Upon confirmation of this information, the voter will be issued the voter card before leaving the PennDOT facility.

If you have any questions or problems obtaining an ID call (866) OUR-VOTE or visit www.aclupa.org/voterID.

NO GENERAL ASSISTANCE, NOW WHAT?

Community Legal Services is holding a special meeting for advocates, social workers, and constituent services staff to discuss recent changes in programs administered by the Department of Public Welfare. The panel presentation will feature several attorneys from Community Legal Services.

WHEN: Thursday, July 26 from 3:00 to 5:00
WHERE: Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor Conference Center

The agenda will include the elimination of General Assistance, proposed changes to TANF cash assistance for lawfully present immigrants, changes in TANF welfare-to-work programs, changes to Medical Assistance, the SNAP asset test, and related topics.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please register by July 24 by emailing Jennifer Feden at Community Legal Services at jfeden@clsphila.org.

Information & Events

RALLY TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE

Raising the minimum wage is an important step toward an economy that works for everyone. Putting more money into the pockets of ordinary Americans will help boost our economy.

The minimum wage can't support our families. The current federal minimum wage—at $7.25 an hour—amounts to only $15,080 a year. That's almost $9,000 below the federal poverty line for a family of four.

Join Fight for Philly as they Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 24th at 4:00
WHERE: Meet at the Liberty Bell

For more information visit: www.fightforphilly.org. You can also sign a petition to Raise the Minimum Wage by clicking here.

VOLUNTEER TO REGISTER VOTERS WITH THE VOTE FOR HOMES COALITION!

Learn how to register voters and about voting rights for people who are homeless, living with disabilities, or ex-offenders. The trainings are designed for people working or living in social service agencies and volunteers who want to help register voters in our communities. It includes a special focus on the new Voter ID law. (Even volunteers who have been trained before are encouraged to come again because of the new information.)

Pick one of the trainings below:
  • Thursday, July 26, 3-5 pm 
  • Monday, July 30, 2:30-4:30 pm 
Trainings are held at 1515 Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia and snacks will be provided. To attend please RSVP to Jennine Miller at 215-232-7272, x3042 or jenninemiller@projecthome.org or online at http://bit.ly/VFHtraining2012.

Vote for Homes! is a nonpartisan coalition registering thousands of people who are living on low incomes, including those who are homeless, in recovery, living with disabilities, or formerly incarcerated.

For more information, please visit www.voteforhomes.org.

PROPERTY TAX, RENT REBATE PROGRAM FOR SENIORS

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are awarded to qualifying low-income seniors who live in Philadelphia, Scranton, Pittsburgh and other parts of the state with particularly high tax burdens. This program has just been extended until December 31st.

This program is available for eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

For more information about this program and how to apply, click here.

WEBINAR: HEALTHY FOOD, HEALTHY ECONOMIES

Register now for a webinar exploring why and how supporting efforts to improve food security and healthy, local foods can strengthen our communities.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 2:00
Click here to register.

Brought to you by the Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative, this webinar will feature industry-leading speakers and data points to help you make the economic and policy case.

CONFERENCE CALL: TRANSITIONING FROM THE SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM TO AFTERSCHOOL MEALS

As summer meal programs come to a close, it is time to gear up for the school year and plan to provide healthy meals and snacks to children afterschool, on weekends, and during school holidays through the Afterschool Meal Program. The Food Action and Research Center (FRAC) encourages program providers and sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program to consider the opportunity to participate in the Afterschool Meal Program during the school year.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 7th at 1:00 pm

Click here to register.

FRAC will discuss the programming requirements and administrative responsibilities involved in operating an Afterschool Meal Program and you will hear from program sponsors and providers who successfully transition from one meal program to the other. Learn how the children in your summer meal program can have access to nutritious meals year-round.

Friday, July 20, 2012

PathWays PA Job Postings July 20, 2012

SIL Case Manager
The SIL Case Manager will have at least three years experience providing direct services to teen parents and their children. Individual shall possess the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of the agency and the program . Familiarity with the concepts of strength-based practice. Mature individual with the knowledge of the skills necessary to live independently. Candidate shall demonstrate empathy, flexibility, perseverance, and team orientation. BSW or related Bachelors Degree required. Please e-mail or fax resumes to: LD/BD at 610-328-2807.

Case Manager
Delco Group home - Full time to provide case management. Coordination of mom's and children's medical and mental health services. Ability to facilitate children's after school program. Must have understanding of homelessness and child welfare issues. Knowledge of community resources helpful. Valid driver's license and independent travel required. BSW or related degree required. Please e-mail or fax Resumes to LD/CFF 610-328-2807.

Residential Advisor – Delaware County
PathWays PA needs a caring and motivated individual to provide support and supervision for our Delaware County group home serving women and children; HS/GED, Associates Degree and experience preferred. 4pm to 12am and alternate weekends. Second position available on a part time basis.
E-mail or fax resumes to: LD/CFF at 610-328-2807.

Residential Advisor/Part-Time Weekends - Philadelphia
PathWays PA needs a caring and motivated individual to provide support and supervision for our Philadelphia group home serving women and children; HS/GED, Associates Degree and experience preferred. Weekend hours, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM and 12:00am to 8:am Saturday and Sunday. Please indicate which shift you would be interested in applying for. E-mail or fax resumes to: LD/SIL2 at 610-328-2807.

Career Coach
PathWays PA is seeking a Career Coach -- 12 hours/week. The job will require strong communications and interpersonal skills. Work will involve ensuring healthcare workers have the communications, customer service skills, and job readiness skills required to succeed and advance in direct care healthcare careers. Independent transportation to healthcare facilities in Montgomery and Delaware Counties required. Must have at least a Bachelor's degree; clinical healthcare and/or career coaching experience preferred. Please fax resumes to: 610-328-2807 attention: LD/EVE

Trauma-Informed Therapist
PathWays PA is seeking quality therapists to provide trauma-informed therapeutic services to women, teen mothers and teen girls in their homes. Must be trained-in trauma-informed services and be familiar with the Sanctuary Model; must also be comfortable addressing sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and crisis intervention. Need to be flexible to work around clients' schedules. Degree in social work or psychology required; license preferred. Philadelphia and some DELCO area. Full time and Part time position available. Fax resumes to: BD/LD 610-328-2807

PathWays PA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Family Medical Leave Act – What Does it Mean for You?

At PathWays PA we receive many questions from the community about their rights as workers. To help answer some of these questions we thought a series of blog posts explaining some of those rights workers have would be helpful. We are starting with the Family Medical Leave Act because it is one of the topics we are asked about most often. 

Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) eligible employees are able to take unpaid but job protected leave for certain life events. During the leave the employee has the right to remain on the employer’s health insurance and upon return they have the right to be restored to the same or an equivalent position.

Who is covered: 

FMLA applies to public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees. Employees of these entities are eligible for leave if they have workeds for their employer for at least 1,250 hours over 12 months.

What is the coverage: 

Eligible employees can receive up to 12 weeks of un-paid, job protected leave per year.

When can it be used: 

An eligible employee can use FMLA for any of the following reasons:
  • for the birth and care of the newborn child of an employee; 
  • for placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care; 
  • to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; 
  • to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition; or 
  • for qualifying exigencies arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is on active duty or call to active duty status as a member of the National Guard or Reserves in support of a contingency operation. 
  • Twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness if the employee is the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin of the servicemember (Military Caregiver Leave) 
Remedies: 

If you feel that these rights have been violated you can file a complaint with the Wage and Hour Division, file a private lawsuit under the Act, and testify or cooperate in other ways with an investigation or lawsuit without being fired or discriminated against in any other manner.

 Legislative Updates: 

Joanne’s Law”: Right now in Pennsylvania workers cannot use FMLA to care for a sibling and work is being done to change that. House Bill 1713 would bring Pennsylvania in line with many other states in allow workers to use their FMLA if a sampling become ill and needs care.

Family Medical Leave Enhancement Act: Congress has before it a bill (HR 1440) that would amend FMLA to decrease the number of employees needed for an employers to be eligible from 50 to 25.

Family Medical Leave Inclusion Act: Congress is considering a bill (HR 2364/HR 1283) that would expand the definition of family member to allow FMLA leave to care for a domestic partner, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, grandchild, or grandparent.

Domestic Violence Leave Act: The House has a bill, HR 3151, that would allow employees to use FMLA leave to address domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking and their effects.


For more information visit: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs28.pdf. Some additional questions can be answered here: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/library/er/fmla_qa.pdf.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Food Stamps: The Full Picture

The Daily News recently published an editorial looking into the facts about food stamps and how it impacts Philadelphia. Right now Congress is considering the reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which includes fund for the food stamp, or SNAP, program. The House Agricultural Committee passed a bill out of Committee that cuts $16 billion from the program. If that bill becomes law 2 to 3 million people would lose their food assistance and 280 million children would no longer qualify for free school lunches. In the United States 1 out of every 7 and in Philadelphia 1 out of every 4 people are struggling with hunger.

While Congress is looking at cutting a program that ensures children and families have food on the table below are some facts about the program and the people who use it to survive:
Cutting food stamps not only impacts the people on the program, but it will remove billions of dollars from local and state economies. People who use food stamps do so in their communities bringing business to local corner and grocery shops. In Philadelphia, $61 million in food stamps per month spent by recipients adds $106 million to the local economy.

The participation levels in the food stamps program has increased over the last few years.  The program was built in a way that it could grow when the economy was weak. Participation levels are expected to drop as the economy improves, meaning the program will shrink with the need. Congress making substantial cuts will only increase the level of food insecurity meaning more children and families will be going hungry.

Pennsylvania's Bond Rating Downgraded

Moodys logo blueNext week, Pennsylvania plans to hold a $363.6 million sale to re-fund general-obligation bonds.  That plan continues to hold even after Moody's downgraded the state's credit rating yesterday from Aa1 to Aa2 and rated the bond sale at Aa2. Moody's outlook on Pennsylvania also changed from "stable" to "negative" based on the state's weakened financial position and slow movement towards growth in the state economy.  Pennsylvania has been rated Aa1 since 2010, but now joins 16 other states at Aa2 or below.

Moody's said its decision was based on “Large and growing pension liabilities and moderate economic growth will challenge the return to structural balance, contributing to a protracted financial recovery.”  Financial reports show that Pennsylvania's retirement systems do not have enough money to meet projected liabilities.

Today, Moody's "put Pennsylvania's higher education system on review for a possible downgrade" due to worries about lower enrollment and the state's credit rating.  As of today, the system has an Aa2 rating.

So what does all this mean? Lower ratings seem to lead to higher borrowing costs, but according to the Inquirer, "investors' strong demand for state and local government bonds has kept yields cheap even for lower-rated issuers in recent years." In other words, analysts say it may be a while before Pennsylvania feels the effects of this change.



Monday, July 16, 2012

PathWays PA E-Newsletter: July 16, 2012

Federal Policy Updates 

HELP SUPPORT THE CHILD TAX CREDIT AND EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT

Congressman Richard Neal is introducing a bill to continue the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit in their current form for another year.

In 2010, the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit together lifted 9.2 million people out of poverty, including 4.9 million children. The improvements now scheduled to expire kept 1.6 million of these people out of poverty. For more information, see the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Studies Show Earned Income Tax Credit Encourages Work and Success in School and Reduces Poverty

Organizations that support these program are being asked to show your support. All you have to do is to send an email to one of the following people by noon, Tuesday, July 17, saying that your organization (local, state, or national in scope) can be listed in support. Email Adam at Larose@cbpp.org or Stuart at Russell@cbpp.org.

State Policy Updates 

ELIMINATION OF GENERAL ASSISTANCE DELAYED UNTIL AUG. 1

General Assistance, a program of last-resort that provides a bridge to stability and self-sufficiency for over 68,000 Pennsylvanians, was eliminated in this year’s state budget. The program was to end July 1 but it was delayed one month.

The program was a safety net program for Pennsylvanians who are unable to work, providing them access to critical medical care and a small cash grant ($205 a month in most counties) with rigid restrictions.

It is crucial that individuals currently receiving General Assistance are aware that the program is ending. Community Legal Services has put together a flyer you can post and share with your clients. They have also written a fact sheet with answers to some frequently asked questions about the program ending.

VOTER ID LAW RALLIES

Pennsylvania recently passed a Voter ID law, which requires that individuals show a government issued form of identification when they go to vote. This law will be in full effect for the November election.

To draw attention to this law two groups, the NAACP and AARP, are holding rallies. According to state election officials, over 758,000 registered voters in PA lack the necessary ID to vote in the November general elections. More Pennsylvanians need to be aware of this law and prepared to vote.

NAACP Rally for Justice 

WHEN: July 24th, 1:00 pm
WHERE: Harrisburg State Capitol, Front Steps

Please RSVP to: John W. Jordan, Director of Civic Engagement, NAACP of Pennsylvania at j715jordan@yahoo.com or (215) 715-5681.

For more information visit www.pastatenaacp.org or www.thisismyvote.org.

AARP-Sponsored Voter ID Rally in Philadelphia 

WHEN: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 12 noon
WHERE: Peoples Plaza, 5th and Market Street (Southwest Corner), Philadelphia

For more information, contact the AARP Office in Philadelphia at 267-825-9923. You can also following then on Facebook, www.facebook.com/aarppa, and Twitter, www.twitter.com/aarppa.

Information & Events 

NEW HOTLINE HELPS FAMILIES FIND FREE SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS

Families in Philadelphia can call a toll-free hotline to find nearby locations that offer free summer meals for children. Operated by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, the hotline is 1-855-252-MEAL (6325). Families can also text “MEAL” to 84700 to receive a call back.

Last year, more than 119,000 children in Pennsylvania received summer meals. But that’s less than one-fourth of the 553,000 low-income children who received free or reduced-priced lunch during the regular school year—a sign that many low-income children who need summer meals aren’t getting them, according to a recent report from the Food Research and Action Center.

Free summer meals are available to children age 18 and under. There is no registration or income requirement at most sites. For more information, visit here.

PCA OFFERS PRODUCE VOUCHERS TO LOW-INCOME OLDER ADULTS

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging has begun distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program produce vouchers as part of an annual program to encourage seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Eligible Philadelphia seniors can receive $20 worth of vouchers for use at certified Farmers’ Markets in Philadelphia. The program also increases awareness of sources of fresh produce in local communities.

Income-eligible Philadelphia residents, age 60 or older by December 31, 2012, may receive the vouchers at PCA, 642 North Broad Street in Philadelphia (weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and at other designated sites. Vouchers will also be distributed at the Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch Sts., on July 18th, from 10am to 2pm. Proof of age and residency in Philadelphia must be presented to receive vouchers. Acceptable forms of identification include Pennsylvania driver’s license, Pennsylvania non-driver’s ID, or a utility bill. Income guidelines apply.

For questions about eligibility and more information, including voucher distribution sites, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.

FEDERAL SUPPORTS FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENT PARENTS: SPOTLIGHT ON THE PREGNANCY ASSISTANCE FUND

This webinar is hosted by the Institute for Women's Policy Research's Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI).

WHEN: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 2:00-3:15 p.m. E.T.

Too often the birth of a child brings an end to a young mother's education or leads those around her to give up on her prospects for college.

The webinar will feature a federal initiative, the Pregnancy Assistance Fund, that provides resources to help pregnant and parenting adolescents and young adults attain high school or college education. The webinar will focus on early program lessons and strategies used by grantees who work to encourage and support college education among young parents.

Topics include:
  • An overview of the Pregnancy Assistance Fund, its mission, scope and funding; 
  • How states take leadership in program design, administering, scaling up, and replicating local initiatives; and 
  • Perspectives from local program administrators regarding benefits, challenges and implementation experiences. 
Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions and comments to be addressed by presenters near the end of the event.

You must be registered to access the event. Register online! 

PENNSERVE SURVEY: SERVICE AND YOUR COMMUNITY

PennSERVE: The Governor's Office of Citizen Service is the state agency for community service, volunteerism and service learning in our Commonwealth. As the oversight organization for national service in Pennsylvania, they provide support for the AmeriCorps programs and encourage civic engagement in order to improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania communities through effective volunteer service.

PennSERVE is in the process of gathering information for their three-year strategic plan, to be known as the Pennsylvania State Service Plan, and have developed a brief survey so that citizens may provide input that will inform their work. It is PennSERVE’s expectation that in this way they may more efficiently and effectively benefit Pennsylvanians and the communities in which they live.

The survey may be found at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PennSERVE_State_Service_Plan_Survey.

Results of the survey will be compiled and tabulated in September 2012, and made available for viewing on PennSERVE’s website. The 2012-2015 State Service Plan will be published in November 2012.

For more information about PennSERVE and AmeriCorps presence across the state, kindly visit our website at http://www.dli.state.pa.us/pennserve.

NOMINATE A YOUNG WOMAN FOR THE EDNA AWARD BY JULY 31

For the second year in a row, the Berger-Marks Foundation is offering its $10,000 Edna Award to an outstanding young woman leader in the social justice.

The Edna Award will spotlight the contributions to social justice made by women age 35 and younger. It will honor one woman who has made an extraordinary contribution early in her career – and whose ongoing work will likely improve the lives of working women and men. The top Edna Award will be presented to the winner in a fall ceremony, which also will recognize several runners-up.

Nominations will be accepted online only through July 31, and will be judged by a panel of well-known leaders who are also women. Find out more on their website at www.bergermarks.org.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tax Cut Proposal Calculator

2007 US $1 Bill Reverse
Citizens for Tax Justice has created an online calculator that will tell you what you’re likely to pay in income taxes and payroll taxes under three different scenarios:
1. Congress extends all the Bush tax income tax cuts as Congressional Republicans propose,
2. Congress extends most, but not all, of the income tax cuts as President Obama proposes, or
3. Congress simply allows all the tax cuts to expire.
The online calculator also tells you what income percentile you fall into and how much of the tax cuts in a given scenario will go to people in higher percentiles than you (people richer than you).
Bush Tax Cut Proposal Calculator

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

The Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award honors those who have struggled to correct social injustice in the United States (international activists will be the focus of our award in 2013). A total of $125,000 will be awarded in 2012. An honoree, or the honorees, will also receive a specially commissioned sculpture designed by Maya Lin, creator of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.

The Gleitsman Program is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Citizen Activist Award. To nominate an individual, please complete the online form or PDF version and submit it to the selection committee along with the requested supplemental material by July 16th. The winner will be announced this fall.

Please note that the award is not presented posthumously, nor is it granted to groups or organizations. Self nominations cannot be considered.

March for a Living Wage

From our friends at Fight for Philly
The federal minimum wage has not been increased in three years.  During that time, the price for our basic services have gone up and made it harder for a family to sustain itself.  It's time to increase the minimum wage and help the working class.
On Tuesday, July 24, at 4 pm, you can meet Fight for Philly at the Liberty Bell for a march to Love Park.  For more information, contact Che at che@fightforphilly.org.  

The Budget is Done - What's Next?

With just a few minutes to spare on Saturday night, Governor Corbett signed the budget for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year, which began on Sunday, July 1.  You can find a final copy of the budget at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/current_and_proposed_commonwealth_budgets/4566/.

Also, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center will be holding a phone call next week to discuss the budget.

Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
Budget Phone Call
July 9, 2012
10 AM
Conference line: (760) 569-7676; Code: 453547

Even though the budget debate is over, there are plenty of issues to take action on. Please take a moment to make calls, write emails, and provide overall support for the issues that matter to you.

Even though the budget debate is over, there is more you can take action on.  Please check out these links for more information:




Outreach for the Earned Income Tax Credit

Earned Income Tax Credit outreach initiatives throughout the state, including our work at PathWays PA, are at risk of losing their funding from DPW in this fiscal year. These initiatives are not line items in the state budget, so we do not yet know the final funding determination.

Over 2000 families filed returns just with PathWays PA this year, giving them access to free, IRS-certified tax services, financial literacy tools, and quick refunds without paying high interest fees.

Please call your legislator to ask for their support on the Earned Income Tax Credit. You can find their contact information at http://bit.ly/wjYINY. You can use the following language:

"Outreach around the Earned Income Tax Credit, a program for working families, is at risk in the Department of Public Welfare. Will Senator/Representative X call or write to Secretary Alexander asking for the continuation of the program?"

You can write a letter in support of the program or visit here to learn more.

Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career

Ensuring women are prepared to succeed in a 21st century changing economy is critical to the financial stability of women, their families, and our country. Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career (from the US Dept. of Labor Women's Bureau) is a comprehensive manual designed to assist women with job training and career development as they enter into innovative and nontraditional jobs.