October 31-November 3, 2013
CSWE Annual Program Meeting

Dallas, Texas
Abstract of Dr. Christine Callahan's accepted panel submission entitled: Social Work and Economic Empowerment: Financial Capability in the Classroom and Beyond
[PowerPoint Presentation from Event]

Financial Capability and Asset Building (FCAB) Curriculum: Key Components [PowerPoint]

June 28, 2013
“Social Works: How a Baltimore Network is Building a Pathway to Financial Stability”
In uncertain times, linked service delivery and resource-sharing between organizations can create a more supportive, local safety net that empowers clients to access services to meet their financial goals. The need for this is particularly critical in majority low-income cities like Baltimore, where one of every four residents lives below the poverty line and many teeter on the edge of self-sufficiency.

Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program, the Maryland CASH Campaign (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope), and the University of Maryland School of Social Work hosted a webinar on June 28th to demonstrate how a network of financial stability organizations in Baltimore is approaching the need together, connected through smart referrals and evidence-based training in the basics of financial social work. See how online resources and in-depth training can empower your front-line service providers, and be among the first to hear results from a University of Maryland Study that shows that capacity building interventions can make a difference in the fight for financial stability.

April 9, 2013
UW-Madison Center for Financial Security Webinar

Presentation by Dr. Christine Callahan

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Shout Out for Social Work
The University of Maryland School of Social Work hosted its Shout Out for Social Work Month event on Wednesday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our theme is financial stability and our slogan is "Social Workers Help You $ave!" It was held at the Mayor's Office of Employment Development (MOAD) at Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore. In partnership with Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope), this is one local site that offers free tax preparation at tax time and other helpful financial and asset building resources.

Our message centers around these items:

1) Information about the Keep Bonds Easy campaign (to continue promoting the ease of purchasing paper U.S. savings bonds on tax returns rather than switching to a cumbersome electronic format that is difficult to access; and promoting dedicating part of one's tax refund to purchase a savings bond and using this opportunity as a "savable moment")

2) Outreach and education about the annual Money Power Day on May 11 sponsored by Baltimore CASH for individuals and families to receive on-site services, tools, and resources to help make tough decisions needed to reach their financial goals; services include free credit reports, credit counseling, customized financial planning, housing counseling, screening for public benefits, and financial programs for youth

3) Outreach and education about the services in the Mayor's Office of Employment Development in Mondawmin Mall

For more information, please contact Dr. Christine Callahan at the Financial Social Work Initiative at 410-706-7051 or at ccallahan@ssw.umaryland.edu.



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