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COVID Exhaustion?

Karen Lehman, President/CEOby Karen Lehman, President/CEO

Over these past weeks, I have become increasingly concerned about leadership burn-out.  I hear over and over words like “my team is exhausted” or “I really need a vacation but I can’t leave my team.” Operating in a 24/7 mode is difficult in the best of times, but these are the worst of times, and the constant vigilance to the pandemic is taking a toll on leaders.  Operating in a mode that requires persistent and unwavering focus without a healthy balance of personal care and rest is not only unsustainable, it is also poor role modeling to those we supervise and serve. [Read More...]

Author of Trauma Stewardship, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Will Speak At Our 2021 Mennonite Health Assembly

Laura LipskyLaura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and The Age of Overwhelm. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for more than three decades. [Read more…]

September Webinar: Strategies for Engaging Philanthropy During a Pandemic

September 24, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Many organizations have had to give up or alter their fundraising events in order to adapt to the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic. It can be a struggle to make digital events as inviting and participatory as ice cream socials or golf outings. In this webinar session, MHS is pleased to host David King, of David P. King Fundraising Counsel, LLC. David brings over 25 years of experience helping non-profits succeed in finding and capitalizing on opportunities to drive fundraising. He will share practical tools and best practices for engaging strategies for philanthropy during the pandemic. Register for the free webinar now.

Can Technology Assist With Social Isolation?

Social isolation is one of the biggest threats to the health of America’s senior citizens and adults with developmental disabilities. It is always a concern for residential communities, but even more so now that communities across the nation have already been enforcing social distancing measures for several months and there is no known end to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Communities are continuing to seek technology resources to fulfill the residents core needs, personalized engagement and social connections. [ Read more...]

Everything DiSC

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MHS Consulting has become an Everything DiSC partner.  In addition, Jeremy Kauffman has become a certified DiSC trainer. With this new partnership, MHS Consulting has access to the full array of DiSC assessments. Using these tools, MHS Consulting can help increase awareness of each person’s natural leadership style and develop and implement strategies to increase competency and effectiveness.  This work can be done on an individual level or with management teams within an organization. [ Read More...]

Paul Ewert, CEO at Beth Haven to Retire

Paul EwertPaul Ewert will be retiring September 25 after 35 years at Beth Haven. Ewert started off as an administrator of a nursing home before being promoted to CEO.

When he first came to Beth Haven, he says they had a nursing home, residential care and affordable housing. Currently Beth Haven has assisted living and independent living and provides housing for individuals with developmental disabilities.

In retirement, Ewert hopes to build houses with Habitat for Humanity and maybe spend some time helping with Mennonite Disaster Service along the Mississippi River.  He also looks forward to spending time with his grand kids and traveling with his wife.

Member Portal Coming This Fall

MHS Member Portal

A new MHS Member Portal is coming this Fall. As an employee of an MHS organization you will have web access to the MHS community and tools and resources to support your mission that are not available to the general public. A designee from your organization will be able to update your organization’s information. There will be many more benefits from the Member Portal so watch as more information comes out.

2021 Inflation Estimates Guide

To help you prepare for 2021 budgets, MHS partner, CPS, is providing guidance for price increases expected in the coming year. [ Read more...]

Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

As part as our committment to continue working toward racial justice, we will feature several items from the list of 97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice in each issue of eConnections.

  • To reduce mandatory minimum sentences on a federal level, call or write to your federal legislators in support of the bipartisan (sponsored by Sen Lee (R-UT)) Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 2850) which reduces the length of federal mandatory minimum drug sentences by half, makes the Fair Sentencing Act’s crack sentencing reforms retroactive, and expands the “safety valve” exception to mandatory drug sentences.
  • To reduce mandatory minimum sentences on a federal level, call or write to your federal legislators in support of the bipartisan (sponsored by Sen Paul (R-KY)) Justice Safety Valve Act (S. 399, H.R. 1097), which would allow judges to give sentences other than the mandatory minimum sentence for any federal crime.
  • To reduce mandatory minimum sentences on a federal level, call or write your federal legislators in support of another great criminal justice reform bill, the Second Look Act, which would make reduced sentences for crack convictions from the previously passed Fair Sentencing Act retroactive, reduce mandatory minimums for people convicted more than three times for drug crimes from life without parole after the third offense to 25 years, reduce mandatory sentences for drug crimes from 15 to 10 years, limit the use of solitary confinement on juvenile prisoners, etc.
  • Call or write to your state legislators and governor to support state-wide criminal justice reform including reducing mandatory minimum sentences, reducing sentences for non-violent drug crimes, passing “safety valve” law to allow judges to depart below a mandatory minimum sentence under certain conditions, passing alternatives to incarceration, etc. Study after study shows that racism fuels racial disparities in imprisonment, and about 90% of the US prison population are at the state and local level.
  • Call or write to state legislators, federal legislators, and your governor to decriminalize weed. No, not because Black folks use weed more frequently than white folks. Because Black Americans are arrested for marijuana possession far more frequently than whites.
  • Call or write to state legislators to require racial impact statements be required for all criminal justice bills. Most states already require fiscal and environmental impact statements for certain legislation. Racial impact statements evaluate if a bill may create or exacerbate racial disparities should the bill become law. Check out the status of your state’s legislation surrounding these statements here.
  • Find and join a local “white space” to learn more about and talk out the conscious and unconscious biases us white folks have. If there’s not a group in your area, start one.
  • Join or start a Daughters of Abraham book club in your Church, mosque, or synagogue.


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