Celebrating Hope

Hope Away from Home

This is the fifth and final in a series of posts celebrating Waterstone clients and colleagues from the past ten years.

TASSC International

Founded in 1998 by a Catholic nun who survived torture in Guatemala, TASSC International is devoted to abolishing torture wherever it occurs. The organization manages to beautifully integrate survivors of torture into its leadership, board of directors, advocacy and services.

In 2018, I was privileged to work with TASSC (as it celebrated its 20th anniversary!) to develop and launch a new website to reflect the organization’s strengths and the hope that it brings to survivors every day.  

Learn more about TASSC and its annual conference here.

Ethiopian Community Development Council

The Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) has welcomed newcomers to America since 1983 and increases awareness of issues relevant to refugees and immigrants both at home and abroad.

In 2015, I partnered with Colleen Dyble of Vital Global to facilitate a 2-hour management workshop at ECDC's National Annual Conference. Informed by a custom online survey we conducted in advance with participants, we equipped managers at affiliate offices to inspire each other through shared successes and possible solutions to challenges. Later that year, I partnered with Cheryl Buford of Signature Impact Consulting to deliver a daylong workshop for staff at ECDC’s headquarters, where participants learned to approach problem-solving through the lens of a strengths assessment and framework.

Learn more about ECDC and its annual conference here.

Northern Virginia Family Service

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) has been a staple for families and communities in the DC metro region since 1924! The breadth of services covers legal, wellness, and workforce development, but also focuses on issues such as homelessness and foster care.

In 2013, I had the privilege of working with NVFS’s Hispanic Entrepreneurship Program to conduct a strategic program review and make recommendations for expansion. As a result, the program manager was able to allocate time and resources to secure a $45,000 grant and the program was rebranded as Escala ("to move up" / "to scale up"), the Small Business Program of NVFS.

Support NVFS and learn about its annual Road to Independence Gala here.