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WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

Mocha
One-year-old foster pup Mocha found a forever home this week! We are so grateful to Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his DC staff, our first official Congressional foster office, for taking great care of Mocha and supporting our mission. We love our incredible growing team of life-saving foster volunteers!

Tom, formerly Pie
“Last summer I helped cat Pie find an adoptive family in College Park, MD. They have renamed him Tom because he looks like the 'Tom' in Tom and Jerry.  Pie quickly became friends with the couple's dog Sydney, and here are the two of them lying together on the bed.”
-Ann Curtsinger, WHS Foster Volunteer

Spiro
Spiro, a New York Avenue adoption center alumni, joined a recent PACK run!

Gretel

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Announces Partnership with HUD

 

From Doxie McCoy: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary Mercedes Márquez announced a collaborative partnership that will provide technical assistance to D.C. government agencies as they implement an improvement plan for grant administration. The plan results from an assessment that HUD conducted of the District’s granting programs.

 

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Community Partners Announce New Collaborative Cradle-to-Career Initiative

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Community Partners Announce New Collaborative Cradle-to-Career Initiative

 

From Robert Marus: Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined leaders from the government, private, philanthropic and non-profit sectors today in unveiling Raise DC, the District’s comprehensive new cradle-to-career initiative. The effort, which lays out a set of measurable outcomes and targets to ensure that all District youth are career-ready by age 24, joins a national movement of cities working to bring together a cross-sector group of leaders organized around a set of common goals and committed to using data to drive improvements.

 

Councilmember Cheh Again Calls for Thomas to Step Down

Councilmember Cheh Again Calls for Thomas to Step Down

 

From Kiara Pesante:

Yesterday, Councilmember Mary Cheh, Chair Pro Tempore of the Council of the District of Columbia, issued the following statement on the charges brought against Councilmember Harry “Tommy” Thomas, Jr.:

 

Brenda Donald To Head District Child And Family Services Agency

Brenda Donald To Head District Child And Family Services Agency

From Robert Marus:

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray named Brenda Donald as his pick to lead the District’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA).

Catania Successfully Steers Health Insurance Exchange Legislation through First Reading

 

From Brendan Williams-Kief:

Gray Administration Cabinet Members To Sign Ethics Pledge

Gray Administration Cabinet Members To Sign Ethics Pledge

This notice comes to us from Robert Marus:

At their monthly meeting today, members of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s Cabinet will sign an Ethics Pledge, vowing to uphold the Mayor’s commitment to the highest ethical standards by avoiding conflicts of interest, use of public resources for personal benefit and other violations of the public trust.

“Government employees are public servants and guardians of the public trust,” Mayor Gray said. “This pledge outlines and underscores my administration’s commitment to ethical and conscientious government.”

The pledge includes commitments that Cabinet members will: