eNewsletter September 2017

Highlights in This Issue:

Enrollment is Open for two new classes: 3D Design and Print and Parenting. See below for details! Register today as these small classes fill quickly!

images (1).jpg

PHILLIPS in the News!

PHILLIPS  April 28 gala, themed "Celebrating the Decades: Honoring the Past, Welcoming the Future,  in The Washington Life Balls & Galas issue! "Your ultimate guide to the seasons grandest events!"

Counselor Katie Miller and Ryder, our CCI trained Facility Dog were interviewed on ABC's The Pet Show!

PHILLIPS Extended School Year cooking challenge featured in the Fairfax County Times!


Staff with volunteers from Washington First Bank and GRAPHEX at Tysons Chamber Volunteer Day

Amazon Smile

We need equipment for our commercial kitchen!

Please visit Amazon or Amazon Smile and purchase a mixing bowl or set of spoons to support our Culinary Arts program! Click here to view our Wish List!

When you shop online be sure to use AMAZON SMILE and please designate PHILLIPS!

On September 11 PHILLIPS School ~ Annandale staff commemorated Patriot Day by wearing red, white and blue to honor the fallen and those who continue to serve

Save the Date!

October 11 - Delegate Mark Keam and Delegate Kaye Kory present proclamation celebrating 50th Anniversary.

November 15 - PHILLIPS School ~ Laurel Open House - tour our commercial kitchen and vertical farm!

March 12 - ReelAbilities Film Festival at PHILLIPS School ~ Annandale

April 28, 2018 - 23rd Annual Gala at McLean Hilton Tysons

May 19 - 1st Annual 5K Fun Run

Join Our Young Professional Council!

Co-chairs Alex Alexander and Alteasha Ervin are planning some terrific events!  Learn more here!


To support our volunteer or fundraising activities contact Debi Alexander, Director of Development at 703-941-8810.

A Message from Our President & CEO

The DC Metro area was described by Time Magazine as one of the great American economic success stories.  With our ideal mid-Atlantic location, proximity to the federal government, well-educated workforce and the high quality of life that attracts the best and the brightest,  we are a large diverse community rated as one of the best places to live, raise a family and receive a public education.  Our unemployment is low, our annual household median income is high and our homeless tally is also low in comparison to other areas of the nation.  Those are heartening statistics, but at PHILLIPS we serve the youth and families who are not enjoying those glowing metrics. As my dad, our founder used to say, "Our society should be judged by its concern for the quality of life for all its members without exception."   In a community of such great abundance no person should be without housing, no child should go hungry, and every single person should know the dignity that comes with employment that earns a livable wage.  The leadership at PHILLIPS continues our 50 year legacy of serving those others cannot with a bold vision to develop career pathways that lead to authentic jobs that pay a livable wage.  Did you know that people with behavioral health needs  are three times as likely to be unemployed as those without?  Everyone wants to work and be successful, to take pride in their accomplishments.  People do not want a hand out.  They want a hand up.

With that in mind I am happy to announce the progress our Career Partners program has made since it's announcement last year at this time. Career Partners addresses career and technical education (CTE) programs within our four school campuses and will expand those services to support young adults transitioning into the world of work.

Thanks to broad community support, we have raised 40% of our    $1,018,000 capital campaign goal which allowed us to construct the commercial kitchen and expand the vertical farm over the summer.  We are working hard to raise approximately $500,000 towards construction and opening costs.  We also need equipment and hope you will go to our WISH LIST to purchase items such as mixing bowls, spoons and other utensils for the fall curriculum.

Thank you for supporting this vital new program!


Piper First Name.jpg

Piper Phillips Caswell

President & CEO

Howard County Council Presents Honorary Resolution Commemorating PHILLIPS 50th Anniversary


The Howard County Council presented an Honorary Resolution on September 5, 2017 which read:

PHILLIPS Programs for Children
and Families
50th Anniversary Celebration


PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families, a nonprofit, private organization, celebrates 50 years of serving children and youth with behavioral health needs through education, family support services, community advocacy, and education; and


Since 1994, Howard County’s Laurel location has assisted more than 1,150 students between the ages of 5 and 21, in which 85 percent fall below the federal poverty line; and


The PHILLIPS Career Partners program has provided youth with authentic job experiences by partnering with dozens of area businesses over decades, leading to the expansion of the Laurel campus’ culinary arts and vertical farming classes and providing youth with skills and certifications, resulting in countless opportunities for people with behavioral health needs to secure employment and livable wages; and


on this 5th day of September, 2017, that the County Council of Howard County, Maryland applauds the staff and trustees of the PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families, recognizes their commitment to all youth, and commends the hard work and cooperative efforts of career and technical educators to stimulate the growth and vitality of our local economy while recognizing the dignity and worth of each individual.

3D Design and Print Classes

PHILLIPS ~ Career Partners is excited to announce our fall 3D Design and Print classes for youth and young adults on the autism spectrum.  Classes will be offered on Saturday morning beginning late September at PHILLIPS ~ Annandale School Technology Lab located at 7010 Braddock Road, Annandale, VA.

3D Design and Print is becoming a highly sought after skill in a tech driven economy.  Participants will explore this STEM career pathway while having fun on the computer.  At the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of their designs that showcases their new skills.

Class will be taught by two very experienced staff:  M.Ed. along with many years teaching and providing positive supports to individuals on the spectrum.  Space is limited so that participants can receive individualized support.

This class fills quickly -- sign up today!

Parenting Class

Parenting Class flier.JPG

Connect with Us!  Facebook | Twitter

eNewsletterEvan Szymanski