Résumé of:
LAURA R. YEOMANS

OFFICE: HOME:
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington
4601 Presidents Drive, Suite 215
Lanham, MD 20706
(301) 731-4703, Ext. 307
FAX: (301) 731-6634
Email: laura.yeomans@catholiccharitiesdc.org
921 Loxford Terrace
Silver Spring, MD 20901

(301) 681-0664
Email: lyeomans@igc.org

PROFESSIONAL GOAL

To empower people to help themselves and organize for social justice.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
September 2010 to
Present

Parish Regional Coordinator for Catholic Charities.

  • Conduct emergency assessments in Spanish and English for families in crisis, including those experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, eviction, utility disconnection.

  • Provide advocacy and case management for families, working with clients toward greater stability and to accomplish client goals.

  • Present volunteer training workshops to increase volunteer capacity in parishes serving families in need.

  • Represent Catholic Charities on the Homeless Services Partnership, a coalition that develops and implements strategies to end homelessness in the county.

  • Develop options for implementation of client Financial Education classes in Prince George’s County. Conducted a pilot test of best options for Prince George’s County. Created recommendations for the implementation of the policy for Parish Partners. These recommendations were implemented in other counties.

  • Coordinate regional parish gatherings related to (1) the Transforming Neighborhood Initiative, (2) feedback sessions with Catholic Charities CEO, (3) best practices in parish food pantries, and (4) helping the homeless/those with mental illness.

  • Support parish efforts to educate staff, volunteers and parishioners concerning family abuse by coordinating parish workshops as requested.

  • Work cooperatively with staff to develop and compile monthly and quarterly data, client service guide and program manual.

Friends Meeting of Washington
October 2009 to
September 2010

Assistant Administrative Secretary for the Friends Meeting of Washington. Coordinated staff and volunteer activities. Managed the church website. Maintained church membership and contribution database and directory. Assisted event planning for members and outside groups.

My Sisterʼs Place
October 2008 to
October 2009,
Washington, DC

Family Advocate for domestic violence shelter and transitional housing.

  • Provided supportive listening, advocacy and referrals to clients in the shelter and on the crisis hotline in Spanish and English.

  • Screened potential clients for acceptance into the emergency shelter and transitional housing programs.

  • Helped conduct weekly support groups with adults.

  • Oversaw physical properties and maintenance for MSP housing sites.

Immigrant Worker Project/St. Joseph Catholic Church
2001 to Aug. 2008
Dover, Ohio

Community Organizer for the Immigrant Worker Project and Pastoral Associate for Hispanic Ministries for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dover, Ohio.

  • Provided case management and advocacy for immigrant Spanish-speaking domestic violence survivors to access emergency, medical, legal and social services.

  • Coordinated a womenʼs study group for survivors of domestic violence.

  • Taught English classes for adult immigrants.

  • Organized volunteer recruitment and training of Latino and American volunteers and leaders.

  • Conducted community outreach and organizing in the Latino community.

  • Translated for elementary school with immigrant families.

  • Wrote grants and documented progress toward funded programs.

WKSU featured Yeomans in an April 12, 2006, radio news story about the immigration debate in Ohio.

Ohio Citizen Action
1987 to 2001 Dover, Ohio

Research Director.

  • Wrote consumer and environmental column printed weekly for 13 years in ten Ohio newspapers including the Ashtabula Star Beacon and Hamilton Journal News.

  • Prepared 15 database studies analyzing contributions to Ohio politicians and compliance with campaign finance disclosure requirements.

  • Authored 10 database studies and reports concerning pollution, contaminants and toxic accidents.

  • Conducted press conferences, interviews with newspaper, radio and television reporters.

  • Testified before Ohio legislative committees. See testimony for H.B.119.

  • Coordinated 1999 legislative campaign culminating in passage of the Votersʼ Right-to-Know Act.

  • Wrote grant proposals and reports.

  • Published Op-Ed articles:
    What about Putting People First?
    Ohio Should Get Tough on Endocrine Disruptors
    Companies should be required to provide health-warning labels

See a list of reports, studies and other publications by Laura Yeomans

Appalachian Ohio Public Interest Campaign
1982-1987 Athens, Ohio

Director. Helped Appalachian Ohioans organize for fair utility rates, protect farm land above longwall coal mining, and reduce the use of pesticides. Wrote grant proposals and received funding from Protestant, Appalachian and Campaign for Human Development self-development funds.

Transitions, Inc., Zanesville, Ohio
1981-1982 Zanesville, Ohio

Director of shelter for battered women. Responsible for fundraising, supervising staff, community outreach, monitoring facility.

New York Public Interest Research Group
1979-1981 Bronx, New York

VISTA volunteer and supervisor of VISTA volunteers helping residents of the North and Southeast Bronx to organize to stop redlining and improve their communities.

Covenant House, Under 21
Summer 1978 New York

Staff in Catholic crisis center for runaway children and prostitutes.

EDUCATION

Walsh College
Canton, Ohio.

Counseling and Human Development, Graduate class in counseling. 2007

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Bachelor of arts degree in political science. 1974-76, 1977-78

University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland

Areas of concentration: British politics and social administration system. 1976-1977

OTHER EXPERIENCE

  • 2015 Maryland Statewide Comprehensive Domestic Violence Advocate training. 40 hours.

  • 2014 to present - Host parents for homeless teenagers in the Maryland Host Homes Program.

  • 2010 to 2014 - Volunteer English teacher for Gilcrest Center for Cultural Diversity.

  • 2010 Volunteer English tutor with Language Etc., Our Lady of the Americas.

  • 2010 Member of Hunger and Homelessness Task Force, Friends Meeting of Washington.

  • 2009 District of Columbia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Advocate Core Competency Training. 40 hours.

  • 2009 to 2011 - Volunteer with CASA de Maryland Fair Development Coalition.

  • 1997 to 2008 Board Member of Hispanic Ministries of Tuscarawas County.

  • 1980 to 2008 Coordinator, volunteer for phonebanks for different candidates.

  • 1990 Co-Chair of the Tuscarawas County Emergency Planning Committee.

  • 1985 to 1986 Co-Chair Projects Committee of the Commission on Religion in Appalachia.