The Mid-County Regional Service Center (RSC) serves a population of approximately 220,000 individuals and businesses in an area that extends from the Beltway to Howard County and includes such communities as Ashton, Aspen Hill, Brookeville, Capital View, Derwood, Forest Glen, Glenmont, Kemp Mill, Kensington, Layhill, Norbeck, Olney, Sandy Spring, Upper Rock Creek, and Wheaton.

Monday, October 3, 2011

¡Un placer en conocerte!  Today, I’m pleased to introduce myself as the new Director of the Mid County Regional Center.  As a native of Montgomery County, I’m honored to serve my community in this role.  I have been working as a nonprofit executive for the last five and a half years supporting our most vulnerable populations in our region.  Now, I take a larger step by supporting a vaster and broader population throughout the mid-county area. 

One way in which I plan to achieve this goal is through this blog, writing about my experiences throughout the community, sharing the information I gain through my work, and celebrating the many achievements that emerge in our community.  This would not be possible without getting to know you—our youth, families, residents and businesses of this area.  With eleven communities a part of my region—communities of Wheaton, Kemp Mill, Aspen Hill, Glenmont, Layhill, Kensington, Norbeck, Olney, Sandy Spring, Upper Rock Creek and Brookeville—there is much to learn about the unique assets that distinguish each area from the other.  I need help in this process, particularly with introductions to your communities or maybe in answering some of the many questions I have.  Questions like:
  •  What are you most proud of in your community? ¿De que estas orgulloso/a en tu comunidad?
  • How do you get to know your neighbors? ¿Como tratas de conocer tus vecinos?
  • Do you know how the children of your community are faring?  ¿Sabes como estan viviendo los niños de tu comunidad?

These questions can tell us a great deal about how we are all living in these communities, connected or not to the realities of the people around us. They might even challenge us to try new forms of communication and engagement.  My hope is that together, we can learn something new about each other that may change how we view the future of our community.

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