United Way of Central Maryland
When the first graduate of Baltimore City’s Docket for Homeless Persons – a man who had been unable to secure housing due to a minor warrant—found a home through the new service, Jamie Meyers said she was proud of her work.
Meyers, 24, was a part of the team that created both the Baltimore City’s Docket for Homeless Persons and the Veterans Treatment Docket. As a program specialist for the United Way of Central Maryland, she coordinates service for citizens on both dockets, working and often strategizing with 15 agencies that help homeless families or those on the brink of homelessness in Central Maryland.
The Greektown resident holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, specializing in community action and social policy and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Newport University.
She said that her greatest accomplishment is bringing together groups that don’t typically play on the same team: the Baltimore City’s State’s Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Public Defender, and many nonprofits and government agencies.
“Without the cooperation of each party, the dockets wouldn’t be in existence,” Meyers said.
Meyers said that her work as an intern at United Way helped expand her skill set and challenged her to step outside her comfort zone—at the same time taught her a lot about program management and professionalism.
“I enjoy the opportunity every day to work with interdisciplinary teams consisting of a network of social workers, educators, lawyers, judges and families who all work together to improve the lives of those living in Maryland,” she said. “Whether I’m at the courthouse or in the office, no day is ever the same.”