This small town faced challenges due to arsenic and lead contamination in its water and long-deferred maintenance. RCAP Solutions provided board training, technical assistance, and GIS mapping to bring the town into compliance and give it a full picture of its infrastructure.
This workshop will discuss six (6) topics:
- Day 1 is Distribution Systems and Water Quality, Large Building Water Quality Issues, Main Breaks/Cross Connections
- Day 2 is Flushing, Contaminants of Concern: Manganese, Source Water Assessment and Protection
Tracey Weeden, MSW, LCSW/LICSW; RCAP Solutions Board of Directors, Vice Chair
Tracey Weeden is the Executive Director of Brockton Behavioral Health Facility at Boston Medical Center and joined the RCAP Solutions Board of Directors in January of 2021.
She has extensive experience in the healthcare and nonprofit arena, with a background in administration, behavioral health, and homelessness prevention. In her previous position as Chief Operating Officer for First Step of Sarasota, she focused on affordable behavioral health treatment and system of care optimization. She also has experience managing a private practice as a psychotherapist.
Tracey was drawn to social work because of her childhood experiences growing up in an urban environment. She remarked “there was a lot of violence, parentification, mental illness, and substance misuse. But amid the prevalence of trauma, there was also so much hope for a better way of life. At an early age I was interested in other people’s stories and potential. When I went to college, I did not know what I wanted to do, but knew I wanted to break the cycle of oppression in the community I had grown up in. I majored in social work, and it just felt right. At an early age, I felt sensitive to others’ needs and seemed to be able to put myself in someone else’s shoes. Although I don’t make it a practice to disclose my experiences, oftentimes I deeply understand the barriers to quality of life clients experience.”
Tracey is a former employee of RCAP Solutions, where she was a member of the leadership team, as Director of Counseling and Homeless Services. “When I was at RCAP, I absolutely loved the work,” she commented. “Working at RCAP, I showed up 100% every day for the organization and our clients. They were long days, but it was all worth it. RCAP is deeply mission driven. RCAP’s services for people in need is undeniable. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a community, helping people where they are and supporting them as they move to a better place? RCAP’s work aligns with my values and everything I stand for as a social worker, a woman, and a woman of color.”
Tracey went on to say “RCAP’s work comes down to people helping people. This resonates with me and is what’s unique about RCAP. The employees genuinely want their clients to achieve a better quality of life. At RCAP we are paying it forward.”
Tracey feels strongly about being an active board member. “I want to be a real objective resource to the leadership team and a sounding board. I understand the culture and dynamics as a social worker and as a businesswoman.”
When talking about her experience serving on the board, Tracey exclaimed, “It’s been fun! I like the diverse expertise the volunteer team brings to the table. The board is open to looking at things differently and trying new ideas. This will determine the sustainability of the organization overall. The board is engaged, understands the impact of the work, and is realistic about what it takes to provide services. It’s very exciting to be a part of this energized board.”
When asked about her future goals for the organization, she replied, “I hope that a year from now we are in the process of implimenting a successful, operational, and people-driven strategic plan. I believe we can really put RCAP on the map as a leader in all aspects of community and environmental services.”
Tracey is a self-published author and has volunteered for the City of Worcester’s Human Rights Commission and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s suicide prevention initiative. She is currently a Commissioner for the Massachusetts Status of Woman of Plymouth County. Tracey earned a MS in social work at Boston University and is working towards her Doctorate degree in Business Administration with a focus in Health Services Administration at Northcentral University. She brings a deep understanding of the programmatic, funding, and strategic needs of the organization, along with nonprofit leadership, fundraising and community outreach.
When asked about her personal and professional achievements, Tracey commented, “it was always a goal for me to do more of the work in helping others to grow and lift themselves out of traumatic environments. I’m proud of that. In this field of social work, there are not many Black People or Native Americans in leadership positions. I don’t see a lot of “me” represented and I will never take it for granted. I hope to be an example and to inspire others.”
In her free time, Tracey enjoys creating things. “I love candle making, jewelry making, upcycling furniture, gardening, and creating a new space in my yard or home. It helps me relax. Being creative helps me to think outside of the box overall. I enjoy focusing on the hobby and it’s extremely relaxing for me.”
The Water Environment Federation Wastewater Collection System Basics training is an introductory program that has been designed to provide systems of all sizes with a basic understanding of how wastewater collection systems function and are best managed. The training will include a description of system operations, internal components, and maintenance & repairs from historical and modern perspectives. The program will give an overview of system attributes for operators, board members, managers, and support staff including the ability to identify and define collection system components to better recognize their role in wastewater management and treatment.
RCAP Solutions’ 2022 Impact Report – A Year of Rejuvenation
2022 was a year marked by growth, development, and ultimately rejuvenation as RCAP Solutions began its rebound from a tumultuous and transformational time. View our 2022 Impact Report to learn more about last year’s accomplishments and check out stories from the people we serve!
We thank our partners and continued supporters and invite you to join us as we continue to work towards a collective vision of a world made up of strong and resilient communities and individuals, confident in their potential and with ownership of their success.
We look forward to a productive 2023 as we remain steadfast in our commitment to fulfilling our mission: To foster personal and public self-reliance and improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and the communities in which they live.
Is your water utility anticipating funding from the State of New Hampshire in 2023 or planning to apply in 2024? Are you aware that completing a Water System Business Plan or Asset Management Plan must be completed as a condition of the State funding, and can help your project rank higher for future funding? This free training will walk you through the steps to complete and apply your Water System Business Plan to ensure the long-term upkeep and sustainability of your water infrastructure assets. The training is targeted to all water operators, managers, consultants, and board members of small, privately-owned community systems serving less than 1,000 people.
Is your water utility anticipating funding from the State of New Hampshire in 2023 or planning to apply in 2024? Are you aware that completing a Water System Business Plan or Asset Management Plan must be completed as a condition of the State funding, and can help your project rank higher for future funding? This free training will walk you through the steps to complete and apply your Water System Business Plan to ensure the long-term upkeep and sustainability of your water infrastructure assets. The training is targeted to all water operators, managers, consultants, and board members of small, privately owned community systems serving less than 1,000 people.
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