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The Places of Worship Advisory Board (POWAB)

2021 Theme:

POWAB General Body Meeting is
 November 12, 2021

Good Day!

The Co-Chairs of the Places of Worship Advisory Board invite you to our monthly
POWAB Zoom meeting

Vision: We connect people and communities to resources to achieve and support whole person health in mind, body and spirit.
POWAB hosts monthly General Body meetings that are open to the public.
When: The 2nd Friday
of each month
At each meeting we will have a Community Wellness Check-In where you can also win prizes!

To learn more about
POWAB, visit us at:

Rev. Carmi Washington-Flood
Chief, Office of Faith Based and Community Partnership
Maryland Department of Health
DMV Faith in Action Community Connections Maryland
Government Co-Chair.
Speaking on Transforming Your Anger
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Rev. Carmi Washington-Flood, B.S., M.A., is presently the Chief of the Office of Faith Based and Community Partnerships (OFBCP) for the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration under the Maryland State Department of Health. This office collaborates with leaders and members of all faiths across Maryland.
Rev. Washington-Flood serves on several community boards and coalitions including: the Get SMART Project at Morgan State University, the Why Women Cry Coalition, the Statewide Child Evangelism Fellowship Board, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections Female Offender Workgroup, the Johns Hopkins Medical Religious Partners, the West Baltimore Drug Free Communities Coalition, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health Community Advisory Board.

 Rev. Carmi Washington-Flood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Masters of Arts degree in Ministry and Leadership Administration from Lancaster Bible College. She is a licensed and ordained minister and is a member of the National Baptist Convention, the Baptist Ministers Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity, and the United Baptist Missionary Convention. She is also Goverment Co-Chair for the DMV Faith in Action Community Connections.
 For More information Contact:
Rev. Carmi Washington-Flood
Maryland Department of Health 
Prevention and Health Promotion Administration
500 N. Calvert Street, 5th Floor

 Say "Thank You" - A Motivational Video On
The Importance Of Gratitude
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We Need You!
Those interested in a partnership or membership should email their business information or bio and
recent photo to
Rev. Dana "Salia" Mitchell

POWAB Recognizes the following:

Please visit POWAB'S Facebook page!
Updated Video
Community Day Health
and Wellness Fair,
Public Service - Featuring community partnerships
Announcement (PSA) 2021.
Rev. Darryl! Moch, Co-Lead for POWAB Membership Committee
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November is National Family Caregivers Month
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November is
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
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Meditation Monday
The Power of Water
Hamani Wilson
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Justin Bieber - Intentions number one expression of giving and love.
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The Power of Gratitude - Inspirational View Video Below
Short Gratitude Story for Kids to Help Others Value Humanity
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POWAB General Body Meeting

11/12/21 12:00pm - 11/12/21 2:00pm

POWAB monthly meetings are open to the general public. We welcome you to join us. Let's change lives together.
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POWAB Highlights Government Co-Lead for Events
Mrs. T'Wana Holmes who has served for 13 years with the Places of Worship Advisory Board (POWAB)

T’Wana (Talented, Anointed, Wise, Authentic, Noble, & Affable) Holmes: POWAB Presence & Power
Dependable, consistent, and compassionate are three words that describe T’Wana Holmes who is one of the rocks of POWAB. She is also a person who just knows the right things to say to encourage and build up others when they need it the most. So, this month we take time to highlight and share our love for her.  T’Wana is steady and measured. We can always gage the success of our program activities by her clear and sharp observations and recommendations. POWAB leaders and members can always count on her and as such she has been one of the strongest and most steadfast anchors of our organization.
T’Wana is always thinking about the clarity and credibility of POWAB, the impact of POWAB, and the legacy of POWAB. Her interests are not in the accolades that can be heaped on individuals but on the positive health outcomes and changes made in the lives of the people we serve and the community. If POWAB had a First Lady (if we can borrow from the Black Christian Church tradition for a moment) T’Wana would be it.  She is steady and she will always have your back. She stands by her morals and will tell you the truth in love. T’Wana lives her life with integrity. Her yes means yes and her no needs no explanation. Even in the midst of her own personal challenges she is thinking about others and sacrifices precious time to meet, plan, and participate in POWAB meetings and activities. To say that she goes above and beyond would be an understatement of the true nature what it is to experience T’Wana’s humble spirit but powerful presence.
The founding members of POWAB, and indeed everyone who comes to POWAB, becomes a part of the tapestry of this marvelous work where the government public health bodies, community and faith organizations, and local as well as national business interests come together. In this tapestry of POWAB T’Wana embodies what it means to be One In The Spirit. T’Wana can be laser focused and at times it takes a lot to move her, but she has always remained open to other ideas even when she held a different perspective. She speaks her mind and welcomes others to do the same. She is exacting but open and recognizes that we do not always have to agree or have the same perspectives. She shows her commitment by giving her insights, offering her support, and lifting up the best qualities of our collective. This rare quality makes her a strong and forceful servant leader in her work, POWAB, and in her life ministry. She is truly one of the reasons why we are One In The Spirit.  When you have T’Wana in your corner you have a warrior spirit and compassionate leader. There is no doubt that she is part of the stitching, actually an essential thread, that keeps this woven tapestry of faith, government, and community growing and going. 

In Gratitude,
Rev. Darryl! LC Moch, Co-Lead for Membership Committee

Laughter is good medicine for the soul and spirit!
Best of The 2021 Funniest video for cat and dog lovers.
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Women, Infants, & Children Services:
Food, nutrition counseling, and access to health services are provided under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, popularly known as WIC.

Community Resources
Holistic videos for whole person health
in mind, body and spirit
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How To Get Startup Funding For A Small Business
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What does a healthy relationship look like?
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Wage Theft: How it Happens
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Millions of Americans Are Struggling Without Paid Family Leave
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POWAB Social Media Committee and The SPIRIT Newsletter Team needs your help to grow our presence and achieve our goal to connect people to resources for whole person health in mind, body, and spirit. Please consider volunteering as a writer or reporter on our dynamic team.

Mr. Stephen Reese is the voice for The Offical
POWAB Public Service Announcements and
City Wide Commercials. He encourages the community to join POWAB General Body Meeting.
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Video created by The Health Education Network


POWAB The SPIRIT Newsletter Editor, Bernadette Bailey

POWAB General Editor, Rev. Dana "Salia" Mitchell

POWAB Resources and Outreach Activities
CDC Reverses Indoor Mask Policy For Vaccinated Americans
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masks and hand sanitizers
for your family or your place of worship
while supplies last!

View website below:
Walking by Faith and Wearing a Mask in your Faith Communities!

Mayor Bowser's Administration has directed approximately $2 million each to three local nonprofit organizations to administer the relief: 

These nonprofits can assist renters with applying for relief. Renters and homeowners can find more information about relief programs at

COVID-19 Updates
PG County Maryland Resources COVID-19 Updates


Virginia Resources

Do you know a champion in the HIV community?
Theratechnologies, Inc. is looking for non-medical personnel who work or volunteer in the HIV community to celebrate and feature during our monthly THERAThursdays webinar. This person will be highlighted as a Thera Community Champion and will receive a $1000 sponsorship for the organization at which they are employed or volunteer.
To nominate yourself or someone you know, please go to
Voting ends at midnight (CST)
For more information about becoming a Community Partner,

POWAB Chaplin's Resources

Free Food from Costco Every Week!

Minister Alfreda Chi Mauuso
has taken her gift of service
to the residents of Washington, DC. If you are a senior or your family is in need of food and water or household supplies,
call 202-813-7048.

Fast Grants Grants Approved in 48 Hours 70000 Housing Grants
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DC Hearing Aid Assistance Program
Do you know someone age 65 or older who is a District resident and needs a hearing aid? The DC Hearing Aid Assistance Program (HAAP) provides up to a $500 reimbursement towards the cost of a hearing aid purchase. To qualify, you must be age 65 year or older and have an annual gross household income of $100,000 or less. Visit to download the
the application or to complete it online. To request a paper application or if you have questions, call (202) 617-5919 or Click here for email

POWAB Question:

Trivia question
Which country are the
Canary Islands part of?

The Answer is found below

Famous quote

The difference between charity and philanthropy is the distance of soul; to be philanthropic is to give something, to be charitable is to give one’s own heart.
Maya Angelou 

POWAB's Inspirational, Empowering and Educational Corner!

THE POWER OF GRATITUDE - This Motivational Speech Will Make You Cry
Steve Harvey

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The Best Meal Plan To Lose Fat Faster (EAT LIKE THIS!)
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November: POWAB
Senior Outreach
F.R.E.S.H is requesting non-persishable food for this year's feed a family 11/23/2021
for more information
call 240-938-2166

DMV Faith in Action Webinar
December 13, 2021

Walking While Trans
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Muslim Mindful Moment

Does mankind think that they will be left alone on saying, We believe, and not be tried?
And certainly We tried those before them, so Allah will certainly know those who are true and He will certainly know the liars.
Or do they who do evil think that they will escape Us? Evil is it that they judge!
Whoever hopes to meet Allah, the term appointed by Allah will then most surely come; and He is the Hearing, the Knowing.
And whoever strives hard, he strives only for his own soul; most surely Allah is Self-sufficient, above (need from) all things Created.
And those who believe and do good, We will most certainly do away with their bad deeds and We will most certainly reward
them with the good of what they did.
[Noble Qur'aan: Chapter The Spider, verses 2-7]
POWAB Honors
Senior Citizens
Seniors dancing to Uptown Funk
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POWAB Trivia Answer:


POWAB Honor's Veteran
US Navy - Yeoman 2nd Class
 1985 - 1993
He served on the USS Nimitz and USS America for his sea duty. He was stationed at the Pentagon
in the Navy Office of
Legislative Affairs.

Elder George Kerr, III is committed to educating, training, advocating and collaborating for social justice through harm reduction. He has a long and committed history of effectively working with some of the District's most prominent health service providers. Elder Kerr has motivated hundreds of individuals to advocate for those who have suffered the stigma of HIV and substance abuse . Click here for email
POWAB Educational and Informational Resources!
To apply for employment at

Mayor Muriel Bowser and
Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director
of DC Health
Promotes COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children, 11/3/21

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Residents who received the Pfizer vaccine earlier this year should start making plans to receive their booster shot: Find your vaccine card or access your vaccine record by visiting, call your healthcare provider to discuss your options for a booster, or visit to find a location near you. Residents who need support can
call 855-363-0333.
Eligible residents can go to one of the 153 locations around the city that offer the safe, free, and effective COVID-19 vaccines.
Learn more HERE. 

Virginia Health Department

Hope Campaign 
With the hopes of returning to a sense of normalcy,
the Hope Campaign was created to encourage vaccinations as a route to return to things
we miss the most in life.
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Veronica Cosby, MAHS, MS
Virginia Partners In Prayer & Prevention, Office of Health Equity,
Virginia Department
of Health
Office: (804) 864-7361

Maryland Health Department

Carmi Washington-Flood
Chief, Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, Maryland Department of Health 
Prevention and Health Promotion Administration

Maryland Community for LifeSM is an innovative program developed by the Maryland Department of Aging to support older adults as they age at home.
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LinkU is the free online resource and referral guide for DC, Maryland, and Virginia, available for consumers, faith-based organizations (FBOs), and community-based organizations (CBOs). If your organization would like to become a LinkU staff member, please contact
Ashley Coleman at Email Here

Rev. Fr. Nana Melvin Deal

Native Washingtonian, Rev. Fr. Nana Melvin Deal manifested as a community priest, accomplished dancer, musician, choreographer, researcher and director who trained countless at risk youth in African dance and drumming to improve their sense of self.
The title Nana is a gender neutral title representing the highest office in society among the Akan people of Ghana, West Africa. The word Nana denotes the social eminence derived from nobility or advanced age. It is the perfect term to denote an elder or venerable ancestor.
Rev. Fr. Nana Melvin Deal was ordained in the Imani Temple African American Catholic Congregation which believes that people who do not take ownership and control over their own destiny moved by the genius of their culture can never achieve full spiritual, social, economic political, cultural, educational and psychological maturity.
We honor God for the gift of our beloved Rev. Fr. Nana Melvin Deal who is one with God in spirit now and forevermore.
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De-Stressing at a Holistic Healing Centre CBC Life
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15 Min. Short Peaceful Meditation Music to Relax Mind Body, Tranquility, Inner Healing Music
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Art Therapy Activity for Letting Go
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POWAB Disclaimer Statement: The information and suggestions presented in The SPIRIT newsletter are not intended to be taken as advice by an individual reader or viewer. It should not be used as a substitute for consulting your physician. Matters regarding your health may require medical supervision. The DC Health Places of Worship Advisory Board (POWAB) shall not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or suggestions. You, as the reader, are totally and completely responsible for your own health and healthcare

Featuring a Special Message from
Dr. Marjorie Brown, one of the founding member of POWAB
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I am Evangelist Regina Jefferson, the Interfaith Coordinator of the DC Health and Government Co-Chair of POWAB. I am grateful for all of the support and volunteer hours given by the faith/community and government leadership in the DMV area. May this month of thankfulness remind you to be thankful for your personal relationships, family,
co-workers and communities of faith their leadership. Love is the greatest gift you can give to others and yourself. I am thankful for each and everyone of you. Blessings.
I Love You!

POWAB has been publishing a monthly e-newsletter, The Spirit, since
2019. Although we have received very positive feedback on its quality and content, we noticed that some recipients seldom read it. In our effort to appeal to everyone, please provide some feedback by responding to the comments and question using the email below.

  1. I would like to submitt an article and/or video.
  2. It's a wonderful publication and I enjoy the videos and articles.
  3. It's a great learning experience.
  4. My schedule does not allow me time to read it.
  5. What frequency would you prefer: monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly newsletter?

We welcome your business, organization and/or faith community to join us. If you are interested in becoming a partner or would like more information about how your business can benefit through promotion in The SPIRIT Newsletter. Contact: Bernadette Bailey, Editor
Donna Gayles,
Community Co-Chair
 Regina Jefferson,
Government Co-Chair
Tasha Moses,
Community Co-Chair