Deirdre R. Gardner, also known as Dee, is the Supervisor of the Survivor Advocacy Program, a new supportive program for survivors of homicide victims that utilizes advocates to provide services in the immediate aftermath of a homicidal victimization. She supervises the part-time survivor advocates who conduct home visits, follow-ups, as well as, provide referral to community resources to survivors of homicide victims in Baltimore City to address their identified needs following the homicide. She also oversees all of the programs offered to survivors, which includes the Homicide Transformation Project (HTP) in Baltimore City, and the Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR) family support group for those who have experienced a homicidal loss in Baltimore County and Prince George’s County. Ms. Gardner facilitates an SFCR group for children and adult survivors in Baltimore County, targeted to start in March 2015.
Ms. Gardner received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University Of Maryland Baltimore County in Social Work and African American Studies. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work. Ms. Gardner is scheduled to receive an Advance Certificate in Forensic Social Work in December 2014. She has been a licensed graduate social worker since 2005.
Ms. Gardner has over 20 years of experience working in the victim services field. Previously, she has served as a Social Worker with the Cardinal Sheehan Center/Stella Maris Hospice, as a Child Protective Services Intake Worker with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, as a case manager with the former Child Advocacy Network now known as the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, as a case manager with the Felony Family Violence Division of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, and as a victim advocate and later as a clinician with the Family Bereavement Center, a program under the auspices of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. Prior to joining Roberta’s House in August 2014, Ms. Gardner served as the Director of Victim Services with the Maryland Crime Victim’s Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC).