HANDS parties with a purpose – graduation

HANDS parties with a purpose – graduation

Children and families in our HANDS (Health Access Nurturing Development Services) program partied with a purpose recently – celebrating their graduation with games, food, gifts, mortarboards and plenty of fun. HANDS is one of six core programs at Family & Children’s Place, and focuses principally on helping prepare parents to raise a happy, healthy child in a home free from neglect and abuse. Parent visitors mentor moms and dads in parenting and behavioral skills, and techniques and activities that stimulate the baby’s development to give him or her the best start possible in life. Recently, HANDS recognized 46 graduates – […]

FSP families celebrate Moving Up, self-sufficiency

All of us at Family & Children’s Place are so excited by and so proud to be a part of our clients’ successes. Recently, our Family Stabilization Program (FSP) team celebrated a Moving Up ceremony with five of their  client families. These are the first five client families that have successfully transitioned from uncertain housing to Section 8 Housing – a federal program that helps low-income families, the elderly and disables afford decent, safe and secure housing in the private market. As they move up, the families graduate from FSP and no longer need the program’s case management services, taking […]

Halloween is all about being safe

A worthwhile repost from 2015: Halloween is just around the corner, a time for kids to choose just the right costume for trick-or-treating. While fun and scoring as much candy as possible are the ultimate fright night goals, it’s good to keep child safety in mind. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control to ensure the safest spooky night possible: S – swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible. A — avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to […]

Laura’s Angels: A fashion statement for children

Are you a fiend for fashion? A champion of children? Blend a bit of both at Laura’s Angels: Disco Fever, a night of ’70s flashback fashion where 100 percent of proceeds go to organizations working with young people in Louisville, including Family & Children’s Place. Planned by Kentucky’s own America’s Next Top Model Runner Up and All-Star, Laura Kirkpatrick, the charity fashion show brings together the state’s hottest designers, refreshingly colorful models and most recognized hair and makeup squad for the one night event, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at the city’s top dance club, PLAY, 1101 E. […]

Report shows seven years of decline in student substance use, abuse

Majority of students report no use, but non-prescribed drug use remains unchanged LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2016) – For the seventh straight year, the percentage of surveyed students living in the 40208, 40210 and 40215 ZIP codes (an area served by the PAL Coalition) who reported they used alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana decreased, according to the 2016 Youth Core Measures Report. The reductions are significant, say G. Sam Sloss, Ph.D, and Sheila Anderson, BSN, MA, JD, who prepared and shared the report at a PAL Coalition meeting Wednesday, Oct. 19. PAL is a Drug Free Communities Grant provided through the […]

Community Shield Conference is Thursday

Themes:  Increase community awareness and reduce the impact of violence LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (Oct. 17, 2016) – Community Shield, a local collaborative working to reduce the impact of violence on children in our community will hold its fourth annual conference on Oct. 20.  Featured speakers includee Dr. Nancy Hardt, professor emeritus, Pathology & Obstetrics/Gynecology College of Medicine, University of Florida, and Dr. Ruth Shepherd, former director, Division of Maternal & Child Health, Kentucky Department for Public Health. The event is at the Crowne Plaza, 830 Phillips Lane, in Louisville, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and will cover information to increase awareness […]

MainSource helps families feel at home

Thanks to our friends at MainSource Bank, who provided $2,500 for our Family Stabilization program. The gift will help provide essential items for families, including pans and cooking utensils, plates and glasses, bedding, towels, shower curtains, brooms, mops, buckets, trashcans and other household items.  The gift also provides heating and cooling units, including fans and portable space heaters. In the photo above are, Micah Jorrisch, Philanthropy, Quentin Childers, Family Stabilization Program, and J. Scott Borowick, market president. Thanks, MainSource, for helping make our families housing feel like home.

Today is World Mental Health Day

Today, Oct. 10, 2016, is World Mental Health Day – a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy, and a day to recognize and acknowledge that mental illness doesn’t just happen to other people, that it’s a growing concern for us all. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), if we don’t act urgently, by 2030 depression will be the leading illness globally.” World Mental Health Day began in 1992 as the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in many countries, including the United States. […]

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