The holidays are again upon us. This week we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving, and soon, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Times for family, friends, food, gifts and celebration for most of us. But for those affected by violence, abuse, neglect, addictions and mental health challenges, the usually cheerful season is a little different. Happiness can be overshadowed by fear, uncertainty, depression and the many consequences of addiction. For too many, an already bad situation spirals into despair. Even for people who have not been exposed to trauma, the holidays can be a stressful time. The reasons are many—time off school exposes children to […]
Family & Children’s Place staff and client families celebrated with 22 of the 33 children graduating from our fall 2018 HANDS client class. HANDS is a core program for Family & Children’s Place that provides new parents free in-home visitation by a skilled mentor who teaches them parenting and behavioral skills, and techniques and activities that stimulate development to give their baby the best start possible in life. The graduation was held at Our Lady of Sorrows on Eastern Parkway with nearly 90 family members in attendance. Fifth Third Insurance/Epic Insurance Solutions sponsored the hour-long ceremony and celebration. Each graduate […]
A young Kentucky native recently hiked the 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail and is now trekking across Kentucky, visiting all fifteen Children’s Advocacy Centers. Amanda Bess, a Louisville native, recently completed the long journey, from Georgia to Maine, as part of her Hike 4 Hope fundraising campaign. She began her excursion as a way to raise money for two organizations close to her heart – Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers and A Kid Again. Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers (KACAC) is a state-wide membership association for Children’s Advocacy Centers in Kentucky. Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) are focused […]
Child abuse prevention, care agency shares honor with Volunteers of America Mid-States LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2018) – Family & Children’s Place is pleased to announce that it is a winner of the 2018 Pyramid Award for Collaboration, along with Volunteers of America Mid-States. The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, which annually awards the honor announced the award Thursday. “We could not be more proud of this award, or of the wonderful collaboration with Volunteers of America that led to this recognition,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place, a child abuse prevention and treatment agency. “Through […]
During three sessions over three weeks of the out of school summer program, Ms. Meghann came and volunteered her time to teach youth square dancing. We learned line dancing, the Virginia Reel, and square dancing. The kids truly loved learning with Ms. Meghann, who took time at the beginning and end of each session to teach the youth about mindfulness and compassion. Staffer Ashley Friedrich said she loved learning too!
This summer not only did out of school students have fun at Youth Build, they also took a couple field trips. One was with PAL Coalition students to Bernheim Forest. It was amazing! Bernheim funded us to do the Wilson Creek exploration, where we walked a trail to a creek to catch crawfish. Staff there gave us lessons about the origination of their forest, and then we got to explore the other parts of Bernheim. We got to play kickball after lunch and to walk out on the Tree Canopy. It was a great day with great people!
On Thursdays, after physical activity, out of school students have “Staff Torture,” a time where students that receive Ubuntu tickets (earned by good behavior/above and beyond behavior), and choose a staff member to tease. Some pick throwing water balloons, while others want to pie a staff member in the face. Junior staff isn’t safe from this activity, so even they got soaked and creamed. It’s a fun team building time for everyone and we have program-wide water balloon fights at the end!
One of Family & School Services junior staff got to talk about his home country, Ghana, during a recent culture club. It was amazing to see him tell stories about the food, culture, and political climate. He brought in African clothing to show students and showed them where his home country is on a map. At the end, students asked many interesting questions about his country.
During the last week of the Family & School Services summer program, out of school students got to make tie-dye shirts! Every youth had a personalized, uniquely designed shirt they got to take home. It was so much fun creating such a fun art piece!
CLASP and Next Steps, the out of school programs at Meyzeek Middle and Hazelwood Middle in Louisville and New Albany, partnered for a field trip in mid-July. Staff and students went to River Run Family Park, which has a big pool, slides, and a lazy river. Staff took 17 students to enjoy the end of the summer together, splashing and having a blast! Every kid loved it and wished they could stay even longer.