Neighbor To Family-Jacksonville receives $40K grant from Gooding Endowment

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Neighbor To Family, Inc. (NTF) President and CEO Gordon Johnson recently announced the NTF-Jacksonville program was awarded a $40,000 grant from the Bryan Family Trustees of the Henry and Lucy Gooding Endowment to expand and enhance the successful, NTF Neviaser STAR (Services, Trainings, Academics, Recreation)  Parenting Program.

“This much-needed funding allows NTF-Jacksonville the ability to intensify ongoing, quality, performance results-generating parenting services, classes and coached, supervised visitations to NTF clients and community agencies’ parenting clients,” Johnson said. “They will learn alternative ways to deal with their children and family problems and provide a safe and positive home.”

The NTF Neviaser STAR Parenting Program is unique and specifically designed to work with NTF families experiencing abuse and neglect and uses successful family-centered initiatives, training techniques and tools designed to change parents’ behaviors to become more loving, caring parents for their children. Due to its success, the program currently serves 137 families and receives approximately 10 new referrals each week.

For more information about the NTF Neviaser STAR Parenting Program and the Henry and Lucy Gooding Endowment grant, contact NTF-Jacksonville Program Executive Director Aida Seeraj at (904) 996-9119 or by email at

NTF-Bartow and Heartland for Children meet with Congressman Daniel Webster to discuss programs

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Pictured in photo (l-r):  Heather Monteath, NTF-Bartow executive director; Congressman Daniel Webster; Teri Saunders, HFC CEO; Genet Stewart, HFC COO and Stephanie Westrate, NTF–Bartow F.I.R.S.T program supervisor.

BARTOW, FL – On Tue., April 7, NTF-Bartow and Heartland for Children (HFC) administrators met with Congressman Daniel Webster.

Congressman Webster was interested in hearing about the services provided by NTF-Bartow.  HFC CEO Teri Saunders discussed the role of HFC as the community-based care agent as well as the role of NTF-Bartow as one of its contracted service providers.

NTF-Bartow Executive Director Heather Monteath described the spectrum of diversion services provided, ranging from prevention to safety management.


Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation President Peter Racine visits Neighbor To Family, Inc. March 24 to learn more about the organization

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Top photo: NTF President/CEO Gordon Johnson (right) discusses the Sibling model with Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation President Peter Racine (left)

Bottom photo: From left to right — Johnson, NTF-Jacksonville Program Executive Director Aida Seeraj, Racine and NTF-Jacksonville Program Professional Foster Caregiver Ann Lisk.

NTF-UAC Miami Program holds door decorating contest to teach children about St. Patrick’s Day

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MIAMI, FL — The NTF-UAC Miami Program office held a St. Patrick’s Day door decorating contest. The children and staff decorated the doors. Everyone participated with music, food and games for the children to learn all about St Patrick’s Day.

NTF Vice President of Florida Operations and UAC Liaison Jamie Akins served as the judge with the following results: First place was a tie (top two doors pictured) between Lisette Perez and Yanilla Llompart-Millis. Second place (pictured bottom left) went to the teacher- Jennifer Espinosa and her assistant Gabe. Third place (pictured bottom right) was Nersy Quinones. Honorable mention was earned by Terry Witherspoon.

Gerow returns to the Neighbor To Family-Daytona Sibling Program as executive director

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NTF-Daytona Program Executive Director Rachael Gerow

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Neighbor To Family, Inc. (NTF) President and CEO Gordon Johnson recently appointed Rachael Gerow as the executive director of Neighbor To Family, Inc.’s (NTF) Daytona sibling Program.

Gerow earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Massachusetts and a Master of Social Work from UCF.  She served as the NTF-Daytona Sibling Program executive director from 2002-2007 and was most recently an operations review specialist for the FL Dept. of Children and Families.

“Rachael returns to NTF with valuable, varied background and experience including residential, case management and rape crisis counseling and we are absolutely thrilled to have her return to our NTF family,” Johnson said.

Gerow replaces James Akins who was recently promoted to NTF-Corporate as its vice president of Florida programs.

NTF-Jacksonville hosts first Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance

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JACKSONVILLE, FL — On Feb. 16, NTF-Jacksonville hosted its first Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance. This beautiful event was facilitated by Neviaser STAR Nurturing Parenting Facilitators Michelle Adams and Mia Hill.

A special Valentine’s Day Cupid DJ played great music, while the children had an opportunity to create their own Valentine’s Day cards, take photos at the Sweetheart Photo Booth and, of course, dance and eat lots of food and dessert!

Birthdays were celebrated, and there was also a photographer and videographer on hand to record all of the fun! Everyone had a wonderful time!