Samuel champions safety for NTF


LaToya Samuel

ATLANTA, GA — LaToya Samuel, Assistant to the Vice President of GA and SC Operations, was presented with the President’s Leadership Award last Friday in recognition of her eight years of dedicated service as chair of the NTF Safety Committee.   Congratulations, LaToya!

31 Supper Club wine-tasting event a success

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Neighbor To Family – Daytona held a Toast to Foster Families wine-tasting event last week at the very swanky 31 Supper Club and raised over $3,000 to date.

Over 100 guests enjoyed a variety of California whites and reds, appetizers and decadent chocolate. Many thanks to 31 Supper Club, Grind Gastropub, S. R. Perrott and Sappho Chocolates for their donations and contributions to make this event possible.

NTF-Jacksonville still recruiting runners/walkers for this weekend’s 5K


JACKSONVILLE, FL — Get your Superhero costumes ready!  Neighbor To Family-Jacksonville is hosting its 3rd annual Superhero Family 5K & Kids Fun Run in partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation on Sat., Nov 14.  Let’s make this year the best event to date!

Come join the fun.  REGISTER TODAY!

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NTF-GA participates in the Ryan Cameron Foundation’s annual “Health Fair and Walk”

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Pictured: Ryan Cameron, Ryan Cameron Foundation Leadership Academy; NTF Vice President Tony Everett; other NTF staff and professional foster caregivers

ATANTA, GA — On Sat., Nov. 7, Neighbor To Family (NTF)-GA community partner Ryan Cameron of the Ryan Cameron Foundation (RCF), along with Amerigroup and the NTF Safety Committee, granted foster children a VIP pass to the RCF annual “Health Fair and Walk.”

The event included a Peer-to-Peer Leadership Day, free transportation, lunch and medical screenings. The students of the RCF Leadership Academy taught the children in care and professional foster caregivers about cyber safety, safe teen driving and provided arts and crafts for the younger children.

All children received special giveaways of tee-shirts, fitness packs, jump ropes and exercise cards while the professional foster caregivers attended a special parenting training workshop taught by prominent psychologist Dr. Alduan Tartt,

Of note, Dr. Tartt previously co-hosted, “Love Addiction,” on TVOne, which healed toxic relationships and currently serves as a consultant for the NBA.

Once again, Ryan Cameron has displayed his love for NTF-GA children, staff and professional foster caregivers.

Neighbor To Family welcomes back Sen. Evelyn Lynn to its Board of Directors


Sen. Evelyn Lynn

DAYTONA BEACH, FL — Sen. Evelyn Lynn, who, as a Florida legislator, co-authored the legislation that brought NTF to Florida in 1998, was officially welcomed back to the NTF Board of Directors at its Oct. 17 meeting.

Sen. Lynn, a resident of Ormond Beach, Florida, is a former Republican member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 7 from 2002 to 2012. She served as City Commissioner of Ormond Beach from 1991 to 1994 and in the Florida House of Representatives from 1994 to 2002.

Dr. Lynn is also a distinguished educator, serving in administrative roles for the Volusia County School Board and University of Central Florida.

According to President/CEO Gordon Johnson, “Neighbor To Family has had no more ardent and faithful supporter than Senator Lynn.   Her presence on our Board is invaluable.”

The Jacksonville Jaguars Announces the Jaguars/Ed Block Courage House Award to Neighbor to Family

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Top :  Members of The ROAR, Team Mascot Jaxson De Ville, Jaguars Alum Richard Collierr & Jaguars Defensive Tackle Roy Miller joined several children for this special luncheon. Below: Jaguars Defensive Tackle Roy Miller signs an autograph for one of his biggest fans!

DAYTONA BEACH, FL —   The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation announced that Neighbor to Family has been chosen to be the Jaguars/Ed Block Courage House award recipient. Neighbor To Family, headquartered in Daytona Beach with offices in Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, and Bartow, Florida specializes in keeping sibling groups together. The award was presented at a special luncheon on Oct. 13 at Daytona International Speedway.

Jacksonville Jaguars Team President Mark Lamping, Neighbor To Family President/CEO Gordon Johnson and Ed Block Courage Award Foundation Director of Community Relations Brett Dickinson were joined by Jaguars Defensive Tackle Roy Miller, a 2009 Courage Award recipient, alumni Richard Collier, a 2009 Courage Award recipient, members of the ROAR cheerleaders and JAXSON De Ville to mark this special occasion.  A $10,000 charitable gift from the Ed Block Courage Foundation was presented by Mark Lamping to Neighbor To Family during the ceremony.

“Neighbor to Families’ unique and inspiring work to keep siblings together is a very important issue that we graciously support and their track record of family reunification is a model for the nation,” states Mark Lamping, President of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Neighbor To Family was founded with the notion to revolutionize foster care by keeping siblings together while building healthier families and stronger communities. More than 70% foster children have siblings and are often times traumatized when separated from their brothers and sisters. Neighbor To Family, co-founded by Gordon Johnson and his wife Deloris, work with trained foster parents who specialize in caring for 3 or more children. They and the professional staff work diligently with the biological parents for family reunification whenever possible.

“This partnership marks the joining of three organizations determined to improve the lives of abused and neglected children and their families at a level greater than any could attain alone, “Johnson said.

A Courage House is a facility or program that provides support and quality care for abused children and their families in a community where an NFL franchise is affiliated with the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. On a nation-wide basis, the Foundation has formed a Courage House National Support Network for Kids through the dedication of Courage Houses in 25 NFL cities. Also every year, one football player from each partnering NFL franchise is recognized by his peers as a Courage Award recipient in recognition of their professionalism, great strength, dedication and exemplary characteristics as a community role model. They are honored at a special gala held by the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation in Baltimore, MD.

Ed Block is remembered as one of the most educated athletic trainers of his day. He was recognized for significant contributions in the tireless manner in which he gave of himself to help improve the lives of children. He stood for courage and championed the cause of those who displayed that characteristic. His work and philosophy continues today through the Foundation that bears his name.

Athletic trainers from teams across the nation help in fundraising efforts to support the Ed Block Courage Foundation.

To view a WESH-2 news clip from this special luncheon, click on this link