Photo of this year’s medal
DAYTONA BEACH, FL — Event sponsorships and participant registration are now available for Neighbor To Family-Daytona Program’s third annual, “Sibling Stampede 5K Family Walk/Run,” to be held 8 a.m., Sat., Sept. 5 at Sun Splash Park, 611 S. Atlantic Ave.
Sponsorship levels range from Gold ($3,000) to General ($250) and early participant registration is $20, including a tee shirt. A 9 a.m. children’s Fun Run will also be part of the event. Participants can sign up at: https://runningalem.com/events.php#stampede
All proceeds will help improve the lives of sibling foster children in care. For more information, contact Executive Director Rachael Gerow at (386) 248-0712.
ATLANTA, GA — For the past nine years, foster children from Neighbor To Family’s, Fulton, DeKalb, and Gwinnett programs had the opportunity to experience overnight camp with the love, vision and guidance of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Willis.
The Village (formerly known as Atlanta Youth Foundation) is housed in Toccoa, GA. The purpose of the camp is to give children in foster care a week of positive memories where they participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities as well as making memories with other children who are also in foster care.
Campers were seven to 17 years of age and worked one-on-one with screened, specially trained volunteers. The program continues to develop and expand to offer more activities that will benefit children in foster care to include an annual Christmas celebration hosted by Victory Church and a Robotics team that was invited to visit the White House this past spring
DeKalb Case Manager, Jacinda Rogers (pictured above lower right), who is the liaison between NTF and The Village, was invited to speak and represent our organization at the annual Village appreciation dinner held August 8.
NTF- Daytona Program Case Manager Philadelphia Beebe (lower left) and Family Case Manager Robin Regacho (lower right) enjoy the sweet reward of their team-building activity.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – On Aug. 10, NTF- Daytona Program staff commemorated National S’mores Day with a team-building afternoon break involving one of America’s favorite snacks. Many thanks to team member Julee Eads for the great idea and coordination!
BALTIMORE, MD — Thirteen youth in the NTF-Baltimore program had the unique opportunity to participate in the elite, Steve Smith, Sr. (Baltimore Ravens wide receiver) football camp the week of July 27.
The children participated in football drills and scrimmages while working directly with one of the greatest wide receivers in the NFL today. Throughout the camp, Smith offered tips and instruction, highlighting the finer points of football.
Additional Baltimore Ravens players were on hand to offer tips and advice on the game. Campers experienced various stations specializing in fundamental football skills and participated in touch football games.
They were placed in small groups according to age to ensure they received maximum instruction. As a bonus, the parents were allowed to sit on the sidelines and cheer their team on.
At the end of the camp, each camper received an autograph from Smith, a limited edition Northwestern Mutual Steve Smith, Sr. ProCamp t-shirt and a camp team photo with Smith.
Boys and girls in the program between the ages of six and14 participated at no cost. This opportunity became available through a generous, anonymous donation.
JACKSONVILLE, FL – NTF-Jacksonville program families and staff recently took a trip to the Valdosta, GA Wild Adventures Theme Park.
There were rides, animals and live entertainment to be enjoyed by all. In fact; many of the children are already asking their caregivers when they can return!
Many thanks to Neviaser Charitable Foundation, Inc., Wild Adventures Sales Manager Laura Graham, Advisory Board Member Judy Davis, Ann M. Kirill and John & Georgianna Valentino for helping make these beautiful, summertime family memories a reality!
Linda A. Klein, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson’s Georgia offices & NTF board member
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Neighbor To Family Inc.’s national board member Linda A. Klein was recently installed as president-elect of the American Bar Assn. (ABA).
“We congratulate Linda on her prestigious election and wish her great success,” said NTF President/CEO Gordon Johnson.
Klein, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson’s Georgia offices, currently serves on the NTF executive committee as secretary and has been involved with the organization since 2008.
She has previously served in various other leadership positions for the ABA, including serving as chair of the ABA’s House of Delegates (the Association’s second ranking officer), as chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and as chair of ABA Day, the association’s Congressional outreach effort.
With nearly 400,000 members, the ABA is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world.
NTF-Jacksonville Program Case Manager Rachel DiMichele
JACKSONVILLE, FL — Case Manager Rachel DiMichele was hoping her first aid and CPR training received regularly through Neighbor To Family, Inc. would never be needed. However, on July 24, she was certainly glad for her proficiency and literally saved a child’s life.
During a biological parent’s visitation at the Jacksonville program office with her children that are in foster care with NTF, one of her children was playing and laughing in the playroom, enjoying a piece of candy as children are known to do.
Unfortunately, she inhaled deeply as she was playing, swallowed the piece of candy and began choking. The mother and the other children began shouting, “She’s choking!”
DiMichele began performing the Heimlich maneuver. Abdominal thrusts were given to the child to dislodge the candy stuck in her throat. After approximately three abdominal thrusts, the child coughed up the piece of candy. With the resiliency of a child, she began playing again in the playroom with her mother and siblings after just a few minutes.
Great job Rachel!
JACKSONVILLE, FL – On June 23, eight NTF-Jacksonville foster children were honored for their academic excellence during Family Support Services of North Florida’s Annual Academic Awards Luncheon held at the Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field. Their case managers, professional foster caregivers and parents joined them for the celebration.
Among the honorees were Curtis Lincoln, 11, and his sister, Takeria, eight. Both were interviewed by a Florida Times-Union reporter. Curtis spoke beautifully about his experience in foster care. He said, “The only hard part is you’re apart from your mom, but if you have the right foster mom, like mine [Harriett Bell], it’s a good experience.”
Please click on this link to read the entire Florida Times-Union article.
NTF-Bartow Open House and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. NTF Founder, President & CEO Gordon Johnson seated center.
BARTOW, FL – NTF-Bartow Executive Director Heather Monteath and her staff hosted an Open House June 25 to mark a year of service to the communities of Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties. The event, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony, was facilitated by the Bartow Chamber of Commerce.
The event drew a large attendance and guests included The City of Bartow Vice Mayor Trish Pfeiffer; Bartow Chamber of Commerce President Sharon Casey; Main Street Bartow Executive Director Laura Simpson; Heartland for Children Chief Quality and Performance Officer Bill Nunnally; NTF Founder, President and CEO Gordon Johnson and NTF Vice President of Florida Programs Jamie Akins.
NTF-Bartow operates the FIRST (Family In-Home Resource & Support Team) program. The program provides immediate, intensive intervention and serves only to those families whose children are at immediate or imminent risk of removal and provides 24/7 staff availability. Additionally, NTF-Bartow recently began offering Nurturing Parenting programming.