NTF-Jacksonville program case manager comes to the aid of choking child

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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!

Eight NTF-Jacksonville foster children honored for academic excellence


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 holds Open House to mark a year of service to the community

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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.

Accomplished child advocate and writer publishes article about Neighbor To Family, Inc.

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Child advocate and writer Marie Cohen, LICSW, LCSW-C, MPA

DAYTONA BEACH, FL — Please CLICK ON THIS LINK to an article about Neighbor To Family, Inc. recently published by child advocate and writer Marie Cohen, LICSW, LCSW-C, MPA, on the Chronicle of Social Change blogsite.

Cohen worked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office for five years before taking eight years to raise her children. Later on, she worked at several private research organizations, mostly focusing on welfare reform.

She obtained her MSW from University of Maryland in 2009 and worked in the District of Columbia’s foster care system for five years, first at the Board of Child Care and then at Family Matters Greater Washington. Since resigning from Family Matters effective January 30, she’s been blogging about child welfare.

Cohen also earned a MPA from Princeton University.

Neighbor To Family-Daytona seeks sponsors and participants for its third annual 5K family walk/run

Stampede 5K 2015


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.


NTF-Baltimore holds Open House

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Pictured l-r: NTF Board Executive Vice Chair Ackneil M. Muldrow, II, Special Assistant to Congressman Elijah Cummings Hope Williams Blanton, NTF Vice President for Georgia, Maryland and South Carolina Programs Tony Everett and NTF-Baltimore Executive Director Donna McCarter


BALTIMORE, MD – NTF-Baltimore held an Open house June 10 to promote its upcoming, fall 2015 Gordon Johnson Sibling of the Year Award event. “We received an amazing display of community support today,” Executive Director Donna McCarter said.

CEO Darius Davis from the Harbor Bank, Congressman Carl Stokes and Special Assistant to Congressman Elijah Cummings Hope Williams Blanton were among those in attendance.

This year’s special dinner will take place 6:30 p.m., Sept. 30 at The Forum Caterers venue, 4210 Primrose Ave, and will honor the Maddox siblings, owners of Time Printers.

Event sponsorships, advertising and tickets can be purchased by contacting Donna McCarter at 410.496.8151 or clicking here.

Since 2008, NTF-Baltimore has honored a local family for being an extraordinary example of sibling bond.


NTF-Corporate welcomes volunteer receptionist

Volunteer Evelyn Sue Howland

(l-r) NTF Corporate Office Manager Shannen Sabino and Volunteer Receptionist Sue Howland)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Sue Howland learned of NTF-Corporate’s need for a volunteer receptionist from her daughter who is employed with an office property management company NTF is working with. Howland retired after 30 years with a major manufacturing company and has a broad range of experience in office work, including working for Catholic Charities. She has enjoyed helping the staff at Corporate and learning about the agency.

Howland will primarily cover when Corporate Receptionist Sharon Lamb is out of the office or for special assignments. She reports to Corporate Office Manager Shannen Sabino.

The newest addition to the Gardner family

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The Gardner Family

JACCKSONVILLE, FL – NTF-Jacksonville Program Lead Family Advocate Felicia Gardner and her husband, Larry, recently welcomed their fifth adopted child, one-year-old Anysia Janai Gardner, to their amazing, loving family. Judge David Gooding presided over the adoption ceremony. Congratulations to all!

TUNE IN TODAY!!! Neighbor To Family, Inc. president to be featured on radio talk show May 28

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Pictured Judge Hubert Grimes (L) and NTF President & CEO Gordon Johnson (R)


DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Neighbor To Family, Inc. Founder, President and CEO Gordon Johnson will be joining Judge Hubert Grimes (Ret.) on his radio talk show, The Problem Solvers – WELE AM 1380, Thurs., May 28 at 3:10 p.m. 

The show starts at 3 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m.  Be sure to listen in on the radio, download the smartphone TuneIn radio app or listen online at www.GoliathRadio.com.

Judge Grimes and Mrs. Daisy Grimes host The Problem Solvers weekdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on WELE 1380 – The C.A.T. (Community Action Talk).