Spare Some For Charity Bowling Tourney
Some 40 bowlers and their fan clubs same out to support Families First of Palm Beach County at the RMA's second annual bowling event on November 20. The event, Spare Some For Charity, was hosted by RMA (Risk Management Association) South Florida with this year's event focused on helping Families First.
The event, which included bowling, prizes, a raffle and plenty of food and drinks, raised some $5,000 to continue the great work at Families First.
25th Anniversary Celebration
Iberia Bank hosted and sponsored a special 25th anniversary celebration for Families First. Started in 1990, we have lots to celebrate about the past 25 years - growing from one program to eight. This has allowed us to meet the ever-changing needs of families in our community.
More than 75 people, including board members, staff, and supporters attended the anniversary celebration held at Iberia Bank's Jupiter office, All enjoyed appetizers, drinks and celebrated the anniversary with awards to board members who have served for six years and more. They are: William Cooper – 6 years; Daniel Lustig – 6 years; Bari Goldstein – 7 years; James Nau – 7 years; Joel Dowley – 8 years; Jo Ann Sears – 8 years; Chief Deputy Michael Gauger – 9 years; Eileen Minnick – 9 years; Sandra Fleming – 10 years; Jim Springer – 11 years
CEO Julie Swindler thanked all and, most importantly, the thousands of families that have let Families First into their lives and homes in order to become the best parents possible and thrive as contributing members of our community.
9th Annual Children's Day Awards Luncheon Evokes Tears and Laughter
The poignant remembrances by Keynote Eric Kelly of a happy childhood spent in poverty to his rise to head Quantum Foundation, led to a range of emotions for his family and the packed crowd of some 350 people. As if that wasn't enough, Eric surprised his audience and brought many to tears when he ended his presentation by singing The Impossible Dream.
The 9th Annual Children's Day Awards Luncheon held at the Kravis Center on October 2 also left the audience in silence as two clients,Linda Martinez and Michele Poole recounted their horrific life experiences that led them to Families First.
Local Attorney Michelle Diffenderfer received the Harriet Goldstein Award for her work with Girls2 Women, an organization that helps to empower adolescent girls living in poverty by mentoring them, introducing them to arts and culture and taking them on tours of colleges and universities.
Laura McFarland, a master of social work student at Florida Atlantic University, received the Betty Bell Scholarship, awarded to an MSW student each year. Ms. McFarland spoke passionately about her work in stopping human trafficking, which she plans to continue upon graduation.
One of the day's highlights again was the silent auction featuring more than 100 items.
The Jim Moran Foundation Helps Families Raising Loved One's Children
The Jim Moran Foundation has awarded a $59,000 grant to Families First of Palm Beach County to support its unique Kin Support Project which provides information, counseling, support groups and linkage to legal services to grandparents and other relatives raising loved ones' children.
In Palm Beach County as in the rest of the country, more and more grandparents and other relatives are being thrust into the position of raising a loved one's children. Those parenting another's children and the children in their care face unique challenges, including legal issues, financial burden, separation and loss, isolation and a lack of information, to name a few.
In response to that growing need, in 2002, Families First of Palm Beach County gathered partners, including Barry University, to create the Kin Support Project to help relatives understand their rights, and identify and meet their needs. In 2004, the Legal Aid Society joined the project to offer legal assistance to these families.
Today, the innovative Kin Support Project provides comprehensive home and community-based social work and legal services to assist kinship families in achieving stability and quality family life. The project is designed to educate and empower relative caregiver families by increasing their knowledge and use of essential community resources, as well as create informal networks among caregivers that encourage self-sufficiency.
"We are grateful for The Jim Moran Foundation's support of this unique program. We are proud to be able to provide comprehensive services that are so needed by this growing family dynamic," said Julie Swindler, CEO of Families First.
About The Jim Moran Foundation
Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $60 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 – with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.orgor call (954) 429-2122.
Families First Receives Housing Funds
Bank of America Creates a Path to Homeownership
WEST PALM BEACH – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced Families First of Palm Beach County as a recipient of its 2015 Community Development grant. Families First will use the $12,500 grant for its Bridges To Success program to provide permanent housing for families in the Glades area who have been diagnosed with a medical or psychological disability that impairs their ability to be self-sufficient.
Families First of Palm Beach County has been providing child abuse prevention and family preservation services in Palm Beach County for 25 years. Its mission is to advance the well-being of children and families through high-quality programs in prevention, early intervention, child development, behavioral health, education and advocacy. www.familiesfirstpbc.org
According to Fabiola Brumley, Palm Beach County market president, Bank of America"
"In Palm Beach County, affordable housing remains one of our most pervasive challenges, particularly for low- and moderate-income families. The median single-family home price in Palm Beach County reached $305,000 in June, the highest since 2008 and up 3.4 percent from a year earlier, but yet the median income is just $53,000.
We know that when families are spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, it's hard for them to think long-term about financial planning and growth. Access to affordable, stable housing is critical to a family's financial well-being.
Connecting individuals and families to the resources they need to purchase a home or find a decent place to rent, is essential to the health, educational and economic advancement and overall financial stability for families in Palm Beach County.
Our partnerships with nonprofits in Palm Beach County address both immediate needs related to jobs, housing and hunger, and connect individuals to longer-term solutions that will help them improve their financial lives, from financial education and coaching to access to benefits.
There's great value in investing in these grants throughout Palm Beach County, mainly because they help individuals and families regain and maintain financial stability that otherwise would not be as readily available. "
More Women At Risk of Transmitting AIDS to Infants
To Get Aid, Thanks to Jewish Women's Foundation Grant
Thanks to a generous grant from the Jewish Women's Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches (JWF), Families First's Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women (TOPWA) will be able to seek out more women to help eliminate transmission of HIV and AIDs to their unborn children.
Families First of Palm Beach County was one of 35 lucky nonprofits selected for the Great Charity Challenge. This annual event pairs equestrian teams with selected nonprofits for a relay event. Each charity received funds based on the order of finish in the timed event.
Families First went home with $16,500 which will be used to enhance one of the six outstanding programs that helps families become self-sufficient.
The event is part of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.