A message from CEO Sherry Thomas‑Cloud
December 14, 2017
Have you noticed that the yearend holidays are nearly upon us? If you’re like me, you love the season, yet feel like you’re never quite ready for it. I believe that showing love and compassion to others are the best gifts we can give and we can do this year round! No bows and wrapping paper required! This past year at Family & Children Services, I have been overwhelmed by the enormous level of support each of you have shown. My hope is that our gift back to you is our commitment to be good stewards of your gifts and our pledge to work diligently to positively impact the lives of our most vulnerable and fragile children and families.
I’m glad to report that the Agency’s annual Holiday Giving Program is ready for the holidays with a record-setting number of community donors committed to providing gifts of food, clothing, toys, personal care items to the children and adults we work with. If you missed the chance to donate to that program, please consider donating similar gifts to our Year-Round Pantry or to our Family Center Resource Room and LINK Program. Visit our “Ways to Give” webpage to learn how.
While you’re on that page, please also consider a financial gift to our HANDLE WITH CARE annual fund. Your gift directly helps at-risk children and adults who are often in crisis and have nowhere else to turn for help in our community. Read about their stories and how your gift helps them in the article about HANDLE WITH CARE in this newsletter.
We have included an important article about Adverse Childhood Experiences (or ACEs), that explains how these experiences create trauma and the negative impact on the lives of children and adults. Family & Children Services is dedicated to help break the cycle of generational trauma that ripples through our communities.
Finally, please join me, our staff and board members, and other friends of the agency as we honor and celebrate our newest Family & Children Services Life Members: Ed Bauman, Chip Falahee, Craig Lubben, and Florence Upjohn Orosz.
Thank you for all you do for Family & Children Services. I hope you and yours have a blessed holiday season and new year.
Sherry Thomas-Cloud, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.
Chief Executive Officer
Family & Children Services