A message from CEO Sherry Thomas‑Cloud
“If a child is given love, he becomes loving … If he’s helped when he needs help, he becomes helpful. And if he has been truly valued at home … he grows up secure enough for look beyond himself to the welfare of others.”
I love this quote from Dr. Joyce Brothers. It’s as appropriate today as when she wrote it.
Two stories in our summer newsletter speak directly to Dr. Brothers’ point. One focuses on our Foster Care Program that is dedicated to building resilient children. The article includes words of wisdom about what it takes to be a loving foster parent by several people with first-hand experience. If you or someone you know wants to learn more about becoming a foster parent, please contact us through the phone number or email at the end of that story. If you’d like to help build a strong child, we have tools to help you.
The second story focuses on the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program we operate out of our Battle Creek office. SUD has certainly broken many men and women and programs like ours can help restore them. I hope neither you nor a family member, co-worker, friend, neighbor, or acquaintance in Calhoun County suffers from SUD. But should that be the case, please know that we have tools to help with that, too.
Our third story is about someone who grew up in a stable, loving home. Family & Children Services CEO Emerita Rosemary Gardiner retired from the agency in fall 2016 after 44 years of service. This spring she received one of the YWCA Women of Achievement Awards in recognition of her many years of service to the community.
Many of you are also dedicated to helping our agency build strong children and families. Thank you, for your financial support, volunteerism, and trust. Please visit our website (fcsource.org) and Facebook page (@fcsource) to learn more about our efforts and events. (And watch your mailbox for our 2017 annual report.)
I hope you have a great summer filled with family, friends, and the great outdoors!
Sherry Thomas-Cloud, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.
Chief Executive Officer
Family & Children Services