A Message from CEO Sherry Thomas‑Cloud
We have entered a new year, and as we always do, this is a time that we look back on the year behind us and look to the year ahead—always with an eye on opportunities to innovate and improve. It is important for us at Family & Children Services to listen to our staff members, to our clients, and to our community.
We also wish to take a moment to celebrate the successes of the past year—and there have been many. Please take a moment to read Looking Back and Looking Forward. You will find there just a few of the highlights from 2021 and our plans for 2022 and beyond.
As we look forward, planning for summer camp and enrichment activities for the children we serve gives us excitement and hope. An important part of our work is to show the children of our community that they are loved, wanted, and valued. These are children who may not be able to experience the joy of summer if it weren’t for our HANDLE WITH CARE fund, which relies exclusively on you and your generous gifts. Please read Summer is Almost Here! to learn more about these opportunities and how you can help.
Finally, more reasons to celebrate. In A Nod to Our Staff, we introduce you to some new hires, new positions, and to our staff members who have earned promotions to programmatic leadership roles. Family & Children Services isn’t a building, after all. It isn’t even the services that we provide. It is the people who work here and the people we serve. We celebrate each and every one of you, our new and existing staff, because all of you are important to our mission as we strive toward inclusiveness and diversity to reflect our community.
And, we celebrate each of you, our donors, our board members, our community members. We accomplish great things when we all come together as one.
Sherry Thomas-Cloud, MSW, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer
Family & Children Services