A Message from CEO Sherry Thomas‑Cloud
Temperatures are beginning to climb, little by little, and we are all beginning to dream of spring—and maybe even summer.
We’re not the only ones.
Across Southwest Michigan, children are dreaming of the warmer months to come. They are holding the hope of being able to join other children at summer camp. No, it’s not too early to think about camp, as these children will tell you. For so many of them, camp is the highlight of their year. For them, camp may be the only time they feel, well, normal. Just like any other kid. Take a moment to read our story, A Child’s Dream of Summer Camp. We hope you will consider making a child’s summer dream come true.
As for Family & Children Services, we are excited to announce that in January we were awarded accreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA), a nationally recognized, independent accreditor of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations.
It wasn’t easy! A team from COA came to our facilities for several days, interviewing our board members, supervisors, staff, community partners, and service recipients. They examined every aspect of who we are and what we do. After their visit, we received many positive comments. COA team members remarked on the competence and enthusiasm of our staff. They commented on how we were one of the most highly functioning and successful organizations compared to the many hundreds of peer organizations they have examined for accreditation—the COA reviews approximately 1,800 organizations for accreditation.
I, for one, am deeply grateful for each and every board member, staff member, and community partner who met with the COA team to talk about Family & Children Services. I thank you for your commitment to bring the best services possible to those in our community who need them most. Perhaps most of all, I am grateful and honored by all the positive comments we received from those who are the recipients of our services. What we do, we do for you.
Please read Family & Children Services Awarded COA Accreditation to learn more about the accreditation process and what it means to us and the community we serve and share in our celebration.
Sherry Thomas-Cloud, MSW, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer
Family & Children Services