This Holiday season the Georgia offices had a series of events to celebrate all month long:
- NTF-GA “It’s Cold Outside” Staff was served Hot Winter Beverages by the Executive Staff .
- An Ugly Sweater Contest
- A Holiday Decorating Contest
- NTF- GA Family Ornament Tree- Staff were encouraged to place pictures of past Holidays for all to view
NTF, Georgia community partners at Levels Gym had a gift drive for our Neighbor To Family teens and tweens. Thanks to all the little elves!
Our Metro Atlanta Toys for Tots donation was amazing this year. Not only will the children have smiles on their faces but so does our staff who helped organize the bounty for distribution. Santa’s elves have nothing on these guys! – Jody Howard, Director of Education and Support Services, Neighbor To Family, Inc.
The Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation hosted a press conference on Tuesday, December 19th to thank their Corporate and Community Partners for all of their work and contributions towards the Holiday Food Distribution Event. This year over 1,200 food bags were given out. The press conference took place at EverBank Field, where representatives from Publix, Pepsi Co, The Jacksonville Jaguars, news media, and local non profits were in attendance. NTF- Jacksonville received a donation of 40 bags, which will go to families in need.
We are excited to announce that Tory Wilson has joined the Corporate staff as Vice President of Florida programs. Tory holds an MSW from Florida State University and comes to Neighbor To Family from DCF in Tallahassee with over twenty-two years of child welfare experience. Tory’s experience spans Adoptions, Foster Care, Investigations, Licensing, Eligibility, Independent Living, and Behavioral Health. During her time with DCF, Tory most recently focused on the “Integration of Child Welfare and Behavioral Health” initiatives, participating in the development of the integration self-study, peer review, and action planning process across the state. She also joined review teams assessing Community Based Care lead agency performance during contract oversight monitoring and risk pool visits. Tory previously spent more than ten years working for a Community Based Care lead agency in the areas of Intake, Placement, and Operations. These experiences led Tory to utilize data to inform decision-making and to identify areas in need of improvement. In addition, Tory has created and revised child welfare policy in both the state and private, non-profit settings. Please extend a warm Neighbor To Family welcome to Tory Wilson. – James Akins, Chief of Staff, Neighbor To Family, Inc.
NTF- Georgia East celebrated the Holiday Season with a festive luncheon at T Bones, a local restaurant. Staff wanted to show our Foster Caregivers how much they are appreciated; so with the help of a generous community partner Newsome Electrical Construction we were able to provide lunch and a small gift! NTF- Georgia East has been very blessed this Holiday Season with an abundance of toys and gifts for the children! – Monique Brabham, Executive Director, NTF- Georgia East
NTF -Jacksonville, in partnership with the Merrill Edge hosted a holiday party for all of the Dependency Families on Thursday, December 14th at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Food was graciously donated by Mellow Mushroom and local Advisory Board Member, Ms.Judy Davis. Prior to the party children were able to submit a Wish List to Merrill Edge, and Merrill Edge graciously fulfilled each child’s list!
Families enjoyed dinner, dancing, and delicious desserts! Each family spent time with Santa and children were able to open one present at the party while the rest went home with their families to be placed under their Christmas Trees.
Despite an unexpected snowstorm in the Atlanta area, our 13th annual Children’s Holiday Party on December 10, 2017 went off without a hitch. With the help of our community partners at Stars and Strikes, almost 200 children and their accompanying adults were treated to lunch, bowling, bumper cars, laser tag, arcade games, face painters, balloon twisters, party games, family photos, and much more. Every child left with a stuffed holiday stocking and a huge smile.The wonderful folks at Stars and Strikes are always so kind to us, and this year the owners donated $1000 in Target gift cards for our kids. An amazing time was had by all! – Jody Howard, Director of Education and Support Services, NTF-Georgia
The NTF Daytona program had its Annual Holiday Celebration for the children and families we serve on December 8, 2017. There were approximately 140 that came to celebrate with us. We continue to be amazed by the hard work and dedication of the NTF Daytona staff which aligns so beautifully with the season of giving.
– Myraida Davison, Executive Director, NTF- Daytona Beach