Family Reflections
A publication of Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
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In This Issue
Dancing for Little Stars - Save the Date!
N.E.W. Mental Health Connection
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Volunteer Connection
Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive
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Family Services'
Board of Directors
Chair: Geoff Lacy
Vice Chair: Sue Porath
Treasurer: Mark Kasper
Secretary: Tom Sigmund

Laura Beck
Gerard Faller
Robert Fleming
John Frey
John Gossage
Mike Jerry
Steve Kerscher
Kristy Maney
Tom Molitor
Matt Mueller
John O'Connor
Marty Olson
Steve Pasowicz
Joe Thibaudeau
Chuck Timmerman
Steve Warner
Jerry Wieland

Administrative Team
Jeff Vande Leest,
President & CEO 
Lois Mischler, Vice President
Angela Steuck, Vice President
Joe Ferraro, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Brent Roubal, Vice President of Communications & Development
Nancy Van De Kreeke, Vice President of Human Resources
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(Green Bay Press-Gazette, 2/19/15)

(NBC 26, 3/1/15)


March 2015

 

Join Us at Dancing for Little Stars!

Dancing for Little Stars 2015 Join in the fun at Dancing for Little Stars on Friday, March 27th as local dancers take the stage to raise money and awareness for child abuse prevention
in the Oshkosh area.

 

Doors open at 6:30 pm with registration, cocktails and a silent auction. The dance competition kicks off at 7:45 pm with an After Glow party to follow.

 

Visit our web site at www.familyservicesnew.org/little-stars for tickets and information. You can also place your vote for your favorite dancers online... $1 per vote to help your team win!  

 

N.E.W. Mental Health Connection
Family Services is a member of the new N.E.W. Mental Health Connection in the Fox Valley, a group of individuals and organizations working collaboratively to improve mental health services in Northeast Wisconsin. Primary goals of the group are to:
  • Strengthen 24/7 crisis response, bringing law enforcement, crisis services, emergency departments, and mental health providers together to get people to the right level of care at the time they need it.
  • Implement a "No Wrong Door" system, to ensure that individuals needing help do not get bounced around between agencies or, worse yet, fall through the cracks completely.
  • Support primary care providers, by developing training and support to assist them in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses.
  • Support school-based mental health, to strengthen mental health response systems in schools, support connections with service providers, minimize duplication of efforts, and secure adequate funding.
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We are proud to be part of this collaboration, helping to build one of the best delivery systems in the nation and providing easy access to services when help is needed.
 
N.E.W. Mental Health Connection

 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
NO More April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, recognized nationwide as a time to raise awareness of sexual violence and to honor survivors and their supporters. It is a way to emphasize the need for community involvement and to increase support for agencies providing sexual assault crisis services.

The Sexual Assault Center of Family Services will once again be hosting a series of activities this April, focused on sexual assault awareness and prevention. A list of activities for the month will be announced soon through our local media and on our web site at

www.familyservicesnew.org/sac.

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The Sexual Assault Center of Family Services provides 24/7 advocacy and support services to victims of sexual assault and abuse, and their families and friends, throughout Brown, Door, Oconto and Marinette Counties.

 

Volunteer Connection
Volunteer Center of Brown County Are you looking for a way to stay connected and help out in the community? The Volunteer Center of Brown County manages a list of volunteer opportunities in our area, matching interested individuals with local non-profits. Opportunities may range from children & youth, education or animals to arts & culture, health services and veterans programs. Signing up for the center's " Volunteer Connect" newsletter allows you to get up-to-date listings, right to your inbox, as opportunities come up.

Visit the Volunteer Center at www.volunteergb.org to view current opportunities and sign up for the list.

 

Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive
Help for the Homeless
91.9 & 91.5 The Family, is partnering with area homeless coalitions to hold a " Help for the Homeless" hygiene drive this month, helping to stock the shelves of 79 homeless and crisis programs throughout Northeast Wisconsin.

Now through this Sunday, March 15, donations of hair care products, deodorant, dental care, soap, laundry detergent, and more will be accepted at Festival Foods, Shopko and Walgreens locations. All donations remain in the communities where they are collected.

Visit www.thefamily.net for a list of the most needed items and additional information on how you can help people in need in our communities.

 

Keeping Kids Safe
Mom & Baby " Sarah", a young single mother, was thrilled to be invited to the Christmas in July give away at Parent Connection in Oshkosh. She needed clothes for her five month old son, Jaden, and could not afford to buy them. Our staff greeted her as they arrived and noticed that Jaden was in an infant car seat, but he was not strapped in. While Sarah sorted through the bins of donated clothing, our staff played with and talked to baby Jaden. When it was time for Sarah to leave, the staff asked if they could assist her in strapping Jaden safely into his car seat. At that point Sarah showed them that the straps on the car seat didn't work.

She knew it was a problem, but did not have the money to buy a new seat for her son. After discussing the situation, our staff were able to offer her a different car seat from our storage room. One of our staff members, with training on proper car seat installation, was then able to help install the car seat in Sarah's car and show her how to properly strap Jaden in.

Upon further investigation of the old seat, our staff discovered that the nylon straps had been cut and melted back together. If Jaden had ever been in that seat during a car crash, those straps very likely would have given out and he would have been ejected from the car. Sarah expressed a tearful appreciation to Parent Connection staff for their help and acknowledged that they may very well have saved her son's life.

Parent Connection is a parent education and early learning program that Encourages, Strengthens and Supports families throughout the Fox Cities and Oshkosh. Services include home visitation for first time parents, family wellness workshops, teen parent programs, dads programs, and more. 
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