Family Reflections
A publication of Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
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116 Years... and Going Strong
Green & Gold Gala Raises Record Proceeds
Parent Connection Honored as United Way Campaign Champion
Community Events Support Local Kids
New Youth Program at Family Services
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Chair: Sue Porath
Vice Chair: Mark Kasper
Treasurer: John Frey
Secretary: Tom Sigmund

Laura Beck
Gerard Faller
Robert Fleming
John Gossage
Mike Jerry
Geoff Lacy
Dan Lloyd
Susanne Lumsden
Kristy Maney
Matt Mueller
Marty Olson
Steve Pasowicz
Chuck Timmerman
Steve Warner
Jerry Wieland

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Jeff Vande Leest,
President & CEO 
Lois Mischler, Vice President
Angela Steuck, Vice President
Joe Ferraro, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Nancy Van De Kreeke, Vice President of Human Resources
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October 2015


116 Years... and Going Strong!
FS All Staff
Hello from the staff of Family Services

On Wednesday, September 30, more than 250 Family Services staff participated in an all-agency meeting focused on the official unveiling of a new mission and vision for the agency. It was also an opportunity to work on team building to help improve collaboration among programs and strengthen the services we provide.

The staff you see here work hard every day to provide sensitive, supportive services to children and families in need. They are on the front lines of many of our communities' efforts to build strong families and improve the well-being and quality of life for individuals of all ages.

FS Mission & Vision
We couldn't do any of this without you, our supporters and donors.
A heartfelt thank you from all of us at Family Services for your investment in our agency, the families we serve, and the future of our communities.

Jeff Vande Leest, President & CEO
Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
Protect. Heal. Care.
Green & Gold Gala Raises Record Proceeds for Child & Youth Programs
Green & Gold Gala 2015 Family Services' 2015 Green & Gold Gala was another record-setting year! Held in partnership with the Green Bay Packers on the evening of Saturday, September 19, our 27th annual Green & Gold Gala raised record proceeds of $274,810 for the child and youth programs of Family Services.

We had nearly 700 guests in attendance, including 41 Packers Hall of Fame and Super Bowl I Alumni. Guests enjoyed great food, a silent and live auction, raffles, and, back for another year... an Alumni Panel discussion featuring four well known Packers Alumni: Donny Anderson, Zeke Bratkowski, Lynn Dickey and Antonio Freeman, with Larry McCarren as the moderator.

A brief program featured the work and mission of Family Services, while also honoring Cathy Dworak and Prevea Health for their outstanding contributions to kids and families in our communities. Guests also heard from Elizabeth, a former client of our Transitional Living Program. She told the story of a troubled childhood and how our staff helped her get where she is today... a college graduate, happily married with two children, and working for TLP, the very program that she credits with saving her life! Her story is truly inspirational and a demonstration of the life-changing impact those services have in our community.

We hope everyone had a great time at this year's Gala. Special thanks to all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests for making this year's event a great success.

For a complete overview and photos from the event, visit
Parent Connection Honored as United Way Campaign Champion
Oshkosh Area United Way On Wednesday, September 9, Family Services' Parent Connection program was among 28 Oshkosh area organizations honored as Campaign Champions at the Oshkosh Area United Way (OAUW) Kick Off luncheon.

Held at the UW-Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, the event honored local businesses for their commitment to the community, showing examples of excellence by setting goals to increase campaign participation in support of local families.

"The Campaign Champions have proud histories of community involvement," said OAUW Resource Development Director, Pam Ruder. "We're honored to recognize their work in our community and are proud to partner with them in making Oshkosh a great place to live, work, learn and play."
Community Events Support Local Kids
Kite Festival Family Services held its 1st annual Kite Festival in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, August 8. Over 300 guests joined us at Martin Park for a morning of kite flying and family fun to benefit Family Services' Door County area programs. This year's event raised proceeds of $4,200.
Life Saver River Cruise Benefit 114 guests braved cool and windy weather conditions at the 1st annual Life Saver River Cruise Benefit on Wednesday, August 19, to help raise funds for Willow Tree Child Advocacy Center. Held at the St. Norbert College Marina in De Pere, the event featured live music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and boat cruises along the river, raising more than $38,000 to help abused children heal.
Ride to Advocate On Thursday, September 3, the Other Guys Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, a club made up entirely of sworn Law Enforcement Officers in the greater Green Bay area, presented a check for $6,625 to Willow Tree Child Advocacy Center and the Sexual Assault Center of Family Services. The proceeds were raised at a " Ride to Advocate" motorcycle ride on August 15th and will be used to provide services to abused children in our area.
Thanks to all who helped organize and/or participated in these events to support families in need and make our communities a better place for all.
New Youth Program at Family Services
Pathways to Employment Family Services, in partnership with the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, recently launched a new program serving youth in Brown County. Pathways to Employment is a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program that works with youth, ages 14-24, to set and attain both educational and employment goals.

Program staff work with youth on the creation of a career readiness plan and offer hands-on training to determine further career interests, with an emphasis on entering a demand occupation. The program also provides independent living skills training and resource/referral information to help ensure future success.

For more information, call 920-436-4360 x1397.

Family Services' WIOA Adult & Dislocated Worker Program offers similar job search and placement services for adults. Talk to a Career Services Specialist by calling 920-448-6760.

Help When It's Needed Most
teenage girl Amanda was 16 years old when she was referred to Family Services' runaway and street outreach program, Open Door Youth Services. She had recently been kicked out of her home by her abusive mother and stepfather and was struggling in school. With no other family to turn to, Amanda had been "couch surfing", sleeping at friends' houses or wherever she could find a place to spend the night. She was feeling rejected by her family, her grades were declining, and she was unsure about her future.

Our advocate first helped Amanda get some basic living items, such as food and hygiene products, and then began working with her on finding a safe place to stay. We tried to reunite Amanda with her family by bringing them together to talk about their past issues, which led to her moving back home. However, a short time later, the situation got more complicated when Amanda learned she was pregnant. Her mother immediately asked her again to leave.

Amanda's advocate then connected her with a local faith based resource for pregnant and parenting mothers, helping her secure a bed at this shelter on a temporary basis. We also connected her with the teen parenting program at her school which will be of great support to her and her child as she completes high school.

As Amanda began to bring her life in order, the advocate suggested a long-term housing solution through Family Services' Transitional Living Program. This program helps homeless youth find a safe apartment while teaching them valuable independent living skills to succeed in life.

Amanda is now enrolled in that program, continues to improve her grades, works part-time and is prepared for the birth of her child. She has a long road ahead, but knows with Family Services' support she can be successful. 
  Family Reflections is a publication of Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, Inc.
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Family Services is a non-profit, human services agency that protects, heals and cares for the children and families of Northeast Wisconsin.

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