Family Reflections
A publication of Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
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Green & Gold Gala - Save the Date!
Building Stronger Communities
Upcoming Events at Family Services
Back to School Store - Volunteers Needed
TLP Receives UWGB Strategic Philanthropy Grant
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Board of Directors
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

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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August 2015


Green & Gold Gala - Save the Date!
Green & Gold Gala 2015

Our presenting sponsor, the Green Bay Packers, have confirmed the evening of Saturday, September 19 for the 2015 Green & Gold Gala, Family Services' largest annual fundraiser.


Time: Doors open at 5:00 pm, Dinner served at 6:00 pm
Location: Lambeau Field Atrium, 1265 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay


More than 40 Packers Alumni will be joining us at this year's Gala, all of them past players who have been inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame. Join us for an evening of mingling and fun, along with fine dining, entertainment, auctions, raffles, and more!


All proceeds support the child and youth programs of Family Services. Last year's Gala raised more than $240,000 for families in need in our communities. 


Tickets are $150 per person, sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Brent Roubal at 920-436-4360 x1332 or for more information.

Registration will open at in August. Stay tuned for alumni names and additional details to be announced and plan on joining us at this fun event!


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That's a Wrap!
Nicolet National Foundation Golf Event It's been a busy summer here at Family Services. On Monday, June 8 we were able to participate in the Nicolet National Foundation golf outing at Oneida Country Club in Green Bay. Willow Tree Child Advocacy Center was the proud beneficiary of this year's event.

Following a day of golf and fun in the sun, guests enjoyed dinner, refreshments and a silent auction. Family Services' Vice President, Lois Mischler, and President & CEO, Jeff Vande Leest (pictured above), accepted a check for $62,500 on behalf of Willow Tree to support services for abused children in the Green Bay area. Thank you to Nicolet National Bank, all of the event sponsors, and guests for supporting this important cause!

Butterfly Festival 2015 Our 7th annual Butterfly Festival was held at City Park in Appleton on Saturday, June 20 to support Parent Connection, a parent education and early learning program serving the Fox Valley and Oshkosh. Just over 2,000 guests attended for a morning of family fun. Thanks to all of our sponsors, contributors and guests who helped us raise record proceeds of $78,680 to help strengthen families in our area.

Visit for a complete overview and more photos from the event.


Upcoming Events
Kite Festival 1st annual Kite Festival (Sturgeon Bay)
Join us for our 1st annual Kite Festival in Door County and help families fly!

When: Saturday, August 8, 9:00 am - Noon
Where: Martin Park & CenterPointe Marina, Sturgeon Bay

A morning of family fun that includes Kite Shows by the Wisconsin Kiters Club, Children's Games, Face Painting & Crafts, Kid's Kite Kits, a Kid's Experience Zone, and more. Registration is $10 per family and includes one kite kit. For more information or to register, visit us at

All proceeds support Family Services' Door County area programs including Healthy Families, Parent Education and the Sexual Assault Center.

Ride to Advocate A Ride to Advocate (Green Bay/Door County)
A group of area law enforcement are organizing a ride and fundraising event to benefit the Sexual Assault Center of Family Services and Willow Tree Child Advocacy Center.

When: Saturday, August 15, beginning at Noon
Where: Willow Tree Child Advocacy Center, 503 S Monroe Ave, Green Bay

You can participate by riding, donating a raffle item, making a cash donation, or just joining in the fun at the event. See the event flyer for additional details. Contact event organizers by email at with any questions.

Life Saver River Cruise Benefit Life Saver River Cruise Benefit (De Pere)
Don't miss the boat! Willow Tree Child Advocacy Center will be hosting its 1st annual Life Saver River Cruise Benefit:

When: Wednesday, August 19, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Where: St. Norbert College Marina in De Pere

This unique event will feature boat cruises along the river, live music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a whole lot of fun to help fund services for abused children in our area. Visit for more information or to register.

Be the Light Walk Be the Light Walk for Suicide Prevention (De Pere)
Help others see light during their time of darkness by joining in the Be the Light Walk for Suicide Prevention.

When: Saturday, September 12, beginning at 4:00pm
Where: Voyager Park and Schuldes Sports Center, De Pere

The event begins with a cookout at Voyager Park from 4:00-6:00pm, along with a silent auction and raffle, and book signing by Keynote Speaker, Kevin Hines. A candlelight walk is set to begin at 8:00pm.

Registration is $8/person or $10 at the door. Ages 12 & under are free. Proceeds support suicide awareness and prevention efforts in Brown County, including QPR training and other outreach programs for youth and adults. Registration and additional information can be found at


Volunteers Needed for the Back to School Store
The Families First program of Family Services is among the many community members and organizations that help put together the Service League's Back to School Store each year for children in need throughout Brown County. Event organizers are seeking volunteers to help set up and carry out the event on Wednesday, August 5 at East High School in Green Bay.

A number of volunteer positions and shifts are still available. To sign up, go to

For questions on the event or the registration process, please contact Erin at 920-448-6121.

Back to School Store


Transitional Living Program Receives UWGB Strategic Philanthropy Grant
UWGB Strategic Philanthropy Grant
President & CEO, Jeff Vande Leest (3rd from left), and Program Director, Meika Burnikel (3rd from right), accept the check on behalf of Family Services' Transitional Living Program
Family Services' Transitional Living Program was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from students enrolled in UW-Green Bay's Strategic Philanthropy course, funded by the Learning by Giving Foundation. The selection was made following a semester long process to award a nonprofit that helped meet a significant community need. Based on research and group discussion, the class chose to focus on services that helped local youth who were struggling with issues such as homelessness, alcohol and other drug addiction, and mental illness.

The grant will support the Transitional Living Program's services to homeless youth and young adults, ages 17-29, providing transitional housing, independent living skills training, and intensive case management services to guide them toward a successful future.

The program currently has a waiting list of over 100 individuals. Brown County ranks second in the state for the number of homeless youth.

A Light in the Darkness
Dad-Daughter Three years ago, a young couple, Leah and Thomas, enrolled in Family Services' Healthy Families program. Leah had just given birth to a baby girl, her first child. Thomas had a son from another relationship who also frequently stayed with them.

Leah was struggling with a drug addiction. She was getting help and really wanted to be there for her family. They asked to schedule their home visits around Thomas' work schedule so he could participate. They had a lot of questions about the baby, and needed some guidance with the older child as well. A Family Support Worker and Fatherhood Education Specialist from the program teamed up to provide services to the family.

Tragically, about four months after their daughter's birth, Leah died as a result of an accidental overdose. Thomas was beside himself - still grieving, he now found himself to be a single parent of a small baby. He also soon became the sole parent to his other child as well. Leah's family did not want anything to do with him or the baby. Thomas' family was not supportive either and did little to help.

Throughout this hard time, Thomas continued to meet with his workers, never missing a visit. He continued to work full-time and found a good day care for his kids. The workers were able to help him with child development information, nutrition and safety. He also got help navigating the school system and enrolled his daughter into Head Start to make sure she'd be ready for Kindergarten.

His children are now three and five years old. Thomas is still enrolled in the program, though visits have decreased and he is doing well on his own. The children are developmentally on track and have a bright future ahead of them, thanks to support and guidance available to them at a crucial time in their lives.  

Healthy Families is a voluntary home visitation program offering intensive support to parents during pregnancy or at the time of a child's birth, and continuing for up to five years. Program staff work one-on-one with high-risk families to improve coping skills and family functioning, encourage positive parenting techniques, and promote optimal child development.
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