Monthly E-newsletter                                                            July 2015

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. Here's what's happening at PEI Kids...
CPR Trainin g for Support Services

PEI Kids' Support Services department interacts with children in foster care and their family members throughout the year to provide supportive services, such as supervised visits and transportation. These services enable children and families to obtain medical and therapeutic services and meet family, legal, and other obligations. Consistent with our mission to promote and maintain a safe environment for all children, our Support Services program staff received training in June to become First Aid CPR/AED Certified. All of our Support Services program and supervisory staff received the 8-hour American Heart Association, Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED training, and successfully learned the principles and mastered techniques to handle an emergency medical situation. Training was made available thanks to our friends at Anchor House Inc. and the expert instruction of their Director of Outreach Services, Ben Thornton, who is an AHA-BLS certified trainer. 

The First Aid CPR/AED curriculum included specialized training for working with infants and children. This training is consistent with PEI Kids' priority to provide services in a manner which maintains the safety of the children we serve, even under unforeseen circumstances. Director of Support Services Terry McMonagle says, "I am so happy my staff had an opportunity to receive this training. It gives them confidence to handle the situation in case of an emergency." Trainer Ben Thornton explained, "Safety is always an intentional act. Congratulations to every trainee; you now have the skills and knowledge to save a life."

Back Row: PEI Kids staff, Roz Dashiell, Executive Director and Jesse Elliot, Development and PR Coordinator
Front Row: Lisa Festa-Hayden, PEI Kids Board member and Jean Gianacaci, Executive Director of Christine's Hope pictured with her granddaughter 
Christine's Hope for  Kids Supports PEI Kids 
In May, Christine's Hope for Kids awarded PEI Kids a $2,575 grant to provide Child Assault Prevention and Bully Prevention workshops for third-grade and first-grade students in Trenton Public Schools. Christine's Hope for Kids is a Mercer-County based nonprofit providing support to organizations that make a difference in the lives of children. Their support has impacted tens of thousands of kids in our local community, including children served by PEI Kids' school-based prevention programs. The grant enabled us to reinstate 10 prevention workshops which had previously been cut due to the District-wide spending freeze for the 2014-2015 school year. Thanks to quick action from Christine's Hope for Kids, over 300 first- and third-graders were able to benefit from this programming in the current school year.
Join our 10th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Committee!
PEI Kids is looking for community members interested in joining our Wine & Food Tasting Event Committee. Committee members attend regular meetings to help with event planning and preparation, and staff the event to ensure that things run smoothly.

Meetings will be held on alternating Tuesdays for one hour, and committee members are not required to attend every meeting.The first committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 21st at PEI Kids from 5:30pm-6:30pm. 

If you are interested in joining the event planning committee for our 10th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Fundraiser, please contact Jesse Elliot at or 609-695-3739. All proceeds from this event support PEI Kids operations and programs for children.

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PEI Kids is dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. PEI Kids works with the child, family, and caregiver to provide prevention, intervention, and advocacy programs relating to personal safety, sexual abuse, and the overall well-being of the child.