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CHS Announces Alex Ralicki as New Board Member

May 11, 2022

Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) has appointed Alex Ralicki to its statewide Board of Directors empowering children and their families to find – and pursue – opportunities for success and happiness throughout Florida. Ralicki is a Wealth Manager and Accountant for Ralicki Wealth Management & Trust. After 7 years serving on CHS’ local advisory […]

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Soundside Splendor raises record $350,000 for Children’s Home Society

May 6, 2022

Children’s Home Society of Florida’s annual Soundside Splendor fundraiser returned to the Portofino Island Resort on Pensacola Beach on Sunday to raise a record $350,000 for children and families throughout Pensacola and the Panhandle. More than 400 community members and child advocates joined Honorary Event Chairs Jim and Ann Neal to help raise funds and awareness for […]

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Why a conservative Florida county raised taxes to help children

April 13, 2022

In the months leading up to the 2020 election, hotelier and philanthropist Julian MacQueen, usually a booster for this Florida Panhandle beach destination, found himself making an unusual pitch to the other business leaders of Pensacola. Escambia County, he told them, was failing its children. In all sorts of metrics of well-being, from abuse and […]

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How Escambia County schools navigators have tackled over 16,500 calls for help

March 31, 2022

When Escambia County families found themselves facing new financial burdens due by the pandemic, the school district responded by placing “navigators” in its public schools. The navigators have acted like social workers, providing or connecting students and parents to resources such as food, clothing, government assistance and health care. The navigators have had their work cut out for them. Between […]

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2 St. Johns County elementary schools make the grade for community partnerships to aid kids

March 17, 2022

“So what does the Community Partnership program do here at our school?” Bethany Groves, principal of Webster Elementary School, prompted a class of third-graders on Tuesday afternoon. “Gives us socks and shoes,” answered one boy. “We get food,” another student said. “Clothes,” one girl volunteered. Webster Elementary School and South Woods Elementary School have both […]

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An emergency in child welfare: supporting the frontline

March 8, 2022

It’s not a top headline or the latest public outrage. It’s a quiet crisis, but one that affects not only the quality of life for kids who enter the foster care system, but also the economic outlook for the entire state. Florida’s child welfare system is understaffed and overwhelmed. Imagine if your local police or […]

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Poverty exacts toll on children: Community Partnership Schools help change that | Opinion

March 7, 2022

Sad but true: Poverty is a reality far too many families face. Before children in poverty even step foot in a classroom, most are already playing catch-up. Too many begin kindergarten not ready for school and, by the time they reach fourth grade, 50% of those children will not be reading at grade level. Sadly, […]

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Alumni Answer the Call to Careers in Community Service

February 23, 2022

Volunteerism is vital to nonprofit organizations and their beneficiaries, and volunteers derive a sense of fulfillment from giving time and talent. Some occasionally volunteer, such as serving a Thanksgiving meal at a soup kitchen or participating in an annual cleanup event. Others donate their time more regularly, delivering Meals on Wheels to seniors or operating […]

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Children’s Home Society of Florida awarded Manatee Community Foundation Grant

December 15, 2021

Children’s Home Society of Florida awarded Manatee Community Foundation Grant Funds to support The Community Partnership Schools™ model at Manatee Elementary BRADENTON, FLA. (December 15, 2021) — Children’s Home Society of Florida was awarded a $20,436 grant on behalf of the Conrad and Ruth Ann Szymanski Fund of Manatee Community Foundation to support the Community […]

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Pensacola organization works to help homeless youth

December 7, 2021

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The United States Council on Homelessness says over 1,000 people who are homeless in Florida are young adults ages 18-24 living without families. Click the image below to watch. The Pensacola chapter of the Children’s Home Society of Florida is working to change that One of their programs, M-Power, provides housing for […]

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