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If you’re a doer, be a good one

May 6, 2022

I didn’t know what an engineer was until I was in college. I knew what a nurse did, because my mom was a nurse. It wasn’t until college that I had access to the worlds beyond that of my home or the small town I grew up in. I’m not alone. Throughout Florida, thousands of […]

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Featured Foster Family: Martine Michel

April 29, 2022

Martine Michel may not have taken the route she intended, but she ended up exactly where she needed to be; a foster parent that has provided a loving and supportive home for 16 kids in the past two years. Martine initially wanted to start a group home. She said it has always been a passion […]

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Featured Foster Family: Rose & Melanie Williams

April 29, 2022

Growing up in the foster care system, Rose Williams knew she wanted to give back to children in need. Her and her wife, Melanie, decided that the best way to do that was to become foster parents. “I always chose that I would always do better than the way that my parents were,” said Rose. […]

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Featured Foster Family: Berlyn and Elias Reese

April 29, 2022

Berlyn and Elias Reese have been providing a loving home for children in need since 1989. Their love for children is what inspired them to begin their fostering journey. After 60 kids, Berlyn lost count of how many they’ve had in their home and believes they’ve taken care of well over 100 children by now. […]

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month | How you can help

April 20, 2022

Last year, 1,578 children who were impacted by allegations of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect in the Greater Lakeland area received care from our local Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). With April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, it’s important to highlight the resources in our community that are helping prevent child abuse and neglect. […]

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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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Strengthening Communities with Healthy Families | Tanya’s Story

April 10, 2022

When Tanya became pregnant with her first child she joined Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Healthy Families – a program that provides encouragement, practical guidance and resources to parents throughout Western Florida. During weekly sessions, and in the comfort of their own homes, parents – like Tanya — learn how to help their children reach […]

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Doing Good is Good for Business

April 7, 2022

How businesses leverage community partnerships to drive corporate growth By: Jarvis Wheeler, MSW, MPA I’m a Lucky Goat Coffee guy – and I go out of my way to invite others to become Lucky Goat loyalists. It’s not hard to do … when a business has a quality product and makes the community a better […]

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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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