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Grad Spotlight: Angena Mathurin

June 10, 2020

“My connection with the Student Leadership Council and the Hub at Evans has reminded me that I have people behind me, who support me – we all have a similar goals for what we imagine for our community. It gave me confidence knowing that it is not just me that wants to improve the community, […]

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Grad Spotlight: Evon Thompson

June 8, 2020

“Mrs. Vanderpool [with CHS] equipped me with the leadership skills to go into the world and be a part of the change I want to see.” As a child in a remote community in Jamaica, Evon envisioned a world that provided equal access to health care for everyone, regardless of economic status. He dreamt of […]

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Grad Spotlight: Tim Only

June 7, 2020

“I have always lived by the saying ‘stars cannot shine without darkness.’ The people I have met at CHS helped me turn on my light so I was able to shine through the darkness to get through those tough patches in life.” Tim Only, a rising senior at Florida State University, says he will always […]

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Children’s Home Society sets up free counseling helpline for families

June 6, 2020

Families who need support amid the pandemic can contact the “Family Support Warm Line” at 1-888-733-6303 to speak with a counselor via call or text. With parents and children dealing with heightened levels of stress and anxiety amid the coronavirus pandemic, child welfare professionals have stepped up to help, even in the wee hours of the morning. […]

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Grad Spotlight: Congratulations, Decorey!

June 5, 2020

Decorey — a 2020 graduate from Evans High School, A Community Partnership School — is the first member of his family to receive a high school diploma and accept admission into college! Throughout his high school education, Decorey and his family found support through the Community Partnership Schools model at Evans — affectionately called “The […]

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Feature Foster Family: The Lowe Family

May 20, 2020

Some years ago, Christy and Danny Lowe provided a loving home to non-relative children. They watched those children grow, flourish, become adults, enter the workforce, buy homes and even start families of their own. Inspired by seeing their kids succeed, the Lowes decided to become foster parents with the Children’s Home Society of Florida in […]

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Featured Foster Parent: Tracy Garmon

May 11, 2020

“In foster care, we often hear ‘Be the village’. No one embodies this more than Tracy Garmon” – Casey Hendershot, LMHC, CHS Licensed Clinical Program Supervisor Tracy Garmon became a foster parent in 2015. She has provided a loving home to so many children in Northeast Florida she says she has lost count … but […]

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Featured Foster Family: The Jenkins

April 28, 2020

There’s Always Room at the Jenkins’ Table Starla and Mike Jenkins became foster parents in North Carolina. When a new opportunity brought them to Florida, they knew they wanted to continue welcoming children into their hearts and home in Central Florida. The Jenkins did not waste any time. In the midst of moving across state […]

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Coronavirus changes: Heroes protect children in a time of instability

April 24, 2020

In the midst of so much uncertainty, so much fear, I see so much good. There is good in the essential work that must continue. Not a minute passes without the heart of our communities rapidly beating to serve others. Our first responders, health care workers, gas station attendants, grocery store clerks, maintenance professionals, janitorial […]

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7 ways to support families during the COVID-19 crisis

April 15, 2020

At CHS, one of our core values is balance – something all families are struggling to find in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. As social distancing drives families into their homes, our communities can still come together. Here are some ways you can support your friends, families, neighbors and loved ones during these unprecedented […]

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