"I will start off introducing myself, my name is Crystal and my family and I have been involved with Families Forward of Charlotte for 2 years now. I am married with 4 children. I was first introduced to the program by the school Social Worker at my son’s elementary school, Oakhurst STEAM Academy. She briefly explained the program but stated she felt that I would benefit from the program a lot. I am always open to be involved in anything that may help me to better provide for my family. My husband and I went to the very first meeting and didn’t quite know what we were getting ourselves into. Be kept an open mind about everything. We met Carrie Christian, who is the founder of the program and our liaisons at this initial meeting. Everyone was very pleasant and helpful. As the days went by things were needed, resources were given and tons of encouragement was handed out. At this time I was just laid off of work and my husband wasn’t able to work due to health issues. So no work meant bills weren’t able to be paid. Families Forward came in and made a very stressful time more manageable. They were there to help with our financial situation, when I couldn’t get help anywhere else (believe me I tried). They not only offered some financial support but were also just a huge support system for us and for many other families in the program. Programs like this are far and few in between. Carrie Christian and the other volunteers are very driven and genuine people. They strive to help out in any way that they can to try to insure that what they are doing will impact every family individually. The workshops that we attend are tailored to what will be beneficial to helping families grow. Families Forward was able to put smiles on a lot of children’s faces during Christmas last year, smiles that were probably not going to be so bright due to parents not being able to make ends meet, so gifts weren’t an option. One thing that I really appreciate about this program if nothing else is, they treat you like you’re a “Person!” They don’t judge you based on your situation, your personality, your past or appearance. You aren’t a “Charity Case” to them you are just a human being who needs a little more help/support at the moment than the next person. I will forever be grateful to have met an organization like this one."
November is the season for giving thanks and we are forever thankful for all you have given to support Families Forward Charlotte.
If you’re looking for a way to give this season, GivingTuesday Charlotte is LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY! Give to Families Forward Charlotte at FamiliesForwardCharlotte.org to join the good and be part of the largest giving movement our city has ever seen!
Charlotte ATHENA Leadership Award for Service
Families Forward Charlotte is ecstatic to announce that our President and Founder, Carrie Christian, was recently selected as an honoree for the 2019 Charlotte ATHENA Leadership Award® for Service! Criteria for this recognition included demonstrating excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession;provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community; and actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.
Since the inception of the ATHENA Leadership Award® in 1982, over 7,000 exemplary leaders have been honored with the ATHENA Leadership Award®. Presented to leaders across professional sectors, the award’s rich history, international scope, and focus on mentorship distinguish it as one of the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive. We are so proud of Carrie, who could not be more deserving of this honor!
FFC Joins Playing For Others
It’s dinner theatre meets spoken word!
Last week Playing for Others presented an exciting evening of poetry, accompanied by food from more than a dozen local restaurants at their first annual Dinner Slam. Playing for Others’ teens performed original spoken word poetry in honor of 10 outstanding local non-profits, including Families Forward Charlotte!
Keep A Family Warm This Winter
Families Forward Charlotte needs your help keeping our families warm this winter. Sign up below to provide either a child or family in need with clothes for the winter!
We were incredibly excited to introduce our new partnership with Thompson Family Services Center as an extended part of our Family Assistance Program as they begin working with our families and their children on mental wellness as part of our holistic approach for each family to reach self-sufficiency. >>Read more about this new partnership and what it means for FFC here.
SAVE THE DATE!
Our annual Hearts For Hope fundraiser will be Saturday, February 8, 2020. Save the date and be on the lookout for a formal invitation next month!
November’s Educational Workshop
We had a great turn out at this month’s workshop for the families in our Family Assistance Program. Thompson Child & Family Focus lead a meaningful discussion on parenting tips for children of all ages as well as how to prioritize self-care for parents. They also introduced to our families our new partnership with their Mental Health Services through Thompson Family Services Center. This additional resource will be available to families as a tool to help improve their mental wellness on their path to self-sufficiency.
Each family also went home with their winter Essentials Basket thanks to amazing donors who helped provide supplies!
A special THANK YOU to Sardis Presbyterian Church and Mosaic Church North Campus for allowing us to use their facilities this month to host our workshops!
Families Forward Charlotte would like to thank the below organization’s for their support over the past month!
Ms. Elizabeth, Ms. Alicia and Sardis Weekday School families for donating Essentials Basket items.
Providence Baptist Church for allowing us to use their facility for our Holiday Gifts distribution.