Challenges come in all shapes and sizes throughout the journey of life. For the children and youth utilizing our services, the size and shape of their challenges often seems gigantic. As an agency, our staff are committed to promoting resiliency in spite of their current situation. Resiliency also applies to groups, businesses, and organizations as challenges arise and interrupt the normal functioning of things. Sally Kate Winters Family Services is committed to modeling resiliency as we face funding challenges over the next twelve months. Funding cuts and un-renewed grants affecting three of our programs represents a $400,000 reduction in revenue needed to cover expenses within our annual operating budget.
Following eighteen months of COVID, this is a gigantic challenge. We will be required to make changes, explore new ways of doing things, ask for help, and build new relationships in order to overcome this challenge. Very similar steps shared with the children and youth served through SKWFS, and honestly, the steps all of us use to overcome the many challenges of life.
With the beginning of the new school year, Sally Kate Winters Family Services actively provided child abuse prevention materials and mandated reporting information to professionals and parents within a five-county area. Can You Spot a Child In Need? And One Abused Child Is Too Many are the billboard messages prompting all of us to pay attention to the physical and emotional warning signs for child abuse and neglect. One thing the COVID pandemic has taught us is the importance of outside adults in the lives of children. Teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, cross-guards, and after-school leaders are all valuable resources for protecting children. Throughout the school year, we are committed to educating these unsung heroes on the warning signs, Mississippi mandated reporter laws, and the importance of offering safety for every child in our community.
Sally Kate Winters Family Services is excited to announce new staff and board members who have joined our program. Breanna McQuirter, LSW and Jessica Robinson, BSW have filled positions within our Children’s Advocacy Center and Transitional Living Program. Amy Crowley, Erin Wooten, and Collen Hudson have pledged as new board members. In addition, new volunteers representing the MSU Kappa Delta Sorority, Student Interns from various universities, Pinelake Church, Junior Auxiliary of West Point, and Passion Pursuit Ministries have shared their time and resources. Each individual involved with SKWFS makes an incredible difference in the lives of children referred for services. So much truth in the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.
The support of our community through volunteers, donations, and cash gifts allow us to offer safety and improved well-being for children and youth in crisis. Lives are being changed through the generosity of others. My hope is that our board, staff, volunteers, and donors will commit to promoting the resiliency of SKWFS. Let us all be reminded that “the happiest people in life are the givers, not the getters”.
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