Planting Seeds

Local non-profit and its leader, social worker Ron McClain,are dedicated career to helping youth, families in New Orleans.

On his office wall, Ron McClain has two framed images – a charcoal drawing of four faces of African-American boys and a black and white photograph of one boy with this quote:

“A seed in the rain grows in vain when there’s no one to care and roots won’t grow on concrete when dirt is nowhere to bear.”

That statement is the creed McClain holds close to his heart. He has carried the artwork with him throughout every step of his career. They are daily reminders of the nurturing and support young people need to grow into solid citizens.

“I am committed to planting seeds and nurturing,” McClain says. “I tell my counselors ‘don’t stop planting seeds.”

McClain is president and chief executive officer of Family Service of Greater New Orleans, a 116-year-old nonprofit with the mission of strengthening the emotional health and fostering the self-sufficiency of local families. Family Service is one of only ten social service agencies in Louisiana that has achieved the highest standard of accreditation from the National Council on Accreditation.

“I can’t imagine what our community would look like without Family Service – it is that critical to the safety net,” said Keith Liederman, chief executive officer of Kingsley House.