Family Service of Greater New Orleans July Newsletter

2013 Gala is taking shape

C. Allen and Jane Favrot, Honorary Chairs, 2013 Gala

C. Allen and Jane Favrot, Honorary Chairs

Preparations for the October “Ten Outstanding Persons Gala” are in full swing with committee members calling on prospective sponsors and solicitation letters going into the mail this week. Gala Chair Sherri Zeller O’Bell set an ambitious goal of raising $125,000 though the organization’s annual fundraising event, now in its 40th year.

C. Allen and Jane Favrot were named Honorary Chairs. Allen was a Gala honoree in 1991 and has served on its board of directors ever since. He has been a passionate supporter of both Family Service and United Way. At 87, Allen keeps up an active pace, serving on the boards of 10 nonprofits and continually raising funds for United Way.

“I hope to stay involved for a long time,” he said.

Family Service receives new grants

Family Service receives new grants

The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation and the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund

In addition to receiving seed funding for NOLA Dads from the Institute of Mental Hygiene in May, Family Service recently received a $10,000 grant from The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation and $10,000 from the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund.

“This year, the Children’s Trust Fund is celebrating 30 years of efforts on behalf of children and families,” said Malcolm Myer, board chair of the fund.

NOLA Dads currently has 15 participants meeting at Covenant House, the NET Charter School in Central City and the Family Service Canal Street office. By fall, it is expected 25-30 young men will regularly take part in parenting classes.

FSGNO launches FFT Program

Family Service has developed a new treatment model called Functional Family Therapy (FFT) to work with children ages 10-18 referred by the Metropolitan Human Service Department (MHSD) and Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. The model involves the entire family system for a period of 3-4 months to address problematic behaviors such as delinquency, aggression and substance abuse.

Positive reinforcement is applied to new, life-affirming behaviors while recognizing the experiences of racism, poverty, abandonment, abuse and community violence.

The FFT model is a cost-effective approach to prevent recidivism and provides an alternative to secure care.

Staff changes and additions

Staff changes and additions

From left to right: Tina Dawson, Alix Tarnowsky, and June Brooks

We are pleased to welcome the following new staff members:

Tina Dawson, LMSW – Community-based Clinician at Canal Street
June Brooks, LMSW - FFT Therapist and Court Liaison
Jordan Chernikoff, LMSW - Drug Court Clinician
Catherine Lynch, LMSW - Drug Court Clinician
Alixzandria Tarnowsky, LMSW - Program Manager

After six years of service, Jennifer Bobeck has decided to expand her private practice and teach music therapy at Loyola University. Mark Taliancich has been promoted and will be managing both St. Bernard and East Jefferson Offices.


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