As you know, I am the new Executive Director of Children First. One of the hardest things to do after replacing someone who has been a well known and passionate advocate, such as Christain Orobello, is to bring the work of the organization back into focus after an extend search process. Our professional staff and devoted board members are terrific resources that are ready to go do real good in our community, so that process is made easier in our case.
In an effort to refocus the efforts of Children First, both the board and staff undertook separate retreats to answer the following question:
"What initiatives and activities must this organization undertake and/or complete in the next three years to give Children First the stability, resources and leadership to meet its mission of ensuring the children of our community are quickly returned to safe, secure and permanent living environments?"
As a stakeholder and community member, we'd love to hear your thoughts on this question. I feel it is a valuable exercise to critically examine the motivation of and reasons for the work we do advocating for children and families in our community. Hopefully, we can count on you to help us do that.
We appreciate your thoughts and comments. Please comment below to let us know what you think.
Thank you for helping to Put Children First.
Executive Director, Children First, Inc.
The view from upstairs
The work at the Pope Street Cottage is getting really exciting to watch! This week, they are putting in windows and working on the siding! The place is really starting to come together. We hope you can join us for an Open House when it's all finished.
Family Time Kitchen
Construction at the Pope Street Cottage has continued at a good pace over the last month. The work has been more internal, so fun and exciting photos have been hard to come across. However, we wanted to let you see some of the big steps that have been made recently. On the left you can see the future kitchen of the Family Time Community Visitation Center. This space will serve as a wonderful place for families to heal and grow through meaningful family meals.
Here you can see some of the electrical work going into the house. The house will be fully wired to accomodate our current programs as well as future expansion to meet furthre needs in our community.
Recently Discovered Fireplace
We were very excited to find some historic fireplaces beneath the old walls in the house. We hope to be able to restore these fireplaces and leave theme exposed in the new offices. Though they will be non-functional, these beautiful fireplaces will add to the historic accuracy of the cottage and make it an even more comfortable, nurturing home for our agency.
This week, framing has been underway at the Pope Street Cottage. Everything is really starting to come together. You can see the outlines of the offices and the visitation center! The next step is electrical work, which should begin soon.