Lori Gage, our SPARC Program Coordinator (Supportive Parenting and Access Resource Center), will be leaving us in a few weeks and we will certainly be sad to see her go. Over the past 3 years, Lori has built the SPARC program from the ground up. She works with non-custodial parents, building bridges for co-parenting and promoting visitation to help families provide the best life possible for their children.
Lori will be moving back to California to be closer to her family, including her two daughters. She will be missed and we wish her the best as she starts this new journey. Below is an example of the ways in which Lori has made a positive impact on the lives of children and families through her work with SPARC. (Names have been changed to protect confidentiality)
James provided care for his daughter Chelsey daily until she was 3 years old. James went through some difficult times and had some history with law enforcement and had a high conflict relationship with Chelsey’s mother. He came to the conclusion that it would be best for everyone if he stayed away from his daughter; he was afraid of “more trouble”.
Over the next 13 years, James thought about his daughter a lot and he began to make better choices with his life. He started going to church and doing volunteer work with children. James decided he wanted to meet and rebuild a relationship with his now 16 year old daughter so she would know she had a father that loved her. James came to SPARC for help.
Lori worked hard to track down Chelsey, eventually finding her through her Maternal Grandmother. James and Chelsey met last week for their first visit at our Visitation Center. They found they had so much in common and agreed to meet for a second visit at church on Sunday.
Thank you Lori and we wish you the best!