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HANDS grads party with a purpose!

April 25, 2017

The Family & Children’s Place HANDS team and families celebrated another successful and wonderful graduation Monday, April 25, at Our Mother of Sorrows, 760 Eastern Parkway.

HANDS is one of six core programs at Family & Children’s Place, and focuses principally on helping prepare parents to raise a happy, healthy child in a home free from neglect and abuse. Parent visitors mentor moms and dads in parenting and behavioral skills, and techniques and activities that stimulate the baby’s development to give the child the best start possible in life.

Agency Ambassadors Abbie Druschel, Blake Gilley, Ashley Clay, and Rachel McMahon helped plan and implement the event, which featured 35 graduates. In all, 22 families showed up for the graduation – 86 people! Ambassadors are young business and community volunteers who help create awareness of and support for the agency.

HANDS team members celebrated along with their families and children, as well as helped set up and break down the graduation.  Team members included Marlee Jones, Melanie Inman, Kelcey Robinson, Chelsey McKinley, Ashley Greaves, Megan Miller, Brittany Braden, Beverly Malone, Tobia Willis, Kaitlin Wishmeier, Alex Torres, Carmen Buffington, Amber Ferrell, Taretha Yarbrough, Maya Smith, Tiffany Williams, Therese Baker, and Shana Sherard.

The spring 2017 graduation was all about emotions – feeling and sharing, so emojis were a central theme. Activities included an emoji craft station, emoji musical chairs, emoji ball activity, face painting, emoji action song, and photo station.

WellCare sponsored the spring graduation, and ad a table at the event to talk to families about its program. Food included pizza, fruit, goldfish, crackers and cheese, along with a beautiful cake.

Congratulations to the new graduates and families, and special thanks to the amazing HANDS team for the incredible difference they are making in the lives of so many families.