Family Service of Greater New Orleans March Newsletter

NOLA Dads' First Class Shows Progress


Isiah Boyd (right) works through a lesson with Jarrett Johnson.

Now in its second month, Family Service’s newest program, NOLA Dads is already helping nine young men become better fathers. Program Director Isiah Boyd has been recruiting participants through community outreach – at the NOPLAY GED program, NET Charter High School in Central City, New Orleans drug court and other locations. The young men meet weekly and follow curriculum developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative.

Jarrett Johnson, 18, a junior at the NET, signed up to learn how to take better care of his 5-month-old daughter Ja’nara. Johnson would like her to develop “a strong mind.”

Through NOLA Dads discussions, Johnson is acquiring new skills for controlling his emotions and expressing them appropriately.

“Everything I think and do affects my daughter,” Johnson said.

CEO Ron McClain’s letter to the editor in response to a Times-Picayune editorial about fatherhood was published on March 1. Read it here.

Sponsors Support Family Fun

Face Painting at Hickory Dickory Rock

Several generous local sponsors have stepped up to help make our third-annual spring fundraiser, Hickory Dickory Rock, that much more successful.

The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, Mirabeau Family Learning Center, ENTERGY NEW ORLEANS and IBERIABANK have agreed to partially underwrite the event to keep admission affordable to most families. The admission price for a full evening of children’s entertainment at City Park’s Storyland and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is still only $10 per person.

“Mirabeau Family Learning Center has chosen to sponsor Hickory Dickory Rock because it is an evening of quality fun for kids and parents,” said Michael R. Vales, Mirabeau’s executive director.

“For many years, Family Service board member Michael Liebaert has put his heart and soul into making this a truly enjoyable event,” Vales added.

Rides include the Musik Express, Rockin’ Tug, Coney Tower, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Monkey Jump, Scrambler, Tilt-A-Whirl, Ship Maze and the miniature train. Bag of Donuts returns to deliver their popular rock ‘n’ roll performance to children and their parents.

Purchase tickets in advance from the Family Service web site or at the gate.

DATE: Saturday, April 6
TIME: 6 PM – 10 PM
PLACE: New Orleans City Park
PRICE: $10

FSGNO Staff Keep Healthy in Mind & Body

FSGNO Staff Keep Healthy

Rebecca Garside, Phyllis Brown and David Haynik (left to right) at the finish line.

David Haynik, VP Programs, and Rebecca Garside, Clinical Director of the Canal Street office, ran the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon across New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 24 alongside 15,000 other runners from 50 states and 23 countries.

Client Service Manager Phyllis Brown greeted them at the finish line.

“If it’s running a marathon, marching in a carnival parade or attending a professional workshop, we are a family and just like all families, we support one another,” Brown said.

“I can’t run a marathon, but I’m the best cheerleader they could have,” she added.


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