Family Service of Greater New Orleans April Newsletter

Hickory Dickory Rock is ready to roll!

Hickory Dickory Rock

Everything is set for Family Service’s big spring fundraiser being held on Saturday, April 6 in Storyland and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park in City Park.

“All of the major components for the event are in place: venue, concessions, stage, power, sound, lighting, security, advertising, signage, talent, volunteers, staff, tables and chairs,” said event chair Michael Liebaert who has played a major role in the fun-raising event’s continuing success.

Renee Gusman, Sherri Zeller O’Bell, Kathleen Roberts, Elizabeth Ryan, Jackie Sullivan, Jean Taylor and other members of the board of directors will be greeting families and selling tickets and T-shirts at the gate, ready to welcome thousands of happy children.

"We are delighted Family Service chose to hold their event at City Park and applaud the good work that they do," said John Hopper, City Park’s chief development officer.

Tickets can be purchased online or at City Park that night.

Our St. Bernard office supports residents

FSGNO's St. Bernard office supports local residents

Staff members: Mark Taliancich and Elysia Glynn with interns Caitlyn Galjour and Nicole Snyder

Family Service has provided support to families in St. Bernard Parish for more than 80 years. Our staff currently counsels about 40 residents weekly and continues to collaborate with community agencies to assist individuals and families in need.

The office recently received a grant from the St. Bernard Volunteers for Family and Community for its contribution to supporting mental health.

Coulter carries the torch

Joan Coulter, who has served on the board of directors of Family Service for more than 20 years, said she has confidence in the accomplishments of Family Service and in the ability of its staff to execute the organization’s mission.

Past president and current member of the FSGNO finance committee, Coulter keeps an eye on the balance sheet. While public funding has become tighter in recent years, “the needs keep growing,” she remarked.

Joan Coulter

Coulter recently retired from her position at the Reily Foundation where she worked for 35 years and served as a trustee during the last 20. If anyone understands the value of community organizations throughout New Orleans, it would be Coulter.

“Counseling is prevention and helps people solve their problems before their problems can overwhelm them,” Coulter said.

FSGNO volunteers to support unity

FSGNO Staff Keep Healthy

From left to right: Nicole Snyder, Kendrea Martin, Mary DePartout, Dave Haynik, Rebecca Robinson, Mark Taliancich and Sam Bradley

Dave Haynik, Mark Taliancich, Elysia Glynn, Mary DePortout, Kendrea Kanarek, Rebecca Robinson, Brittany Landry, Sam Bradley and Caitlyn Galjour volunteered on March 18 to help 150 high school students gain more appreciation for diversity.

The annual Unity Through Understanding Day Workshop is coordinated through a collaboration between FSGNO and the Anti-Defamation League of New Orleans. Students from local high schools come together for small group discussions about issues that include discrimination, racism and bias. Students and teachers explore their own biases and prejudices to break down stereotypes and develop a common language to improve tolerance and understanding. Students and educators took action plans back to their schools for further discussion.


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