June 2021

SUMMER IS HERE BREAK OUT THE SUNSCREEN

JUNE 2021 NEWS LETTER​

EVERYDAY IS GETTING BETTER WITH THE EVER CHANGING COVID GUIDELINES

PLEASE JOIN US JUNE 8TH ANGEL MEETING

let’s meet face to face….

The Angels are very excited to get back on track with our monthly Angel Meetings and we are not taking a summer break since we already had a break for over a year. It is time to get back on track and get life back to normal. I miss all of you so much and miss your updates and stories about the kids! It is so nice getting to see smiles again instead of just eyes! I am sure lipstick sales are up quite a bit!!. Our meetings have always been a source of information and sharing and it takes each of you to help make a difference in building our awareness in the community. PLEASE try to attend our June 8th meeting.

WE would love to see YOU…
Bring your coffee or water

It’s Still Important We Stay In Touch To Let You Know Our News!
Hopefully Our Monthly News Will Give You An Update of
Angels Making A Difference…

MEETING DETAILS

NEXT MEETING – JUNE 8TH, 2021 8:30 – 9:30 AM,
PASADENA COMMUNITY CHURCH
227 70TH STREET SOUTH, ST PETERSBURG, FL
PLEASE RSVP AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE MEETING DATE!

MASK

WATCHING JOURNEE SPREAD HER WINGS
OUR YOUNGEST LITTLE ANGEL

Welcome Back Ashley Tominus from your maternity leave. We sure missed you, but we have a special shout our to Larry Gareau for filling in for Ashley at the Angel Visitation Center when she took time off to become a mom! We are so proud of your accomplishments and all you have achieved. We are all so excited to be a part of watching your beautiful little Journee grow and spread her wings! She is adorable!

BLUE RIBBON GALA

NEW DATE

PLEASE CHECK YOUR CALENDARS

FRIDAY OCTOBER 22ND 2021

PLEASE SEE FULL DETAILS BELOW

Stay informed for our October 22nd 2021 Gala through our newsletters and Blue Ribbon Gala page. You Can Purchase Your Tickets If you have not already…

EXCITING NEWS

OUR BLUE RIBBON GALA

WILL BE HAPPENING

OCTOBER 22ND 2021

 

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You…

for those of you that are re-sponsoring!

Friday, October 22nd 2021 is the date for our Annual Blue Ribbon Gala. I would like to thank each of you that have been a support for our Gala and also thank you for your patience throughout this past year and a half for the changes we have had to make. Since the Blue Ribbon event is our only awareness event that allows us to sustain the programs we provide to our community partners as well as educate our community on the programs we provide, it is important that we find a way to make it happen. Our Angel Awareness Event, the BRG, will not only be an amazing event as always, but t will be a celebration of being together and getting life back to normal, while raising funds to touch the lives of the children and youth we advocate for throughout the year. Only YOU can make it happen!

COVID has tested all of us but we are ALL stronger than ever to have survived such a challenging time, but imagine how difficult it has been for children who have already suffered so much and have had to overcome so many of life’s obstacles. We HOPE you will join us October 22nd 2021 and help us make a difference and celebrate our ability to adapt to change! Again, thank you for your patience and understanding through the many changes we have had to make due to COVID guidelines.

If you have already purchased your tickets, we hope to see you! If you have not, please follow the links above and purchase your ticket or table for a beautiful evening that we planned just for YOU. If you are unable to attend, you can make a donation directly on our website to make a difference in the a child’s life.

For those of you that have already donated, Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!

FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN

The Angels are proud to once again partner with the Friends of the Children Mentoring Program in 2021. Thank you for your tireless effort and commitment to dedicate 12 1/2 years to children who need guidance and a mentor to guide them through life’s many challenges. These amazing individuals are changing lives for generations to come and the Angels are proud to be a part of their mission.

A story to share from Byron Presley about the true meaning of Family Values…

I wanted to share just a bit on what one of the Friends and I would call a success story. One of the main aspects of FOTC is truly relationship building with our youth and community . We are committed to providing a sense of belonging to the children that may have never experienced that. The Angels have really brought this to life for our youth.

This past week, the Friend had to cancel a couple appointments with his youth due to a family emergency. He shared with his kids that his 4 year old daughter broke her arm in the middle of the week and needed surgery immediately. Of course, they were all understanding, as were the caregivers.

A few days after the cancellation, one of his youth borrowed his mother’s phone to call and check up on him and his daughter!!!! Another one called him through skype on the tablet that the Angel’s provided. We thought that the Friends were the ones who supposed to be the one looking out for their youth? Ken stated that “It was very heartwarming to know that my boys share the same concern over me, as I have over them.” It may not seem like much to the standard observer, but these 2 young men has struggled with connections in the past due to the broken connection from their birth-parents. Through our consistency and genuine care for my youth, they KNOW that they are a part of our FAMILY. Thanks Sandy and Angels for continuing to help our program and the youth that are in FOTCTB.

Byron B. Pressley Sr. | Mobile: 813 310 4428 | [email protected]
Program Director
FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN – TAMPA BAY
friendstampabay.org | LEARN MORE: The Power of One

MONTHLY UPDATE BABYCAT FIRST FIVE PROGRAM

Directions for Living (DFL)
Campbell Park Elementary & Kings Highway Elementary Schools
FIRST FIVE PROGRAM IS A HUGE SUCCESS!

BIG NEWS

Here is the note from April Lott, CEO/President Directions For Living

“Wonderful news our BabyCAT Program has been recommended for full funding. Fingers crossed that the Governor signs the recommendation!! We have started to grow something that is making a difference in the lives of little children. We will update you again in June.”

LIVES WILL BE CHANGED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME…

Thank you April for your updates on how the little one are doing!
The Angels are very excited to be a part of this amazing program!
The Angels are a part of breaking the pattern of abuse!

A Message from April Lott,
President & CEO
Directions for Living

“Elias was referred to the BabyCAT team by his school in December 2020 due to having behavioral concerns in the classroom. The child has also experienced trauma including observing domestic violence and relocating to new homes several times.

Since participating and engaging with the Counselor, Priscila and Case Manager, Samantha, Elias has made progress including, he has decreased negative behaviors in the classroom, he has learned new skills, he is asking for a break when he is getting upset, he is using deep breathing activities, and he is using relaxation skills to prevent further incidences in his classroom. Elias’s grades have improved, his school attendance is excellent, he is advancing to the next grade and now communicating more effectively with his mother and staff.
The Counselor and Case Manager have advocated for Elias’s needs including the behavioral modification plan in order to foster the child’s success. The Case Manager and Counselor have also linked the family to community resources as well as assisted the mom with communicating her concerns in order to benefit her family and their needs.

A contributing factor for Elias’s success is his mother’s partnership with all professionals. The mother partners with the school, she communicates with the Counselor and Case Manager, and she attends meetings with staff and the school each week. The mom has invested her time and efforts into the change process and demonstrates her ability to meet her child’s emotional and educational needs. The mom has engaged, demonstrated change, and is resilient.

The BabyCAT team considers Elias and his family a success because of the positive changes made and the interventions being implemented in the home and school. Thank you Angels Against Abuse for being the secret sauce to this little ones success.

April Lott, LCSW
President & CEO
Directions for Living
1437 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33764
Cell: 407-592-5574
Office: (727) 524-4464 ext.1702 | Fax: (727) 524-4474
www.DirectionsForLiving.org

CAMPBELL PARK ELEMENTARY
AND KINGS HIGHWAY ELEMENTARY

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LITTLE ONES FOR MAKING THE GRADE AND GRADUATING. WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

YOU HAVE ONLY BEGUN YOUR JOURNEY

Guardian ad Litem Foundation (GAL)

Opportunity Outreach
Dream, Believe, Succeed!
WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED FILLING REQUESTS

GUARDIAN AD LITEM
DREAM it, BELIEVE it, SUCCEED

The Angels are so proud to once again work with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation to help address the needs of the children they advocate for 24/7. With visitations down due to COVID, and schools being closed for almost all of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, there are requests for these children to try and live as normal a life as possible and give them a sense of normalcy in their lives. The Opportunity Outreach Program is a direct benefit to children allowing them to have real, “normal” kid experiences. These funds help to make sure that they can participate in the school, church, and/or community activities that they are interested in without putting the burden of funding on the child or foster parent. Some examples of funding requests include:

  • Registration fees for school sports and the equipment needed to participate.
  • Going on a school field trip or church/YMCA outing
  • Going to homecoming or prom and purchasing a dress or suit
  • Getting a bike
  • Being able to purchase school pictures
  • Taking dance, karate, or music lessons after school
  • Covering the cost of a cake for a birthday party
  • Attending summer camp
  • Taking swim lessons

This program will give Hope to children who often have little to smile about. It is the little things that could potentially turn a child’s life around, and if one wish granted can make a difference in their lives, the Angels will make that happen!

OPPORTUNITY OUTREACH SUCCESS STORIES
Thank You Angels
Erin Authier
Executive Director
Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay

YMCA Summer Camp

G’s Story
G. lives with his paternal grandmother in an apartment. Both parental rights were terminated. Prior to living with his grandmother, he lived with his paternal grandfather and his parents. G. lives in an apartment complex where he is not able to play outside without direct supervision. The apartment complex has signs posted that state children are not permitted to play in the parking lot areas. He does not have friends nearby that he could play with over the summer. G. lives with his paternal grandmother as his caregiver. She is on a fixed income and cannot afford to cover the full cost of summer camp tuition fees. This request is to fund a summer day camp at YMCA.

Summer Camp

T’s Story.
T. is a precocious child, very engaging and verbal. He is very smart, loves to read and play video games. He has adapted very well in his placement. His one year old half-sister is also in this placement and she and T. are very attached and bonded to the foster parents. Thanks to the foster parents T. has really experienced normalcy in a family like environment and has frequent and regular contact with the foster family’s extended family that T. perceived to be his family (he calls them aunties, uncles and cousins). The parents have rarely visited and their whereabouts were unknown until recently when the father was arrested for several serious felonies and the mother’s location is now again unknown. T. would benefit greatly by interacting with other children and doing new and exciting things in camp. He loves learning and is very athletic.

Summer Camp

B’s story:
B. is an energetic soon to be 11 yr old boy. This is his 2nd time out of the home. He has never been to camp before. GAL would like to see him have fun, release some energy, socialize and just be a kid. He presently lives with his maternal grandfather in a small RV where there are no children around. This camp has martial arts 3 x per week, sports, field trips twice weekly, swimming which I think all would benefit him for socialization, meeting new friends, a chance to do things he wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to do plus someone to do them with.

Summer Track and Field Team Participation

A’s Story
A. and his siblings entered care in July 2017 and lived with their neighbors who found them all hard to manage. The children went and lived with the neighbor’s adult daughter and her husband. After a short time, this placement broke down due to A’s brother’s aggressive behaviors (which scared the caregivers. A. and his brother have been separated ever since. A. bounced around after a stable (and very strict) placement and then was physically disciplined in a foster home and was removed. This led to more bouncing around until he landed in his current placement in March 2020. He has done well there. The current FPs are AMAZING with A. and work with him on his behaviors and are loving towards him.

The FPs would like A. to join the Track Club near them for the summer. The club meets for practice on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday with meets once or twice a month. The practices are 1.5 hours long through the entire summer.

A. has PTSD and takes a psychotropic med. He has a lot of energy and a track club would be wonderful for him! A. is only 8 and due to COVID, hasn’t participated in much formal activities while in this foster home. There are other boys in the home who would participate as well.

Beach Towels For Birthday

C&S’s Story
C. and S. are in an adoptive placement with their Bio mom’s step sister. They seem to be thriving in this new placement. They are having REAL birthday parties for the first time ever. Their birthdays are within two weeks of each other. C. is having a Fortnight waterslide party and S. is having a mermaid waterslide party. I’d like to give them each a new beach towel.

The impact that Angels is having on these kids lasts long after the check has been cut. Thank you for seeing the value of brining these opportunities to children in the dependency system and helping to give them an outlet to grow.

The Angels & The Kind Mouse Have Teamed Up!
Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Program
23 Baby Bags Filled

Thank you Gina, The Kind Mouse for Partnering with the Angels

The Kind Mouse & Angels Against Abuse, Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Program is a HUGE SUCCESS and the Kind Mouse and Angels are very excited to partner together to provide assistance to these precious little angels! These baby bags are filled with essentials to provide a start for infants that will be distributed to our community partners to assist with baby needs and urgent items for babies when removed or in a homeless situation. In May we received a call from Directions for Living that they needed assistance for the Angel Baby Bags. The request came to the Angels and the next day 23 bags personalized with the baby’s initials and age was filled and delivered. Thank you Kim Bauer and Ashley Tominus for making this happen! These baby bags include items that will make a difference until they are placed with relatives or in foster care. The bags will include pre-mixed formula or baby food depending on the age of the infant, diapers, wipes, baby wash, diaper rash ointment, clothing based on age and gender of infant, washcloths, bibs, baby book, pacifier, rattles, and baby bottles.

The Angels received a request in May for a Barber’s Chair and Booster Seat to make it easier to wash the children’s hair when they are removed. This chair has made it so much easier on the CPI’s and here is a thank you from one of rhe Family Support Workers with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Nayana Garcia told me that she was excited to have our new Hairdresser-Lice Chair and very thankful for your donation. Nayana provided me with some feedback on how this chair has made a positive impact here.

From Nyana- I am not sure if I am the “Lice Fairy”, but I’ve gotten many lice cases at CPID. Some of the hardest have been cases with siblings were treatments had to be completed before children go to foster placement, and most of them have been at night time.

I wanted to share two of my most memorable experiences, and let me tell you from the bottom of my heart that your donation will be used regularly, and we appreciate your gift.

A few years ago, we worked on a case with a child who had special needs. The child was around 4 years old at that time, no language and covered in lice. The child was so small that it was very difficult to keep child in a regular chair, so we improvised and used our high chair for treatment. I don’t think it was comfortable for the child, but it helped us doing the job. My supervisor and I worked together combing nits. We probably were there more than an hour. The hardest part was to wash the hair, when one of us had to hold the child and the other washed the treatment. It was a long and stressful night. I saw so much lice that my hair itched when I went to bed.

Another experience occurred this year, when I was on call and received a case at 2:00 am with 4 children all with lice. The kids were well behaved and did great during their lice treatment, but it was very uncomfortable and difficult to comb hair on our regular chairs. A little one was also included in the group making the job a little bit more difficult. I finished the treatments in the morning around 8:00 am, My coworker came to my rescue and helped me with the last kid and other things we needed to do for the case.

I’m happy to have a chair that can adjust to children height and is comfortable for them. A chair that can make them feel special, prevent meltdowns and make children feel safe because they are sitting in something made for someone their size.

Thank you so much for your donation!

Nayana Garnica
Family Support Worker
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Phone: (727) 582-3802
[email protected]

“Leading The Way For A Safer Pinellas”

A Message from Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Dear Angels Against Abuse,

Thank you for your generous donations of infant supplies. The baby bags of stuffed animals, baby clothing, bottles, diapers, formula, baby snacks and other essential items needed to provide care for our most vulnerable little ones is making such a positive lives of the children in our community and we are grateful for your contribution.

Thank you for making a difference!

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO THE ANGELS

Al & Susan Bennati
Alexandra Bryant
Alina Linthicum
Allen & Sarah Keesler
Allen, Johanna
Amanda Meland
Angels Against Abuse, Inc
Aviation Academy
Bailey’s Medical Equipment
Becky Hudson
Blackbaud Giving Fund
Blakemore & Satori Kearney
Brad & Kathy Ball
BrewHaHa
Bridgepoint Church
Brittany Mills
Career Now Brands
Career Path Training/Roadmaster Driving School
Clearwater Barre
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Corey Heilman
Creative Outdoor Advertising
Curativa Bay Corporation
Cynthia Fabrizzi
David Herman, Trustee White Family Foundation
David & Joanne Yates
Dawn Rush
Dayton Foundation
Deep Glow
Derby Lanes
Diana & Kerry Helinger
Dillards Tyrone
Donald & Holli Hudson
Douglas Bauer
Ella Reams
Evan Rosich
First Home Bank
Florida Graphics
Flora and Mike Corrigan
Fostering Hope of Florida
Heather Yung
Helen & Rudy Consoni
J Larsen & Associates CPA
James & Kriste Helinger
Jason & Amanda Meland
Jason & Christi Strauss
John & Sandy Kearney
John & Karen Kearney
John Weir
Just Give – Great Non-Profits
Karen Faller
Ken & Maureen Heretick
Kim & Richard Bauer
Kristen Davis
Mark & Jessica Young
Matt & Valerie DiGennaro
Neil & Cindy Campbell
Network for Good
Nick & Kay Catizone
Nicole & Tony Spinelli
Nicole Day
Nigella Industries
Nives Plavizanic
Patricia Calhoun
Paul Mathis
Paula & Charles Park
Pinellas Realtor Organization
Rebecca Anderson
Socius Family Foundation
St Pete Glitter Queens
Susan Proctor
Tara Dudley
Ten Pins Bowling Alley
The Broadrick Family Foundation
The Kind Mouse
The Speer Foundation
The White Family Foundation
TIGNA Grant
TisBest Philanthropy
Vector Commercial Real Estate
Veterans of Foreign War Post 2473
Werner Enterprises
Weston Newman

If we have inadvertently left anyone out, please contact [email protected] and we will get you added. Every dollar makes a difference and we want everyone to know how grateful we are for all donations to our organization.

Please Mark your calendars for August 21st, 2021, the famous Kind Mouse Mousequerade! The Kind Mouse never wants a child to go to bed hungry and thanks to Gina Wilkins, the Founder & President, Children in our community get their little tummies filled, but without the support of our community, The Kind Mouse would not be able to accomplish this.

The Angels are proud to be a partner with The Kind Mouse and be a part of assisting with this terrible pandemic of hunger that we have in our community.

Thank you Gina for all you do!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIND MOUSE ON YOUR 9TH BIRTHDAY OF FILLING LITTLE TUMMIES ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY! THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF YOU!

GINA’S GOAL IS TO FILL
650 TUMMIES IN 2021
That’s AMAZING…

Thank You Gina for all you do in our community to take care of the hunger needs of children and families. YOU are amazing and the Angels are so happy to partner with you!

 

HEALTHY START PAT+ MISSION STATEMENT

Healthy Start PAT focuses on reducing infant mortality and morbidity rates in the community by providing comprehensive case management and support services to pregnant and parenting substance abusing women with children ages 0-18 months. The Angels have partnered with them for the past several years through our Christmas Giving and our Angel Assistance Programs. Throughout the year when we receive requests for the moms or their babies, we address those needs quickly to make sure their needs are met.

Here is a great story from Noelle Chase
We have a family that finally was able to move from a hotel to a rental house. She has been with us since April 2020, had her baby boy in November and we helped her get into the house this month. Angels provided her with a baby bath, bottles, baby clothes and lots of other essentials when the baby was born. This family is now very stable and without Angels help, we would not have been able to help this family as much as we did

SHARE SOME NEWS!

We would love to share some good news to our Angels, Friends and Families that receive this newsletter. During these times of uncertainty, fear and frustrations, good news gives us Hope and something to brighten our days. We know there is some amazing work being done by so many individuals and agencies in our community so please share your stories so we can pass them on to others. Please email Sandy Kearney at [email protected] and we will make sure your stories are shared in our next newsletter.

Are you coming to our Angel Meeting?

LOCATION
Pasadena Community Church, Life Enrichment Center

DATE AND TIME
05/11/21 8:30am – 05/11/21 9:30am

Welcome back meeting from COVID-19

Angels Against Abuse Gives HOPE,
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow….

WE NEED YOUR VOTE TO STAY ON TOP.

THANK YOU ANGELS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO WRITE A REVIEW!

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT SO PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND LET EVERYONE KNOW HOW WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

YOUR WORDS SPEAK VOLUMES IN THE COMMUNITY!

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

We are looking for volunteers for all of our upcoming events. Please contact Sandy Kearney by clicking on the above link and let us know which of our upcoming events you are available to help volunteer. Please remember that all of these events benefit the Angels and your support will make a difference. Thank you for your support!

When it comes to helping others, there are no little things…the accumulation of a lot of little things isn’t little…it takes each of us to make a difference for all of us…none of us can do everything at one, but all of us can do something at once…one person can make a difference, and every person must try…

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

2021

June 8th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

July 13th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

August 10th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

August 21st 2021 – 6:00 – 11:00 PM
The Kind Mouse Mousequerade

September 14th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 12th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 22nd 2021 – 6:00 PM -11:00 PM
Annual Blue Ribbon Gala
The St Pete Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL

May 2021

TO ALL THE MOMS, MOMS TO BE & MENTOR MOMS

Happy Mothers Day to ALL the MOMS who make a difference every day in the lives of their children or other children who depend on their love and guidance. Each and everyone of you are appreciated more than you know, and for those of you that are not told enough, YOU are special and YOU are appreciated.

MAY 2021 NEWS LETTER

WELCOME BACK ANGELS, WE ARE HAVING OUR MAY 11TH ANGEL MEETING
WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US

Please mark you calendars and let’s meet face to face….

The Angels are very excited to get back on track with our monthly Angel Meetings and it seems like May 11th 2021 will be our lucky month! We know that many of you are still operating remotely and perhaps have not been vaccinated, BUT after the year and half that we have all had, it feels like Spring is in the air and there is a rainbow in site for getting back to a more normal life. I miss all of you so much and hope that you will join us May 11th. There is so much to catch up on and we would love to hear from each of you! It is time… It would be so nice to see smiles again instead of just eyes! Our meetings have always been a source of information and sharing and it takes each of you to help make a difference in building our awareness in the community. PLEASE try to attend our May 11th meeting.

WE would love to see YOU…
Bring your favorite beverage…

It’s Still Important We Stay In Touch To Let You Know Our News!
Hopefully Our Monthly News Will Give You An Update of
Angels Making A Difference…

MEETING DETAILS

NEXT MEETING – MAY 11TH, 2021 8:30 – 9:30 AM,
PASADENA COMMUNITY CHURCH
227 70TH STREET SOUTH, ST PETERSBURG, FL
PLEASE RSVP AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE MEETING DATE!

BLUE RIBBON GALA

NEW DATE

PLEASE CHECK YOUR CALENDARS

FRIDAY OCTOBER 22ND 2021

PLEASE SEE FULL DETAILS BELOW

A NEW DATE FOR OUR BLUE RIBBON GALA

As all of you know, our April 10th 2020 Annual Blue Ribbon Gala was postponed several times in 2020. The Angels felt for sure that the April 10th 2021 date would work, but unfortunately COVID is still standing in the way so we are now looking at Friday, October 22nd 2021 as the date for our Annual Blue Ribbon Gala. I would like to thank each of you that have been a support for our Gala and also thank you for your patience throughout this past year for the changes we have had to make. Since the Blue Ribbon event is our only awareness event that allows us to sustain the programs we provide to our community partners, it is important that we find a way to make it happen. The Angels feel that later this year will allow us sufficient time to work through COVID and have an amazing event that will be a celebration of being together while raising funds to touch the lives of the children and youth we advocate for throughout the year.

Every dollar we receive goes directly to one of our programs that make a difference in the lives of the child. Last year tested all of us and we are ALL stronger than ever to have survived such a challenging time but imagine how difficult it has been for these vulnerable children who have already suffered so much. We HOPE you will join us October 22nd 2021 and help us make a difference and celebrate our ability to adapt to change! Again, thank you for your patience and understanding through the many changes we have had to make due to COVID guidelines.

JOIN US OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 FOR A SPECIAL CELEBRATION OUR
ANNUAL BLUE RIBBON GALA

If you have already purchased your tickets, we hope to see you! If you have not, please follow the links below and purchase your ticket or table for a beautiful evening that we planned just for YOU. If you are unable to attend, you can make a donation directly on our Facebook page or our website www.angelsagainstabuse.org to make a difference in the a child’s life.

For those of you that have already donated, Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!

Something to make you SMILE
One of the children I Mentor
by Byron Pressley, Program Director FOTC

I often look for big successes or want to see our kids achieve something big to be considered a success. But sometimes goals are small and successes add up over time. The truth is, many of our kids’ successes are small and they may need those successes a hundred times before they can move onto something bigger. The wins can be in the little moves forward, even if they take steps backwards at times, if the overall movement is forward, we are achieving our goals.

One of my girls struggles in reading. She can read, just slower than everyone else and gets stuck sounding out words in her head, so there can be long pauses, sometimes making it difficult to understand what she is reading.

By her teacher and myself advocating for her, she was able to get extra time during test taking, passed her 3rd grade FSA, and is improving in her reading skills during 4th grade. She is still slow during reading, but continues to improve. The other day on our outing she said she likes to read. That was both surprising and a joy for me to hear. But again, success is sometimes in the small moves forward. Together, because of the Angels help with getting us tablets for our youth, we are reading a chapter book about a boy who also struggles with reading, and should finish by the end of the school year and look forward to choosing a book for the summer. Earlier this year, we had goals for her to read independently, but she wouldn’t read at home. We readjusted our goal and now just read together. This also allows us to discuss what we are reading to develop fluency and comprehension. My hope is that she will start to create a desire to read independently and will begin to ask herself questions to make sure she is understanding what she is reading. For her to say she likes to read, to me, is a success.

WELCOME TO THE TEAM
FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN FAMILY
RICK McCLINTOCK
 
Rick McClintock is the newly named Executive Director of Friends of the Children – Tampa Bay. He comes to the organization after a 30+ year career in the Financial Technology industry, having held Sales, Sales Management and Product Management roles with several leading companies, including JP Morgan Chase, Vantiv and US Bank. During his career he has consulted with and developed partnerships and client relationships with hundreds of private and public companies across North America, including many Fortune 500 firms.
 
Rick has extensive volunteer experience across Tampa Bay, including Coaching, Fundraising, Management and Hospitality roles with non-profits such as Tampa Bay Little League, Jesuit High School, Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Robinson High School and Feeding Tampa Bay. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he is a 26-year resident of Tampa, and he and his wife Maggie have two children.

FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN

The Angels are proud to once again partner with the Friends of the Children Mentoring Program in 2021. Thank you for your tireless effort and commitment to dedicate 12 1/2 years to children who need guidance and a mentor to guide them through life’s many challenges. These amazing individuals are changing lives for generations to come and the Angels are proud to be a part of their mission.

MONTHLY UPDATE BABYCAT FIRST FIVE PROGRAM

Directions for Living (DFL)
Campbell Park Elementary & Kings Highway Elementary Schools
FIRST FIVE PROGRAM IS A HUGE SUCCESS!

BIG NEWS

Here is the note from April Lott, CEO/President Directions For Living

“Wonderful news our BabyCAT Program has been recommended for full funding. Fingers crossed that the Governor signs the recommendation!! We have started to grow something that is making a difference in the lives of little children. We will update you again in June.”

LIVES WILL BE CHANGED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME…

Thank you April for your updates on how the little one are doing!
The Angels are very excited to be a part of this amazing program!
The Angels are a part of breaking the pattern of abuse!

A Message from April Lott,
President & CEO
Directions for Living

“It is so heartwarming when we receive a gift from a generous supporter of Directions for Living that allows us to say “yes” to one more family or deserving adult in need. Thank you Angels Against Abuse for being a champion for children in our BabyCAT Program. This program was created to assist children in their first 5 years of life that have been identified by a teacher at one of our partner elementary and early learning schools as experience a mental, emotional, or behavior issues that is preventing them from being successful in their learning environment. Many of these kiddos are at-risk of out-of-home care due to domestic violence between caregivers substance issues in their home or other stressful situations. Thanks to your generous support to DFL we are working towards our vision of thriving children, Empowered adults and Strong families! Organizations like the Angels provide vital support that helps bring out BabyCAT families back together. As a Donor and Friend of Directions for Living, you are a part of something really special — you are a part of our community.”

April Lott, LCSW
President & CEO
Directions for Living
1437 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33764
Cell: 407-592-5574
Office: (727) 524-4464 ext.1702 | Fax: (727) 524-4474
www.DirectionsForLiving.org

Guardian ad Litem Foundation (GAL)

Opportunity Outreach
Dream, Believe, Succeed!
WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED FILLING REQUESTS

GUARDIAN AD LITEM
DREAM it, BELIEVE it, SUCCEED

The Angels are so proud to once again work with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation to help address the needs of the children they advocate for 24/7. With visitations down due to COVID, and schools being closed for almost all of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, there are requests for these children to try and live as normal a life as possible and give them a sense of normalcy in their lives. The Opportunity Outreach Program is a direct benefit to children allowing them to have real, “normal” kid experiences. These funds help to make sure that they can participate in the school, church, and/or community activities that they are interested in without putting the burden of funding on the child or foster parent. Some examples of funding requests include:

  • Registration fees for school sports and the equipment needed to participate.
  • Going on a school field trip or church/YMCA outing
  • Going to homecoming or prom and purchasing a dress or suit
  • Getting a bike
  • Being able to purchase school pictures
  • Taking dance, karate, or music lessons after school
  • Covering the cost of a cake for a birthday party
  • Attending summer camp
  • Taking swim lessons

This program will give Hope to children who often have little to smile about. It is the little things that could potentially turn a child’s life around, and if one wish granted can make a difference in their lives, the Angels will make that happen!

OPPORTUNITY OUTREACH SUCCESS STORIES
Thank You Angels
Erin Authier
Executive Director
Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay

Original request:
K, Middle School boy.
K. is a sweet teenage boy that has been longing for normalcy and permanency. Due to being in a group home for the majority of his time in care, he has been unable to participate in extracurricular activities.. He is now in a wonderful foster home that may result in permanency. K. used to play baseball years ago prior to coming into Foster care. Since he has spent the past few years in a group home where extracurricular activities were not an option, he hasn’t been able to play. K. now lives in a wonderful foster home and has just joined a baseball team. Due to the years he was unable to play, he’s feeling extremely insecure with his abilities. With a few extra lessons to get him up to speed, his confidence will improve, as will his enjoyment of the season.

Update:
K. and his two siblings came into care after years of neglect and substance abuse by their parents. After bouncing around to multiple placements, K. is now in a wonderful foster home where he is finally able to have a more normal teenage life. Prior to shelter, K. had played baseball and really showed potential. With a break of several years, he lacked confidence due to feeling behind the other kids. Thanks to your support, K took hitting lessons prior to the start of the season to get him up to speed for the level he now plays at. I’m happy to share that not only is K. physically playing baseball better, but more importantly it has helped his self-esteem to be more evenly matched with his teammates. He looks forward to practices and games and is really thriving!

Update:
We received the sweetest update on C from his guardian ad litem. C. is a middle school aged boy who has been in the dependency system for a few years and has struggled with ADHD. His GAL and caregivers were looking for a therapeutic outlet to help C. work through his feelings and gain a new skill. They found music therapy and thanks to Angels, C has been in piano lessons for a few weeks. The GAL actually just submitted a request for additional lessons for C because it is going so well, and he is getting both the music engagement and the therapy support through this activity. We are so grateful for the support of Angels in helping to make this a reality for C! Below is the note we received from this GAL:

“Piano lessons are making a huge impact in C’s life as he chose his own teacher from the website and talks to her about personal issues as well as enjoys the learning and music therapy. He has been taking lessons now for a few weeks and enjoys it so much he wants it to continue. We are so thankful for the ability to provide him this experience.

Thank you!”

Healthy Food Request .
S. would like to receive gift cards that he could use at local grocers to augment the food supplied by his group home. He is interested in gaining a little more control over his diet (and honestly this would be something else in his life he could have a little more control over). At 14 he’s eating everything in sight, just because that’s what you do at 14. On top of that, due to his homelessness prior to placement in the Group Home, he was also likely under nourished when he arrived at the house.

Piano Keyboard
L. is currently placed at Educational Advantage. She is in her 2nd year there and doing quite well. She attends school regularly and wants to go to college when she graduates from High School next school year. She is a junior and her grades are good. She has just gotten her Learner’s permit to learn to drive and plans to stay in Foster Care until she graduates from High School then go in to PEES. She has been consistent in what she wants and shows quite a bit of maturity in thinking things through for herself and making good choices since she has been at Educational Advantage. L. has stated for quite a while that she would like to take piano lessons. Eckerd is helping find lessons, as GAL I am working to find her a keyboard.
A Yamaha Keyboard 76 key keyboard can be purchased on line through Walmart.

One Year of Karate
Plus Gear & Uniform & Registration
V. has been in and out of foster care for over four years, yet she remains a bubbly and creative little kiddo. She is currently in karate lessons, which she absolutely loves, but the foster mother requested financial support to continue it.
V. has been taking karate for several months and loves it. Every time the GAL visits her, she demonstrates her latest moves and makes the GAL learn the new forms. She packs an impressive kick

Camp
C. is living in a therapeutic foster home. He was in his original placement for 9+ months, but interrupted due to a FP family dispute. C. was then placed on an emergency basis for 3 months but is now in what appears to be a new, permanent placement. C. would like to participate in camp this summer and the family believes it will be good for him to have the social and physical outlet

Sandbox
The boys are placed with the paternal grandfather and paternal great-grandfather. Placement is stable; however, the residence is small. Thankfully the boys are little, but they’re active! Grandpa is doing a great job of providing for the children’s basic needs. He has adjusted to having two young children which was not his plan in life and this may become permanent.
Every child likes to play in sand and the backyard of the residence (it’s part of a duplex) is shaded and perfect for a sandbox. The sandbox selected is slightly elevated so toddlers would stand at it and thus not have so much sand in their pants afterwards, but still allows for plenty of fun.

The impact that Angels is having on these kids lasts long after the check has been cut. Thank you for seeing the value of brining these opportunities to children in the dependency system and helping to give them an outlet to grow.

The Angels & The Kind Mouse Have Teamed Up!
Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Program
36 Bags March & April 2021
Waiting on our May Request

The Kind Mouse & Angels Against Abuse, Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Program is a HUGE SUCCESS and the Kind Mouse and Angels are very excited to partner together to provide assistance to these precious little angels! These baby bags are filled with essentials to provide a start for infants that will be distributed to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to assist with baby needs and urgent items for babies when removed. There has been a big increase in 2020/2021 infant removal and this is a concern that needed to be addressed. The Angels have partnered with The Kind Mouse to make sure no babies are going without! These baby bags will include items that will make a difference until they are placed with relatives or in foster care. The bags will include pre-mixed formula or baby food depending on the age of the infant, diapers, wipes, baby wash, diaper rash ointment, clothing based on age and gender of infant, washcloths, bibs, baby book, pacifier, rattles, and baby bottles. The Sheriff’s office said the average removal per month of infants right now, is around 15-17 a month. We feel this is a need that should be addressed.

TWO SISTERS BROUGHT TOGETHER – ANGELS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

The Child Protection Investigation Division recently connected two young adult sisters, one who has a newborn and a 3 year old daughter, and the other sister has a 10 month old daughter. The sisters were subjected to a lot of neglect by their own parents growing up as a result of their parents’ drug addictions. They relied on one another for support to get through their home environment growing up, and continue to do so today. They both work, one as a housekeeper and the other in sales, and reside with each other, alternating shifts to cover child care needs. The sister with the newborn had some medical complications shortly after being discharged home, and had to be readmitted to the hospital to undergo surgery. Despite life throwing them many challenges, they have persevered and done all they can to ensure their children have the love and stability they themselves did not have growing up. Thanks to the Angels, these sisters were assisted with much needed supplies to include the prepared baby bags, extra diapers, wipes and other essential items. The sisters expressed being extremely grateful for the donations, and talked about how they felt so lucky to receive the assistance. Every penny for them counts, and the items donated by Angel’s brightened their day and reaffirmed that there is so much good in the world

Kelly H. Johnson
Program Administrator
Child Protection Investigation Division
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
8550 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
(727) 582-3814

“Leading The Way For A Safer Pinellas”

A Message from Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Dear Angels Against Abuse,

Thank you for your generous donations of infant supplies. The baby bags of stuffed animals, baby clothing, bottles, diapers, formula, baby snacks and other essential items needed to provide care for our most vulnerable little ones is making such a positive lives of the children in our community and we are grateful for your contribution.

Thank you for making a difference!

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO THE ANGELS

Al & Susan Bennati
Alexandra Bryant
Alina Linthicum
Allen & Sarah Keesler
Allen, Johanna
Amanda Meland
Angels Against Abuse, Inc
Aviation Academy
Bailey’s Medical Equipment
Becky Hudson
Blackbaud Giving Fund
Blakemore & Satori Kearney
Brad & Kathy Ball
BrewHaHa
Bridgepoint Church
Brittany Mills
Career Now Brands
Career Path Training/Roadmaster Driving School
Clearwater Barre
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Corey Heilman
Creative Outdoor Advertising
Curativa Bay Corporation
Cynthia Fabrizzi
David Herman, Trustee White Family Foundation
David & Joanne Yates
Dawn Rush
Dayton Foundation
Deep Glow
Derby Lanes
Diana & Kerry Helinger
Dillards Tyrone
Donald & Holli Hudson
Douglas Bauer
Ella Reams
Evan Rosich
First Home Bank
Florida Graphics
Flora and Mike Corrigan
Fostering Hope of Florida
Heather Yung
Helen & Rudy Consoni
J Larsen & Associates CPA
James & Kriste Helinger
Jason & Amanda Meland
Jason & Christi Strauss
John & Sandy Kearney
John & Karen Kearney
John Weir
Just Give – Great Non-Profits
Karen Faller
Ken & Maureen Heretick
Kim & Richard Bauer
Kristen Davis
Mark & Jessica Young
Matt & Valerie DiGennaro
Neil & Cindy Campbell
Network for Good
Nick & Kay Catizone
Nicole & Tony Spinelli
Nicole Day
Nigella Industries
Nives Plavizanic
Patricia Calhoun
Paul Mathis
Paula & Charles Park
Pinellas Realtor Organization
Rebecca Anderson
Socius Family Foundation
St Pete Glitter Queens
Susan Proctor
Tara Dudley
Ten Pins Bowling Alley
The Broadrick Family Foundation
The Kind Mouse
The Speer Foundation
The White Family Foundation
TIGNA Grant
TisBest Philanthropy
Vector Commercial Real Estate
Veterans of Foreign War Post 2473
Werner Enterprises
Weston Newman

If we have inadvertently left anyone out, please contact [email protected] and we will get you added. Every dollar makes a difference and we want everyone to know how grateful we are for all donations to our organization.

OUR GOAL IS TO FILL
650 TUMMIES IN 2021
That’s AMAZING…

Thank You Gina for all you do in our community to take care of the hunger needs of children and families. YOU are amazing and the Angels are so happy to partner with you!

HEALTHY START PAT+ MISSION STATEMENT

Healthy Start PAT focuses on reducing infant mortality and morbidity rates in the community by providing comprehensive case management and support services to pregnant and parenting substance abusing women with children ages 0-18 months. The Angels have partnered with them for the past several years through our Christmas Giving and our Angel Assistance Programs. Throughout the year when we receive requests for the moms or their babies, we address those needs quickly to make sure their needs are met.

Approximately 100 Always Be A Kind Mouse T-Shirts were downtown last week celebrating Kind Mouse’s 9th birthday!

SHARE SOME NEWS!

We would love to share some good news to our Angels, Friends and Families that receive this newsletter. During these times of uncertainty, fear and frustrations, good news gives us Hope and something to brighten our days. We know there is some amazing work being done by so many individuals and agencies in our community so please share your stories so we can pass them on to others. Please email Sandy Kearney at [email protected] and we will make sure your stories are shared in our next newsletter.

Please Mark your calendars for August 21st, 2021, the famous Kind Mouse Mousequerade! The Kind Mouse never wants a child to go to bed hungry and thanks to Gina Wilkins, the Founder & President, Children in our community get their little tummies filled, but without the support of our community, The Kind Mouse would not be able to accomplish this.

The Angels are proud to be a partner with The Kind Mouse and be a part of assisting with this terrible pandemic of hunger that we have in our community.

Thank you Gina for all you do!

Are you coming to our Angel Meeting?

LOCATION
Pasadena Community Church, Life Enrichment Center

DATE AND TIME
05/11/21 8:30am – 05/11/21 9:30am

Welcome back meeting from COVID-19

Angels Against Abuse Gives HOPE,
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow….

WE NEED YOUR VOTE TO STAY ON TOP.

THANK YOU ANGELS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO WRITE A REVIEW!

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT SO PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND LET EVERYONE KNOW HOW WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

YOUR WORDS SPEAK VOLUMES IN THE COMMUNITY!

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

We are looking for volunteers for all of our upcoming events. Please contact Sandy Kearney by clicking on the above link and let us know which of our upcoming events you are available to help volunteer. Please remember that all of these events benefit the Angels and your support will make a difference. Thank you for your support!

When it comes to helping others, there are no little things…the accumulation of a lot of little things isn’t little…it takes each of us to make a difference for all of us…none of us can do everything at one, but all of us can do something at once…one person can make a difference, and every person must try…

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

2021

May 11th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

June, July & August No Meetings
Summer Break

August 21st 2021 – 6:00 – 11:00 PM
The Kind Mouse Mousequerade

September 14th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 12th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 22nd 2021 – 6:00 PM -11:00 PM
Annual Blue Ribbon Gala
The St Pete Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL

April 2021

The Angels see a Rainbow in sight and Hope is on the horizon for 2021! 2020 was a tough year filled with challenges for all of us, but we made it through the tough times and now we can look forward to what lies ahead. Thank you for all your support to the Angels and helping us to make a difference in the lives of the children and families we advocate for every day.

WELCOME BABY JOURNEE HARLOW – OUR NEWEST LITTLE ANGEL

9 LBS ARRIVAL DATE – APRIL 6TH 2021

CONGRATULATIONS ASHLEY TOMINUS! WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU!

APRIL 2021 NEWS LETTER

WE ARE HOPEFUL FOR MAY 11TH 2021

OUR APRIL 13TH ANGEL MEETING IS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ATTENDANCE.

The Angels are very excited to get back on track with our monthly Angel Meetings and every month we are optimistic that this month will be the month to get together. Since we still have only a hand full of people that are planning on attending, we have decided to hold off until MAY 11TH 2021 for our next Angel Meeting. Every month for the past year, we have wanted to get together and maybe May will be our lucky month. Hopefully everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be and everyone will feel more comfortable being around one another. It would be so nice to see smiles again instead of just eyes! Our meetings have always been a source of information and sharing and it takes each of you to help make a difference in building our awareness in the community. PLEASE try to attend our May 11th meeting.

OUR NEXT MEETING SCHEDULED may 11TH 2021

WE would love to see YOU…

It’s Still Important We Stay In Touch To Let You Know Our News!

Hopefully Our Monthly News Will Give You An Update of

Angels Making A Difference…

JUST HANG IN THERE!

NEXT MEETING
MAY 11TH, 2021 8:30 – 9:30 AM,
PASADENA COMMUNITY CHURCH
227 70TH STREET SOUTH, ST PETERSBURG, FL

PLEASE RSVP AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE MEETING DATE!

BLUE RIBBON GALA

NEW DATE

PLEASE CHECK YOUR CALENDARS

FRIDAY OCTOBER 22ND 2021

PLEASE SEE FULL DETAILS BELOW

A NEW DATE FOR OUR BLUE RIBBON GALA

As all of you know, our April 10th 2020 Annual Blue Ribbon Gala was postponed several times in 2020. The Angels felt for sure that the April 10th 2021 date would work, but unfortunately COVID is still standing in the way so we are now looking at Friday, October 22nd 2021 as the date for our Annual Blue Ribbon Gala. I would like to thank each of you that have been a support for our Gala and also thank you for your patience throughout this past year for the changes we have had to make. Since the Blue Ribbon event is our only awareness event that allows us to sustain the programs we provide to our community partners, it is important that we find a way to make it happen. The Angels feel that later this year will allow us sufficient time to work through COVID and have an amazing event that will be a celebration of being together while raising funds to touch the lives of the children and youth we advocate for throughout the year.

Every dollar we receive goes directly to one of our programs that make a difference in the lives of the child. Last year tested all of us and we are ALL stronger than ever to have survived such a challenging time but imagine how difficult it has been for these vulnerable children who have already suffered so much. We HOPE you will join us October 22nd 2021 and help us make a difference and celebrate our ability to adapt to change! Again, thank you for your patience and understanding through the many changes we have had to make due to COVID guidelines.

JOIN US OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 FOR A SPECIAL CELEBRATION OUR
ANNUAL BLUE RIBBON GALA

If you have already purchased your tickets, we hope to see you! If you have not, please follow the links below and purchase your ticket or table for a beautiful evening that we planned just for YOU. If you are unable to attend, you can make a donation directly on our Facebook page or our website www.angelsagainstabuse.org to make a difference in the a child’s life.

For those of you that have already donated, Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!

MONTHLY UPDATE BABYCAT FIRST FIVE PROGRAM

Directions for Living (DFL)
Campbell Park Elementary & Kings Highway Elementary Schools
FIRST FIVE PROGRAM IS A HUGE SUCCESS!

BIG NEWS
298 CHILDREN’S
LIVES CHANGED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME…
Thank you April for your updates on how the little one are doing!
The Angels are very excited to be a part of changing lives for generations to come!

ONE SUCCESS STORY OF MANY OF THE DIFFERENCE THAT
The “FIRST FIVE” Baby CAT Program is making in the lives of these children!
AWESOME NEWS APRIL LOTT

In July of 2020 Baby CAT received referrals for two brothers who attend Campbell Park Elementary. These two boys were both acting out and were becoming aggressive in their classrooms. They both had been suspended from ELEMENTARY school on several different occasions.

The children had been exposed to domestic violence and extreme poverty, and their mother’s depressed mental health. In addition the family was homeless. Baby CAT staff worked with DFL’s homeless services staff and the family was housed in October 2020. In addition to the counselor the clinical consultant worked very closely with the boys and their teachers and stabilized them at school. The Baby CAT also connected mom to DFL’s psychiatric services for medication management. Mom recently got a job, the family remains stably housed and both are doing very well in school.

April Lott, LCSW
President & CEO
Directions for Living
1437 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33764
Cell: 407-592-5574
Office: (727) 524-4464 ext.1702 | Fax: (727) 524-4474
www.DirectionsForLiving.org

Guardian ad Litem Foundation (GAL)

Opportunity Outreach
Dream, Believe, Succeed!
WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED FILLING REQUESTS

GUARDIAN AD LITEM
DREAM it, BELIEVE it, SUCCEED

The Angels are so proud to once again work with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation to help address the needs of the children they advocate for 24/7. With visitations down due to COVID, and schools being closed for almost all of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, there are requests for these children to try and live as normal a life as possible and give them a sense of normalcy in their lives. The Opportunity Outreach Program is a direct benefit to children allowing them to have real, “normal” kid experiences. These funds help to make sure that they can participate in the school, church, and/or community activities that they are interested in without putting the burden of funding on the child or foster parent. Some examples of funding requests include:

  • Registration fees for school sports and the equipment needed to participate.
  • Going on a school field trip or church/YMCA outing
  • Going to homecoming or prom and purchasing a dress or suit
  • Getting a bike
  • Being able to purchase school pictures
  • Taking dance, karate, or music lessons after school
  • Covering the cost of a cake for a birthday party
  • Attending summer camp
  • Taking swim lessons

This program will give Hope to children who often have little to smile about. It is the little things that could potentially turn a child’s life around, and if one wish granted can make a difference in their lives, the Angels will make that happen!

OPPORTUNITY OUTREACH SUCCESS STORIES
Thank You Angels
Erin Authier
Executive Director
Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay

Original request:
K, Middle School boy.
K. is a sweet teenage boy that has been longing for normalcy and permanency. Due to being in a group home for the majority of his time in care, he has been unable to participate in extracurricular activities.. He is now in a wonderful foster home that may result in permanency. K. used to play baseball years ago prior to coming into Foster care. Since he has spent the past few years in a group home where extracurricular activities were not an option, he hasn’t been able to play. K. now lives in a wonderful foster home and has just joined a baseball team. Due to the years he was unable to play, he’s feeling extremely insecure with his abilities. With a few extra lessons to get him up to speed, his confidence will improve, as will his enjoyment of the season.

Update:
K. and his two siblings came into care after years of neglect and substance abuse by their parents. After bouncing around to multiple placements, K. is now in a wonderful foster home where he is finally able to have a more normal teenage life. Prior to shelter, K. had played baseball and really showed potential. With a break of several years, he lacked confidence due to feeling behind the other kids. Thanks to your support, K took hitting lessons prior to the start of the season to get him up to speed for the level he now plays at. I’m happy to share that not only is K. physically playing baseball better, but more importantly it has helped his self-esteem to be more evenly matched with his teammates. He looks forward to practices and games and is really thriving!

Update:
We received the sweetest update on C from his guardian ad litem. C. is a middle school aged boy who has been in the dependency system for a few years and has struggled with ADHD. His GAL and caregivers were looking for a therapeutic outlet to help C. work through his feelings and gain a new skill. They found music therapy and thanks to Angels, C has been in piano lessons for a few weeks. The GAL actually just submitted a request for additional lessons for C because it is going so well, and he is getting both the music engagement and the therapy support through this activity. We are so grateful for the support of Angels in helping to make this a reality for C! Below is the note we received from this GAL:

“Piano lessons are making a huge impact in C’s life as he chose his own teacher from the website and talks to her about personal issues as well as enjoys the learning and music therapy. He has been taking lessons now for a few weeks and enjoys it so much he wants it to continue. We are so thankful for the ability to provide him this experience.

Thank you!”

Healthy Food Request .
S. would like to receive gift cards that he could use at local grocers to augment the food supplied by his group home. He is interested in gaining a little more control over his diet (and honestly this would be something else in his life he could have a little more control over). At 14 he’s eating everything in sight, just because that’s what you do at 14. On top of that, due to his homelessness prior to placement in the Group Home, he was also likely under nourished when he arrived at the house.

Piano Keyboard
L. is currently placed at Educational Advantage. She is in her 2nd year there and doing quite well. She attends school regularly and wants to go to college when she graduates from High School next school year. She is a junior and her grades are good. She has just gotten her Learner’s permit to learn to drive and plans to stay in Foster Care until she graduates from High School then go in to PEES. She has been consistent in what she wants and shows quite a bit of maturity in thinking things through for herself and making good choices since she has been at Educational Advantage. L. has stated for quite a while that she would like to take piano lessons. Eckerd is helping find lessons, as GAL I am working to find her a keyboard.
A Yamaha Keyboard 76 key keyboard can be purchased on line through Walmart.

One Year of Karate
Plus Gear & Uniform & Registration
V. has been in and out of foster care for over four years, yet she remains a bubbly and creative little kiddo. She is currently in karate lessons, which she absolutely loves, but the foster mother requested financial support to continue it.
V. has been taking karate for several months and loves it. Every time the GAL visits her, she demonstrates her latest moves and makes the GAL learn the new forms. She packs an impressive kick

Camp
C. is living in a therapeutic foster home. He was in his original placement for 9+ months, but interrupted due to a FP family dispute. C. was then placed on an emergency basis for 3 months but is now in what appears to be a new, permanent placement. C. would like to participate in camp this summer and the family believes it will be good for him to have the social and physical outlet

Sandbox
The boys are placed with the paternal grandfather and paternal great-grandfather. Placement is stable; however, the residence is small. Thankfully the boys are little, but they’re active! Grandpa is doing a great job of providing for the children’s basic needs. He has adjusted to having two young children which was not his plan in life and this may become permanent.
Every child likes to play in sand and the backyard of the residence (it’s part of a duplex) is shaded and perfect for a sandbox. The sandbox selected is slightly elevated so toddlers would stand at it and thus not have so much sand in their pants afterwards, but still allows for plenty of fun.

The impact that Angels is having on these kids lasts long after the check has been cut. Thank you for seeing the value of brining these opportunities to children in the dependency system and helping to give them an outlet to grow.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO THE ANGELS

Al & Susan Bennati
Alexandra Bryant
Alina Linthicum
Allen & Sarah Keesler
Allen, Johanna
Amanda Meland
Angels Against Abuse, Inc
Bailey’s Medical Equipment
Becky Hudson
Career Path Training/Roadmaster Driving School
Clearwater Barre
Corey Heilman
Curativa Bay Corporation
David Herman, Trustee White Family Foundation
Diana & Kerry Helinger
Douglas Bauer
Ella Reams
Evan Rosich
Flora and Mike Corrigan
Heather Yung
Helen & Rudy Consoni
J Larsen & Associates CPA
James & Kriste Helinger
Jason & Amanda Meland
John & Sandy Kearney
Karen Faller
Ken & Maureen Heretick
Kim & Richard Bauer
Kristen Davis
Mark & Jessica Young
Nicole & Tony Spinelli
Nicole Day
Paula & Charles Park
Rebecca Anderson
Susan Proctor
Ten Pins Bowling Alley
The Broadrick Family Foundation
The Speer Foundation
The White Family Foundation
TIGNA Grant
Veterans of Foreign War Post 2473
Weston Newman

The Angels & The Kind Mouse Have Teamed Up!
Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Program
20 BAGS FILLED MARCH 2021
16 BAGS FILLED APRIL 2021

The Kind Mouse & Angels Against Abuse, Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Program is a new program that we are very excited about! These baby bags will be filled with items specifically for infants that will be distributed to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to assist with baby needs and urgent items for babies when removed. There has been a big increase in 2020 infant removal and this is a concern that needed to be addressed. The Angels have partnered with The Kind Mouse to make sure no babies are going without! These baby bags will include items that will make a difference until they are placed with relatives or in foster care. The bags will include pre-mixed formula or baby food depending on the age of the infant, diapers, wipes, baby wash, diaper rash ointment, clothing based on age and gender of infant, washcloths, bibs, baby book, pacifier, rattles, and baby bottles. The Sheriff’s office said the average removal per month of infants right now, is around 15-17 a month. We feel this is a need that should be addressed.

Angels helps a little boy have Easter

A 6 year old boy was removed from his home as a result of having been physically abused. He was exposed to domestic violence and his home was environmentally hazardous, additionally he was being medically neglected by his caregivers. Despite his physical pain and the trauma of being removed from his parents, he is a great example of the resilience. On the way back to the office following the child’s removal, he told the CPI that he thought CPI and CPIT were awesome, that he loved them, and that he wanted to grow up and be just like them so he could help people the way that we were helping him.

CPID reached out to Angels in order to get him some toys while the CPI used a gift card at Walmart provided by the Angels to secure an Easter basket and plenty of candy for him to enjoy on Easter morning. The boy was extremely excited, saying “Looks like I am rich!!! That’s a lot of stuff!”

It was immensely gratifying for the CPI to be able to make Elijah’s day just a little bit better, and we are very grateful to Angels for making this possible.

Angles Baby Starter Bags:

The Angles organization has donated baby starter bags for infants that are removed and placed both with licensed care and relative/non-relative care. Each bag is filled with a stuffed animal, baby outfit, PJ’s, bibs, bottles, shampoo, wash clothes, pacifier, and a book. You will also find an assortment of food/formula and diapers that are sorted based on age and meant to supplement each bag. The bags are labeled according to age range and gender, unicorn bags are for baby girls and the puppy bags are for the baby boys.

Several of our placements have commented on how wonderful these bags are to have and how they make an emergency placement a little easier. Once caregiver commented that she was grateful she didn’t have to run to the store in a pinch to get necessities, and instead, could focus on just making sure the little one place with her was loved.

Kelly H. Johnson
Program Administrator
Child Protection Investigation Division
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
8550 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
(727) 582-3814

“Leading The Way For A Safer Pinellas”

The Angels & The Kind Mouse Have Teamed Up!
Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Program
20 BAGS FILLED MARCH 2021
16 BAGS FILLED APRIL 2021

The Kind Mouse & Angels Against Abuse, Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Program is a new program that we are very excited about! These baby bags will be filled with items specifically for infants that will be distributed to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to assist with baby needs and urgent items for babies when removed. There has been a big increase in 2020 infant removal and this is a concern that needed to be addressed. The Angels have partnered with The Kind Mouse to make sure no babies are going without! These baby bags will include items that will make a difference until they are placed with relatives or in foster care. The bags will include pre-mixed formula or baby food depending on the age of the infant, diapers, wipes, baby wash, diaper rash ointment, clothing based on age and gender of infant, washcloths, bibs, baby book, pacifier, rattles, and baby bottles. The Sheriff’s office said the average removal per month of infants right now, is around 15-17 a month. We feel this is a need that should be addressed.

Angels helps a little boy have Easter

A 6 year old boy was removed from his home as a result of having been physically abused. He was exposed to domestic violence and his home was environmentally hazardous, additionally he was being medically neglected by his caregivers. Despite his physical pain and the trauma of being removed from his parents, he is a great example of the resilience. On the way back to the office following the child’s removal, he told the CPI that he thought CPI and CPIT were awesome, that he loved them, and that he wanted to grow up and be just like them so he could help people the way that we were helping him.

CPID reached out to Angels in order to get him some toys while the CPI used a gift card at Walmart provided by the Angels to secure an Easter basket and plenty of candy for him to enjoy on Easter morning. The boy was extremely excited, saying “Looks like I am rich!!! That’s a lot of stuff!”

It was immensely gratifying for the CPI to be able to make Elijah’s day just a little bit better, and we are very grateful to Angels for making this possible.

Angles Baby Starter Bags:

The Angles organization has donated baby starter bags for infants that are removed and placed both with licensed care and relative/non-relative care. Each bag is filled with a stuffed animal, baby outfit, PJ’s, bibs, bottles, shampoo, wash clothes, pacifier, and a book. You will also find an assortment of food/formula and diapers that are sorted based on age and meant to supplement each bag. The bags are labeled according to age range and gender, unicorn bags are for baby girls and the puppy bags are for the baby boys.

Several of our placements have commented on how wonderful these bags are to have and how they make an emergency placement a little easier. Once caregiver commented that she was grateful she didn’t have to run to the store in a pinch to get necessities, and instead, could focus on just making sure the little one place with her was loved.

Kelly H. Johnson
Program Administrator
Child Protection Investigation Division
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
8550 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
(727) 582-3814

“Leading The Way For A Safer Pinellas”

FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN

The Angels are proud to once again partner with the Friends of the Children Mentoring Program in 2021. Thank you for your tireless effort and commitment to dedicate 12 1/2 years to children who need guidance and a mentor to guide them through life’s many challenges. These amazing individuals are changing lives for generations to come and the Angels are proud to be a part of their mission.

500,000 TUMMIES FILLED

That’s AMAZING…

Thank You Gina for all you do in our community to take care of the hunger needs of children and families. YOU are amazing and the Angels are so happy to partner with you!

HEALTHY START PAT+ MISSION STATEMENT

Healthy Start PAT focuses on reducing infant mortality and morbidity rates in the community by providing comprehensive case management and support services to pregnant and parenting substance abusing women with children ages 0-18 months. The Angels have partnered with them for the past several years through our Christmas Giving and our Angel Assistance Programs. Throughout the year when we receive requests for the moms or their babies, we address those needs quickly to make sure their needs are met.

SHARE SOME NEWS!

We would love to share some good news to our Angels, Friends and Families that receive this newsletter. During these times of uncertainty, fear and frustrations, good news gives us Hope and something to brighten our days. We know there is some amazing work being done by so many individuals and agencies in our community so please share your stories so we can pass them on to others. Please email Sandy Kearney at [email protected] and we will make sure your stories are shared in our next newsletter.

Please Mark your calendars for August 31st, 2021, the famous Kind Mouse Mousequerade! The Kind Mouse never wants a child to go to bed hungry and thanks to Gina Wilkins, the Founder & President, Children in our community get their little tummies filled, but without the support of our community, The Kind Mouse would not be able to accomplish this.

The Angels are proud to be a partner with The Kind Mouse and be a part of assisting with this terrible pandemic of hunger that we have in our community.

Thank you Gina for all you do!

Are you coming to our Angel Meeting?

LOCATION
Pasadena Community Church, Life Enrichment Center

DATE AND TIME
05/11/21 8:30am – 05/11/21 9:30am

Welcome back meeting from COVID-19

Angels Against Abuse Gives HOPE,
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow….

WE NEED YOUR VOTE TO STAY ON TOP.

THANK YOU ANGELS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO WRITE A REVIEW!

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT SO PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND LET EVERYONE KNOW HOW WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

YOUR WORDS SPEAK VOLUMES IN THE COMMUNITY!

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

We are looking for volunteers for all of our upcoming events. Please contact Sandy Kearney by clicking on the above link and let us know which of our upcoming events you are available to help volunteer. Please remember that all of these events benefit the Angels and your support will make a difference. Thank you for your support!

When it comes to helping others, there are no little things…the accumulation of a lot of little things isn’t little…it takes each of us to make a difference for all of us…none of us can do everything at one, but all of us can do something at once…one person can make a difference, and every person must try…

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

2021

May 11th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

June, July & August No Meetings
Summer Break

August 21st 2021 – 6:00 – 11:00 PM
The Kind Mouse Mousequerade

September 14th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 12th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 22nd 2021 – 6:00 PM -11:00 PM
Annual Blue Ribbon Gala
The St Pete Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL

March, 17th 2021

THIS IS A SPECIAL EMAIL ADDRESS CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL OF OUR READERS REGARDING
MY EMAIL ADDRESS CHANGE

For over 17 years I have had my [email protected] email address until Sunday morning! At the present time it has been locked and none of the experts can figure out why! So, during this interim time until they have a solution, please contact me using my gmail account below. I apologize for the inconvenience. It has been a very frustrating few days but at least I have a solution until we can find the solution. Thank you to all my readers!!!

Sandy Kearney

EMAIL CHANGE NOTICE
EMAIL ADDRESS CHANGE FOR
SANDY KEARNEY
TEMPORARY CHANGE UNTIL I AM UP AND RUNNING

PLEASE USE THIS ADDRESS UNTIL MY NORMAL EMAIL ADDRESS IS WORKING. PLEASE SEND ALL EMAILS TO THE BELOW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR
SANDY KEARNEY.

[email protected]

From The Bottom of My Heart!

Chloe Update

Thank you for your Prayers for Chloe! She is recovering at home and it is thanks to the many prayers that were given. She had a very tough road to recovery but thanks to all of our prayer warriors, she is going to be a healthy little 11 year old. Thanks so much for your many prayers…. – Paul Mathis (A very happy Grandfather)

WE ARE HAVING AN ANGEL MEETING IN APRIL

IT’S TIME TO GET BACK TO NORMAL

Please mark your calendar to attend. It is time that we get back on track with our monthly meetings. It won’t be the same without you so please plan to attend and bring some stories to share. Through all the tough months we shared, there were a lot of blessings as well. We would love to hear from you!!!

OUR NEXT MEETING SCHEDULED APRIL 13TH 2021
8:30 – 9:30 AM,
PASADENA COMMUNITY CHURCH
227 70th Street South, St Petersburg, FL

PLEASE RSVP AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE MEETING DATE!

WE would love to see YOU…

It’s Still Important We Stay In Touch To Let You Know Our News!
Hopefully Our Monthly News Will Give You An Update of
Angels Making A Difference…

When it comes to helping others, there are no little things…the accumulation of a lot of little things isn’t little…it takes each of us to make a difference for all of us…none of us can do everything at one, but all of us can do something at once…one person can make a difference, and every person must try…

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

2021

April 13th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

May 11th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

June, July & August No Meetings
Summer Break

August 21st 2021 – 6:00 – 11:00 PM
The Kind Mouse Mousequerade

September 14th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 12th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 22nd 2021 – 6:00 PM -11:00 PM
Annual Blue Ribbon Gala
The St Pete Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL

March 2021

The Angels see a Rainbow in sight and Hope is on the horizon for 2021! 2020 was a tough year filled with challenges for all of us, but we made it through the tough times and now we can look forward to what lies ahead. Thank you for all your support to the Angels and helping us to make a difference in the lives of the children and families we advocate for every day.

MARCH 2021 NEWSLETTER

A SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST

The Angels would like to reach out to all of our readers and ask them to stop what they are doing for a few minutes and say a prayer for Chloe, an 11 year old beautiful little girl who is fighting for her life at All Children’s Hospital. Chloe has a very rare condition called Multiple System Inflammatory Syndrome which is a condition associated with COVID, but not COVID. Paul Mathis is one of our Team Angels who is the grandfather and ask that we gather all of our prayer warriors to pray! There is nothing more powerful than Prayer especially with a community of prayer warriors like our amazing Angels and community support.

Paul, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and all of us are praying for Chloe to make a full recovery. God Bless You and Your Family

OUR MARCH 9TH ANGEL MEETING IS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ATTENDANCE.

We were hoping that we could get back on track with our monthly Angel Meetings, but due to the lack of response and the handful of people that did RSVP, we feel that everyone is still reluctant to meet in person due to COVID! I am going to try every month until we are successful. We assure you that we will adhere to all the necessary guidelines due to COVID, but we need to get back to some sort of normalcy in the next few months so we can continue to grow and make a difference in the lives of the children we advocate for. Our meetings have always been a source of information and sharing and it takes each of you to help make a difference in building our awareness in the community. PLEASE try to attend! April 13th and possibly everyone will be vaccinated and ready to return to a normal life.

OUR NEXT MEETING SCHEDULED APRIL 13TH 2021

WE would love to see YOU…

It’s Still Important We Stay In Touch To Let You Know Our News!
Hopefully Our Monthly News Will Give You An Update of
Angels Making A Difference…

JUST HANG IN THERE!

NEXT MEETING – APRIL 13TH, 2021 8:30 – 9:30 AM,
PASADENA COMMUNITY CHURCH
PLEASE RSVP AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE MEETING DATE!

BLUE RIBBON GALA
NEW DATE
PLEASE CHECK YOUR CALENDARS

FRIDAY OCTOBER 22ND 2021

PLEASE SEE FULL DETAILS BELOW

A NEW DATE FOR OUR BLUE RIBBON GALA

As all of you know, our April 10th 2020 Annual Blue Ribbon Gala was postponed several times in 2020. The Angels felt for sure that the April 10th, 2021 date would work, but unfortunately COVID is still standing in the way so we are now looking at Friday, October 22nd, 2021 as the date for our Annual Blue Ribbon Gala. I would like to thank each of you that have been a support for our Gala and also thank you for your patience throughout this past year for the changes we have had to make. Since the Blue Ribbon event is our only awareness event that allows us to sustain the programs we provide to our community partners, it is important that we find a way to make it happen. The Angels feel that later this year will allow us sufficient time to work through COVID and have an amazing event that will be a celebration of being together while raising funds to touch the lives of the children and youth we advocate for throughout the year.

Every dollar we receive goes directly to one of our programs that make a difference in the lives of the child. Last year tested all of us and we are ALL stronger than ever to have survived such a challenging time but imagine how difficult it has been for these vulnerable children who have already suffered so much. We HOPE you will join us October 22nd, 2021 and help us make a difference and celebrate our ability to adapt to change! Again, thank you for your patience and understanding through the many changes we have had to make due to COVID guidelines.

JOIN US OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 FOR A SPECIAL CELEBRATION OUR
ANNUAL BLUE RIBBON GALA

If you have already purchased your tickets, we hope to see you! If you have not, please follow the links below and purchase your ticket or table for a beautiful evening that we planned just for YOU. If you are unable to attend, you can make a donation directly on our Facebook page or buy clicking on the donate buttons throughout our website to make a difference in the a child’s life.

For those of you that have already donated, Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!

EXCITEMENT IS IN THE AIR
NEW ANGEL PROGRAMS 2021

Directions for Living (DFL)
Campbell Park Elementary & Kings Highway Elementary Schools
FIRST FIVE PROGRAM IS A HUGE SUCCESS!

BIG NEWS
298 CHILDREN’S
LIVES CHANGED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME…

ONE SUCCESS STORY OF MANY OF THE DIFFERENCE THAT
The “FIRST FIVE” Baby CAT Program is making in the lives of these children!
AWESOME NEWS APRIL LOTT

J.H. is a 8 year old little boy who has turned his frown upside down…
JH is a part of the Baby CAT program at Campbell Park Elementary who is thriving – GO J.H. You should be so proud!

Last school year J.H. was being sent home 1 to 2 times a week due to disruptive and aggressive behaviors in the classroom. As a result, his mom couldn’t keep a job because she had to keep going to the school to pick him up and be with him at home. Fast forward to today, this school year J.H. hasn’t been sent home from school at all, not even one-time. J.H. is doing great in school and has many friends where last year he didn’t want to go to school because he didn’t have any friends.

J.H.’s mom is working now , and they are stably housed. This is an incredible success story – and demonstrates the power of Baby CAT to make a difference in the life of a child.

April Lott, LCSW
President & CEO
Directions for Living

Guardian ad Litem Foundation (GAL)

Opportunity Outreach
Dream, Believe, Succeed!

GUARDIAN AD LITEM
DREAM it, BELIEVE it, SUCCEED

The Angels are so proud to once again work with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation to help address the needs of the children they advocate for 24/7. With visitations down due to COVID, and schools being closed for almost all of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, there are requests for these children to try and live as normal a life as possible and give them a sense of normalcy in their lives. The Opportunity Outreach Program is a direct benefit to children allowing them to have real, “normal” kid experiences. These funds help to make sure that they can participate in the school, church, and/or community activities that they are interested in without putting the burden of funding on the child or foster parent. Some examples of funding requests include:

  • Registration fees for school sports and the equipment needed to participate.
  • Going on a school field trip or church/YMCA outing
  • Going to homecoming or prom and purchasing a dress or suit
  • Getting a bike
  • Being able to purchase school pictures
  • Taking dance, karate, or music lessons after school
  • Covering the cost of a cake for a birthday party
  • Attending summer camp
  • Taking swim lessons

This program will give Hope to children who often have little to smile about. It is the little things that could potentially turn a child’s life around, and if one wish granted can make a difference in their lives, the Angels will make that happen!

OPPORTUNITY OUTREACH SUCCESS STORIES
Thank You Angels
Erin Authier
Executive Director
Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay

Club Volleyball Request for a little help

Athena is 15 and plays club volleyball for RADD Elite. The cost for the season is quite expensive but Athena met the challenge by doing her own fundraising event so she could participate. She was a little short from meeting her goal and thanks to the Opportunity Outreach Program the Angels helped make her dream a reality. Good Luck Athena. Keep us posted on your club volleyball!

One Year of Karate
Plus Gear & Uniform & Registration
 
V. has been in and out of foster care for over four years, yet she remains a bubbly and creative little kiddo. She is currently in karate lessons, which she absolutely loves, but the foster mother requested financial support to continue it.
V. has been taking karate for several months and loves it. Every time the GAL visits her, she demonstrates her latest moves and makes the GAL learn the new forms. She packs an impressive kick

6 Weeks of Private Music Lessons

C. has been in a group home in Tampa, then a foster home with his baby brother. He was just displaced from that home and is now in the same home as his older brother. He has emotional and behavioral needs and therapy needs. He is very interested in learning the piano and having this music therapy

4 Baseball Lessons at The Hitters Cave

K. is a sweet teenage boy that has been longing for normalcy and permanency. Due to being in a group home for the majority of his time in care, he has been unable to participate in extracurricular activities.. He is now in a wonderful foster home that may result in permanency. K. used to play baseball years ago prior to coming into Foster care. Since he has spent the past few years in a group home where extracurricular activities were not an option, he hasn’t been able to play. K. now lives in a wonderful foster home and has just joined a baseball team. Due to the years he was unable to play, he’s feeling extremely insecure with his abilities. With a few extra lessons to get him up to speed, his confidence will improve, as will his enjoyment of the season.

Our First Distribution of 20 Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Bags to the Sheriff’s Office

The Angels & The Kind Mouse Have Teamed Up!
Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Program

The Kind Mouse & Angels Against Abuse, Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Program is a new program that we are very excited about! These baby bags will be filled with items specifically for infants that will be distributed to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to assist with baby needs and urgent items for babies when removed. There has been a big increase in 2020 infant removal and this is a concern that needed to be addressed. The Angels have partnered with The Kind Mouse to make sure no babies are going without! These baby bags will include items that will make a difference until they are placed with relatives or in foster care. The bags will include pre-mixed formula or baby food depending on the age of the infant, diapers, wipes, baby wash, diaper rash ointment, clothing based on age and gender of infant, washcloths, bibs, baby book, pacifier, rattles, and baby bottles. The Sheriff’s office said the average removal per month of infants right now, is around 15-17 a month. We feel this is a need that should be addressed.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO THE ANGELS

Al & Susan Bennati
Alexandra Bryant
Alina Linthicum
Allen & Sarah Keesler
Allen, Johanna
Amanda Meland
Angels Against Abuse, Inc
Bailey’s Medical Equipment
Becky Hudson
Career Path Training/Roadmaster Driving School
Clearwater Barre
Corey Heilman
Curativa Bay Corporation
David Herman, Trustee White Family Foundation
Diana & Kerry Helinger
Douglas Bauer
Ella Reams
Evan Rosich
Flora and Mike Corrigan
Heather Yung
Helen & Rudy Consoni
J Larsen & Associates CPA
James & Kriste Helinger
Jason & Amanda Meland
John & Sandy Kearney
Karen Faller
Ken & Maureen Heretick
Kim & Richard Bauer
Kristen Davis
Mark & Jessica Young
Nicole & Tony Spinelli
Nicole Day
Paula & Charles Park
Rebecca Anderson
Susan Proctor
Ten Pins Bowling Alley
The Broadrick Family Foundation
The Speer Foundation
The White Family Foundation
TIGNA Grant
Veterans of Foreign War Post 2473
Weston Newman

FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN

The Angels are proud to once again partner with the Friends of the Children Mentoring Program in 2021. Thank you for your tireless effort and commitment to dedicate 12 1/2 years to children who need guidance and a mentor to guide them through life’s many challenges. These amazing individuals are changing lives for generations to come and the Angels are proud to be a part of their mission.

140,000 TUMMIES FILLED IN 2020

Thank You Gina for all you do in our community to take care of the hunger needs of children and families. YOU are amazing and the Angels are so happy to partner with you!

HEALTHY START PAT+ MISSION STATEMENT

Healthy Start PAT focuses on reducing infant mortality and morbidity rates in the community by providing comprehensive case management and support services to pregnant and parenting substance abusing women with children ages 0-18 months. The Angels have partnered with them for the past several years through our Christmas Giving and our Angel Assistance Programs. Throughout the year when we receive requests for the moms or their babies, we address those needs quickly to make sure their needs are met.

SHARE SOME NEWS!

We would love to share some good news to our Angels, Friends and Families that receive this newsletter. During these times of uncertainty, fear and frustrations, good news gives us Hope and something to brighten our days. We know there is some amazing work being done by so many individuals and agencies in our community so please share your stories so we can pass them on to others. Please email Sandy Kearney at [email protected] and we will make sure your stories are shared in our next newsletter.

Please Mark your calendars for August 31st, 2021, the famous Kind Mouse Mousequerade! The Kind Mouse never wants a child to go to bed hungry and thanks to Gina Wilkins, the Founder & President, Children in our community get their little tummies filled, but without the support of our community, The Kind Mouse would not be able to accomplish this.

The Angels are proud to be a partner with The Kind Mouse and be a part of assisting with this terrible pandemic of hunger that we have in our community.

Thank you Gina for all you do!

Are you coming to our Angel Meeting?

LOCATION
Pasadena Community Church, Life Enrichment Center

DATE AND TIME
03/09/21 8:30am – 03/09/21 9:30am

Welcome back meeting from COVID-19

Angels Against Abuse Gives HOPE,
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow….

THANK YOU ANGELS FOR WRITING YOUR REVIEWS!
IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR TO GET THOSE REVIEWS IN. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT SO PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND WRITE A REVIEW TO LET EVERYONE KNOW HOW WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. YOUR WORDS SPEAK VOLUMES IN THE COMMUNITY!

PLEASE CLICK ON THE BUTTONS FOR EACH OF THE UPCOMING EVENTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVENTS GOING ON IN OUR COMMUNITY AND ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE PART OF ANGELS AGAINST ABUSE, INC. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL ME AND [email protected]

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

We are looking for volunteers for all of our upcoming events. Please contact Sandy Kearney by clicking on the above link and let us know which of our upcoming events you are available to help volunteer. Please remember that all of these events benefit the Angels and your support will make a difference. Thank you for your support!

When it comes to helping others, there are no little things…the accumulation of a lot of little things isn’t little…it takes each of us to make a difference for all of us…none of us can do everything at one, but all of us can do something at once…one person can make a difference, and every person must try…

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

2021

April 13th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

May 11th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

June, July & August No Meetings
Summer Break

August 21st 2021 – 6:00 – 11:00 PM
The Kind Mouse Mousequerade

September 14th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 12th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 22nd 2021 – 6:00 PM -11:00 PM
Annual Blue Ribbon Gala
The St Pete Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL

February 2021

BLUE RIBBON GALA
NEW DATE
PLEASE CHECK YOUR CALENDARS

FRIDAY OCTOBER 22ND 2021

PLEASE SEE FULL DETAILS BELOW

A NEW DATE FOR OUR BLUE RIBBON GALA

As all of you know, our April 10th 2020 Annual Blue Ribbon Gala was postponed several times in 2020. The Angels felt for sure that the April 10th, 2021 date would work, but unfortunately COVID is still standing in the way so we are now looking at Friday, October 22nd, 2021 as the date for our Annual Blue Ribbon Gala. I would like to thank each of you that have been a support for our Gala and also thank you for your patience throughout this past year for the changes we have had to make. Since the Blue Ribbon event is our only awareness event that allows us to sustain the programs we provide to our community partners, it is important that we find a way to make it happen. The Angels feel that later this year will allow us sufficient time to work through COVID and have an amazing event that will be a celebration of being together while raising funds to touch the lives of the children and youth we advocate for throughout the year.

Every dollar we receive goes directly to one of our programs that make a difference in the lives of the child. Last year tested all of us and we are ALL stronger than ever to have survived such a challenging time but imagine how difficult it has been for these vulnerable children who have already suffered so much. We HOPE you will join us October 22nd, 2021 and help us make a difference and celebrate our ability to adapt to change! Again, thank you for your patience and understanding through the many changes we have had to make due to COVID guidelines.

JOIN US OCTOBER 22ND, 2021 FOR A SPECIAL CELEBRATION OUR
ANNUAL BLUE RIBBON GALA

If you have already purchased your tickets, we hope to see you! If you have not, please follow the links below and purchase your ticket or table for a beautiful evening that we planned just for YOU. If you are unable to attend, you can make a donation directly on our Facebook page or buy clicking on the donate buttons throughout our website to make a difference in the a child’s life.

For those of you that have already donated, Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!

EXCITEMENT IS IN THE AIR
NEW ANGEL PROGRAMS 2021

Directions for Living (DFL)
Campbell Park Elementary & Kings Highway Elementary Schools

BIG NEWS
298 CHILDREN’S
LIVES CHANGED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME…

Campbell Park Elementary School Pre-K First Five Program/BabyCAT started in 2020 and Kings Highway Elementary School in 2021. The Angels partnered with Directions for Living to launch a new program specifically designed to provide an Intensive In-home Service for children under 5, which is also referred to as the “First Five Program”. Their success is largely attributed to the piece of the puzzle that the Angels provide, which Directions refers to as “The Secret Sauce”, our Clinical Consultant. The Clinical Consultant works intensely with the children and their behavioral issues, the teachers, and the parents to assure the success of this program. There is a sense of normalcy and consistency in their lives during their most critical years of development. The Angels are extremely excited to partner with Directions on this program since it accomplishes our mission of breaking the pattern of abuse! Our focus is to do anything possible to eliminate abuse and allow children to grow into healthy and happy adults. As of this writing the success of this program is at 98% and this model has received a lot of attention by funders. Thanks to the success of this program and our involvement, we are now able to move into another Pre-K school in Clearwater called Kings Highway Elementary. We believe this is only the beginning and other schools will follow. The ripple effect of the success of this model not only impacts the child, but it also impacts our community when you convert the cost of the child welfare system every time a child is removed and becomes another statistic in the foster care system. As of this update, 298 children are not going into the foster care system thanks to this program.

Guardian ad Litem Foundation (GAL)

Opportunity Outreach
Dream, Believe, Succeed!

GUARDIAN AD LITEM
DREAM it, BELIEVE it, SUCCEED

The Angels are so proud to once again work with the Guardian ad Litem Foundation to help address the needs of the children they advocate for 24/7. With visitations down due to COVID, and schools being closed for almost all of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, there are requests for these children to try and live as normal a life as possible and give them a sense of normalcy in their lives. The Opportunity Outreach Program is a direct benefit to children allowing them to have real, “normal” kid experiences. These funds help to make sure that they can participate in the school, church, and/or community activities that they are interested in without putting the burden of funding on the child or foster parent. Some examples of funding requests include:

  • Registration fees for school sports and the equipment needed to participate.
  • Going on a school field trip or church/YMCA outing
  • Going to homecoming or prom and purchasing a dress or suit
  • Getting a bike
  • Being able to purchase school pictures
  • Taking dance, karate, or music lessons after school
  • Covering the cost of a cake for a birthday party
  • Attending summer camp
  • Taking swim lessons

This program will give Hope to children who often have little to smile about. It is the little things that could potentially turn a child’s life around, and if one wish granted can make a difference in their lives, the Angels will make that happen!

Look what’s inside our
Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Bags

The Kind Mouse
Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Program

The Kind Mouse & Angels Against Abuse, Angel Baby Mouse Nibbles Program is a new program that we are very excited about! These baby bags will be filled with items specifically for infants that will be distributed to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to assist with baby needs and urgent items for babies when removed. There has been a big increase in 2020 infant removal and this is a concern that needed to be addressed. The Angels have partnered with The Kind Mouse to make sure no babies are going without! These baby bags will include items that will make a difference until they are placed with relatives or in foster care. The bags will include pre-mixed formula or baby food depending on the age of the infant, diapers, wipes, baby wash, diaper rash ointment, clothing based on age and gender of infant, washcloths, bibs, baby book, pacifier, rattles, and baby bottles. The Sheriff’s office said the average removal per month of infants right now, is around 15-17 a month. We feel this is a need that should be addressed.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO THE ANGELS

Al & Susan Bennati
Alexandra Bryant
Alina Linthicum
Allen & Sarah Keesler
Allen, Johanna
Amanda Meland
Angels Against Abuse, Inc
Bailey’s Medical Equipment
Becky Hudson
Career Path Training/Roadmaster Driving School
Clearwater Barre
Corey Heilman
Curativa Bay Corporation
David Herman, Trustee White Family Foundation
Diana & Kerry Helinger
Douglas Bauer
Ella Reams
Evan Rosich
Flora and Mike Corrigan
Heather Yung
Helen & Rudy Consoni
J Larsen & Associates CPA
James & Kriste Helinger
Jason & Amanda Meland
John & Sandy Kearney
Karen Faller
Ken & Maureen Heretick
Kim & Richard Bauer
Kristen Davis
Mark & Jessica Young
Nicole & Tony Spinelli
Nicole Day
Paula & Charles Park
Rebecca Anderson
Susan Proctor
Ten Pins Bowling Alley
The Broadrick Family Foundation
The Speer Foundation
The White Family Foundation
TIGNA Grant
Veterans of Foreign War Post 2473
Weston Newman

FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN

The Angels are proud to once again partner with the Friends of the Children Mentoring Program in 2021. Thank you for your tireless effort and commitment to dedicate 12 1/2 years to children who need guidance and a mentor to guide them through life’s many challenges. These amazing individuals are changing lives for generations to come and the Angels are proud to be a part of their mission.

140,000 TUMMIES FILLED IN 2020

Thank You Gina for all you do in our community to take care of the hunger needs of children and families. YOU are amazing and the Angels are so happy to partner with you!

HEALTHY START PAT+ MISSION STATEMENT

Healthy Start PAT focuses on reducing infant mortality and morbidity rates in the community by providing comprehensive case management and support services to pregnant and parenting substance abusing women with children ages 0-18 months. The Angels have partnered with them for the past several years through our Christmas Giving and our Angel Assistance Programs. Throughout the year when we receive requests for the moms or their babies, we address those needs quickly to make sure their needs are met.

SHARE SOME NEWS!

We would love to share some good news to our Angels, Friends and Families that receive this newsletter. During these times of uncertainty, fear and frustrations, good news gives us Hope and something to brighten our days. We know there is some amazing work being done by so many individuals and agencies in our community so please share your stories so we can pass them on to others. Please email Sandy Kearney at [email protected] and we will make sure your stories are shared in our next newsletter.

Please Mark your calendars for August 21st, 2021, the famous Kind Mouse Mousequerade! The Kind Mouse never wants a child to go to bed hungry and thanks to Gina Wilkins, the Founder & President, Children in our community get their little tummies filled, but without the support of our community, The Kind Mouse would not be able to accomplish this.

The Angels are proud to be a partner with The Kind Mouse and be a part of assisting with this terrible pandemic of hunger that we have in our community.

Thank you Gina for all you do!

OUR NEXT MEETING SCHEDULED MARCH 9TH 2021

It is our plan to resume our regular monthly meetings starting in March! We are hoping that we can make it happen but we need to have our attendance high enough to warrant a meeting. If you would please contact me via email ([email protected]) as soon as you receive this newsletter and let me know if you would be in attendance, I can get an idea of whether or not to have a March Angel Meeting. Of course we will adhere to all the necessary guidelines due to COVID, but we need to get back to some sort of normalcy in the next few months so we can continue to grow and make a difference in the lives of the children we advocate for. Our meeting have always been a source of information and sharing and it takes each of you to help make a difference in building our awareness in the community. PLEASE try to attend!

WE would love to see YOU…

It’s Still Important We Stay In Touch To Let You Know Our News!
Hopefully Our Monthly News Will Give You An Update of
Angels Making A Difference…

JUST HANG IN THERE!

Are you coming to our Angel Meeting?

LOCATION
Pasadena Community Church, Life Enrichment Center

DATE AND TIME
03/09/21 8:30am – 03/09/21 9:30am

Welcome back meeting from COVID-19

Angels Against Abuse Gives HOPE,
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow….

THANK YOU ANGELS FOR WRITING YOUR REVIEWS!
IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR TO GET THOSE REVIEWS IN. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT SO PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND WRITE A REVIEW TO LET EVERYONE KNOW HOW WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. YOUR WORDS SPEAK VOLUMES IN THE COMMUNITY!

PLEASE CLICK ON THE BUTTONS FOR EACH OF THE UPCOMING EVENTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVENTS GOING ON IN OUR COMMUNITY AND ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE PART OF ANGELS AGAINST ABUSE, INC. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL ME AND [email protected]

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

We are looking for volunteers for all of our upcoming events. Please contact Sandy Kearney by clicking on the above link and let us know which of our upcoming events you are available to help volunteer. Please remember that all of these events benefit the Angels and your support will make a difference. Thank you for your support!

When it comes to helping others, there are no little things…the accumulation of a lot of little things isn’t little…it takes each of us to make a difference for all of us…none of us can do everything at one, but all of us can do something at once…one person can make a difference, and every person must try…

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

IF ALL GOES WELL

2021

March 9th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

April 13th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

May 11th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

June, July & August No Meetings
Summer Break

August 21st 2021 – 6:00 – 11:00 PM
The Kind Mouse Mousequerade

September 14th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 12th 2021 – 8:30 AM -9:30 AM
Pasadena Community Church
221 70th Street South
St Petersburg, FL

October 22nd 2021 – 6:00 PM -11:00 PM
Annual Blue Ribbon Gala
The St Pete Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL