Grand Parenting

The following are two kinship families who have thrived while involved with the Kinship Care program. Thank you Ashley Gussler, Kinship Case Manager, for sharing their stories. These are families who demonstrate how our hard work truly benefits the families. Jones Family Rhonda Jones has been a part of the Kinship Program for a year. …

A Second Chance Encounter

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Some days are like others and not much happens. You come to work and do what you need …

Local Barber Shop Cuts Kids Hair

Even before Yaskira Landestoy began work at Kids Central, in the Independent Living Department, she had a heart for the children we serve.  A few days after she was offered her job position at Kids Central she found herself at RBI Barber shop in Marion Oaks getting her sons hair cut. While there, she noticed …

Child Safety Advocates Speak at Golden Triangle Meeting

2014 July 10—Golden Triangle Lake County, FL: After just a week on her new job, Rotarian Emily Lee introduced her colleagues from Kids Central, Inc to the Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle. Lee had invited Debra Wise, Deputy Chief of Programs, and Michelle Mongeluzzo, Director of Prevention Services, of the nonprofit agency charged by …

Working Together to Prevent Children Drowning

OCALA—Drowning is the No. 1 cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1–4. On average, more than 1,000 children die each year in the U.S. due to unintentional drowning and more than 5,000 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries from near-drowning incidents. In an effort to protect Marion County’s children and reduce the …

Kids Central Recognized by Governor’s Sterling Council

Kids Central was selected as one of six teams from across the state to compete for the state of Florida Team Showcase Championship during the Florida Sterling Council Annual Conference. The Governor’s Sterling Award and Sterling Management Model are based on the National Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Since 1992, the Florida Sterling Council …