My wife and I were House Parents / employees for the Florida Keys Children's Shelter for 57 months and never met the CEO. During this time 12 other couples were hired then quit, resigned, or dismissed which was unfair to the many kids and teens they were primary caregivers to. We were denied the opportunity to speak to the last three couple hired prior to their employment, which is a travesty because we had to work together, plus share an off-site apartment with one of the couples. For the sake of the foster kids in Monroe County, I am pro-active to bring about Child Welfare Reform in Florida which will hopefully reduce foster kids from living in restrictive group homes and emergency shelters. (We were not volunteers, but no "employee" option from "Your Role" menu.)
The Florida Keys Chilren Shelter is an important part of our community. Dedicated to our youth. Were would these kids go with out such a community service. They deserve credit for thier hard work and funding to help keep these kids off of the streets. I personally have brought a child there when there was no were else to go. A must in our community.
The President/CEO of FKCS has provided inspired and highly informed leadership to the youth work services field at the local, state, regional and national levels. Not only does FKCS provide an essential anchor for services to vulnerable youth and families, but staff also contribute to the development and effectiveness of the youth services field at large.
I volunteered for a fundraiser and helped at a Christmas party that the children attended. The Services this organization provides for the children in our community is unavailable anywhere else in ths county. The staff I dealt with were enthusiastic and dedicated to their cause. The many hours they put in was all in hopes that the fundraiser would bring in much needed finances. Unfortunately their expectations were not realized in this particular fundraiser.
I was on the board for several years from the beginning. We used to hear the horrid stories of child abuse in our community and worked hard to get the facility up and running. I was impressed that the people who worked at the facility were not just jobholders but people on a mission to provide for and protect the children. Over the course of the years many other facilities of this type in Florida have experienced problems and sometimes scandals. Not so The Florida Keys Children's Shelter. It was started out of love and concern for the children and continues to operate with love and concern for the children.
I was a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer who visited clients at the Shelter on a regular basis. The staff, from the kitchen to the counselors, offered full assistance to my efforts. The children knew they were surrounded by people who care.
I was a member of the Board of Directories who helped build this much needed shelter. Before the shelter was in operation, our children had to be sent to the mainland Florida. This was tramatic for both the children and their loved ones. They go a great job, making a loving home for children in need.
I have had the pleasure of working with the Florida Keys Children's Shelter through the eyes of State Government. While the environment, in terms of funding, isn't always the greatest, staff is always quick to offer suggestions for alternatives and is good on alerting the office of issues. We are blessed to have the Florida Keys Children's Shelter in our community to serve those constituent's are are most vulnerable, our children.
HAVING BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE ORGANIZATION AS A BOARD MEMBER FOR 4 YEARS, I HAVE SEEN THE DEDICATION OF MANAGEMENT AND STAFF TO PROVIDE A SAFE, HEALTHY AND FUN PLACE FOR THE CHILDREN.THE RESOURCEFULNESS OF THE MANAGEMENT TEAM, ESPECIALLY IN THESE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES, IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. THEY ARE ALWAYS POSITIVE IN THEIR PROBLEM SOLVING AND DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE CHILDREN. I AM HONORED TO BE INVOLVED WITH THIS ORGANIZATION.
I volunteered in the office of the Florida Keys Children's Shleter and can vouch for the staff's professionalism and concern for children in our community.
FKCS has been an outstanding partner working with Lutheran Services Florida to provide seamless continuity of care for troubled youth that we both serve. The staff at FKCS has always been responsive and professional in our dealings with them. They have been providing beneficial services for children and families for over a decade. They know their business and have a deep compassion and committment to children and families. Patricia L. Leonard, LCSW Regional Director, LSF/SW
Florida Keys Children's Shelter is the only service of its kind in our area. They have been very creative in working on programs that help reach out to runaways and homeless teens. They are a wonderful and neccessary part of our community!