Message from President Joe Matessa - June

Message from President Joe Matessa - June

Last Friday night (June 16), as I stood on the Main St. bridge and gazed at upon the Festival against the backdrop of our amazing skyline, I was overwhelmed with joy…and Pride.  First and foremost, the city has done an incredible job with the riverfront; in and of itself – it’s stunning.  And while I was feeling a little nostalgic about the intimacy of Goodale Park, and its proximity to the geographical hub of our Community, I was so proud to see - and feel - the presence of our Community on the main stage of Columbus for everyone to experience.

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"We Were Never Treated Any Differently"

"We Were Never Treated Any Differently"

The article below is submitted by Dawn and Amelia Woodward, two moms sharing the story of their daughter attending The Childhood League Center , a Proud Partner of Family Pride Network.

"From the moment we walked in the doors of The Childhood League Center, we weren’t treated any differently. We were both addressed as mom and felt included all five years that Georgia attended their inclusion program, where she was immersed in a classroom of typically behaving and developing peers. Our experiences over those years as well as the relationships and friendships that both we and she made, helped her blossom."

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Message from President Joe Matessa - May

Message from President Joe Matessa - May

May is National Foster Care Month.  If you haven’t already done so, I would encourage you to read the guest blog from Candelaria Mota, Asst. Director for NYAP’s Center for Adolescents and Families.  According to Franklin County Children’s Services, there are more than 30,000 reports of child abuse each year in Franklin County alone.  There is such a tremendous need in our community for foster parents – and the Center is uniquely positioned to support foster teens that self-identify as LGBTQ.

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National Foster Care Month

National Foster Care Month

The article below is submitted by The National Youth Advocate Program, a Proud Partner of Family Pride Network, to coincide with National Foster Care Month. 

A couple of years ago, The National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) approached me and Natalie Thomas about relocating to Columbus, Ohio, to open a very special youth center – the Center for Adolescents & Families.  It felt absolutely right, and together we’ve embarked on an incredible journey of helping youth and families in invaluable ways.

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Message from President Joe Matessa - April

Message from President Joe Matessa - April

On Wednesday evening, I had the honor of attending a retirement celebration for the amazing Janet Jackson, President & CEO of United Way of Central Ohio.  During her address, she reminded us of one of her personal mantra’s that I’ve heard her share on many occasions: “’Service’ is the rent we pay for the opportunity to live on this beautiful earth, not something we just do in our spare time.”

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Message from President Joe Matessa - January

Message from President Joe Matessa - January

Happy 2017!!! And welcome to our first monthly newsletter!  While many of us are ready to put 2016 behind us, and are approaching the year ahead of us with skepticism, uncertainty, and even fear – I’d like take this opportunity to share with you, our loyal members and supporters, why we’re really jazzed about the year ahead. 

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