Yearly Archives: 2015


We have resolved to…

In our efforts to ensure that all families and children are safe, secure, and able to reach their full potential, Family Services has resolved to cultivate community-wide commitment to: Expand pre-kindergarten education for all children in Forsyth County, Eliminate the threat of family violence and sexual assault in our community, and Establish a foundation of annual [...]

Let’s make this a season of hope

Hope is not a dream but a way of making dreams become reality                                                  —Leon Jozef Suenens “Jamal” lived with his grandmother, but he desperately missed his mother who was not present [...]

Redeemer Presbyterian Church brings hope to victims of domestic violence

Today, Family Services received a donation in the amount of $1,300 from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem to support the women's shelter.  Wendy Browne, director of congregational care, and church member Janice Kraft personally delivered the congregation's gift to Joetta Shepherd, director of the Safe Relationships division at Family Services' Gateway offices. The church's gift will help provide [...]

Celebrity Chef and Head Start children create four-star experience

Event Photo Gallery Some of the four- and five-year-olds at Family Services’ Sarah Y. Austin Head Start were treated to a special visit by celebrity chef, Curtis Aikens, who was in Winston-Salem to promote his new book, ABC Soup: A Family and Friends Cookbook (Prospective Press, Winston-Salem, NC). Aikens is one of the original Food-Network [...]

Editorial: Preschool programs: Children wait for rare open slots – Winston-Salem Journal: Editorials

"Today, fewer than half of North Carolina's children, age 4 and younger, are enrolled in a regulated child-care facility," reported Arika Herron in a recent Winston-Salem Journal article. "Only about 1,300 of Forsyth County's almost 4,000 4-year-olds are in pre-K programs through Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools or in Head Startr or N.C. Pre-K, publicly funded programs [...]

Making the holiday season brighter at the Women’s Shelter

The holiday months can be particularly difficult on families. Many families and individuals seek the help of Family Services as a result of experiencing sexual assault and/or domestic violence, which generally increases by at least 10% during the holiday season. While no one can change the past, Family Services strives to help people rebuild their [...]

A special Thanksgiving message from Bob Feikema

When someone asks me why they should support the work of Family Services I tell them that: Every year over 500 disadvantaged children will enter kindergarten ready to succeed because they enrolled in our high quality early childhood development program. Every year 2,000 victims of family violence and their family members will find safety, healing [...]

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Commemorating 50 Years of Head Start in Forsyth County

On October 14, 2015, Family Services commemorated 50 years of Head Start in Forsyth County with a tree-planting ceremony at Sarah Y.austin Head Start. Councilman Derwin L. Montgomery and Family Services President & CEO Bob Feikeman joined Childhood Education Director Glenda Welch and the children at Sarah Y. Austin to plant a Japanese Maple, a symbol [...]

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Today’s Classroom: Preschool needs going unmet, but what can be done?

(Excerpted from Winston-Salem Journal, November 1, 2015) More and more, preschool experiences such as those offered in this Old Town Elementary School pre-K classroom are being recognized as crucial to students’ subsequent academic success.They are also in short supply. There are many other unanswered questions about pre-K programs. How much would it cost to expand [...]

Local Chefs, Family Services Team Up for Childhood Nutrition Day

Chef Don McMillan coordinates sixteen local chefs and culinary students for the seventh annual Child Nutrition Day, sponsored by the Chef and Child Foundation of the American Culinary Federation, in collaboration with Family Services and Second Harvest Food Bank. Photo by Jesus Oroszco. For the past 24 years, the Chef and Child Foundation of the [...]