Monthly Archives: January 2016


Foster moms identify the needs of new babies and new parents

Family Services foster mom Amy Sharp has cared for 60 babies who have lived their first hours, days, and sometimes months in the gap of transition to a forever home with their birth mother or an adopting family. Over 30 years, with time off to care for her own children including two adopted daughters, Sharp has [...]

By |2016-02-25T14:27:31-05:00January 30th, 2016|Categories: In the News, Updates|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Governor McCrory declares January as Stalking Awareness Month

Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed January to be Stalking Awareness Month in North Carolina. He is the first governor to do so. Stalking can be defined as the willful and repeated following, watching and/or harassing of another person. Unlike other crimes, which usually involve one act, stalking is a series of actions that occur over a [...]

A Look Back, a Glimpse Ahead – by Bob Feikema

Before memories of 2015 fade it’s worth taking a look back at 2015, which was truly a momentous year for Family Services. It was a year of anniversaries, a testament to the legacy of our service to the community. Founded in 1905, the agency celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2015. Among programs marking decades of [...]

FOX8/WGHP hosts Community Baby Shower to benefit mothers and babies in need

Family Services will distribute donations to mothers and babies in its service community. Every year, thousands of babies are born into poverty in the Piedmont.  And every year, countless new mothers face the challenge of welcoming a newborn into a home that is financially unprepared.  That’s why FOX8 and ‘A Cleaner World’ have teamed up [...]

Katie Nordeen (FOX8) interviews Head Start mom about the challenges of a new baby

"Brenda Leon is the kind of mom I truly admire," says FOX8/WGHP anchor Katie Nordeen. "Brenda's husband works full-time in Raleigh during the week, and to say she has her hands full with two (adorable!) boys would be an understatement. Brenda is grateful she had the basics, such as diapers and clothes, when her son [...]

New website strengthens accessibility of Family Services

Family Services, one of the largest Triad private non-profit organizations in Forsyth County, North Carolina, has launched a new website ( to strengthen the agency’s role in the community and enhance its support of families and children. “Over the past 110 years, Family Services has built its reputation as an anchor agency by providing essential [...]

By |2017-06-09T10:23:45-04:00January 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog, In the News, Updates|0 Comments

Holiday support offers hope

Generous donations helped make the season a little brighter for women and children who sought refuge at Family Services Shelter over the holidays. Area businesses, churches, and individuals coordinated fundraisers and collection drives that resulted in much needed items for displaced families and allowed the Safe Relationships division to replenish valuable resources for ongoing support [...]

Six-week course in mindfulness for a stronger new year

Family Services has teamed up with the Gateway YWCA to offer a highly interactive course aimed toward nurturing healthier people in 2016. They are kicking off the new year with six weekly sessions in mindfulness, which has been shown to reduce stress and promote healing of body, mind, and spirit. Participants will learn practices that can [...]

United Way funding for Fiscal Year 2016-17

On January 5, 2016, the Winston-Salem Journal published its article, United Way Makes $8.8 Million in Grants, outlining some of the grants awarded to agencies in the United Way for Fiscal Year 2016-17. The article stated that “among groups with more funding is Family Services, which will receive almost $1.3 million compared to about $950,000 in the [...]

By |2016-01-06T17:17:55-05:00January 6th, 2016|Categories: Blog, In the News, Updates|Tags: , , , |0 Comments