February 2015
 news and notes

Information Meeting for Potential Foster Parents
Family Ark will host a free information meeting on Thursday, February 19th for anyone interested in becoming a foster parent. The information meeting is from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Lodge on the Family Ark campus. Family Ark is located at 101 Noah's Lane, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Light snacks will be provided. Come and find out the steps and requirements to becoming a foster parent! Call (812) 282-8479 or email for more information. Family Ark can be found online at www.thefamilyark.org.  
Family Ark Offering Scholarships
Family Ark Board President David Hillman with 2014 scholarship winners
Each year, Family Ark (formerly Regional Youth Services, Inc.) awards scholarships to children who are current or previous clients of the agency at any point since its founding in 1973. The applicants will be selected based on several criteria including an interview, letters of recommendation, financial need, academic record, and extracurricular and community activities. Previous scholarship winners may reapply. Scholarships are a minimum of $500 and up to a maximum of $5,000. The Board of Directors determines the amount and number of scholarships awarded each year, which may be used only for tuition, fees, books and room/board. The Virginia Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Virginia Walker, an agency foster parent. Since 2001, the fund has awarded more than $60,000 to students of varying ages. The next deadline for application is February 27, 2015. Call (812) 288-6800 for more information or go to www.thefamilyark.org.
New Program Shaping New Futures
Youth involved in Family Ark's new on-campus program - Day Reporting and Treatment Program - are busy working with Purdue Extension representatives in a recent Robotics activity and an upcoming Maps and Apps project. Daily, they address homework and learning with newly donated Chromebooks from the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County. They will provide community service soon with the Clark
Valentines created by youth enrolled in Family Ark's Day Reporting and Treatment Program for the children at
Kosair Children's Hospital
County Animal Shelter. They've also experienced the great outdoors with walks around Family Ark's 83 acres of woodlands and open fields. Most recently, youth were excited to give back to other children through art and creativity by designing valentines that will be distributed to the children at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Ashley Williamson, the Day Reporting and Treatment Program Supervisor says of her role, "I'm confident that by being a positive person in a child's life along with my contributions to the program, I will help enrolled youth make better life choices and achieve success." To find out more about this innovative program, email Ashley Williamson.
Family Ark Welcomes New COO

On February 2nd, Family Ark welcomed Roger McGee as the new Chief Operating Officer. Mr. McGee comes to Family Ark from Wellstone Regional Hospital where he was Director of Evaluation and Referral, and just prior to that, Director of Utilization Management. Roger has 28 years of experience in private psychiatric facilities, working with children, adolescents, adults, adult chemical dependency, and geriatric populations. During that time period, Roger has over-seen various departments including Health Information Management, Business Office, Utilization Management, and Admissions/Intake. Roger has a degree in Psychology from WKU and a double major in business administration and management from McKendree University where he also earned his MBA.  He is a member of Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honors Society and received certification as a Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt from Purdue University.    


Find Us on LinkedIn!
Family Ark is now on LinkedIn!
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Family Ark Receives Guidestar Exhange Silver Status
Family Ark recently received Silver Participant status with Guidestar Exchange. The GuideStar Exchange Program is a national program offered by GuideStar to NPOs in an effort to encourage information sharing with GuideStar and the GuideStar Web site. The purpose is to enhance nonprofit information transparency making information accessible to potential donors and grantors while facilitating and encouraging giving. NPOs are invited to participate in the GuideStar Exchange Program, in which participation requires NPOs to share certain categories of organizational information. GuideStar reviews this self-reported information for completeness in accordance with GuideStar's Exchange Program standards.
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Are You Looking for Exciting Volunteer Opportunities?
 Family Ark has a diverse selection of volunteer opportunities! We are looking for people who are interested in:
  • childcare during our foster parent monthly trainings (background checks required).
  • clerical duties in the Development Office.
  • landscaping and grounds upkeep.
  • retail and display activities in the Family Ark Commissary.
  • event preparation and implementation. 

Family Ark values its volunteers! Please email to find out how you can join our volunteer team!