April 2015
 news and notes

Judge Vicki L. Carmichael -  2015 Champion for Families
Family Ark was pleased to present the 2015 Champion for Families award to Judge Vicki L. Carmichael during the April 16th Giving Hope to Families event. The Champion for Families award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates exemplary, ongoing commitment to improving the lives of children and families in Southern Indiana. As Judge of Clark County Circuit Court and through work on other committees, Judge Carmichael has been a strong advocate for family well-being, education and community partnerships. Her love of education is demonstrated through an annual Doll Adoption Day in her courtroom for young children where she talks with them about the responsibilities of being a good parent. She also shares her knowledge of the justice system by teaching students at local universities. Judge Carmichael's focus on juvenile justice best practices led to Clark County's participation in the national Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI). Family Ark's own new program, Day Reporting and Treatment, is a direct result of JDAI and is a thriving reminder of Judge Carmichael's vision for life-changing programming for the children and families of Southern Indiana. Congratulations Judge Carmichael for being our 2015 Champion for Families!
Family Ark Featured in Extol Magazine!

Family Ark and our President and CEO, Jeanean Jacobs are featured in the April/May edition of Extol Magazine! Extol, a new venture from Angie Fenton (who you may know from WHAS11's "Great Day Live!"), celebrates people, philanthropy, culture and more in Southern Indiana. We are pleased to have this opportunity to present our mission and work in this beautifully detailed two-page feature.

Pick up a copy and check out the online content here.  

2015 Giving Hope to Families a Success!
Thanks to all who helped support last week's 3rd Annual Giving Hope to Families fundraiser! We had an amazing evening and it couldn't have happened without all who pitched in! Thanks to our emcee, Angie Fenton, and her husband Jason Applegate; Extol Magazine photographer, Mandy Bennett; and Todd Hildreth, musician extraordinaire! We appreciate our Lead Sponsors, The Hazel and Walter T. Bales Foundation, and Laughlin Millea Hillman; our Gold Sponsor, Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors; and our Silver Sponsors, Paul and Casie Kichler, Your Community Bank, and Deming Malone Livesay & Ostroff CPAs. Also, during the evening, we were excited to announce Judge Vicki Carmichael as the 2015 Champion for Families! Kim O'Meara, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Family Ark's child and family programs.
Register for Stewards of Children Workshop - May 27th
Lisa Kiser, Facilitator  for Stewards of Children training
Register now for a contemporary version of the award-winning Stewards of Children training! Family Ark is hosting this free 2 1/2 hour training at the Lodge on the Family Ark campus on Wednesday, May 27th from 12:00-3:30 pm. A free box lunch will be provided. CEUs are available.  
Stewards of Children (a product of Darkness to Light) uses survivor stories and expert insight to supply practical steps to help prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This workshop is open to the public and may be of interest to youth serving organizations, parents, foster parents, educators, childcare providers, and faith centers. To register or to find out more, email here.

Family Ark Celebrates Earth Day

Family Ark celebrated April 22nd - Earth Day in a very unique way! Jennifer Kipper, district conservationist with USDA-NRCS and Simon Kafari with Purdue Extension met with Family Ark staff to tour the boardwalks and wetland areas as a first step in helping to assess the health of Family Ark's ecosytems on campus. 

May is National Foster Care Month!
According to the Administration for Children and Families' website, May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the nearly 400,000 children and youth in foster care, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives. To learn more, read here.
Save the Date! Summer Music Fundraiser - June 26th
Alex Wright
Save the Date for Family Ark's Summer Music Fundraiser scheduled for 7:00-10:00 pm, June 26th at 300 Spring in Jeffersonville, Indiana! This great venue at 300 Spring features a cash bar and lots of open space to hear Alex Wright (LMA, Singer/Songwriter of the Year), Danny Flanigan (veteran singer-songwriter and staple of the regional music scene), and Craig Wagner (LMA Jazz Artist of the Year). Silent auction items will be available along with snacks. To find out more, call (812) 288-6800 or email. We can't wait!