Children's Home Society of Florida Receives $186,000

Monday, August 15, 2011

Two Grants Honor Jim Moran's Birthday

Jan Moran (left), chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation, presents a $93,000 grant to Regine Cordon, executive director of Children's Home Society of Florida, Intercoastal Division, at JM Family Enterprises' Founder's Day event in Deerfield Beach. All of JM Familys companies and locations throughout the country and Canada commemorated the late Jim Moran's birthday with a 93-cent lunch and his favorite chocolate cake.

 

Deerfield Beach and Jacksonville, Fla. - In honor of what would have been automotive pioneer and philanthropist Jim Moran's 93rd birthday, The Jim Moran Foundation recently awarded two grants for $93,000 each to the Intercoastal (Fort Lauderdale) and Buckner (Jacksonville) divisions of Children's Home Society of Florida (CHS) for its Safe Babies initiative. The Foundation announced its grants during Founder's Day, an annual celebration across all companies and locations of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a diversified automotive company that Jim Moran established in 1968.

Each year, The Foundation provides two special grants - one in North Florida and one in South Florida - to continue Jim Moran's legacy of giving back to children and families.

"Jim believed every child should have a nurturing environment in which to learn and grow," said Jan Moran, chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation. "By helping better prepare and equip moms and dads for the responsibilities of parenthood, as well as through offering them resources to create safe, loving homes today, we hope to strengthen families for generations to come."

Through the Safe Babies program, young or inexperienced mothers - some suffering from pre- and post-natal depression - and at-risk families with young children from birth to age five receive in-home counseling and behavioral health support. Therapists work with parents coping with stress and focus on improving the family bonding and overall functioning.

"Providing new, often young, mothers with the support, guidance and counseling they need to provide safe, healthy, nurturing homes is critical for the safety and well-being of their children," said Kymberly Cook, executive director of CHS' Buckner Division. "The generous grant from The Jim Moran Foundation will allow us to help vulnerable families so more children in our community can grow up safe, healthy and prepared for life."As a best-practice model, Safe Babies also provides CHS therapists with comprehensive clinical training and train-the-trainer workshops through a partnership with Florida State University in order to build capacity for these skilled, uniquely qualified behavioral health providers.

"The time and efforts of staff, volunteers and community partners, like The Jim Moran Foundation, allow all of us to help children heal from painful memories and to help prevent more children from enduring the tragedies of abuse, neglect or abandonment," said Regine Cordon, executive director of CHS' Intercoastal Division.

In appreciation of The Jim Moran Foundation's $93,000 grant, Kymberly Cook, executive director of Children's Home Society of Florida, Buckner Division, presents a handmade card to Andy Eccher (left) and Bob Moore, vice presidents of Southeast Toyota Distributors (a JM Family Enterprises subsidiary), which they accepted on behalf of The Foundation at JM Family's Founder's Day event in Jacksonville.

About The Jim Moran Foundation

Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $20 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 - with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundations significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.

About Children's Home Society of Florida

Founded in 1902, Children's Home Society of Florida (CHS) is the sixth-largest private not-for-profit in the United States and Canada accredited by the Council on Accreditation and the oldest statewide organization helping children and families. Serving more than 100,000 annually, CHS aims to ensure children are safe, healthy and prepared for life through programs ranging from foster care and adoption to child abuse prevention and guidance for foster teens and young parents. CHS is one of 10 winners nationwide of a 2010 Adoption Excellence Award from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., CHS offers services in nearly 100 Florida locations by more than 1,900 dedicated staff members.