Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - Community Health Services Outreach Department Announces Annual Adopt-A-Family Recipient

Every year, Broward Health Community Health Services (CHS) Outreach selects families in need to receive assistance for the holidays.  These families are selected just before the holiday season by staff members from Broward Health Primary Care Centers and Disease State Management case managers. The recipient families are given food baskets, clothes, toys, and other gifts.  One family is also chosen as the “adopted family” for the year.  This year’s recipient is the Machiato family, Maria and husband Nilton Maerales, along with their three grandchildren Gabriel, 9 years; Isaac, 5 years; and David, 4 years, who were chosen from Broward Health’s Kinship Care Initiative Program.

The Kinship Care Initiative provides healthcare services and other resources for non-traditional families.  Machiato explained to Dona Nichols-Jones, director of the Outreach Program, how difficult it has been raising her grandchildren for the past year.  Machiato took in the children when the parents were unable to care for them properly.

The Outreach Department worked feverishly and raised more than $2,000 in donations from the Christmas trees posted in numerous locations throughout Broward Health. “The beauty of Adopt-A-Family is not only providing needy family assistance during the holidays, but also working with generous organizations throughout the community,” says Dona Nichols-Jones, who coordinates the annual project. 

Community organizations that participated included Arc Restoration Christian Church’s donation of gift cards to two needy families from Broward Health’s Breast Navigation Program as well as a bicycle donated by 100 Black Men to a teenager from one of those families.

Toys were donated by Smiling Faces Forever Foundation, and American Intercontinental University.  These gifts were distributed to needy children at Broward Health Seventh Avenue Family Health Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Broward Health Information Services Center was successful in obtaining an electronic game for a teenager whose mother was a patient in Broward Health Gold Coast Hospice Program.  In addition, Lisa Davis, outreach coordinator for Broward Health Foundation, her friends, and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Eta Nu Chapter in Pompano Beach, donated several toys to the Broward Health Pompano Pediatric Center.

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Back row (L to R): Dona Nichols Jones, director CHS Outreach; Maria Machiato; CHS Outreach staff Sandra Mclendon, Astrid Perovanovic, and Sonia Hall. Front row (L to R): Gabriel, 9; Isaac, 5; David, 4; and Jasmin Shirley, vice president Broward Health CHS.