Grand Boulevard Festival of Trees Recognizes Children In Crisis
Grand Boulevard Festival of Christmas Trees of Sandestin recognized Children In Crisis (CIC) as “Peoples Choice” winner-up at the recent competition with other area charities. CIC was honored for its dedication in making a significant difference in the community and was presented with a check for $1,500. The funds will be used to help make Christmas special for the at-risk children living at the CIC Neighborhood.
CIC was incorporated as a local, non-profit, community charity in 2003. After kicking off a very successful capital campaign headed up by Founder Sharilyn Darnell, CIC built the Children’s Neighborhood for at-risk and foster children.
CIC’s Children’s Neighborhood has an Emergency Shelter for abused, neglected and abandoned children removed from an unsafe home without notice, five family foster homes with live-in house parents, a teen transition home for foster children aging out of the foster care program to prevent them from becoming homeless, a children’s Recreation Center and the Neighborhood Center.
Since opening the Emergency Shelter and first foster home in 2008, CIC has given a safe, loving home to more than 950 at-risk children, while keeping all the brother/sister sibling families together. On any given day, there are more than 50 children living at the CIC Neighborhood which adds up to more than 100 children each year. CIC has also helped 35 children find a “forever home” through adoption. For more information, please visit CIC on our website www.childrenincrisisfl.org.
Photo left to right: Ken Hair, CIC President and CEO; Jessica Lockhart, CIC Office Manager; Jessica Kelly, Christmas Tree Volunteer Committee; Brittany Dykes, CIC Volunteer and Events Coordinator; and Connie Fasano, CIC Finance Assistant