At its core, Parenting Journey is an organization dedicated to creating a world where all families thrive. This starts with acknowledging that systemic barriers exist and prevent families from reaching their full potential.Our inaugural class of Parenting Journey Family Champions are incredible advocates for social and family justice, and we are proud to recognize their efforts to influence change.”
SOMERVILLE, MASS., June 21, 2018 – Parenting Journey held its first annual Breakfast of Family Champions fundraising dinner, honoring members of the community who share Parenting Journey’s mission to uplift families to foster vibrant communities.
Parenting Journey recognized three local family champions, including Linda Dorcena Forry, former Massachusetts state senator and Suffolk Construction’s Northeast region vice president for diversity, inclusion and community relations; Kitt Sawitsky, managing partner, Goulston & Storrs; and Anne Marie Teuber, senior director of training emeritus and 20-year veteran of Parenting Journey. Robert Lewis, Jr., founder and president of The BASE and newly appointed Parenting Journey board member, emceed the evening’s festivities.
“At its core, Parenting Journey is an organization dedicated to creating a world where all families thrive. This starts with acknowledging that systemic barriers exist and prevent families from reaching their full potential,” said Imari Paris Jeffries, executive director of Parenting Journey. “Our inaugural class of Parenting Journey Family Champions are incredible advocates for social and family justice, and we are proud to recognize their efforts to influence change.”
Each honoree has continuously worked to uplift families through advocacy and support of Parenting Journey. Forry is a tireless advocate for policies that advance equity as a legislator and in her new role; Sawitsky donated countless hours in pro bono legal services to the nonprofit organization; and Teuber dedicated decades of support to Parenting Journey and the families they partner with.
“I am so grateful to the generous sponsors, host committee members, board members, donors and parents who chose to invest in families and made this inaugural event such a success,” said Paris Jeffries. “At at time when families are struggling financially, immigrant families are being torn apart, and there is violence in our schools, it’s more important than ever to harness the support and strength we share working together in a diverse, inclusive community. Together, we will chart a better future that supports families of all backgrounds. ”
The event raised more than $300,000. All proceeds support Parenting Journey’s mission to build authentic partnerships and engage families to foster vibrant communities.
ABOUT PARENTING JOURNEY
Parenting Journey’s work is inspired by the belief that strong families are the foundation of vibrant healthy communities and the catalyst to ignite social change. The organization is dedicated to providing programs that uplift parents and caregivers and strengthen families and communities, advocating for equitable family policies, and disrupting the social narrative around parenting in high-poverty communities.
Parenting Journey envisions a world where all parents and caregivers have access to the resources they need to build resilient families and thrive, no matter their race or socioeconomic background.
For more information, visit www.parentingjourney.org/