JCS of­fers sup­port for fam­i­lies in need

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One of great­est chal­lenges fac­ing work­ing par­ents is car­ing for a sick child. For some peo­ple this could mean a missed dead­line. For hourly paid work­ers, the re­sult is re­duced take-home pay or, in some in­stances, a lost job.

Three years ago Florence Fuller Child De­vel­op­ment Cen­ters (FFCDC) in Boca Ra­ton, be­came the only sub­si­dized child-care cen­ter in Florida to of­fer a clinic where a reg­is­tered nurse pro­vides pro­fes­sional, nur­tur­ing care for mildly ill chil­dren, al­low­ing their par­ents to re­main in work. The Jar­den Con­sumer So­lu­tions Com­mu­nity Fund rec­og­nized the crit­i­cal im­por­tance of this ser­vice to low-in­come work­ers and has made a gen­er­ous do­na­tion of $10,000 to sup­port the clinic.

Pa­trick Wright, di­rec­tor of Fi­nance for Jar­den Con­sumer So­lu­tions and a JCS Com­mu­nity Fund Em­ployee com­mit­tee mem­ber said, “With young chil­dren of my own, I could im­me­di­ately ap­pre­ci­ate the ben­e­fits of this clinic. We were also ex­cited to learn that Florence Fuller is hop­ing to open the clinic to low-in­come par­ents as­so­ci­ated with other non-prof­its in Boca Ra­ton”.

Doug Pa­ton, FFCDC CEO ex­plained, “In this econ­omy, with food costs spi­ral­ing and job se­cu­rity ten­u­ous, our par­ents sim­ply can­not af­ford to lose in­come or take ad­di­tional time off work. The clinic for mildly ill chil­dren is just one of the ser­vices that we pro­vide to em­power par­ents to cre­ate a brighter fu­ture for them­selves and their fam­i­lies.”

For more than three decades Florence Fuller Child De­vel­op­ment Cen­ters have pro­vided qual­ity child care, preschool, af­ter-school, food pro­grams and health screen­ings for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in Boca Ra­ton. All par­ents are gain­fully em­ployed or pur­su­ing their ed­u­ca­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Chris­tine Mally at 561-391-7274, ext. 111 or visit www.ffcdc.org.

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