It’s Kinship Week, a time to celebrate kinship families and their positive impact on the welfare of children in our community. Thank you to the 133 kin homes that were associated with our agency in 2016-2017! You are making a real difference in the lives of the children you care for!
Kinship families assume primary responsibility for raising and caring for a child that needs to leave its family for safety reasons, and can include relatives, community members, or other people who are already known to a child.
Statistics show that outcomes for children living in kin families are stronger than for those who are in foster care . This is why we explore kinship as a preferred option for children in need of care, whenever possible.
Find out more about kinship and Kinship Week through the website of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies by clicking here.
Our Executive Director, Rocco Gizzarelli, wrote this article that appeared in The Hamilton Spectator on September 12, 2017, about youth homelessness and the need for an integrated, collaborative approach.
We are proud to be the lead agency for the Youth Housing Support Project, in partnership with the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, Good Shepherd Youth Services, Living Rock Ministries, and Wesley Urban Ministries — Wesley Youth Services. Through this project, over 630 youth have obtained and maintained safe and stable housing. This is something to be proud of, but as the article says, solving the problem of youth homelessness will require increased action on the part of government, communities, and all social services that impact children and youth.
The 2017 Peder Larsen Care Beyond Belief Golf Tournament was a big success! Graced by beautiful weather, the golfers had a great time, and generously supported the CCASH Child & Youth Opportunities Fund. Thanks to everyone who was involved, and congratulations to the many winners of the day, listed below.
Many thanks to our sponsors and donors; we couldn’t have done it without you! And a special thanks to the Preyra brothers – Al, Ian, and Ron — for their outstanding support, as lead corporate sponsor through Bergmanis Preyra LLP, as foursome recruiters, as silent auction donors, and as general supporters of CCASH’s work. You’ll find a list of all our sponsors at the end of this post.
To see photos of the day, visit our Facebook page at @hamiltonccas and be sure to LIKE us!
Mixed Low Score: Gasper Lipari, Jim Gladun, Kathy Wakeman, Mike Mullen
Women’s Low Score: Pat Millar, Kathy Smithson, Debbie Lapierre
Men’s Low Score: Graham Jones, Bruce Payne, John Yanch, Ken Sims
Most Honest Team: Wilma Dunn, Alice Puma, Catherine VanGemert, Jack Fernihough
Women’s Longest Drive: Andrea DeMichele
Women’s Closest to the Pin: Pat Budd
Men’s Longest Drive: Bryant Doerrsma
Men’s Closest to the Pin: Bruce Payne
Door Prize: Ron Preyra
Raffle Prize: Mindy Tweedle