Friday, March 22, 2013

Social Profit Agencies Vital to Economy: Donate Today

Did you know that social profit agencies are a vital part of our economy? 

According to new studiessocial profit agencies not only do good for their respective communities, but they also provide many jobs and economic activity. According to Learning To Give, 1.2 million organizations are registered with the IRS as nonprofit organizations and those organizations in America represent 6.2% of the nation's economy.

Social profit agencies exist for a few purposes. We are here not to make money to please stockholders, but to help people for the greater good. Organizations like us exist to provide people with a service they may not normally be able to receive, to promote initiatives that may otherwise not be noticed by the public due to funding or not be able to garner enough support, and creating a community atmosphere.

Did you know? (from

The study also found that nonprofits:
  • Account for 4.5 percent of gross domestic product in 15 countries studied if both paid work and volunteer time are counted.
  • Received more of their revenue from fees for services (43 percent) than from governments (32 percent) and private donations (23 percent).
  • Account for more than 11 percent of the total work force in two countries, Belgium and Israel.
  • Contributed the greatest share of economic activity in Canada and Israel.

How can you make a difference? 

By placing a donation with Preferred Family Healthcare there are a number of opportunities that will be enhanced by your donation. Your donation could aid in the materials and instruction for those that participate in the A.R.T.C program, which provides substance-abusing adolescents the opportunity to tap into creative talents and convey emotions through the arts. There are a number of areas you donation could aid in the assistance of those in need. The potential is endless and we appreciate your assistance in helping us achieve the goals of Preferred Family Healthcare.

Make your donation today!

-Maxwell Law

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Intensive In-home Services

Preferred Family Healthcare offers a very needed service called Intensive In-home Services (IIS). IIS are short-term crisis intervention services that occur within your very own home. Many people may chose this option when their families are at risk with the possibility of their children receiving out-of-home placement. IIS allows those families to remain together, supporting each other through a crisis situation. This program is unique in that it offers intervention and other services in a very flexible and adaptive way. 
Our services include:
  • Resolving child abuse/neglect
  • Promoting child and family safety
  • Parenting education
  • Child development training
  • Support to individual, families and couples
  • Sexual abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse prevention education
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Home maintenance/housekeeping skills
  • Developing linkages with community resources
  • Job readiness skills
  • Other services that meet the specific needs of the family.

In our program, through referral, we focus our services to assist those families by responding immediately to a crisis, focusing on families' strengths, having 24 hour accessibility to specialists, and the knowledge to meet the needs of the family.

Sad and scared

If a referral is appropriate, then the family will be assigned to a specific specialist. The services provided are up to 20 hours per week and range from 4-6 weeks in length. In addition, IIS provides follow-up aftercare services for up to 90 days. IIS believes the best safety net for a child is parent(s) who are caring and capable, rather than the child being placed outside the home. Lastly, IIS offers counseling, education, listening, modeling, problem solving, child management, communication and negotiation skills, use of community resources, housekeeping skills, and a reasonable alternative to out-of-home placement.

To learn more about other services, please feel free to contact us today.

-Maxwell Law

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Reel Life…Reel Hope

In our increasingly digital age, relevancy is often measured in terms of how many views you have on YouTube. As it is, the would-be virtue of viral video is often lost to the finicky fame of popularity, kitsch, niche, and absurdity. If Palahniuk is right, we must teach our youth to positively impact their culture by modeling “the kind of world they demand to live in”. We feel strongly that this can be done through the conduit of video.

“The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.” -Chuck Palahniuk

Please welcome A.R.T.C. video, our recently launched and primarily youth directed film project. Using YouTube as a vehicle for change our young people are empowered to share messages of HOPE and RECOVERY. Videos are reflective of the strengths, creativity, and special interest of the Youth Director. Participants are encouraged to reflect truth and a message of change that will impact their community. Current videos have addressed; alcohol related violence, trans-generational addiction, city life, drug overdose, and driving while under the influence. Take a moment to view an example where this young man discusses the importance of keeping our dreams within reach and facing our fears.

Please encourage our youth. Support their talents and desire for change. LIKE & SHARE! You can view more videos on our YouTube page. 

By Michelle Boonaerts 

About the author: Michelle is the A.R.T.C. Regional Coordinator for Preferred Family Healthcare's Eastern Region.