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March 2016

Gateway Gives Back to Families Helping Families Region 7

Families Helping Families Region 7 was selected to be the recipient of Gateway Gives Back for the
month of March. The Gateway Gives Back campaign is sponsored by Gateway Tire and Service
Centers and Yokohama Tires.

In March of this year, $3.00 from every Tuesday’s oil change performed at all ArkLaTex Gateway
Tire and Service Center locations, was donated to Families Helping Families Region 7.
Mr. Henry, manager of Gateway Tires and Service Center on Bert Kouns proudly presented Families
Helping Families Region 7 Executive Director Chanel Jackson with a check in the amount of
$1,827.00. This money will go to fund the center’s annual Spring Fling Celebration.

Families Helping Families Region 7 is so grateful to have the support from the community. Together
we are changing lives and making a better community for all.

2016 Spring Fling

On May 20th Families Helping Families Region 7 hosted our Spring Fling Event. This event was truly a celebration that marked the end of the school year for all the families whom we serve. Families, friends, loved ones, and our staff gathered together at North Bossier Park to partake in an evening of love, fun, and great food. Our menu included boiled crawfish, potatoes, corn, sausage, burgers, hotdogs, chips, and more.

We would like to thank the Gateway Gives Back Program for making this event truly possible through their generosity. Also, we would like to extend our gratitude to the owner and operator of Tummy Time Cakes & Desserts, Mrs. LaWana London, for donating her delicious cupcakes. Our amazing food was cooked on site by Ragin Cajun Catering. Our volunteer food service teams were truly incredible and hospitable to each guest. Mr. Frazier of Kona Ice provided each person exemplary customer service via each Kona Ice that he served.

We are very grateful for this opportunity to celebrate with all who attended. The best is truly yet to come!! Please visit Upcoming Events for information on which events you can participant in or support.

Disability Rights Day – April 5, 2016

Hundreds of LaCAN members from every region of the state gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 5th to participate in the Council’s annual Disability Rights Day. Members formed small teams to visit with their regional legislators sharing this year’s message, “We’re not an OPTION. We’re a PRIORITY,” along with fact sheets detailing the importance and necessity of funding for various supports and services that people with disabilities need to live in their own homes and be fully participating members of their communities. Many of these services are in jeopardy of cuts and/or elimination in the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) due to the budget shortfall.

At noon members converged on the Capitol steps for a rally program which was highlighted by the first-ever appearance of a Louisiana Governor. Governor John Bel Edwards spoke to the crowd, committing to work to protect disability services, and encouraging advocates to continue their work in sharing their stories and educating him and members of the legislature.

8th Annual Special Education Conference – March 2016

Our 8th Annual Education Conference was held on March 19, 2016, at The Ramada Shreveport. In attendance was over 40 parents and community members from surrounding parishes to hear the Honorable Mayor Ollie S. Tyler speak on Education: The Big Picture. Also we were honored to have Ms. Jennifer Coco, a Staff Attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center in New Orleans, La. 70130, speaking to us on Provisions of Legal Advocacy for your Special Needs Student. Both speakers empowered the attendees with a welt of valuable information giving us tools we can use to better advocate for our special needs children.

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Chanel Jackson

Way to go Chanel!! We are so proud of you!!

Forty young professionals under the age of 40 were honored at the 9th annual Northwest Louisiana Young Professionals Initiative Gala December 5, 2015 at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Hundreds of professionals showed up in support of this year’s 40 Under 40 honorees. The event drew a crowd of more than 575 guests.

The 2015 40 Under 40 class represents a very diverse group that not only excels in the workplace, but makes a valuable impact on our community through philanthropic involvement. YPI was honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these 40 talented, innovative and dynamic young professionals with this prestigious award.”

Outstanding young entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in public, private or non-profit sectors are nominated annually. Winners are chosen based on achievement, experience and innovation, vision, leadership, and community involvement.

40 Under 40’s presenting sponsor is The Forum. The Times is YPI’s corporate sponsor for the year.

Special Thanks to those who attended and participated in our Dash For disABILITIES 5K Run/Walk

November 2015

We are passionate about providing activities that promote inclusive participation within the community. In order to host such an event we needed the support of our community. Together we are changing lives and building a stronger community for all.

2014 Disability Rights Rally

Over 350 of individuals with disabilities, their families, and advocates from across the state of Louisiana convened in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol on March 19, 2014 in an effort to urge lawmakers to keep funding for waiver slots in the budget and to restore funding for other programs that help people with developmental disabilities live in their own homes. Please enjoy the video below.