Child Saving Institute Announces Award Winners at Annual Meeting

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Child Saving Institute Announces Award Winners at Annual Meeting

Child Saving Institute (CSI; announced the following award winners during its 2016 Annual Meeting November 9 at Happy Hollow Country Club. This year’s awards were inspired by art created by four-year-old Eileen, winner of the Special Artist Award, who is in CSI’s Early Childhood Education Program.

William T. Gibble Award: Hanscom Park United Methodist Church – Jan Heikes and LouAnne Gruidel, volunteers from the church’s “Women in Mission” group, come at least once a month for about 4 hours to refold and organize the clothing closet at the Triage Center, which supports children who have just been removed from their homes due to alleged abuse or neglect.

Volunteer Award: Sally Mason – For the past four years, Mason has coordinated the Crisis Kits on behalf of the Christian Church in Nebraska Disciples Women for the youth in CSI’s Emergency Shelter. Since taking leadership of the project in August of 2012, Mason and the Nebraska Disciple Women have complied and donated 150 kits for CSI kids.

The Ambassador Awards: Pamela Card and Travis Justice – Eight of CSI’s child care spots in the Early Childhood Education Center are filled directly through Early Head Start. Card, Child Development Coordinator for the Early Head Start Program through the Salvation Army, builds relationships with these families and works to ensure they are provided with quality care and resources. Justice has been a member of the CSI Board since 2012, also volunteering his expertise in the media and developed videos about the organization.

Corporate award: MCL Construction – MCL Construction built the CSI headquarters building and has continued to support CSI over the years by providing invaluable advice, direction and assistance with the agency’s facilities and properties.

Donna Tubach Davis Children’s Advocate Award: Julie Cornell – Cornell has been dedicated to raising awareness about the need for Forever Families for older children in foster care. For several years, Cornell has worked with Child Saving Institute and other adoption agencies to spotlight children who are available for adoption and in need of a permanent family.

A.W. Clark Award: Dave Newell – Newell, CEO of Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC), led his organization towards meeting all six federal measures for child welfare.

Sarah Clark Award: Dennis and Melanie Taylor – Given to foster parent(s) who have opened their home and heart to children in crisis, children in need of safety, dependability and quality parenting, the Taylors have been foster parents with CSI since January 2015.

Guardian Angel Award: Diana Shaw and Fred Strohl – Shaw and Strohl were selected aa exemplary CSI staff members who have shown outstanding and long-term commitment to CSI’s children and families. Shaw has been with CSI for 7 years and supports young children with challenging behaviors in early childhood classrooms. Strohl has been with CSI for 7 years and serves all of the agency departments regarding maintenance requests.

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