We’re finally coming out of the pandemic and there’s so many wonderful things to look forward to personally and professionally. I’m especially happy thinking about the kids getting back to school with more normalcy this fall and being with their friends and beloved teachers. Our school-based counselors will also be in the schools again to help the kids with the transition back into the classroom full time. The kids will have some apprehension and anxiety about another major transition, but we’ll be with them along the journey to help ensure their success.
For more than 17 years, Paradise Tomato Kitchens has been one of our most impassioned corporate partners. The company, which specializes in tomato-based sauces for the food service industry, began its involvement when its founder, Ron Peters, became a board member at what was then Brooklawn Child & Family Services. This was long before Bellewood & Brooklawn joined forces to become one of the state’s largest agencies caring for vulnerable youth.
In times of crisis, I like to reflect and look for the positive things that can come from it. Sometimes there’s a teachable moment or a new perspective we haven’t considered. The negative hits us with such force, but we must not forget that bad times can also bring out the best in people. We can open our hearts even more with grace, love, and kindness. We can grow when confronted with life’s challenges.
Aetna Better Health of Kentucky is the managed care organization that provides Medicaid for the children we care for at Bellewood & Brooklawn. As our partner, they go a step further to support the children through their Supporting Kentucky Youth (SKY) program by providing some of the tools needed to be successful in life. SKY was designed to help youth who are in Kentucky’s out-of-home-care system.
Spring is here, kids have returned to the classroom two days a week, some family visits have resumed, and we’re welcoming volunteers back on our campuses for outdoor projects. We are counting our blessings but know that there is still much work to be done.