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A true champion of children

April 15, 2010

Patrick Lawler, Youth Villages CEO

Another successful year of helping children and families has passed.

As we begin 2010, Youth Villages has opportunities to help more children than ever before. With new offices in North Carolina, Georgia and New Hampshire, and growing services — especially in Mississippi and Tennessee — we have the ability to reach an ever-growing number of children and families who need us.

In Tennessee and Mississippi, we continue to see tremendous growth in our Intensive In-home Services program, which works to keep children and families together.

Seeing a family restored or preserved and living successfully is tremendously rewarding.

Clarence Day

One of Youth Villages’ closest friends and staunchest supporters, Clarence Day, passed away in October 2009. There’s a story about him and what he’s done for our organization in another post on this blog; his efforts began and continue to benefit a much-needed program for one of our most vulnerable groups: teens leaving foster care.

Mr. Day’s many generous gifts enabled Youth Villages to provide a support network for youth transitioning into adulthood, and Fred’s story is but one example of the success of this program.

A true champion of children, Mr. Day’s contributions recently helped Youth Villages construct the Girls Center for Intensive Residential Treatment on our Bartlett, Tenn., Campus.

Mr. Day continually challenged us to find better ways to serve more children and families, and he constantly stepped up to help without being asked.

Speaking of stepping up to help, I hope everyone enjoyed the recent Soup Sunday event in Memphis, and I hope you have been running and getting ready for the Youth Villages 5k April 17. Just visit www.youthvillages.org to join a team.

As always, we appreciate your support. You make the difference for thousands of children and families each day, and we could never do our work without you.

Patrick W. Lawler
Chief Executive Officer

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