This week ABC7 highlighted the work of our Safe Families for Children Southwest Florida team in a segment focused on the positive local impact we’re having.
The report detailed the journey of one of our placing moms, Lindsy Lind, and her struggle to find the support she needed to leave a dangerous situation and find a safety for her and her twin boys.
“It’s been a long road, and it hasn’t been easy at all, but it’s definitely worth it. My family is a lot closer now and what else can you ask for.” – Lyndsy Lind
Megan Rose, Executive Director for Safe Families for Children Southwest Florida shared how Lyndsy needed us to come alongside her and help put the right assistance in motion for Lyndsy to get a safe home, care and support, and also two jobs through FlourishNow’s Work2Win Job Fair.
From ABC7’s website:
FORT MYERS –
More than 2,300 children in Southwest Florida are in the foster care system, a number that increases every day.
A local charity is helping to turn those numbers – and lives – around.
They call it Safe Families for Children. Volunteers offer a shoulder to lean on, to alleviate pressures that could lead to situations of abuse and neglect.
They helped one Fort Myers single mom got back on her feet.
Twin brothers Landon and Logan are very friendly, outgoing, and light up the room wherever they go.
They’re two happy little boys growing up in a loving and healthy home.
But a year and a half ago, they were born into much different circumstances.
“I brought them home from the hospital to a shelter,” said Lindsy Lind, the boys’ mom.
Lindsy, 24, was a part of the 40 percent of homeless families in Florida with small children suffering to survive. Unemployed and scared of losing her kids, she asked for help.
“I knew that if I didn’t do something, something worse was going to happen.”
She reached out to Safe Families for Children, a branch of FlourishNow, a volunteer organization that helps families in crisis and works to curb the increasing demand for foster care.
“We love her, we’re proud of her, and she’s come such a long way,” said Megan Rose, executive director of Safe Families for Children.
The whole idea is to connect families in need with families who want to help.
The Linds were paired with a host family who cared for the twins out of generosity while Lindsy got back on her feet financially.
The family was there during the most difficult times.
“She legitimately from her heart wanted to help my kids and help me. She’s become my best friend,” Lindsy said.
In the past 18 months, her life has done a 180.
“I’m a strong woman now,” she said.
She got not one but two jobs through FlourishNow’s Work2Win program job fair and is making her new house a home.
“It’s been a long road, and it hasn’t been easy at all, but it’s definitely worth it. My family is a lot closer now and what else can you ask for.”
She credits her new family – Safe Families for Children – for helping turn her life around.
“We are here to help support them, come alongside them and help them get through their crisis,” Rose said.
“Everyone needs help sometimes, and there’s no shame in that,” Lindsy commented.
Safe Families for Children has helped more than 300 children and their families in the past year and a half.