KYJO Events & Outings
On a beautiful March spring day, our FFA held their first Painting In The Park event with our foster families. Everyone gathered at Koligian Park on March 14th to partake in learning the process of spraying painting eclectic designs on art canvases. Lead by our Executive Director, all of the families had a blast learning a new arts & craft together as families. As the weather beings to warm up, KYJO is looking forward to hosting more family fun events with our residents and foster families.
Foster Family Agency
March is Social Worker Appreciation Month. During this month we would like to highlight the KYJO FFA Social Workers. Each social worker with our agency brings a special skills set and expertise that help makes our FFA unique. Thank you to each of you for your dedication to KYJO and ensuring that all of the needs of your caseloads and foster homes are met.
As our FFA begins to expand as an ISFC (Intensive Services Foster Care) certified agency. Throughout the next months of 2021, each of our Social Workers will be facilitating a training course that corresponds with a topic foster families will need to be knowledgeable on if they want to bring ISFC placements in their home.
Much gratitude to our KYJO staff celebrating anniversaries this month! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to KYJO.
Clarke-Lauren Richard – Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist
Shayla Taylor- Residential Director
May Vue Lee – FFA Social Worker
KYJO would like to thank Fresno County Department of Public Health and Department of Social Services for opening up their Covid-19 vaccination clinic to Fresno County STRTP residential direct care staff and foster family agency resource parents and employees. Many KYJO staff and resource parents have already taken advantage of their opportunity to receive the Moderna vaccine. Many will be completing the Covid-19 vaccination process with their second vaccination coming within the next few weeks. We are incredibly grateful for our solid partnership with these Fresno County departments. They are a part of the Central Valley community that is helping KYJO ensure that the Covid-19 health/safety needs of our staff are thoroughly taken care of.
Hello KYJO Family,
Developing courage is about learning to contend and stand up against what frightens us. If there was one word that can keep a dream from dying and burning out, it’s PERSEVERANCE. With so many challenges we face, our self-awareness and authenticity must come from acknowledging our areas of opportunities. Many dreams have died because of a lack of seeing the progress for what it is and giving gratitude for where we are on our journey.
Without PERSEVERANCE, many people give up. Mindfulness is about accepting our experience of the present moment as it is rather than turning away from it or wanting to be something else. Progress isn’t instant, it’s not easy, and it’s not always obvious. We grow through what we go through! The difference between a setback and a comeback is identifying a situation, a circumstance, or a life event as an opportunity to get better. PERSEVERANCE will see us through. PERSEVERANCE will ensure we take the next step towards progress. Belief & faith in our dreams allow us to view obstacles as opportunities, setbacks as setups, and problems as progress.
With PERSEVERANCE, the dream will stay alive!
Our doors are always open to donations for our Residential Group Homes and foster youth. We are in need of:
- Athletic shoes, hiking boots and river sandals (variety of men’s and women’s sizes)
- New pillowcases and bath towels
- New or gently-used sweatpants
- Paper products (toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels)
- Kitchen supplies (aluminum foil, zip lock bags in sandwich and one-gallon size)
- Cleaning supplies (no-ammonia all-purpose cleaners, laundry detergent, dishwasher soap)
- New, unopened packages of athletic socks – crew or low cut – and boys’ and girls’ underwear
- Personal hygiene items for boys and girls (deodorant, hair supplies, bar soap, toothpaste/toothbrushes, body lotion, etc.)
- Gift cards to grocery and retail stores (Target, Wal-Mart,), restaurants/coffee shops
- Movie, bowling, skiing or swimming passes or tickets to sporting events, concerts or plays
- Arts and crafts items (yarn, beads, art paint, construction paper, poster board)
- Board games, puzzles and playing cards
KYJO Enterprises, Inc. is now a featured organization of the Amazon Smile Foundation. Amazon Smile is a charitable extension of Amazon that allows consumers to donate a portion of their purchases to the organization of their choice. Most products that are featured on Amazon are eligible for Amazon Smile with 0.05% of profits being donated. Please visit https://smile.amazon.com to learn more about the program and to sign up to have your Amazon purchases benefit KYJO.