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Dining for a Difference Brings Together Corporate, Civic, Philanthropic and Individual Partners to Celebrate the Families First Resiliency Movement

Join us on Thursday, May 12.

The Families First Resiliency Movement is harnessing the power of community change agents to take actions to break down barriers. Barriers to equity. Barriers to inclusion. And, in turn build up opportunities for justice and resilience.

At the heart of the Families First Resiliency Movement is Families First Navigator Care Model which empowers professionals to address families facing adversity with more tools and resources. Navigators maximize the social and community services available to families so they can become stable, deal with trauma, accommodate behavioral health needs, and go beyond the crisis to thrive.

By employing a dedicated team of both behavioral health specialists and knowledgeable family-focused Navigators, Families First is covering some new ground, meeting a previously unmet need and tackling an issue that was underestimated. Our Navigators work in the trenches, shaping our expanded care model. They leverage tools like our resilience assessment and Navigators create customized interventions and care plans. These Navigators are essential in Families First connecting corporate, civic, philanthropic, and individual partners and striving so that our communities and neighbors may have equitable access to behavioral health services. 

These corporate, civic, philanthropic, and individual partners will come together on May 12 for Dining for a Difference, Family First’s annual night of cocktails and conversations. The event will be emceed by CBS46’s Jennifer Valdez and joined by co-chairs Teresa Rivero of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ivan Shammas of Univision Atlanta, Peter Williams of BlackRock Atlanta and honorary chair Bentina Terry of Georgia Power, Dining for a Difference recognizes the power of resilience in our communities to create equitable communities and highlight the community change agents working to make a difference. 

This year the Families First Board of Directors, volunteers, advisory groups, staff, and clients are excited for you to join us in congratulating:

  • Wendy Stewart, President, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America who will be honored with the Community Impact Award for her work with The Grove Park Foundation to bring together the community to tackle the systemic issues of poverty, along with her service with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Leadership Atlanta, Woodruff Arts Center, and Atlanta Committee for Progress.
  • Kevin Greiner, President & CEO, Gas South who will be honored with the Social Equity Award for his leadership at Gas South focuses on children’s initiatives that create a more equitable future, along with his determination to create exceptional career paths for his employees. 
  • Dallas Smith, Founder & CEO, T. Dallas Smith & Company who will be honored with the Making a Difference Community Service Award for his focus on creating a diverse business and network of service providers to create innovative businesses and thriving communities.
  • Mary Yates, Community Advocate & Families First Supporter who will be honored with the Montag Family Volunteerism Award for her continued support of Families First. 
  • Patricia Whatley Showell, Community Leader & Former Families First CEO and Supporter who will be honored with the Legacy Award for her dedication to our mission. 

Dining for a Difference is supported by amazing corporate partners who allow Families First to expand our community connections to ensure families in crisis get the continuum of care they need to thrive, today and for generations to come. Thanks to the investment of presenting sponsors Georgia Power Company and Gas South and Inc., Chick-fil-A, Cox EnterprisesBank of AmericaUPSTruRatingGeorgia-Pacific LLC, Lucy Carpenter Vance, Publix Super Markets Charities, Verizon, and The Home Depot, Families First’s Dining for a Difference on May 12 will help children, parents and guardians become resilient when facing challenges.   

Join us on May 12 to celebrate community connections making a difference in our city. 

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