Luncheon honors Kellogg Foundation

L to R: Bobette Schrandt, Lorry Wagner, Mona Shand, Jessica Faron, Jan Lobur, Sarah Tottingham, Dr. Thomas M. Kellogg D.D.S., Gene Bachman, and Nick Proctor.

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LACASA Center recently honored the Kellogg Family Foundation recently at a luncheon in recognition of the foundation’s ongoing commitment to children and families.

For the past 14 years, the Kellogg Foundation has contributed a total of $215,708 to fund LACASA’s parenting education classes and child abuse prevention programs.

The parenting classes have grown in frequency since 2005 and currently several eight-week parenting programs are offered by LACASA throughout the year.

  • LACASA’s “Fathers Only” series provides a place for fathers to discuss parenting challenges and learn skills that help create strong father-child relationships.
  • “Nurturing Parenting” is for parents of children age newborn to 11 years old who want to learn about child development stages and positive parenting techniques.
  • “Parenting 2.0: Surviving the Teen Years” is designed to help parents of tweens and teens navigate the challenges of parenting adolescents.

Attending the luncheon — held May 31 on National Smile Day — were Kellogg Family Foundation representatives, including board members Thomas M. Kellogg, D.D.S., and Sarah Tottingham.

LACASA staff and board members were in attendance, as well as guest speakers and community leaders. Speakers included Gene Bachman, who completed LACASA’s Fathers-Only program; Lorry Wagner, who completed the Parenting 2.0 program; and Jessica Faron, with the Livingston County Juvenile Court. Community leaders including Howell Mayor Nick Proctor, and Mona Shand, assistant to the 8th Congressional District U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, also attended.

LACASA Center provides programs and services for victims and survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. All victim services are provided at no charge for clients and their families. It is LACASA’s belief that “safety has no price” and that no victim should be turned away because of economic circumstances. The nonprofit also spearheads community education programs to help prevent abuse.

For more information about LACASA, visit lacasacenter.org.

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