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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Mom Finds Solutions to Daughters’ Medical, School Challenges with Boys Town New England’s Help Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Mom Finds Solutions to Daughters’ Medical, School Challenges with Boys Town New England’s Help <p>A single mom, Ana was doing everything she could to care for her four daughters while dealing with her own serious medical problems and those of two of her kids.</p><p>But when those problems led to chronic absenteeism for the four girls at their school, the family's plight came to the attention of Boys Town New England. Soon, Eli Escrogin, Director of the site's Community Support Services, was visiting Ana and her girls – Ciara and Tiffany, both 7, Jade, 8, and Kenya, 13 – regularly in their home to work on a plan to meet their challenges.</p><p>Eli found that Ana was feeling overwhelmed by pressure and anxiety. There were many days when she simply chose to keep her daughters home from school because she felt powerless and fearful about their ability to manage school and their medical conditions.</p><p>Eli was determined to help Ana find some relief, and started to look for ways the girls' medical conditions could be assessed and managed so they could live normal lives. Working as a partner with Ana and school staff, Eli was able to connect with medical providers who could treat the girls and resolve many of their issues. The school also contributed, meeting the family where they were and developing improved Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for the girls to address their current needs.  </p><p>Meanwhile, Eli used elements of the Boys Town Model® to empower Ana as a mom and a parent and establish structure, rules and consistency in the home. These changes would help the girls improve their behaviors, complete their homework and be better prepared to succeed in school.  </p><p>As a result of this team effort, the school reported that Ana's girls were attending school consistently and the concern about their frequent absenteeism had been resolved. Ana said Jade, the daughter she struggled most with, had become "a completely different person" with Eli's support. Ana was so happy with how Boys Town New England had helped and supported her that she asked the site to provide services for her brother and his family, who also were struggling with some issues. Boys Town New England accepted the referral and is currently working with that family. </p><p>Ana's journey from feeling anxiety over her daughters' absenteeism and the family's medical problems to becoming a more confident and capable mom and caregiver was not an easy one. But Ana's determination, and Boys Town's guidance and support, have put her and her kids on a happier, healthier path.   </p>2018-12-21T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Thanks to Boys Town New England, Ana and her four girls have much more to smile about today." src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/momFam.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England Teaches International Parents Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England Teaches International Parents <p>Moving to a new country can accompany a lot of struggles for individuals, some of the biggest challenges can be the language barriers and adjusting to a completely new kind of culture. </p><p>The unique thing about America is that we are the melting pot of the world with people who move here from many different countries and backgrounds. Many of them are moving here because they want a better life and they see hope for their family's future in the United States. </p><p>Some children are so young or maybe not even born yet when their parents move to the United States, so they have the advantage of living in the country from a young age where it is much easier for them to grasp onto different things such as language and culture, unlike their parents.  </p><p>Boys Town New England has partnered with Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island to teach <a href="/parenting/Pages/csp-find-a-class.aspx">Common Sense Parenting<sup>®</sup></a> (CSP) to International parents in the hopes to help them transition into a new country. </p><p>Dorcas International's mission aims to empower individuals and families so that they can become self-sufficient and active members of the community through innovative programs and advocacy that promote education, training and cultural understanding. </p><p>These collaborative CSP classes with Dorcas International will be offered four to six times per year. Here international parents can attend and learn new parenting methods of the United States and simultaneously will continue to practice their English speaking skills and learn new terms accustomed to our culture. </p><p>Maria Marroquin, Common Sense Parenting Supervisor, New England, is the Boys Town employee who has played a significant role in this partnership with Dorcas and it is something that she is very passionate about because she can relate to it from her own past. </p><p>"I had parents who came to America from another country. So I personally understand how frustrating it can be as a first generation American child to have parents who don't necessarily grasp the culture," said Maria. "It's hard for children who all they know is the American culture to come home to parents who don't."</p><p>The goal of this new partnership is to bridge that gap that is in some of these families where the children understand the culture, but there is still some disconnect for the parents. </p><p>"The thing about these parents is that they so desperately want to learn, so that they can improve the lifestyle of their families. A lot of them move to the United States in the first place so that their kids can have a better education and overall improved lifestyle," said Maria. "They want to adapt to the American society, while still holding tight to their culture." </p><p>The classes provide a diverse team of skilled trainers who come together to offer a quality program and to work with a variety of different cultures to create very impactful conversations. The trainers rely heavily on visual aids and role modeling to get the messages across as well. </p><p>"The trainers themselves have a wide range of backgrounds. One trainer is African American and one speaks three different languages," said Maria. "We really can come together to help support a wide range of different people with different backgrounds." </p><p>Boys Town New England is very excited about this partnership and they are already receiving amazing responses from those who have attended it and the classes have had a great turnout of parents who so desperately want to adapt to this new society for themselves and their children.  </p><p>Thanks to everyone at Boys Town New England who is coming together to help strengthen these families and giving hope to international parents so that they can become active members of the community. </p>2018-11-30T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town New England Teaches International Parents " src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/dorcas-international.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | New England Celebrates Annual Spirit of Youth Gala Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | New England Celebrates Annual Spirit of Youth Gala <p>On Friday, Sept. 14, Boys Town New England celebrated the annual Spirit of Youth Gala at Newport Car Museum honoring the recently retired Executive Director Bill Reardon. </p><p>Over 195 people attended the event where they could enjoy small plates and truffles paired with wines and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Boys Town New England. </p><p>Some items up for bid included a signed Robert Gronkowski jersey, Boston Celtics Tickets, Frozen on Broadway Tickets and a Cape Cod getaway. The event raised over $66,000. </p><p>This year's gold sponsors were the Bazarsky Family Foundation, National Grid and Navigant Credit Union. </p><p>"The funds raised from the Spirt of Youth will directly benefit the children and families throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts that Boys Town New England provides care and services to," said Amanda Baker, Development Director. "In 2018 it is estimated that over 1,400 lives will have been impacted."</p><p>Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a huge success to help support Boys Town New England. </p>2018-10-10T05:00:00ZNewsNew England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Greetings from Our New Development Director Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Greetings from Our New Development Director <p>Hello There,</p><p>I'm Amanda Baker and I'd like to introduce myself as the new Development Director here at Boys Town New England. I want to thank you all for your support of our work with the kiddos and families that turn to us for help and guidance.</p><p>I began my career with Boys Town New England about four years ago in the Development office, and accepted the Development Director position on June 1. So yes, if my name sounds familiar, you're absolutely right – you've probably received phone calls, emails and notes from me!</p><p>As a wife to an amazing husband and a mother to two little ones, I struggle with the everyday parenting of toddlers. I am fortunate to be part of a wonderful "village" of friends and family I can always count on for help and advice. For many local children and families, Boys Town New England is their "village." I am excited about leading our site's fundraising efforts and helping to grow our programs and services so we can be that "village" for many more children and families. </p><p>I look forward to working with all of you as we reach out to help others in need. Your support is greatly appreciated!</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Amanda Baker<br>Development Director, Boys Town New England</p>2018-08-13T05:00:00ZNew England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A Message from Our New Executive Director Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A Message from Our New Executive Director <p>Hello Everyone, </p><p>My name is Jon Jelley and I am the new Executive Director of Boys Town New England. </p><p>Having worked for Boys Town for almost 20 years, I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to lead our mission in such a unique location. Not only does this area have wonderful scenery and a beautiful coastline, but it also has a storied history. Interestingly, although I am originally from England, my family can be traced back to the area around Barnstable, in Massachusetts.  </p><p>Like other families across the country, families in New England face tough challenges like poverty, drug addiction and crime. Since 1991, Boys Town New England has been providing life-changing care to at-risk children and families in local communities through our Treatment Family Home Program, Foster Family Services, Care Coordination Services and Common Sense Parenting classes. In 2018, Boys Town New England is on track to serve more than 1,200 children in these programs. </p><p>Boys Town also is working in some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the area. For example, through ongoing support from the United Way, we are providing assistance and training to families of elementary school children in Pawtucket and Central Falls.</p><p>I would like to thank you all for your generous support over the years and encourage you to continue to strengthen our mission of "Changing the Way America Cares for Children and Families." </p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>D. Jon Jelley<br>Executive Director, Boys Town New England</p>2018-08-13T05:00:00ZNewsNew England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England Provides One Hundred Dinner Baskets for Families Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England Provides One Hundred Dinner Baskets for Families <p class="MsoNormal"></p><p>Between November 1, 2017, and November 15, 2017, Boys Town New England held their annual Buy-A-Bird Thanksgiving food drive for the families that Boys Town serves. The Buy-A-Bird food drive was a way for the community to perform an act of kindness by helping a family enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal.</p><p>During the course of the two weeks, money donations were gathered to purchase the Thanksgiving fixings that would fill baskets. Employees then worked together to assemble the baskets and personally deliver them to the families that are in Care Coordination, Common Sense Parenting classes, and In-Home Family Services.</p><p>"This year we raised $7,800 and made 100 Thanksgiving baskets," said Development Director, Ashley Medeiros. Each basket that was put together by employees contained: fresh vegetables, stuffing, potatoes, corn bread, and a $25 gift card to purchase meat and dairy products.</p><p>Buy-A-Bird Thanksgiving meal drive first began five years ago, when community-based families needed help around the holidays. In the past, canned goods were collected to provide families with the necessary items for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. However, Boys Town New England wanted to give back as much as they possibly could and decided that in order to do such, they were going to start an online donation drive. Rather than giving canned items to the families, members of the community had the opportunity to give incredibly generous donations and then fresh items would be purchased, to be placed in the baskets. Buy-A-Bird's first year was a major success, raising $3,500 and the amount has increased every year since it started. </p><p>The holidays are time for making memories with our families and giving back to others, and Boys Town New England, as well as the community, made sure that many families were able to have a very special Thanksgiving.</p><div class="hidden-gal"> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/BAB_1.jpg" title="Bulk food to be portioned out. "> </a> <a class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/BAB_3.jpg"> </a> </div> 2018-01-05T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Baskets of food!" src="/news/PublishingImages/BAB_2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England Celebrates the Centennial at Spirit of Youth Gala Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England Celebrates the Centennial at Spirit of Youth Gala <p>Every year Boys Town New England honors a person, group, or company that has gone above and beyond to help children and families, but this year the event focused on something a little different—Boys Town turning 100. </p><p>On September 29, 2017, the Boys Town New England Spirit of Youth Gala was held at the Providence Biltmore Hotel where 200 guests were in attendance to celebrate Boys Town helping children and families across the nation for 100 years. </p><p>The evening started out with a few words from Board Chair Lee Silvestre and Executive Director Bill Reardon, followed by Community Developer Marcy Shyllon who spoke about the new Community Engagement Project the site is currently working on. Attendees were also able to hear a<a href="http://www.boystown.org/locations/new-england/news-and-events/Pages/teen-overcomes-self-defeating-behaviors-to-find-sucess.aspx"> first-hand account of Boys Town's impact on the community from Yefri Acevedo</a>, a former Boys Town youth.</p><p>However, an evening of celebration did not stop there. Throughout the night, guests were able to participate in some games of chance as well as a silent auction. Guests had a variety of items to choose from to express their competitive edge such as Celtics tickets, a signed Boston Bruins jersey, and a large care package for your canine companion. The highest bid was on a two night stay in New York City and $500 gift card to spend on Broadway tickets.</p><p>With the help of incredibly generous guests and members of the community, Boys Town New England was able to reach their goal of $75,000 by the end of the night. "The money raised will help all of our programs, but more specifically will help pay for Common Sense Parenting and Community Engagement," Ashley Medeiros said.</p><p>Through generous donations and the kind-hearted spirit of community members, Boys Town can continue to serve children and families for another 100 years! </p>2017-12-14T06:00:00ZNewsNew England;#