February 17, 2019
– Center for Family Services, Inc. (CFS), a Camden, NJ-based organization providing a wide range of integrated resources and services to empower individuals and families, was awarded the 2018 Aramark Building Community Organizational Leadership Award, in recognition of its excellence in elevating health and well-being throughout Southern New Jersey. The award is accompanied by a $15,000 grant from Aramark.
The Aramark Building Community Organizational Leadership Award honors exceptional high-impact organizations that drive a culture of population health and well-being within their community, and is presented annually by Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a global leader in food, facilities and uniforms, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a strategic action network of social sector organizations. This year’s award was announced at the Alliance’s annual Senior Leadership Conference in Clearwater, FL.
“Aramark is proud to recognize Center for Family Services for their dedication to advancing healthy living in communities throughout Southern New Jersey,” said Karen Cutler, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs at Aramark. “By successfully bringing together community, government, nonprofit and business sector partners Center for Family Services is making an impact on the well-being of children and families for generations to come.”
“The Alliance is proud to partner with Aramark in honoring Center for Family Services, Inc., an organization that truly understands the power of generative partnerships and how to meaningfully engage entities across sectors,” said Susan Dreyfus, President and CEO of the Alliance. “They are so successful and innovative because they put community members and direct service staff at the center of planning, decision making, and achieving success.”
As the largest social service agency in Camden, CFS has a 98-year history of delivering social services in southern New Jersey, and an accomplished record of collaboration with neighborhood residents, the school district, government leaders, and local service providers to improve the lives of the city’s most vulnerable children, youth, and families. CFS provides programs in community and behavioral health, early childhood education, family support and prevention, safe and supportive housing, substance abuse, victim and trauma care, and workforce development. As part of its focus on community health, CFS engages with children and families in a holistic, results-based approach to address issues such as food insecurity – access and affordability of healthy options, physical activity in safe spaces (structured recess, after school and summer), establishing medical homes and access to immunizations, parent engagement and education supporting every stage/age, targeted prevention and intervention services related to socio-emotional development and mental health, and other health-specific resources.
For more than a decade, Aramark and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities have partnered to help communities thrive by bringing resources to the local level and cultivating strong relationships. Aramark’s global volunteer and philanthropic program, Aramark Building Community, enriches and nourishes lives by partnering with local community centers and sharing resources to inspire families to lead healthy lifestyles and help people succeed through education and employment. Since its establishment in 2008, Aramark Building Community has impacted millions of individuals and families in 15 countries.
Learn more about Center for Family Services, Inc and how it is elevating health and well-being by watching its award video. (https://youtu.be/Xl4z8KKkJ_Q
About Center for Family Services, Inc. (CFS)
The Center for Family Services, Inc. (CFS) was established in 1999 through a merger of Family Counseling Services, Reality House and Together, Inc. to provide a wide range of integrated resources and services to empower individuals and families throughout Southern New Jersey to overcome the obstacles in their lives. Our vision is for all people to lead capable, responsible, fulfilled lives in strong families and healthy communities. Our mission is to support and empower individuals, families and communities to achieve a better life through vision, hope and strength. Today, Center For Family Services is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with over 98 years of experience serving youth and families while operating an annual budget of more than $50 million. CFS employs more than 1,000 full and part-time staff and has over 900 volunteers. While the majority of CFS’ programs focus on Camden City, and Camden and Gloucester County residents, CFS has multiple office locations, youth shelters and residential facilities and numerous in-home, school, and community outreach services throughout southern New Jersey. Visit us on the web at www.centerffs.org
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About the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a strategic action network of thousands of committed social sector leaders who through their excellence, distinction, and influence are working to achieve a healthy and equitable society. We aggregate the very best sector knowledge and serve as an incubator for learning and innovation to generate new solutions to the toughest problems. We accelerate change through dynamic leadership development and collective actions to ensure policies and systems provide equal access and opportunity for all people in our nation to reach their fullest potential through improvements in health and well-being, educational success, economic opportunity, and safety and security. Go to alliance1.org for more information.