Couple Devotes Time To Children

HILLSDALE – With the goal of making life better for citizens in their community, Doug and Susan French of Hillsdale have delved into their passion for children. She was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and has lived in Lafayette and Indianapolis, Indiana. She spent her senior year and graduated from Tecumseh High School in Tecumseh and then graduated from Michigan State University in 1973, majoring in education. She taught the mentally impaired in Alexandria, Virginia and those with learning disabilities in grades seven through 12. She also taught third grade when the couple lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a little over two and a half years. “This was an experience of a lifetime,” French said. “

The Giving Back Podcast - PART 1

No one comes into foster care because of a pleasant situation. Shenandoah Chefalo is the author of Garbage Bag Suitcase, a memoir of Shenandoah’s very difficult childhood growing up in foster care. Shenandoah wrote the book to bring attention to a, frankly, very poorly supported cause. Did you know out of 1.6 million incarcerated people , roughly 80% of them grew up in foster care? This is part one of a three-part interview underlining the main problems traditional foster care systems are unable to solve and what we can do about it. LISTEN NOW

Creating Good Harbors: A Journey of Unknowns

There are less than 60 days left in 2016, and soon another year will descend. I always feel reflective this time of year: looking back at my intentions for the year, relishing in the goals that I accomplished, reexamining the ones that I missed, wondering if there is time to cram in and complete another one before the end of the year (dieting at the holidays … no thanks). But this year has been one of accomplishment for me. After four long years of sitting on my “to do” list I finally finished and published my first book, Garbage Bag Suitcase. When I originally convinced myself to actually finish the book two years into the process, I had one simple goal: Change one person’s life for the pos

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