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June 17, 2019

If we took a survey in our community right now I imagine it would show that close to a hundred percent of us share some beliefs about children. We believe that they need to grow up safe and healthy and if they are hurt it is our responsibility to protect and support them. As a society we have been focusing our energy on the after-the-fact help. Helping people heal is important but it doesn't change the fact that they have been hurt in the first place. We need prevention to do that.

We formed Pinwheel Place for that reason, to prevent child abuse and neglect. I worked with children who were abused and believed that with love and support we could help them and end the cycle of abuse in their family. That was very powerful to me. When I became a mom and with time my perspective changed and I thought how are we allowing the abuse and neglect to happen to begin with. We need to come at it with an "upstream approach". We need to look at risk factors and protective factors for abuse. For examp...

October 25, 2018

Many of you know my story with Quady. You know that we both share a passion to help children and that it has lead us to open Pinwheel Place. You also know that is something that we are doing together. If you know us, you also know that we share a love of Harry Potter, hence why our first tricky tray had that theme. Harry Potter came into our lives by accident. An elderly woman, Evelyn, and I met at the Ronald McDonald House. She was the Friday night volunteer and was always there when I came to work on the weekends, which at that time was quite often. As Evelyn started to have some memory issues I would just come earlier and spend time with her which allowed her to still volunteer which is something that she loved. One Christmas she asked me what Quady would like as a present and as Quady at the time was into Goosebumps I suggested that maybe she could get her one of the Goosebumps books. Evelyn loved that idea as she loved books (her daughter was the librarian at Ranney School long be...

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!!!! If you have been keeping up with us via social media or email you know that 2018 is going to be an important stop on our journey- the year we open the house. We are so excited to finally be able to fulfill our mission to help children at risk. Recently we held a fundraiser with a superhero theme and I thought I would share my speech for those who couldn't join us as a reminder of why we are on this journey. 

"Thank you so much for being here. I want to talk about why we are here, about those children we want to help, that we want to be heroes for. I know you know these kids and have thought to yourself what can you do? Remember the boy in your school or your child’s’ school who might have gotten slightly pushed on the playground or in the hall and reacted by getting violent or screaming, definitely overreacting to what had happened and you thought hmm I wonder what made him react like that. Or think about the little girl at the  table while at snack time or at th...

August 20, 2016

 On my road to Pinwheel Place many people have asked me why I am on this journey?  For me that is a strange question because when you think of the at -risk children we will serve and what they go through or went through on any given day  how can you not want to do something? That being said, when I originally went to Casa de Esperanza in Houston my answer to that question was that  I was blessed with two loving parents and I had a wonderful childhood  and I just wanted to give back to children who weren’t that fortunate. Very simple. I guess now my answer is that and more. I have a daughter and I can’t imagine her living through what some of these children live through, it pains my heart.  Also as a parent, I realize how hard it it is to be a parent under normal circumstances but not everyone is so lucky to live in “normal”. Some people travel along bumpier roads in life with lots of road blocks. That adds layers to what I want to accomplish. I think it also makes me ask more “why’s” a...

August 4, 2016

Whenever you travel you must research your destination, so in thinking about Pinwheel Place and researching we found out about a place called Angels Wings. Angels Wings was a residential home in New Jersey for young children whose parents were unable to care for them. In further research we found out that it is no longer in existence but it’s parent organization Anchor House is still found in Trenton. Anchor House is a transitional home for adolescent youth. We decided to make our next stop the Anchor House to find out about their agency as well as find out what happened to Angel’s Wings.

The staff at Anchor House were very welcoming and very open to sharing their mission. They are very passionate about helping the youths transition into returning home or a more stable placement. They provide emergency housing, food,  clothing and hope for runaway and homeless youth ages 10-17.  They provide immediate help to youth while looking to reunite them with their families . They also provide co...

July 25, 2016

                                              

Welcome back to the second leg of our road to Pinwheel Place.  If you have ever driven on the highways and byways of New Jersey, you may have experienced what is affectionately called a “traffic circle”.  It happens when the road you are on intersects with another major roadway.  But instead of a normal traffic light, you are sent around a circle in the road … hoping the traffic that is supposed to let you merge does and that you are in the correct lane when you want to exit.  Otherwise, you may find yourself back at the beginning!  As Quady and I decided during the summer of 2015 that this was the time to fulfill our dream, we headed back to the beginning by traveling to Houston to visit where it began for me … Casa de Esperanza de Los Ninos.

Today’s Casa is not the Casa of 25 years ago.  Their annual operat...

July 12, 2016

   Join us on the road to Pinwheel Place! This road begins with my lifetime dream of opening a non-profit home for young children who are at risk for abuse and/or neglect. I am happy to announce that my dream is fast becoming a reality. For soon,  with your help, Pinwheel Place will open it's doors for at -risk children somewhere in Monmouth County.

   The first leg of my journey started in the summer of 1989 when after studying, Community and Family Services at the University of Delaware, I volunteered for a one year commitment to work as a child care worker for Casa de Esperanza de Los Ninos in Houston, Texas. It was here that I met a team of loving individuals who were dedicating their lives to providing abused children of Houston a nurturing home environment until they could be returned to their family or put up for adoption. The work was hard but wonderfully rewarding as you saw the love the caregivers provided show up on the faces of the young children in our c...

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PO Box 257

Red Bank, NJ 07701

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(732)542-1026

A home for children at risk of abuse or neglect

A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization

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