Kindred Spirit Blog

Kindred365 is a blog series that offers daily insights from Jennifer Balink, Executive Director at Kindred Place. Check back every day for a new piece of advice, encouragement or tips to help build healthy relationships and peaceful homes.

Earlier this month the Kindred Place Board met to discuss the programs and services they provide. In this meeting, a decision was made on the future of supervised visitation services.

CAMP involves 10-week group counseling for children and teens exhibiting behavior problems or in need of emotional regulation and/or life skills. Their family and/or caregivers will learn new skills alongside them. Learn more about the classes offered.

Achieving success takes both a leader and a manager. However, no one said they had to be the same person. This post explores why both roles are necessary when working towards a goal.

When children know that they've done something well, it encourages them to continue behaving in a healthy way. MS Clinical Intern at Kindred Place, Kendra Simmons, offers a few tips for praising good behavior.

As children learn and grow, they are faced with a number of emotions and thoughts that must be guided with care and compassion. Clinical intern, Kendra Simmons, offers a method of listening that is sure to build a strong, healthy relationship with your child.

Once a month, our executive director, Jennifer Balink, will share a blog post on how Kindred Place is working to build resilience, relationships and healing in our community. This month, she discusses the emotions that come along with transition, and how to thrive in times of uncertainty.

Healthy family relationships are built on trust and a sense of safety. Kendra Simmons, clinical intern at Kindred Place, discusses the importance of dedicating 15 minutes every day to spending quality time with your child.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and we’re recognizing this problem by outlining a few signs to look out for and a few ways to take action.

Once a month, our executive director, Jennifer Balink, will share a blog post on how Kindred Place is working to build resilience, relationships and healing in our community. This month, she dives into the power of StrengthsFinder and how it can create tenacity and confidence in individuals and teams.

In this blog post, we will discuss some of the life-changing ways to navigate feelings of shame, from ourselves and from others, that will help empower self-worth and create a positive life.

Take a look at one technique that we use at Kindred Place that can help children manage emotions as they experience new feelings.

You want 2019 to be a great year! If you want to start the new year off on a positive note, check out these seven steps to keep in mind as we dive into 2019.

Anger is a complex emotion. It's important to learn more about it in order to navigate those feelings in a healthy way.

When learning to express feelings of anger, it can help to identify the root cause of the emotion in order to prevent the situation from escalating into violent behavior.

Take a look at a few quick tips for parenting teens from Amy Gallimore, C.A.M.P. manager and family therapist at Kindred Place.

In October, our friends went Over the Edge for a Kindred Community to show their support for our mission to end family violence. As we enter a new season, with a new name, we've committed to taking a brave step to break the cycle of abuse and build peaceful neighborhoods.

Meet Asia, one of our wonderful practicum students!

For more than 30 years, the agency you’ve known as the Exchange Club Family Center has been helping children by healing families. The organization will now be reintroducing itself under a new name: Kindred Place.

For those who have experienced family violence, suicidal thoughts are often familiar, which is why it is so important to receive the right kind of care and support. There are a number of causes that could lead one to take their own life, and now is the time to start looking at the roots of suicide and the ways to prevent it.

It’s important to allow yourself to experience all emotions, including anger, in healthy ways. Anger is a natural emotion and it is not the enemy, but how a person chooses to act on it is extremely important.

Anger is a normal emotion. The Exchange Club Family Center has developed a 10-week program to help children, teens and parents find methods of anger management that work.

Last month, Kindred Place launched a 10-week program called, “Let’s Talk About Parenting.” The program provides parents with skills and resources to balance love and discipline with their children.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which is timely for one in six adults who are living with mental illness in the U.S. Whether you are impacted by mental illness, or you know someone who is, we have a few tips to help make sure that your mental health is a top priority.

Steve Moorman has been a blessing to The Family Center, and to the at-risk children he's served for nearly the past decade, and we are sad to see him leave our organization at the end of June.

While parenting can be a hard topic to discuss at times, two employees at the Exchange Club Family Center are here to break it down with a 10-week “Let’s Talk About Parenting” program designed just for you.

Get to know Ashley Murphy, the Family Center's Family Services Therapist .

Get to know Angela Rusk, the Family Center's Client Services Therapist.

Children who witness violence – often called the silent victims – are more likely to exhibit unruly behavior, to be victimized as adults, or to become abusive themselves.

Inspiring kids and parents through his words and actions has been Reggie White's goal since becoming a volunteer for the Family Center in 2006.

On February 24, we danced the night away at Ballet Memphis for one of the best events of the year, our annual Hands of Hope Auction Party!

Get to know Bob, in our latest "Why I Give" donor profile.

We're proud to announce the appointment of Nicky Hitching as development director of The Exchange Club Family Center.

Get to know Amanda Russell, the Family Center's Director of Strategic Planning for the Domestic Violence Assessment Center.

Whatever your New Year’s resolution may be, we have a few outlined ideas to help you make 2018 matter.

Donor Suzie Bowen shares why she contributes to our organization.

We hope you’ll consider donating to The Family Center this holiday season.

Get to know Patricia Maynard, the Family Center's Director of Clinical Program Services.

Get to know Katie Bailey, the Family Center's Director of Interns and Volunteers.

To be truly human requires both the capacity for empathy and the capacity for joy, and we cannot give up either for the other.

Get to know Katie Laws, the Family Center's Community Outreach Specialist.

During last year’s Hilton Global Month of Service, we were fortunate to have over 60 Hilton Memphis employees come to The Family Center and transform a couple of our rooms.

Get to know Judy Reynolds, the Family Center's Receptionist.

Get to know Juanita Sandria, the Family Center's Bilingual Intake Specialist.

Summer is the perfect time to be outside with your kids.

Get to know Robert Holdford, the Family Center's Director of DVAC.

Summer is quickly approaching, which means that schools will let out soon.

Get to know Mary Jane Thompson, the Family Center's Registered Play Therapist.

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