Ten years ago, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) was born in response to the need to improve the lives of families involved with the child welfare system. The creation of DCF has been monumental and they are now a leader in providing guidance to the child welfare system, not only in the nation, but in the world. For their anniversary, DCF participated in community activities and events throughout the state, such as hosting book drives so that families can read together and stocking food pantries to help provide meals to the homeless, just to name a few.
We were thrilled when we heard that DCF chose Kateri Day Camp as one of the
ir recipients of their book drive and that 2 staff members, Kimberly Kerwinski from the Office of Legal Affairs and Cindy Toering from the CARI Unit, were coming to visit us for their day of celebration. Our campers joined Kimberly and Cindy in Kateri’s 100 Acre Wood—a special Winnie-the-Pooh-themed quiet place nestled in our woods where campers can read, relax, and wind down – to enjoy a reading of the classic “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss. They also presented our camp counselors with a donation of books for campers to read and take home.
Thank you so much Kimberly, Cindy, and DCF for making this such a special day and for helping our campers improve their reading skills!