40th Annual Ed Block Courage Awards

40th Annual Ed Block Courage Awards

The 40th Annual Ed Block Courage Awards were held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Baltimore. The Festivities began on Friday March 9th with the Community Outreach at Rita R Church Community Center in the afternoon. Friday Night was the VIP Sponsor Reception where we were able to spend time with Aaron Colvin, cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars and NTF’s Courage House player.

On Saturday, The day began with a Community Outreach at St. Vincent Villa. The 40th Ed Block Courage Awards gala started at 5:00 p.m. with an Autograph session with NFL players, seated dinner and program.

It is an honor to be the only Courage House in FL in partnership with Ed Block Courage House and the Jacksonville Jaguars.  There are 27 out of 32 teams that are a part of the ED Block Courage House. There were 9 out of 27 in attendance for the awards ceremony. This was a great networking event for Neighbor To Family, Inc.

Pictured L to R: James Akins-Chief of Staff, NTF, Aaron Colvin- Cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars NTF’s Courage House player, and Tony Everett- President & CEO, NTF

Chili cook-off a “heated” competition!

Today NTF-Corporate and NTF- Daytona Beach held their annual Chili cook-off!  There were 7 different Chili entries and an assortment desserts to enjoy!  Judging was anonymous and done by an assortment of staff from both offices! Great job to everyone who participated!


First Place- Jamie Akins, NTF Chief of Staff

Second Place- Deb MacGilvary, VP of Human Resources

Third Place- Myraida Davison, Daytona ED & Andrew Osteen, IT Administrator

From left to right: Myraida Davison, Deb MacGilvary, Jamie Akins, and Andrew Osteen

Sibling Toon Trot 5K!

Last Saturday (1/27) The Sibling Toon Trot 5K benefiting NTF – Daytona Beach took place!  Participants dressed as their favorite “Toon Character” and enjoyed a brisk, cool morning race on the beach.  After finishing up the race, runners had Chick-fil-a for breakfast! Everyone received a medal for finishing and awards were given out for overall age division winners. Great job NTF-Daytona Beach!

Pictured: Superman- Charles Puckett, DCF-Community Development Administrator in Circuit 7, Ariel – Myraida Davison, NTF- DB, Executive Director, Belle- Megan Jeffrey, Devereux, Butterfly- Kellie McKenzie, CPC- Director of Case Management, James Akins, NTF -Chief of Staff, Wonder Woman- Gaye James, NTF -VP, CQI and Training, Kellie Morgan, NTF -Assistant to the President, Track Superstar- Cole Morgan




Annual NTF Board of Directors Meeting

The Neighbor To Family annual board meeting was held on January 12th and 13th in Daytona Beach, FL! The meeting was very productive and the Board is excited about our 20 years serving children and families!

From left to right- Tony Everett, NTF CEO, Dr. Rodney Hammond, Board Member, Sheilah Davenport, Board Chair, and James Akins, NTF Chief of Staff


Employee of the Quarter Nominations!

It is that time again to nominate someone who stands out above the crowd!           Image result for nominate

 As the 4th quarter of 2017 is done, it is time to recognize and make your nominations for “Employee of the Quarter”. The program criteria and detail is below to give you the parameters and guidelines for nominating employees.


This is a terrific way that can positively influence those team members that go above and beyond and do so with a positive perspective, while promoting the NTF mission.

Please take a few minutes to send me an email to dmacgilvary@neighbortofamily.org with your nomination, and why you believe he/she is an NTF Rockstar!

Be sure to get your nominations in no later than February 2nd to be sure they are included!


Holiday events at NTF, Georgia offices!

This Holiday season the Georgia offices had a series of events to celebrate all month long:

  • NTF-GA “It’s Cold Outside” Staff was served Hot Winter Beverages by the Executive Staff .

  • An Ugly Sweater Contest

1st Place – Jamila Hankins, Vice President of GA and MD Programs
2nd Place- Jody Howard, Director of Education and Support Services
3rd Place- Gaynell Bryant, Administrative Assistant for the Augusta, GA Program
Honorable mention Shawana Adams, Case Manager for the DeKalb/Fulton County Programs

  • A Holiday Decorating Contest  

Most Festive & Site Winner- The Gwinnett, GA Staff for their “Winter Wonderland” theme
Most Creative- Kenyatta Anderson from the DeKalb/Fulton County Program for her “West Pole” theme
Best Collaboration – The Augusta, GA Staff for their “Everything Gold” theme

  • NTF- GA Family Ornament Tree- Staff were encouraged to place pictures of past Holidays for all to view

NTF-GA Family Ornament Tree



Levels Gym- NTF, Georgia Holiday Helper!

NTF, Georgia community partners at Levels Gym had a gift drive for our Neighbor To Family teens and tweens. Thanks to all the little elves!

Pictured: (l to r) Autumn Bennett, Owner, Levels Gym in Duluth, Georgia and Jody Howard, Director of Education and Support Services, Neighbor To Family, Inc.




NTF- Atlanta Toys for Tots donation

Our Metro Atlanta Toys for Tots donation was amazing this year. Not only will the children have smiles on their faces but so does our staff who helped organize the bounty for distribution. Santa’s elves have nothing on these guys! – Jody Howard, Director of Education and Support Services, Neighbor To Family, Inc.

Pictured from left to right: LaToya Samuel, Shawana Adams, Michael Anderson, Rekeita Pearson, and Dwayne Jones



Holiday Food for NTF- Jacksonville Families

The Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation hosted a press conference on Tuesday, December 19th to thank their Corporate and Community Partners for all of their work and contributions towards the Holiday Food Distribution Event. This year over 1,200 food bags were given out.  The press conference took place at EverBank Field, where representatives from Publix, Pepsi Co, The Jacksonville Jaguars, news media, and local non profits were in attendance. NTF- Jacksonville received a donation of 40 bags, which will go to families in need.

NTF Jax Staff at Press Conference–  From left to right: Case Management Supervisor Rhonda DeBord Monger, Case Management Supervisor Tiffany Bath, Executive Director Aida Seeraj, and Assistant Director Marcela Kelley-Hansen