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Executive Director's Message

Joe Goepfrich 02-2011 - Cropped under 1 mg

Dear Friends,

Winter is officially upon us but the sun that is shining tells us that Spring is just around the corner. It’s the time of year that we welcome change and new beginnings with open arms.

There’s much to be said about new beginnings. We sometimes experience them personally and other times we view them as an audience, wanting to be involved or maybe even striving to take part in the change of a culture, a life.

We are witnessing an evolution of strength and empowerment with movements like #metoo and #timesup. Gaining national attention with both determined women and men behind them, we must also remember that these movements are made up of members of a community much like ours. 

Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan strives to lift up community members to be able to live a life of empowerment, stemming from a safe and loving home. And we are able to do this through supporting events such as our Someone Special Dance. Formerly the Daddy Daughter Dance, we feel it is imperative to shine a light on positive role models and the special children in their lives. This years’ dance will take place on March 16th at Shadowland Ballroom in St. Joseph. We welcome any adult with any child to join in on a fun night of dancing, magic and memories to benefit the Safe Shelter for Domestic Violence.

If we really want to make moves in our nation, we must start within our own communities. One adult and one child at a time, helping our youth to become positive role models in order to help break the cycle.  So that no one will ever have to say #metoo again.

 For more information on our Someone Special Dance 2018, click here.


Joseph K. Goepfrich, CFRE
Executive Director