As we bid farewell to another remarkable year, we reflect on the top 10 highlights that defined our journey in 2023. Each milestone represents a testament to our commitment to fostering communities, supporting families, and building connections that last a lifetime.
1. Daniel Lund’s Ascension to CEO:
A pivotal moment for CK Family Services occurred as Daniel Lund transitioned from COO to CEO. His visionary leadership has propelled our organization to new heights, ensuring a bright future for both our team and the families we serve.
2. Inaugural SYNERGY Conference:
Bringing together teams from across the state, the first annual SYNERGY Conference was a resounding success. It was a unique opportunity for collaboration, fellowship, and team building, fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose among our dedicated staff.
3. Hope Ranch Extravaganza:
Rush Creek Church played host to three unforgettable Hope Ranch events, providing a haven for foster, adoptive, and post-adoptive families. From fishing to bounce houses, these gatherings epitomized joy, creating lasting memories for everyone involved.
4. Frisco Charity Car Show Participation:
CK Family Services proudly showcased its commitment to community engagement by participating in the Frisco Charity Car Show. Amidst a dazzling array of classic cars, our team had the chance to connect with board members and friends, further solidifying our relationships within the community.
5. Foster Fit Initiative:
Recognizing the importance of holistic well-being, Foster Fit emerged as a platform for foster and adoptive parents to bond with their teens and older kiddos while prioritizing health. Activities at Lululemon and various yoga studios facilitated meaningful connections while promoting physical fitness.
6. Central Texas Office Grand Opening:
Expanding our reach and impact, the official opening of our Central Texas Office in Waco marked a significant milestone. This office stands as a testament to our dedication to serving foster and adoptive families in the area and beyond!
7. Rangers Game Day Extravaganza:
An annual tradition, the Rangers Game Day brought together CK Family Services staff, families, and friends for a day of camaraderie. Little did we know, the Rangers would go on to become World Series champions, adding an extra layer of excitement to the event!
8. National Adoption Awareness Month Celebration:
Amidst our accomplishments, we shine a spotlight on the joyous occasions of National Adoption Awareness Month. In 2023, CK Family Services proudly facilitated the adoption of numerous kiddos from foster care into loving homes. Each adoption represents a triumph, a story of resilience, and the beginning of a new chapter for these children.
9. Spooktacular Halloween Costume Contest:
Creativity took center stage at our Annual Halloween Costume Contest. From the whimsical “3 Blind Mice” to iconic Star Wars characters and swashbuckling pirates, the event highlighted the fun-loving spirit that defines CK Family Services.
10. Festive End-of-Year Celebration:
As the year drew to a close, the Arlington and Plano offices came alive with the spirit of the season during our annual holiday party potluck. It was a time of reflection, gratitude, and celebration, capping off a year filled with accomplishments and shared success.
In these 10 highlights, we can see how a year of growth, community, and unwavering dedication to our mission has blessed us in the present and changed us for the better. As we look ahead to 2024, we are excited about the possibilities and opportunities that the future holds for our organization and the families we serve.