Treasure Coast Chapter

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About Our Chapter

Our Families

We are currently growing our team of volunteers across the Space and Treasure Coast regions. Volunteers can host children and provide services such as transportation, parent mentoring, and supply tangible items such as diapers, car seats, and meals. Volunteers come from all walks of life. Some are retired, some are single, some have grown children, teenagers, and even young kids! 

Our Churches

Local churches play a significant role in recruiting volunteers from their church family. They are integral to supporting those families as they serve and reach out to families in need. Churches of all sizes and various denominational, or non-denominational, backgrounds are active partners with Safe Families for Children.

Our Team

Our amazing volunteers are the ones who take the Safe Families for Children movement into the community. But they can’t do it alone. They are supported by a staff of professionals passionately investing their lives in engaging churches, building the base of volunteers, vetting and training volunteers, screening and interviewing families in need, family coach supervision, building partnerships with community organizations and so much more.

Jackie Herron-Whitfield I Chapter Director

Jackie
Jackie has been a part of Safe Families for Children for over 14 years serving first as a host family and then as a Ministry Lead while she was on staff at Willow Creek Community Church – North Shore in the Chicagoland area. She has helped shape the ministry as her church helped host over 300 children while she served there. Now, as she has relocated to Florida she is excited to bring her experience and love of the local church and vulnerable children and families to the Treasure Coast.

Randy Hunt | Family Coach Supervisor

Randy
Randy comes with a love for children and families after serving in the education world for most of his career as an Assistant Principal and then most recently in the Indian River County school district as a Program Specialist serving the special needs of staff, students and their families. A native of Kentucky, Randy and his wife Carol moved to Florida in 2005 and live in Vero Beach.

Jessie Ray | Church Engagement Coordinator

 

Jessie has served in several nonprofit roles and church volunteer roles over her life. She studied history and also received a Master’s in Urban & Environmental Planning. She is excited to bring together her love of community and love for the church by working with Safe Families. She is passionate about healthy families and healthy churches, and believes Safe Families is an incredible model of serving the community in tangible ways and growing the Christian disciple into Christlikeness. She is also a certified Enneagram Coach. Jessie resides with her family in Vero Beach.

Anastasia Ruleman | Intake Specialist and Family Coach Supervisor

As a Business Manager at a radio station in 2001, Ana attended a professional goal-setting seminar and, instead, set a personal goal to care for children in crisis. Two weeks later, she became a foster parent and, eventually, left her career in radio to become a certified therapeutic foster parent with a dedicated 6-bed crisis home. After caring for more than 300 children, Ana set a new goal: support families in crisis before foster care becomes necessary. She loves the mission of Safe Families for Children to keep “Children Safe and Families Together.”