September 8, 2014


Debby Torres

First In Families of North Carolina
Phone: 919.251.8368
Fax: 919.251.8371

Partnerships across the Piedmont Provide Critical Driveway Repairs to a Family with Children who have Developmental Disabilities

DURHAM, NC – September 8, 2014

Three nonprofit organizations across the Piedmont partnered with a local concrete company to provide extensive driveway repairs to a family of eight who live in Alamance County.

The need for driveway repairs was further complicated by two of the children’s medical needs.  Six-year-old Jalen and eight-year-old Josiah are both diagnosed with Autism and Pica, a compulsive behavior to eat non-food items. The children’s play area, adjacent to the crumbling driveway, allowed them to easily dislodge pieces of concrete and, because of the Pica behavior, eat the concrete.  Due to the health and safety issues – gum decay, dental problems and hazards from eating concrete – the driveway needed completely resurfaced.

Through the Community Guide Program, Alberta Professional Services, the family receives advocacy support and linkage to necessary community resources to provide for Jalen’s and Josiah’s developmental needs.  Kelly Morgan, their Community Guide, assisted the family to locate community resources, as all other avenues to repair the driveway had been exhausted, which led to partnerships with First In Families of North Carolina, Alamance County Service League, and Sally’s Angel’s to provide funding for the driveway repair.

Alamance County Service League, a volunteer organization made up of women who want to make a difference in the community, pledged funds towards the project.  Sally’s Angels, a nonprofit formed in 2006 to serve chronically ill children 18-years-old and younger, also donated funding.

First In Families of North Carolina (FIFNC), a state-wide nonprofit serving people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Traumatic Brain Injuries, received the family’s application for driveway repairs, but could not support the nearly $6,000 request.  FIFNC partners with local communities and businesses to “leverage” limited funding by receiving discounts and donations.

FIFNC pledged a portion towards the driveway making a total of $2,250 in collected donations from the three nonprofits and community member Rick Pabone donated his time and talent to complete the project – nearly $4,000 in donated services to meet the family’s needs!

Christy, Josiah and Jalens’ mother, said, “Having children with special needs is challenging on many levels. It is humbling to have to ask for the help of others to keep our boys safe. We are thankful that God gave us Kelly Morgan from Alberta as a community guide, and we are thankful for the organizations that came together to help us maintain our children’s safety. In the midst of great trial, we are thankful for God’s gracious provision for our family. God is faithful and uses organizations like these to meet the needs of others.”

First In Families of North Carolina helps people with disabilities and their families to believe in their dreams, achieve their goals and give back to others.  FIFNC is a private not-for-profit NC corporation whose governing board consists of a majority of people with developmental disabilities or their family members.  To find out more information or to request an application, contact FIFNC at 919.251.8368 or

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June 13, 2013

2013 Sally’s Angels Tea
SAVE THE DATE!!  Our Annual Tea will be held on Sunday, September 8th. That’s right…..we are going back to a “Tea” instead of Coffee. The name is not the only thing that is changing – more details to come!!! Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this fun family event.

2012 Sally’s Angels Coffee
Our annual event will be held Saturday, August 25th at Forsyth Country Club.

August 17, 2011

2011 Sally’s Angels Coffee

SAVE THE DATE!!  Sally’s Angels Coffee will be Saturday, September 24th from 9:30AM – 11:00AM at Forsyth Country Club.  This is our only fundaraiser for the year, we hope you can attend!

July 16, 2011
Kids For Kids Triathlon Supports Sally’s Angels

The Kids For Kids Triathlon was held on July 16th at Brookberry Farm.  They selected Sally’s Angels as one of the recipients for funds raised during this event.  Sally’s Angels was presented with a check for $1500 from the Kids for Kids Triathlon! This amount will fund 50% of a month’s worth of requests for assistance that we receive. Thank you to all that came out to support this wonderful event!  To learn more about the Kids For Kids Triathlon, please visit their website: