Two from Broward County, Florida Named “Ambassadors”
POMPANO BEACH, Fla., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Long-time child advocate, Florida State Sen. Nan Rich has been named distinguished “Ambassador of Change” by Broward Children’s Center, along with Yessenia Leyva, Information and Resource Specialist of the Center for Independent Living of Broward. “We are delighted to welcome Sen. Rich and Ms. Leyva into the special group of men and women who appreciate the compelling needs of medically fragile and cognitively intact children and young adults, as well as the care we are providing. Ambassadors have shown themselves uniquely supportive of our mission and need for support,” says Marjorie Evans, CEO of the Center.
“I’ve worked for many years with Broward Children’s Center, and advocated in Tallahassee on behalf of the critical, special needs services they offer our community. I am honored to be affiliated with such a wonderful organization,” said Sen. Rich.
After a recent visit to the Center, Leyva underscored her commitment to the goals and purposes of Broward Children’s Center: “I am extremely honored to support BCC and the work they do. Caring for fragile children is something not just anyone can commit to, and they do it well. It is amazing to see the high spirits of the children, even when they are dependent upon sophisticated technology to allow them to breathe. More than anything, I appreciate the fact these kids are so well cared for and given opportunities to achieve their potential. I was amazed to see the warmth and one-on-one interaction between the kids and staff.”
“Located in Broward County, for 40 years we have served the entire state of Florida. We provide unique residential facilities for clients under our care and counsel to other professionals who serve similar populations throughout Florida,” Evans added.
Broward Children’s Center and its affiliates specialize in helping infants, children, and young adults with special healthcare needs. Founded in 1971, its nonprofit facilities in Pompano Beach, Florida offer a range of health, wellness, education, recreation, therapeutic, daily-living and advocacy services. The Center is home to some of the most technologically-dependent children in the country and addresses the educational, social and medical needs of both typically developing and special needs children. It has been a pioneer in the development of community-based residential facilities and school programming for children who are medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed.
SOURCE Broward Children’s Center