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PB&J benefit

Jean Burnstein, Owner of Flying Star, and Clide Harrington, President of Flying Star, are joined by Christina Morales, Sue Guenkle, Laura Lingad, Peggy Reade, President of the Sandoval County Civitan Club, Lara Harrison, and Dina Ma’ayan.

The Sandoval County Civitan Club and Flying Star team-up for PB&J

In January, the Sandoval County Civitan Club hosted their first major fundraising activity of the new year. Civitan hosted a fundraising dinner at the Flying Star Cafe in Bernalillo to benefit the Bernalillo chapter of PB&J Family Services.

Flying Star donated 10% of the sales from dinner the night of January 18, to PB&J. Flying Star’s Laura Lingad called the evenings turnout a “big success,” and that “it is a practice of each of the Flying Star stores to work with their immediate communities.”

PB&J opened it’s doors in 1972 to “heal the trauma caused by family violence,” and continues to provide services for children age birth to 5 and their parents in an intensive, interactive parenting program offered in Albuquerque’s South Valley and in the town of Bernalillo.

PB&J community programs include:

  • Health Center -— PB&J houses a Health Center making hundreds of homes safer each year.
  • Home Visitation —  provides in-home parenting, support and case management services to high-risk families isolated geographically or socially.
  • Supported Living — provides in-home daily living, parenting education and training to families in which one or both parents have developmental disabilities, have severe mental illness or traumatic brain injury.
  • Safety Groups — teaches middle and high school age girls identified as at risk for domestic violence to learn to recognize and avoid danger and learn about safety planning.
  • Time Limited Reunification (TLR) — provides support and parenting training to families overcoming separations due to court mandates and foster-care placement.

Civitan is a worldwide community service organization open to all men and women of good character. Local clubs participate in a variety of programs and projects aimed at meeting the needs of the community. Peggy Reade, President of the Civitan Club, commented that “(unlike PB&J) there are not many social service agencies that treat the whole family.” The Sandoval County Civitan Club has been working with PB&J since they formed the Club in May 2009 and many of their members have seen first-hand the important work PB&J members are performing each day.

Lara Harrison, a member of the Sandoval County Civitan Club and owner of Under Charlie’s Covers bookstore summed it up buy saying, “Good food, good company, all for a great cause.”





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