October Announcements From SAFF!
Greetings! We hope you had a wonderful Summer!
Please read on for the September SAFF announcements.
The Executive Director for SAFF - Joseph - was invited to spend the weekend at Lake Tahoe training nearly 100 foster parents and social workers from Sacramento on "HEALTH AND HAPPINESS: HEALING FROM GRIEF IN FOSTER CARE".
Says Joseph " I was so impressed with the quality of foster parents! And the racial diversity! Foster parents who are African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern, Caucasian.. we had a blast.. we dealt with the grief foster parents go through when a child is removed from their home for whatever reasons, conflict values between foster parents and the birth parents, and the education of youth in foster care, plus talk about SAFF's tutoring program and the Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy program SAFF partner's with. We had a blast!
Then I got to perform a dramatic excerpt from the show I researched and perform about a foster teen in the Nevada State prison in 1942.
And finally.. we had such a great time we spontaneously decided to put on the music and I taught them a family Middle Eastern/Eastern European dance! During the dance, I got to dance with a foster mom who held in her arms a child with a disability... what a celebration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
The Boy in the Gas Chamber Who Wasn't Allowed to Dance
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Joseph would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the theatre performance at Bruka Theatre in Reno. click image for PDF
Joseph portrays a country grandfather whose disabled grandson, who was in foster care, is in the Nevada State Carson City prison. The story is based on a true teen age boy... a disabled boy... who was executed in the Nevada State Prison in Carson City's gas chamber... the theme of the theatrical show is about "finding the good in every child to prevent violence" Seating is limited. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com or call 775/323-3221
Don't forget... SAFF is working with 4 departments at the University of Nevada-Reno. 19 UNR students, and various local businesses agencies to present a Thanksgiving musical extravaganza "WELCOME TO THE FAMILY TABLE!" featuring children singing, professional adult singers, a gospel choir, Japanese, Eastern Indian, Afro American & Middle Eastern Dancers along with Hispanic singers, etc.
TUESDAY NOV 26, 6:30pm at UNR's Joe Crowley Ballroom.
It's UPLIFTING AND CELEBRATORY... and it's to bring public awareness for the prevention of violence against kids with disabilities.... it's also a fund raiser for SAFF's programs; tutoring, horse therapy, creative arts... IT"S FREE.. .bring the kids! TUESDAY NOV 26, 6:30pm at UNR's Joe Crowley Ballroom.
The SAFF Christmas party is scheduled for Sunday, Dec 8th with special guests the Nevada Youth Opera Ensemble (children who study opera singing). The party is sponsored by the mothers and daughters of the National Charity League.
The location will be announced to those who have FREE tickets to attend. The FREE Tickets to the Christmas party will be distributed at the Nov 26 Thanksgiving Musical Event.
The FREE tickets are a must to attend the Christmas party, since last year and the year before we had too many show up who did not make reservations. So this year... FREE Tickets are mandatory. It's going to a great Christmas party!