Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York (Little Flower) and St. John’s Residence for Boys, Inc. (St. John’s) are proud to announce the appointment of Jennifer Horsley as St. John’s Executive Director. After six months as the Interim Executive Director, she will further her work in a more permanent capacity. Her experience with teens in the foster care system has been a great asset to St. John’s and will have a positive impact moving forward.
“The board is pleased to have Jennifer as part of the St. John’s family and grateful for the work that she has done with our boys and we look forward to working with her on future endeavors,” remarked Paul Garavente, President of St. John’s Board of Directors.
Chief Executive Officer, Corinne Hammons, added “we are so pleased to have Jennifer continue the work she has started at St. John’s. Her relationships with the residents, staff, and the community are a testament to her outstanding skills as a leader.”
Horsley has over 20 years of experience in the child welfare field, which she began at Little Flower as a case planner. Since then she has steadily taken on more responsibility and greater challenges as a supervisor, director of foster care and the Preparing Youth for Adulthood program and recently co-chaired the strategic plan implementation process.
Horsley is a graduate of Adelphi University, earning a Master’s in Social Work and is a recipient of the first Little Flower Board President’s Award in 2017. She is a long-time Queens resident and currently resides there with her daughter.
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About Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York (www.littleflowerny.org): Now in its 90th year, Little Flower has been guided by the mission to provide hope and help to thousands of people. In 2018 we managed the successful adoption of 28 children into new families; served 707 children in loving foster families; cared for 125 children in the Residential Treatment Center; helped 206 children return to their families; assisted 109 young adults begin life on their own; provided care management to 278 children; served 137 children in our Bridges to Health Program; and helped 363 individuals with developmental disabilities to lead more rewarding lives.
About St. John’s Residence for Boys (www.stjohnsresidence.org): St. John’s is a residential foster care agency for abused, dependent and neglected boys ranging in age from 12-21. Our mission of empowering children and families in crisis has not wavered since our founding in 1868. Through the provision of holistic care, we dedicate ourselves and our lives to the children and families who turn to us for help, assisting them toward reunification and the realization of their own self-worth. In 2018, we served 83 children in the Residential Treatment Center, 34 youth in Non-Secure Placement and 70 youth in Non-Secure Detention programs. 16 children were able to return home to their families and seven young men secured housing and began life on their own.