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The mission of Everyday Blessings, Inc. is to provide high quality care for sibling groups through a live-in caregiver model. We will partner with community agencies and the children's families to transition each child into a safe, stable and permanent home. This work will be done while treating each child with the love, dignity and respect that they deserve.
With two locations, our original program in Hillsborough County (left) and our new location in Sarasota (right), Everyday Blessings provides sibling groups the opportunity to remain together. Live-in, 24/7 caregivers provide ongoing emotional and social support, transportation and child advocacy. Additionally, the agency's support staff provides counseling, medical oversight, crisis intervention, case management, tutoring and developmental daycare. Through the generosity of volunteers, educational, social, spiritual and leisure activities are also part of the daily activities.
Find out more about Everyday Blessings on the About Us page.
MEET THE NEED! Please use these links for more information on our latest Wish List Needs and Volunteer Needs.
January 4, 2012: Wesley Chapel Toyota takes EBI out for Shoes and Ice Cream!
From Patrick Abad, General Manager, “Today was one of those days that touches your heart forever! I was able to be a part of something so small, yet meant so much. 20 angels of Everyday Blessings Foster Home were in need of new shoes. "Shoes"...not iPhone, iPads or a new computer...just shoes. A team of us from both WC Toyota and our sister store WC Honda took 8 vans to the home, piled the kids in and went shopping! Then one beautiful princess gave me the first of many high fives because we found the Barbie sandals that fit. At that moment I wish I could have wrapped my arms around all these children and make everything ok.” See more here.
December 1, 2012: EBI Inaugural 5K
The inaugural Everyday Blessings Inc. 5k walk/run was a great success! It was held on Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota on December 1st. Runners of all ages and skill levels participated in the event. The weather could not have been more beautiful for this inspirational experience. We even had a few of our kids run in the race and do quite well. I want to thank each and every volunteer for coming out and helping because the event could not have occurred without you. I would also specifically like to thank our “5k committee” that came up with this idea and brought it to fruition. They are Anna Deferrari, Kathleen Burgdorf, and Nancy Bailey. Those wonderful ladies, along with our Development Director Pam Bell, ensured the event went off without a hitch. Additionally, a big “thanks” goes out to Ellen Parker for pitching in at the last minute to help with all of our registrations on the day of the race. Everyone is excited for next year’s race and pledge to make it bigger and better.
By the way, the first female to finish was Cristina Crespo with an impressive time of 24:16. The first male to finish was Dustin Miller with an unbelievable time of 18:06.
Please visit the links for the sponsors of the event listed below and patronize them whenever possible. Our agency could not survive without the help of companies and individuals like these.
Also visit in person or call:
Joe-Lin Lampshade 941-924-1038
R.T. Stucco 941-815-6172
September 27, 2012: A Year (so far) of Many Blessings!
Read all about what is going on at EBI in our 2012 Summer/Fall Newsletter.
August 21, 2012: Plant City Chamber of Commerce
The Plant City Chamber of Commerce welcomed Everyday Blessings, Inc. into the community with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.
July 20, 2012: A Great Night in Sarasota!
Our first event in Sarasota was a great success. The event was held on June 14th at Michaels on East and we had over 80 people attend the after-work, wine and appetizer gathering. Most attendees were just beginning to learn what Everyday Blessings Inc. is all about. Everyone seemed eager to learn about becoming more involved and participating in future events to benefit the agency. Special thanks to Pam Bell (Development Director) for planning and organizing the event and Emily Dutton (Sarasota Residential Manager), Andrea Laconic (Sarasota Office Manager), and Nic Keuler (Director of Residential Services) for attending. Great Job!
June 7, 2012: A Message from Rich Stroud
I cannot begin to thank all of you enough for the awesome event we had in Thonotosassa last Saturday. The fish fry was a huge success. I must send a huge thank you specifically to Buddy Bass and his crew from Manna that provided all the food and cooking. Without them, this would not have been possible. All the money went directly towards sending our kids to summer camp this year. Summer camp is one of the many things that we don’t receive funding for from the state, so we must rely on our dedicated and generous supporters to make it possible. Thank you so much!
Reminder! We have our first fundraising event in Sarasota on June 14th at Michaels on East. All the details can be found in the Upcoming Events column on this page. It should be a lot of fun.
March 2, 2012: Everyday Blessings Sarasota and U.S. Lawns
The very generous people of U.S. Lawns, a nationwide commercial landscape management service, donated landscaping and plotted plants to our new Sarasota location. Thank you, U.S. Lawns!
February 10, 2012: Everyday Blessings, Inc. Opens It's Doors
Group Home for Abused, Neglected and Abandoned Children welcomes children. Read the article.
January 6, 2012: Area Charities Reap Fundraiser Benefits From Brandon ’86 Rotarians
Rotarians presented checks Jan. 6th. Read the article.
November 22, 2011: "Shelter will keep foster siblings together" from Sarasota Herald-Tribune
At Everyday Blessings Inc., a nonprofit child-care agency in Hillsborough County, 27 foster children are given a semblance of a family... Read article
November 22, 2011: Great News! Everyday Blessings is coming to Sarasota
Starting in early January 2012, Everyday Blessings will begin serving foster children in Sarasota county. We are bringing our unique, live-in caregiver model to the area to allow sibling groups to remain together. Keep visiting the website for more details as they become available.
October 26, 2011: 1st Annual Golf Tournament
Thank you to everyone who came out in support of Everyday Blessings, Inc. at our First Annual Golf Tournament on October 15th at Lexington Oaks Golf Course! The event was a huge success thanks to all of you, especially our golfers and every sponsor who joined with us. The children and staff of Everyday Blessings thank you so much.
October 20, 2011: The Pledge of Allegiance at Everyday Blessings
By three of our daycare kiddos, three and four years old...
July 21, 2011: Thank You Glazer Family Foundation
"A timely grant from the Glazer Family Foundation has helped the nonprofit organization Everyday Blessings weather a crisis and continue its full slate of summer programs for children in residence"
Read the article on Buccaneers.com by clicking here.
July 4, 2011: Pedal Power group donates new wheels
Thank you, God's Pedal Power, for new bikes and tricycles donated to Everyday Blessings! We are so grateful for your involvement here over the years!
Read more about the generosity of God's Pedal Power on TBO.com.
June 9, 2011: Fox News 13 "With struggling economy, foster home at max capacity"
Did you see us on the news this morning? In case you missed it, you can read the article and watch the footage on myfoxtampabay.com.
May 31, 2011: EBI Daycare Visits The Florida Aquarium
Last week, the children in the daycare here at Everyday Blessings were able to visit the The Florida Aquarium for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The children were so excited for this very special field trip, and thanks to the sponsorship program in the education department at the aquarium, our visit was free of charge!
Standing in front of the floor-to-ceiling shark tank was definitely a highlight. The kids also enjoyed learning about otters and sting rays and getting a hands-on experience touching a starfish. The aquarium trip inspired their lessons for this week as they will continue to learn about the ocean and all the creatures who call it home.
We look forward to many more adventures, invaluable opportunities for the children here to experience this great big world, to learn something new, and to enjoy a day of fun! If you have any suggestions for a future outing or would like to donate admission to a museum or park for the children, please contact Ashley Jones, Childcare Supervisor, at (813) 982-9226 ext. 232.
From Our Spring Newsletter, 2011: A New Executive Director at Everyday Blessings
Rich Stroud joins Everyday Blessings with nearly 15 years experience in social services and child welfare. Prior to joining Everyday Blessings, Rich worked in quality management in Pinellas and Pasco counties for the past five years, most recently as the Lead Quality Management Specialist for Eckerd Community Alternatives in Largo. This role allowed Rich to assess and analyze community based care from an overarching perspective. While working in quality management, Rich became certified in statewide initiatives such as Family Centered Practice and Supervision through Qualitative Discussion. Rich is also a certified Department of Children and Families Quality Assurance Reviewer... To read more in our Spring Newsletter, click here.
It's a New Day at Everyday Blessings!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
2nd Annual Friend Raiser
Michaels on East, Sarasota
Thursday, May 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm
More details to come.
Fish Fry for Summer Camp
Everyday Blessings, Thonotosassa
Saturday, June 15th, 2-6pm
More details to come.
THONOTOSASSA WISH LIST:
**Tide Washing Machine Cleaner** Sunscreen
Swim shirts with SPF
Sunhats for kids
Breakfast foods: frozen waffles, bacon, sausage, egg sandwiches, etc.
Durable plastic dinner plates
Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D)
No Tears baby body wash and shampoo
Latex disposable gloves (all sizes)
Bed frames with head and foot boards
New Linens: bath towels, crib sheets, Queen-sized sheet sets, Twin-sized bedding (comforters, sheets, pillowcases) both solid colors and kid's characters.
White grape juice
High Quality Disposable Cameras
Arm & Hammer Household Deodorizer
Clorox spray, wipes, bleach
Paper plates, paper towels
Tupperware & other reusable food containers (all sizes)
Tall kitchen trash bags
"The Works" bathroom cleaner
Magic Eraser (Mr. Clean)
High Efficiency, Unscented laundry dtrgnt (Tide)
Gift Cards: Walmart, McDonald's, Home Depot, Wii, etc.
Medicine & First Aid:
Kids Tylenol and Cold Medicine
Vicks Vapor Rub
Ear Thermometers and Covers
Kids Allergy Medications
Child Pain Reliever
Infant Pain Reliever
Itch Relief Spray
Sunscreen (water proof and kid friendly)
Laundry Soap (High Efficiency)
Allergy Free Laundry Soap (HE)
Non Breakable Plates & bowls
Non Breakable Cups
Plastic Containers with Lids
Fresh/ Frozen fruits and vegetables
100% juice boxes
Swiffer’s and refill products
Restaurant Gift Cards
Wal-Mart/Target Gift Cards
Batteries (AA/AAA and D)
Tricycles/Scooters/Bikes (all ages)
Bike Helmets and Pads (all ages)
Child Friendly Games for XBOX 360
Tickets to local museums such as GWIZ, Mote Marine, Selby Gardens etc.
Everyday Blessings, Inc. "Where Miracles Happen for Kids" T-Shirts!
T-Shirts are $15 (Sm-XL), $17 (XXL)
Shipping $3 each
Everyday Blessings, Inc.
This initial website was produced with the generous assistance of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.
Everyday Blessings Inc. is a Florida licensed child caring agency and has complied with the standards set by the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families. Our services are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families. Other sponsors include the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County as well as numerous foundations, corporations and individuals. All donations are tax deductible.