News and Events
Our Newest Program and Staff Member
We are so pleased to finally announce our Newest Program at the Family Success Center! Because of the amazing support from the Honda USA Foundation, The IN Program is finally able to launch! I.N. stands for Inclusive Needs, and we are so proud of the work we will do this year. We will be opening up applications to send our children, teens, and young adults with disabilities to chance to receive a full paid scholarship to Camp ASCCA for the 2023 Summer break! A week long spend the night camp in Jackson Gap, Alabama that specializes in those campers with all types of disabilities. We will be working with our local Children's Rehabilitation Services, local doctors, nurse practitioners, and social workers to identify the needs of our local Special Needs families that are not currently being met, so that we can find ways to assist them. We will also be offering Support Groups for parents of special needs children who need a place to be with other parents who understand...
All of this will be lead up by our Newest Staff Member, Lori Shaw! Lori understands not only the medical side of the different types of disabilities that we will be serving this upcoming year, but she also understands the parental side as well! Lori is a 2000 Graduate of Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. She has practiced as a nurse at Gadsden Regional Medical Center since her graduation. She has worked in the Emergency Room for the past 22 years as a staff nurse and charge nurse. She and her husband Chad currently reside in Glencoe with four of their children. Brason, Penelopy, Paxton, Parker. Her son Paxton has oculocutaneous albinism and mild cerebral palsy. He currently attends school at Alabama institute for the deaf and blind. Daughter Bryanna lives nearby. Lori is very proud and excited to join the staff of the family Success Center and the IN program. She looks forward to serving the community in this new capacity.
Welcome our New Healthy Relationship Youth Program Director
Allison Nessler is a native of Glencoe, AL. She is a 2015 graduate of Glencoe High School and a 2018 graduate of Gadsden State Community College. She is currently in the process of completing B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Communications. She has spent the last year and a half with the Messenger Newspaper in Gadsden. In her position she has created great partnerships with local businesses.
A people-person, she understands the importance of helping the community thrive and commits herself to forming strong relationships with local businesses and individuals. She is also passionate about teaching our youth about healthy dating tips and red flags to look for!
Allison married her best friend, Cameron, in 2017 and the couple have two daughters, Quinn and Blayke. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her little family, reading good books and listening to all the best 90s music.
Welcome our New Children's Counselor
We were recently funded from the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama to expand our Hope Counseling Program! We are proud to welcome our Children's Counselor. Tori Cranford, LMSW received her Master's Degree from the University of Alabama. During her time in the MSW program, she worked as an intern at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham and here at the Family Success Center of Etowah County. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Montevallo in speech and language pathology where she also served as President of the Student Government Association. She is a member of the Alabama Association of Play Therapy and is also working for the St. Clair School System. We are looking forward to her working with the children of Etowah County! We are so proud to welcome her back home to Family Success!