Winooski Family Center receives Sally Fox Award

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Tue, 10/31/2017 - 2:40pm -- Denise Sortor

The Winooski Family Center was recently presented with the 2017 Sally Fox Award from the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation. Each year, the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation honors Senator Sally Fox by presenting an award in her memory to a Vermont non-profit organization that provides direct services of exceptional merit to children ages birth to 18. The recipient of this year’s award is the Winooski Family Center, a collaboration of Howard Center, the City of Winooski, and the Winooski Housing Authority.

Linda Allen and Fagan Hart, Co-executive Directors of the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation, presented the award to Karen Prosciak, the Director of the Winooski Family Center. Allen said, “The Foundation is proud to support this program that brings parents and children together to provide crucial support for families. It is exactly the type of program we are committed to funding.”

The Foundation created the Sally Fox Award following Sally’s death in 2014 to recognize her contributions to the well-being of Vermont Children. As an attorney who specialized in disability law and a state senator, Sally was a committed advocate of children’s rights and other progressive causes. She was instrumental in the effort to have the Vermont Children’s Trust Fund included on the Vermont State Income Tax Return as a way to collect private donations for children’s prevention programs. Sally’s husband, Senator Michael Sirotkin, and their sons choose the award recipient from a group of three finalists.

Prosciak thanked the Foundation and added, “It is an honor to have our program chosen for this award and to be recognized for the services we provide for children and families. It’s heartwarming to know that Sally’s legacy continues to support children’s causes in our state.”

Last year, Howard Center helped 16,000 people in over 60 locations and six counties with their mental health needs, substance use conditions, and developmental disabilities. Howard Center’s 24/7/365 mobile crisis service, First Call for Chittenden County, relies on one team and one number, 802-488- 7777, to meet the needs of Chittenden County children, adults, and families in crisis. Howard Center is a funded agency of the United Way of Northwest Vermont. Help is here.

Photo caption, left-right: Fagan Hart, Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation; Karen Prosciak, Howard Center; Linda Allen, Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation; and Catherine Simonson, Howard Center