Support For ‘Kids In Distress’ Shapes A Brighter Future For Broward’s Children

July 22, 2021
Kids In Distress (KID) Board Member and Community Foundation of Broward Fundholder Lesley Mitchell Jones (center) is joined by KID President and CEO Mark Dhooge (left) and Community Foundation Vice President Sheri Brown Grosvenor (right) for a visit to the education and recreation center at KID, which Lesley’s support made possible.

Broward children who need an ally can find safe haven and opportunities for a brighter future at Kids In Distress, Inc.

Known as KID, this trusted nonprofit is dedicated to preventing child abuse, preserving families, and treating children who have been abused and neglected.

KID started in 1979 as a shelter for abused and neglected children in Broward. Through the years it has expanded to two campuses that feature a host of programs such as: counseling; health services; preschool, after-school care and summer camps; recruitment and support for foster homes; and support for family preservation and reunification.

This month, Community Foundation of Broward President/CEO Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., and Vice President of Community Impact Sheri Brown Grosvenor got a firsthand look at all KID has to offer.

“It was great,” Jennifer said about the tour led by KID President and CEO Mark Dhooge and KID Board Member Lesley Mitchell Jones. “We got to see the childcare center and dozens of kids enjoying summer camp! It was a wonderful opportunity to see their campus and learn about some of their new programs and how they have adapted to COVID.”

During the pandemic, KID pivoted and adapted to help lift up more struggling families. Its therapists and social workers increased outreach and incorporated virtual services to help more children. KID became a “learning pod” where elementary students could safely take their online classes while their parents went to work. KID also teamed with Feeding South Florida to become a food distribution center, helping 500 families a week put food on the table.  

The Community Foundation of Broward is a proud longtime partner with KID. Since 1997, more than $386,000 in Community Foundation grants have helped fuel KID’s mission to make life better for Broward children who face big obstacles.

This critical, enduring support for KID is made possible by our dedicated Fundholders, whose endowed charitable Funds provide permanent resources to tackle Broward’s big challenges.

Learn More

To learn how you can shape a brighter future for Broward’s children with a charitable Fund at the Community Foundation, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at or 954-761-9503.

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