Flourishing Families in the News

The Leaf Chronicle

It is a very human habit to look away from misfortune and put it out of mind when going about the daily business of life, but it is a trait of extraordinary people to look at a tragic situation and decide to stop and help.

That’s what happened with sisters Canadra Jenkins and Calendra Blanks when they drove down Kraft Street one day on the way to the Wilma Rudolph Walmart and saw something that demanded their attention.

“It was close to Christmas,” Canadra said, “but not yet Christmas break in December 2010 because we remember seeing this family taking their children to the school bus stop.

“We saw them coming up from an embankment behind a business there, There’s a flat spot down there where homeless people camp and a nearby tunnel to get out of the weather. They were coming up from there, a whole family, and they put the kids on the bus. That was an eye-opening thing.

It was also the beginning of something positive. That was how ‘Flourishing Families’ was born, with two sisters deciding enough was enough right then and there, in the car heading down Kraft Street. (For More Please Click Link)

The Leaf Chronicle

A scant few months ago, 'Christmas in Clarksville' was an event without a venue or much in the way of tangible support, with little going for it but the determination of three women whose lives revolve around helping low-income and homeless Clarksville families.

It seems that was enough for the community to coalesce around, making the event – with a goal of providing Christmas cheer to struggling area families – into what can accurately be termed a spectacular success.

Sisters Calendra Blanks and Canadra Jenkins of Flourishing Families, together with Dr. Toi Dennis of Serenity House Women's Shelter Inc., were in awe of what they were seeing on Tuesday morning at The Gilroy on University Avenue, hardly able to believe their vision came together so fast and so completely. (For more please Click Link)

Clarksville Now

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A number of Families filled The Gilroy Neighborhood Pub on University Avenue Tuesday, December 23 for the first of two Christmas in Clarksville events hosted by Flourishing Families along with Serenity House Women’s Shelter.

Both children and adults joined in the holiday spirit as they enjoyed food, music, gifts and a visit from Santa Claus. There was also warm clothing available for those in need. The second Christmas in Clarksville is scheduled for Christmas day from 10:30 a.m.-Noon at Loaves and Fishes, 215 Foster Street. 

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News Channel 5 Christmas in Clarksville 2016

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A number of Families filled Austine Peay Foy Center Wednesday, December 21 for the Christmas in Clarksville event hosted by Flourishing Families.

Both children and adults joined in the holiday spirit as they enjoyed food, music, gifts and a visit from Santa Claus. There was also warm clothing available for those in need. Check out the video!