December 2013 Newsletter

We hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season so far; filled with friends, family, and good times! Good tidings we bring….to our Firewall family!


On December 5th, we had the opportunity to take a group of 25 students to the Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant at First Baptist Church thanks to the gracious donation of a Friend of Firewall. It was an amazing experience for these select students from each of our centers to experience a pageant of this magnitude, and they enjoyed every minute of it.. Throughout the evening, students laughed, engaged, took pictures, and even asked us questions about the story. And going to this pageant wasn’t just great for our students, but also for the staff who came along, as they were able to bond with students as well as with other staff members. Two of our students who will unfortunately be unable to spend their Christmas with their parents who are incarcerated were thrilled at the opportunity to spend this time with their Firewall family. These students were deeply touched by the Christmas story of love, joy, and hope presented so beautifully in the play. What an opportunity this was for the true meaning of Christmas to fill the hearts of our students!



We are extremely excited to announce the unveiling of our brand new website! Everyday we work hard in all of our centers to spread our FIRE values of: Faith – Integrity – Relationships – Excellence. Now it’s even easier to learn more and stay updated on what’s happening! Four things you’ll love about our new website:

  1. Videos – An exciting library of Firewall testimonies and stories of transformation and hope.
  2. Blog – An ever-growing resource for parents and education providers full of tips and best practices from over 10 years of hands-on experience!
  3. Press – Want to know how your support of Firewall is impacting our community? Read our most recent press releases.
  4. Photos – If a picture tells a thousand words, we have an encyclopedia of students with the opportunity to not only survive but thrive!




Meet one of our Servant Leaders from the quarter:

Rene – 10th grade, Western High School
When asked about her experience at Firewall Centers she said: “I now realize that this place where I first hated going, turned into A PLACE I LOVE going to. I have become a better student because of Firewall, my grades have IMPROVED since being there… I have also become a BETTER person, I was always afraid to ask for help, I realized I was wrong to think that if I did it on my own I would understand the homework better”


As this year comes to an end you can help make 2014 a success for even more students in our community! And don’t forget, thanks to a matching gift every dollar given up to $20,000 until the end of the year will be doubled! Click here to give today.

Thank you for your partnership and Happy Holidays from all of us at Firewall Centers!