LOGAN – Krista Useche, Director of the Kid’s Place and Starfish Children’s Center, recently received the Utah Nonprofit Association’s Emerging Nonprofit Leader award. The award was presented at the virtual UNA Annual Conference
Useche has been at The Family Place for over two years.
“It was a real surprise,” she said. “My boss and several coworkers nominated me. I didn’t know it was happening.”
Useche was recognized for her dedicated service of protecting children by providing a safe environment at the Kid’s Place where children can come when their parents or caregivers are facing an emergency, in need of a respite break, or have nowhere else to turn.
Eseche spent 20 years at Head Start working with kids and when she went to the Belva Hansen Family Place she said the only change was the children were different ages.
“I’m humbled by the fact that they nominated me and I feel honored to represent The Family Place,” she said. “It was good to help to bring The Family Place into light. It’s been awesome.”
The Kids Place has remained open during the pandemic to help struggling families.
Useche has taken on an even bigger role at The Family Place during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We are here to help anyone who needs a break. We are a crisis nursery,” she said.
The Family Place’s Starfish Children’s Center cares for kids when they are removed from their homes for suspected abuse or neglect. Regardless of the situation, Useche always focuses on helping families.
“It’s so exciting to me to help families succeed and become stronger,” Useche explained during her acceptance video.
Useche’s leadership has allowed families in the greatest need to still have a safe place to bring their children during this time of increased stress. She’s had to implement safety procedures and adapt at a moment’s notice to the many unknown and unexpected changes that the virus has caused.
Sheryl Goodey, the Executive Director at The Family Place explained, “Krista has given extra hours, compassion, and sensitivity to others during this pandemic. She has been on call through it all, willing to put herself at risk to care for children and her staff. She is a dynamic leader and has a great depth of knowledge regarding child development and the effects of trauma.”
The Family Place is a nonprofit family support center with a focus on preventative services.
Their mission is to strengthen families and protect children. Last year, The Family Place provided services to more than 20,000 individuals in northern Utah and southern Idaho.
The staff at The Family Place celebrate Useche’s recognition and wish to thank her for her service.