Hathaway-Sycamores’ Employee Receives President’s Award from the NAACP’s Pasadena Chapter

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Hathaway-Sycamores employee Joe Ford.

Hathaway-Sycamores employee Joe Ford was recently honored by the NAACP’s Pasadena Chapter.  Ford serves as a vice president of residential services at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, a Pasadena-based child welfare organization.

Ford, who is a Pasadena resident, received the prestigious President’s Award, which was presented as part of the organization’s 29th Ruby McKnight Williams Awards Dinner. The President’s Award is given to community leaders who are actively challenging society to end discrimination, embrace diversity, and ensure greater opportunity for all people.

For nearly 35 years, Ford has worked diligently to better the lives of youngsters and teens facing significant challenges, with an overarching goal of guiding them toward a path that provides the opportunity to thrive and attain their full potential. Ford joined Hathaway-Sycamores in 2012. In his current position, he oversees Hathaway-Sycamores’ residential-treatment programs, and a team of behavioral and mental health therapists, for youth who are experiencing severe mental-health issues.

Commenting on Ford’s award, Hathaway-Sycamores’ President and CEO William Martone said, “We feel very fortunate that Joe’s a member of our team. His commitment to, and compassion for struggling youth is inspiring, and this prestigious award is well deserved.”

Prior to joining Hathaway-Sycamores, Ford held longtime positions with child-welfare agency Five Acres and the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena. Ford currently serves on the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena’s Board of Directors.  In addition to the NAACP’s President’s Award, Ford has been the recipient of United Advocates for Children and Families’ Professional of the Year Award, as well as Los Angeles County’s Linda Gueringer Award for his dedication and advocacy on behalf of children and families.

Ford’s community involvement further extends to serving as an ordained deacon and Sunday school teacher at Pasadena’s Bethel Church.

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