Congressional Award for Joseph Galata

SAFF’s Executive Director Joseph Galata will be in Washington, D.C. in September because… He has been nominated by the Honorable Senator from Nevada Jackie Rosen and selected by the Congressional Coalition for Adoption Institute …… to receive a special award for his 13 year work with developing, facilitating, and delivering programs to enrich, empower, and educate the children, teens, and young adults connected to foster and/or adoptive families.

Senator Rosen wrote:

“Joseph Galata has gone above and beyond as an advocate for foster children and youth in Nevada. As the Executive Director of the Sierra Association of Foster Families, he has organized a successful tutoring program partnering with local university students. He uses his creativity through art, theatre, and storytelling to reach children in a way that is engaging and supportive. His work focuses on meeting youth where they are at, and providing the critical skills they need to succeed, such as financial literacy and academic support, as well as programs that provide uplifting and educational entertainment and material support. He strives to support connections between foster youth and biological families whenever appropriate to do so, as well as supporting the care that foster families provide. These services are critical for foster youth”
“to develop lasting relationships and permanency.”

In turn, at Joseph’s request, SAFF created this brief “thank you” video to staff, individuals, agencies, business, funders who make SAFF so successful. As Joseph always says, “ Being thankful produces more and more thankfulness.”