Kori Gough

Kori Gough
  • What does your organization do?

    Partnerships for Children was founded to provide critical resources to caseworkers in Central Texas so that they may better serve the kids in their care. We opened our doors over a decade ago. In that time, we have expanded. Today, we offer four core programs to help cover the critical needs of our most vulnerable children.

    Our programs include a 24/7 resource room, The Rainbow Room, where caseworkers can access basic necessities free of charge. Our Holiday Wishes Program provides these same children with gifts from their wish lists. It allows them to share in the joy and giving of the holiday season. The YES Mentor Program provides mentors for youth aging out of foster care. This vital program helps them bridge the transition to adulthood and independence. The Heart Gallery of Central Texas is a traveling portrait exhibit and community education/outreach initiative featuring children in the foster care system that are waiting for adoption.
  • How did you become interested in this work?

    I have been the Executive Director of Partnerships for Children for a year and a half, but have been involved with the organization for over 10 years. In 2005, I decided to quit my job with the American Heart Association to stay home with my two young boys. A good friend approached me about an organization that worked with caseworkers. That same week a series in the Statesman came out covering the life of a caseworker. I just remember thinking to myself that I felt a deep need to help these kids, this population. But I knew that I would struggle to keep it from completely overtaking me. When I learned about Partnerships for Children, I knew I had found a place where I could strive to make an impact. As I have grown with this organization, my passion for these children and for our mission continues to grow as well.
  • What drives your passion?

    In my personal life, my family and my faith keep me grounded.
  • Did you have a mentor or a role model?

    I have so many different mentors in my professional life. Each one has helped me at various times and in a variety of circumstances. I was a partner with a nonprofit consulting firm for years. This group of women continues to be a resource for me as I develop as an Executive Director. I can call any one of them for guidance and advice. In the world of Child Protective Services, the caseworkers I see everyday are my role models. They work in a thankless and often times unbelievably difficult job. I see them sacrifice so much for the kids in their care and then find such joy when they succeed.
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