Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) operating numerous facilities and programs in the central Florida area. Our organization provides services primarily in five community-oriented program areas: childrens services, weatherization, senior services, support services and transportation.
Mid Florida is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. We are dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected status, in accordance with federal, state and local laws.
You work hard to take care of your family, so while you're a member of our team, we strive to provide you with exceptional benefits.
• Company Paid Health Benefits
• Company Paid Long Term Disability
• Company Paid Life Insurance
• Company Paid Sick, PTO, Vacation and 12 Holidays per Year
• An 8% Company contribution (no matching requirement) retirement plan vested after one year of employment
• Additional Benefits: Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability and Voluntary Life
• Awards: Our employees receive service awards for dedicated years of service
I have worked as an Early Head Start teacher since August 2017. I started working in August 2016 as a Part-time extended teacher in Jo Sheppard and was at that position for almost a year. Thanks to Mid-Florida, I was able to get FCCPC certified and was offered a full-time job as an Early Head Start teacher in Jo Sheppard as well. I have really enjoyed working with the children and their families. It is very rewarding to be able to help in the development of the children at this early stage and know that somehow you will make a difference in their lives.
Carol Dunning - Community Services
6 Years of Service
I started working at Mid Florida Community Services in March of 2010 as a temporary employee in the Finance Department. I became a regular employee in January 2011. I began working in the Community Services Department in September 2013 as a Quality Assurance Specialist. I have enjoyed working for Mid Florida Community Services, especially in the Community Services Department. I love being able to help people and make a difference in their lives.
Kacee Graulich - Community Services
4 Years of Service
I have been employed for Mid Florida Community Services since October 1, 2012. I started part-time as a Child Advocate for the Children’s Advocacy Center. In August 2013 I became a full-time employee and worked as a receptionist in the Brooksville office. I then had experience in the Call Center, as a Client Intake Worker, a Family Self-Sufficiency Case Manager, and an Interim Case Manager Supervisor. As of May 2016, I am the Financial Literacy Coordinator. I’m currently in training to be a Certified ROMA trainer. I enjoy taking every opportunity to expand my knowledge and further assist my clients in becoming self-sufficient.
Stephen Hader - Senior Services
5 Years of Service
I have been with the Senior Services Department of Mid Florida Community Services for five years. One of my favorite duties is to supervise the Congregate Meals program at three sites in Hernando county. The sites provide balanced meals as well as the opportunity to socialize. I meet individuals who may have recently lost a spouse, those who feel alone and isolated and others who just want to enjoy a game of bingo or dominoes. People come to the sites as strangers but soon find themselves among friends. It is good medicine for me when I see our seniors engaged with each other.
The Head Start program provided an opportunity for my children to learn social skills, cognitive skills, and increase pre-academic skills. The program also provided my children with the necessary tools to increase their English language communication. In 2008, while volunteering for MFCS, Head Start gave me the opportunity to grow as a professional in the field of education and I began working as a teacher in the extended care program. In that same year, I was considered for the position of Assistant teacher, which I worked for three years. Upon finishing my Bachelor in Education in 2011, I was promoted to the position of Teacher until last year, 2017. In July 2017, I started in the position as a Child Development Specialist.
I want to thank MFCS Head Start for giving me the opportunity to move up the ladder. I have learned and expanded my knowledge greatly. This opportunity has allowed me to contribute to the achievements and goals of the program.
Tammy Herring - Head Start
19 Years of Service
My relationship with Head Start began in 1994 as a Parent Volunteer while my two younger children were enrolled in the program in Wildwood centers. I served 3 years on Policy Council with two of those years as Chairperson. I was selected twice as the program Parent of the Year and in 1996 I was Parent of the Year for the State of Florida. My employment began as a Teacher’s Assistant in 1997. In 2001 I was transferred to the Bushnell Center as a Teacher. Since becoming employed with Mid Florida Community Services, I have earned both an A.S and a B.S Degree in Early Childhood education. October 17, 2017 I will celebrate 20 years as a teacher. I cherish each and every day with the children and families that enter my classroom door today, and all the days before.
Crystal Hill - Head Start Child Development Specialist (CDS)
5 Years of Service
I received my Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Development and Education from the University of Central Florida, in 2015. I have always had a passion for children and families and have worked in this field since I was 18 years old. I started as a head start parent in Delaware and once I saw how wonderful Head Start was I took a position as a Teacher and worked my way up. I was awarded Employee of the Year for the 2014-2015 school years. My experience at Mid Florida has been very rewarding; it is great to see the children grow during the year as well as seeing the smiles on the parent’s faces knowing that we have prepared their children for Kindergarten. I enjoy welcoming the children and the families daily at the centers every day. I look forward to my years to come with Mid Florida Community Services and will embrace everything that comes my way.
Stephanie Bell-Patterson - Head Start Teacher
14 Years of Service
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and I am a mother to one son who was a Head Start child in 1993. It was then I became actively involved in Head Start program. I served on the Policy Council and was a parent volunteer. I was asked to become a substitute teacher for the East side of the county. Because of my work ethics I became a full time assistant teacher in 1994. It was then I knew my purpose in life was to touch the lives of young children. The top benefit of teaching is the difference you make in the lives of your children and families. I can honestly say what means the most to me is when they come back to see me year after year. I have had some of the most positive experiences in my years in Head Start. Being able to see the world from their perspective means the world to me. When you love what you do the good always outweighs the bad. I can truly say this is a passion.
I’ve had the pleasure of driving for Trans Hernando for 15 years. It’s a job I can honestly say I love and enjoy. I love helping people and find my job very rewarding. It gives me a great feeling to know I can make a positive impact on someone’s life just by doing my job. I work with all amazing co-workers and have a great boss.
I have been working at MFCS since 2015 as a Family Advocate. I came from Puerto Rico in 2013. I completed my Master’s Degree in Business Administration-Management and Leadership. I came to Florida as a single mom with English as a second language. I had the same struggles that our families are confronting day by day. During my employment research I was referred to Head Start. Working here makes a difference in the lives of so many families, and brings me a wonderful joy. I have the chance to form relationships with the families, help set their goals, assist with their struggles and share in the things they love the most. It is great to see how the families grow and become more self-sufficient and to know you are there for them. In every parent meeting and family engagement activity you have the chance to bond with the families and show them how much you care.