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Welcome Rachael, NFHF’s Adult Program Coordinator!

Northshore Families Helping Families is proud to announce their new

Adult Program Coordinator, Rachael Sykes!

Rachael Sykes was born in New Orleans, but has lived most of her life in St. Tammany Parish in the town of Abita Springs. She is a graduate of  Fontainebleau High School. Rachael was born with a disability and was in special education classes throughout school. However, her disability does not define who she is as a person. Rachael feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to be the Adult Program Coordinator for NFHF. Rachael’s adult peers with disabilities, like herself, do not want to be defined by their disabilities but seen for their abilities. They share the same dreams as anyone else, they want to be a part of the community,  have loving relationships in their lives and live life with purpose and dignity. One of Rachael’s goals as Adult Program Coordinator is to provide opportunities for her peers to come together in a social setting and support each other in their challenges as well as celebrate their successes.

Rachael’s adult peers with disabilities, like herself, do not want to be defined by their disabilities but seen for their abilities. They share the same dreams as anyone else, they want to be a part of the community,  have loving relationships in their lives and live life with purpose and dignity.


  • Favorite Food: Hamburger
  • Favorite Childhood Memory: I loved going to the park with my family.
  • Favorite Movie: Harry Potter 
  • Favorite thing to do with friends: Dancing  
  • Favorite Singer: Taylor Swift

Rachael believes that everyone was put on this earth for a reason and that is to help one another, love one another, and make the world a better place. She says we all have the ability to do this, whether it is just by sharing a smile or a hug, brightening someone’s day by listening, or by inspiring others by our perseverance. Rachael hopes to start a “Yes We Can” group to provide opportunities for her peers that want to give back to the community through community service projects.  This will be an opportunity for adults with disabilities to be seen in the community for what they are able to achieve and also inspire others to do the same.

NFHF is excited to have Rachael join our family! If you would like more information on our Adult Program you can contact Rachael by emailing her at rachaelsykes@fhfnorthshore.org or by calling 985-875-0511. 

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