A father to five wonderful children, Nick Florescu is familiar with the complexity of a child’s needs, understanding that children not only require life’s basic essentials but also deserve a sense of security, support, and companionship. Having personally witnessed the Romanian Revolution in 1989, Nick knew it was an experience that would come to define his cause. Nick reeled at the sight of thousands of starving and neglected children that were abandoned in the wake of national upheaval. Institutions for abandoned children were left dilapidated and poorly equipped. His loyalty to his Romanian roots and his own paternal experience issued a call to arms: an invitation to actively improve the lives of these children. These intersecting elements inspired Nick and the Florescu family to make a meaningful difference by creating an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering children through a web of resources and emotional care.
The entire Florescu family is passionately devoted to The Florescu Foundation and serves as an integral part of the organization. Each family member insists on maintaining a hands-on operation model and holds an essential position on the board of directors. Radu Florescu Sr., John Florescu, Radu Florescu Jr., and Dominique Sachse Florescu spearhead the primary duties of the board. Together, they oversee the organization’s operations and consistently explore new opportunities to transform children’s lives. The Florescu Foundation, equipped with staff and volunteers, helps lift communities by giving children a healthy start, protecting them from exploitation and providing them with hope for the future.
The Florescu Foundation strives to make lasting change in children’s lives by helping provide nutrition and health, as well as childhood development and education programs. Partnered with key nonprofits and other organization, our combined efforts support programs that uplift children and develop their capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being. Currently, The Florescu Foundation is focused on assisting Santa Macrina in Bucharest, Romania with their growth and expansion. Established in 1997 by local Christian churches, Santa Macrina is a nonprofit facility that provides social services—housing, education, and nourishment–for homeless children and young people.
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At least five million children in America have experienced the trauma of having a parent who has been incarcerated. More than 125,000 of them live in Houston. They face childhoods of shame and uncertainty, they are exposed to hunger, homelessness, violence and sexual assault. It creates a toxic brew of risk factors that can force them down the same path of incarceration that captured their parents.
No More Victims goes where we are needed the most. When Texas ranked its schools, every one where we work was in the bottom 3% because of the challenges their students face. Poverty levels are high in the neighborhoods where our students live and the average income is $22,000 per year.
Most importantly, we go where children are most likely to wind up in jail or prison unless someone helps them. The map shows areas where children are most likely to be incarcerated as adults. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that 7% of students from the schools we serve, including nearly 14% of boys, are predicted to be incarcerated as adults.
We are breaking the multigenerational cycle of incarceration. No More Victims uses a peer support approach, led by an experienced adult facilitator in an emotionally safe space, to allow youths to address the challenges in their lives. Our students build the social and emotional skillsets they need to overcome their childhood trauma.
No More Victims changes the lives of children whose parents are or have been incarcerated. To do this, we go into some of Houston’s most challenged high schools and work directly with teens as they struggle with poverty, abuse and other trauma. First, we show them that their lives have meaning. Then we help motivate them to get their diploma and go onto college or careers. Finally, we give them the social and emotional tools to break the cradle to prison pipeline and live successful lives.