16th Annual Brother Ray Award Recipient Announced

On Friday, March 11, 2016, the Montgomery County Family and Children First Council will recognize Khadijah Ali at the 16th Annual Brother Raymond L. Fitz Award Luncheon.  This prominent event will be held from 11:30 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton.

Khadijah Ali is an advocate for returning citizens in Montgomery County, as well as a mentor and role model for children of incarcerated parents.  Ms. Ali’s work has changed the lives of children, families, and people from all walks of life. Her ability to see past the negative and bring forth the positive of people is her special gift.

Khadijah is the Circle of Vision Keepers (CVK) Program Director and Co-founder.  She is also a student studying to be a drug/addictions counselor and has worked as Project Coordinator for the Personal Planning Project (PPP) at the Montgomery County Adult Probation Department in 2009, and holds a Chemical Addiction Assistance license from the state of Ohio.  As noted by U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice, “There is no warmer, more welcoming face of reentry than our friend Khadijah Ali. She gives so much of her strength and her soul to the cause.”

State and County Officials have recognized Khadijah for her work with the Montgomery County Office of Ex-Offender Reentry. Khadijah Ali received the "Outstanding Service Club Member" award from the Presidents Club of Dayton, in recognition for her service to the Exchange Club of Dayton.

16th Annual Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., Ph.D. Award The Brother Raymond L. Fitz Award honors someone who exemplifies Brother Ray’s dedication to nurturing and protecting children and families by his or her daily efforts in the community.  The Montgomery County Family and Children First Council serves as the lead human services collaborative addressing issues that affect children and families across the county.  The Council established the award to honor Raymond L. Fitz, former president of the University of Dayton, and first Chair of the Family & Children First Council, for his years of leadership and service to the community.