Reginale Durandisse

Reginale Durandisse

Reginale Durandisse (Reggie) is a passionate advocate for children and a forceful spokeswoman for children and their families in Palm Beach County especially the City of Lake Worth. In 1999 with $250, a dream and a handful of supporters, Reggie founded For The Children Inc. to fulfill a need for after-school care in Lake Worth. The nonprofit organization began in 1999 serving 25 elementary school children. Today she has grown the program into a non-profit organization with four (4) sites in Lake Worth, that provides tutoring, homework assistance, computer training, mentoring, conflict resolution, music dance, field trips, and family support services such as mental health counseling, health education, case management and a weekly education program broadcast in local radio station and Tele Ibo to more than 400 children ages 3-18.

Reggie, chief executive officer of For The Children, developed the vision for the organization in 1999 when her previous nonprofit employer, which had provided some after-school services, dissolved. She was determined to continue providing structured after-school activities to keep youth off the streets, out of trouble and from failing school. In addition to her at For The Children, Reggie, a native of Haiti, founded the Haitian Citizen United Taskforce in 2002 to empower Haitian Americans and immigrants through naturalization, voter registration, get-out-to-vote efforts and public forums with elected local, state and federal public officials. She currently serves as the vice president of the task force’s board of directors. In 2003, Reggie founded the Tribune, a one-hour Saturday afternoon radio program to educate the community in areas including childrearing and family issues, immigration and law. Guests are interviewed in English, Creole and Spanish.

Reggie is a dedicated and admired business woman. Her business sense and determination to help children and their families, has enabled her to gain the support of the business community, to create a program that has grown and become an admired model of quality in child care in the area. Reggie is involved with the Lake Worth Kiwanis, SACC, FASSA, the Palm Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, Academic Advisor Committee member of the Palm Beach County School District, Reggie has created a program that would not have been available but for her dedication and commitment to minority children and their families in the Lake Worth community. She has received several awards for her work, including the South Conference Women’s Missionary Society and the Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Award.