DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau
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Fourth generation IDEAL family member Nicole Juday Rhoads has spent over 20 years in the nonprofit sector before coming to IDEAL Industries, Inc. to lead the IDEAL Industries Foundation as Executive Director. Juday Rhoads earned her BA from Hampshire College and spent the majority of her career raising awareness for nonprofit horticultural organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area, such as The Barnes Foundation, Greater Philadelphia Gardens and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. These experiences positioned her to grow the IDEAL Foundation’s impact. She says, “It’s a great honor to use my skills to be able to contribute to a company I care so much about.”
Juday Rhoads believes that establishing a caring culture can over time make a significant difference to the equity and prosperity of all its members. This philosophy guides her work in leading the Foundation’s efforts to support eight longstanding nonprofit organizations that provide services such as pathways out of homelessness, advocacy for children, affordable daycare, food security, and various social and mental health services. When adequately resourced, these organizations can create a strong community safety net, able to help people get back on their feet when faced with adverse circumstances and hopefully arrive at a place of greater stability and security long-term.