PARTNERS Family Resource Centers Serve Community
Published in the Union, April 10, 2014
Family Resource Centers have a rich history of supporting children and their families with a variety of needed services offered from a single location.
On September 18, 1889, Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr co-founded the Hull House in the near West side of Chicago, Illinois. Hull House provided social and educational opportunities for working class people in the surrounding neighborhood.
Other so-called Settlement Houses began appearing at this time, not only to assist the neigborhood's working class residents, but also to assist settlers, also known as immigrants, from European countries.
Similar to the Settlement Houses, the local PARTNERS Family Resource Centers have a modern day mission to engage and partner with families, educators and the community to better support children's development, create connections, and increase access to local resources.
Sometimes it doesn't take much to make a big difference for a family.
In 2013, the FRCs provided resources and/or referrals to 3,276 people in Western Nevada County. The PARTNERS FRCs see the big picture of a whole family and understand that assisting with the needs of an individual or an entire family is much more than providing a handout.
Working with people in areas such as education, job training, and parenting classes, has a powerful positive impact for the entire community. Sometimes it doesn't take much to make a big difference for a family.
Assistance finding a lower cost, high-quality day care program so both parents can go to work, enrolling a child in an after-school program such as violin lessons or tutoring, signing up for English classes so a person can improve their speech and writing skills, can all make a huge difference towards improving the quality of life for a family.
The PARTNERS FRCs are staffed by warm, welcoming and understanding employees, with the know-how to navigate the community in order to make referrals which will benefit everyone.
Working in conjunction with First 5 Nevada County, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, and Nevada County Social Services, the PARTNERS Family Resource Centers have offered many services to Nevada County families over the past four years and plan to continue their efforts into the future.
By Laurie Blakemore
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PARTNERS FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS
Our Family Resource Centers engage and partner with families, educators, and the community to better support children's development, create connections, and increase access to local resources.
Our vision is that families are: