When the Family Day Center opened on September 1, 2015, 40-60 families were expected to use the facility in the 12 month pilot program. However, from September 1, 2015 – April 31, 2016, 106 unduplicated families with a combined 320 children, have visited the center, seeking assistance. The majority of families were homeless – 56%, while 16% were at risk of becoming homeless.
The life challenges of these families range from someone in the family dealing with a substance abuse issue – 8 families, with the majority coping with financial issues – 48 families. Many participated in case management, enrichment activities, and life skills classes.
Clearly, there is a need for a Family Day Center in our community. At this time, we are outgrowing the pilot program at the Marian House and are looking for expanded space to house the Family Day Center, in addition to the expanded programs of the Family Resource Center which includes the Family Day Center, Life Support emergency services, and the Family Mentor Alliance.
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