The Family Center of Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods
32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 Get Map
The Family Center is a compass to help guide you to resources, professionals and information. Our community is rich in resources to assist parents but they can be difficult to find. The Family Center believes that by educating, connecting and supporting our families, we can share with caregivers the tools to succeed in this vital task of raising healthy children and building strong families.
Family Center Programs
Presentations and Talks: Leading practitioners present a variety of educational topics: childhood growth and development, behavioral issues, school transitions, youth trends, parenting strategies, family dynamics, current health concerns, caring for aging parents and more. Q&A sessions provide opportunities to dialogue with professionals and one another. See our Calendar for more.
Articles: A weekly “Ask the Experts” column in the Grosse Pointe News answers questions on current family, parenting and health concerns. Articles are written by physicians, educators and counselors. All “Ask the Experts” articles are archived and searchable on our Web site.
Association of Professionals: An online directory that helps parents and others to quickly and confidentially connect with local mental health and health practitioners, legal experts and specialized services providers that strive to be the best in their field.
Play Central: A weekly drop-in play program from October through May that allows children to be active and caregivers to socialize. See our Play Central page for more.
Family Central Newsletter: A publication that reaches over 5,000 individuals with information on enrichment programs, resources and events. All newsletters are archived on our website.
Join The Family Center
Support our mission to serve our community through programs and resources vital to today’s families.
Together, we can realize our vision to enrich our community through stronger families.
Concerned parents and community leaders founded The Family Center in 2000 as a community-based organization whose goals are geared to benefit our local community. Support our mission to serve our community with a gift to our Enrichment Campaign. Find out how online at enrichment.familycenterweb.org. Together, we can realize our vision to enrich our community through stronger families.
Keep The Family Center strong as we continue serving local families facing the challenges of raising young children, guiding students through academic milestones, and helping adult children of aging parents make informed choices.
The Family Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies solely on the support of community contributions. Donate today >>
Board of Directors (listed alphabetically)
Ghada Abdallah, RPh
Suzanne Antonelli, CFP®
Rev. Peter J.M. Henry, PhD
Mary Petersen, LMSW, ACSW
Milissa Pierce, MA, LPC
Tommy W. Adams
The Grosse Pointe Academy
Jennifer Palms Boettcher
Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce
University Liggett School
GP War Memorial Association
Assumption Cultural Center
J. Theodore Everingham
Everingham & Associates
Mary Beth Garvey, LMSW
The Helm at the Boll Life Center
Robert E. Hoban
St. John Hospital & Medical Center
Sean Hogan-Downey, LMSW
Grosse Pointe News
DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Gary C. Niehaus, EdD
Grosse Pointe Public School System
David E. Rabbideau, EdS
Harper Woods School District
Robert G. Riney
Henry Ford Health System
Sean Southers, NHA
ShorePointe Nursing Center
Rev. Andrew Van Culin
Christ Church of Grosse Pointe
Paige Domzalski, Communications & Program Support Coordinator
Amy Kish, Operations Assistant
Play Central Staff
Sally Wittwer, Coordinator
Kay Agney & Bob Lucas
Lynne Aldrich & Christina Pitts
Jeff Jay & Debra Jay
Elyse F. Jones
George R. McMullen, Jr.
Beline & Tony Obeid
Deborah Holley Palms
Lynn & Jack Schneider
Diane & Ron Strickler
Sheila Young Tomkowiak
The award-winning Family Center will soon be celebrated 20 years of service in 2020. Ask the Experts Talks, Articles and Videos reached a wide audience; familycenterweb.org provided one million page views in the past 12 months; and nearly 100 Association of Professionals members formed a valuable referral network.
Whether caring for newborns, young children, teens, loved ones, elderly parents or yourself, The Family Center serves as a compass to guide you to the resources needed when navigating life’s challenges.
The Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce has bestowed The Family Center with its 2015 Pointer of Distinction – Excellence in Nonprofit Activity Award. The award ceremony was held at the Country Club of Detroit on the evening of January 29, 2015.
The families that we meet all see changes in the path of their lives. Some are caring for newborns, preparing for kindergarten, transitioning to the middle school years or starting the college selection process. Others are managing relationships, health issues, stress and grief, including coping with the challenges of caring for aging family members.
In all its 13 years of service, The Family Center has been a constant compass – guiding people with questions toward those who can help.
Some of the families that first came into contact with our presentations for newborns continue to attend our presentations for students in upper grades. Some now are part of a “sandwich generation,” caring for children while caring for elderly parents or relatives.
We’ve responded with resources designed to encompass this range of need and help families find a way ahead.
From the Director
“Thank you for for providing me with information to help assess my toddler’s needs…”
“Thank you for connecting me a professional to help us guide our adolescent…”
“Thank you for helping us locate services for my aging parent who has become challenged with his daily living routine…”
“Thank you for offering programs that help me be prepared for future issues that may arise in my family…”
“Thank you for being there…”
On the daily basis I have the privilege of being to be able to lead an organization that serves as a compass that guides by helping to point the right direction, helping to find a successful path, helping to navigate the challenges ahead. Read more: Our Community Says Thank You