From the Director
Our community partners are often impressed by what is offered by The Family Center. Recently, an official from a large local hospital commented that we offer services in a “full-circle way,” that The Family Center is an “amazing 360 organization.” She said that we cover all the bases in attempting to connect families with professional resources in so many ways: through our presentations and programs, with weekly articles in our Ask the Experts column in the Grosse Pointe News, with the website, the newsletter and with the Association of Professionals.
Wow! It’s great when feedback like that validates our efforts. That’s exactly what we are trying to do: serve as the community’s hub of information, resources and referral for both parents and professionals. Our goal is to be a 360 organization that offers access to services 24 hours a day, 365 days per year! Read more: An Amazing 360 Organization
From the Director
The Family Center will soon celebrate 12 years of service to your community. Families, caregivers and professionals welcome our programs that enable local experts to share their wisdom and reach people in need of education or guidance.
This ability to create connections with local experts is one of the great strengths of our nonprofit organization. Many of the professionals that author our Ask the Experts articles and speak at our presentations are easily reachable through our Association of Professionals online directory.
During just the past seven years we have hosted local presentations and also published hundreds of Ask the Experts articles in our weekly Grosse Pointe News features column. Every article is also posted, archived and searchable on www.familycenterweb.org. Read more: CELEBRATE 12!! Enriched Communities Through Strong Families
The Family Center of Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods boasts an outstanding board of directors, whose members not only provide their time and expertise to the running of the 11-year-old nonprofit organization but also devote countless hours volunteering. We could think of no better way to describe what The Family Center means to them and the community than in their own words:
Read more: Board Members: What The Family Center Means to Me
Two questions that I am frequently asked are “How can I learn more?” and “How can I become involved, offer my services?”
The Family Center reaches out to the community in so many ways that it is easy to find a way to learn more or to serve that suits you best.
Learn more about The Family Center by attending our presentations on a variety of topics from birth through college facilitated by local experts, reading our weekly Ask the Experts columns in the Grosse Pointe News, visiting our always-updated website with access to programs offered by The Family Center and others, connecting with members of our Association of Professionals or asking to be placed on our newsletter mailing list.
Read more: Get Involved!
A special honor was bestowed upon The Family Center during the 2010 Holly Fest: a Wayne County Resolution honoring our 10th year of service to the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods.
Pictured are Tim Killeen, Wayne County District 1 Commissioner, and May Beth Garvey, LMSW, The Family Center Board of Directors President. Photo courtesy Peter Birkner, Grosse Pointe News.
The Family Center thanks Tim Killeen for bringing this honor recognizing the value of our services to the community. We also thank all of our friends and supporters who make our community programs possible.
Read more: Wayne County Resolution Honors The Family Center
A big thank you to Caledon and to Wilson & Cain, P.A. for a successful event that raised nearly $6,000 for The Family Center!
The unique musical evening on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 featured the choirs of Grosse Pointe North and South High Schools performing with Caledon, Scotland’s Tenors. Caledon, Scotland’s Tenors also conducted workshops for the two high school choirs and shared insight into their years of formal musical training and performing.
Above (l-r) Randall Cain, The Family Center Executive Director Deborah Liedel and Gary Wilson.
For the past 10 years, our community has demonstrated how much it values families through its commitment to supporting The Family Center. Volunteers, donors and all of our partners are sharing their time and expertise, providing in-kind donations and giving generously with financial contributions. Read more: A Decade of Community Service
10 Years of Commitment to Community Families
by Mary Beth Garvey, LMSW, Board President
(from the new Fall, 2010 newsletter. Download it here.)
Dear Friends of The Family Center,
Over the last 10 years, we have addressed more than 10,000 parents and professionals about issues that impact our children! As The Family Center embarks on its 10th anniversary of serving the Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods communities, I am privileged to be continuing my service to The Family Center in the new capacity of board president.
As a long-time member of The Family Center, I have had the opportunity to be involved in the many enrichment programs offered to meet the ever-changing and complex needs of families in our community. Having served on, and chaired, the Early Childhood Committee, I know The Family Center continues to develop programs and events to engage and support young families as they begin their parenting journey. Read more: Celebrate 10!!
The Family Center is excited to be entering our 9th year of service to the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods communities! We are a local, community-based organization whose goals are geared to benefit our local community. Consider donating “local” this year by supporting The Family Center. By supporting The Family Center, you, in turn, support your community.
Read more: Dear Friends of The Family Center
Fall is nearly upon us with families wrapping up their summer vacations and preparing children for the “back to school” routine.
As The Family Center prepares for its fall schedule, we are excited to share news and information about our upcoming presentations and events. Our Summer issue of the newsletter is now available online. A warm welcome is also extended to our newly appointed 2009-10 Board of Directors and Advisory Council members.
On Sept. 29 we will offer a special substance use awareness presentation. On Nov. 3 we will offer our annual transition into college presentation. On Nov. 19 we will repeat our annual kindergarten preparation presentation.
Read more: From the Director, Summer 2009