Resources for Families, Individuals and Professionals

About Us

The Family Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies solely on the support of community contributions.

An Amazing 360 Organization

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

CELEBRATE 12!! Enriched Communities Through Strong Families

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 Read more: CELEBRATE 12!! Enriched Communities Through Strong Families

Get Involved!

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!

Wayne County Resolution Honors The Family Center

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

Caledon, Scotland’s Tenors Events a Big Success

Cain, Liedel, Wilson

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.

A Decade of Community Service

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

Celebrate 10!!

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!!

Dear Friends of The Family Center

KhouryThe 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

Letter From the Director

Each New Year brings hope of new beginnings, a time for new opportunities, a chance to reflect and refresh. With the present economic situation that faces us all, we have received more requests and inquiries than ever for information from both parents and professionals. The Family Center stands ready to serve.

We have many new programs and offerings to share that will help address the needs of our community. Look for our sought-after enrichment programs to develop in the coming year, featuring new topics of interest for parents, caregivers, professionals and youth.

Read more: Letter From the Director