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Looking Back, Moving Forward

Thanks to your many gifts, The Family Center has celebrated its first successful decade.

Last year at this time, I shared with you my top ten memories of that era. They were all related to our accomplishments in our early years of laying a foundation upon which to build a strong organization.

As our second decade unfolds, we are able to focus ever more keenly on our mission because we have everything in place for continued success: a governance structure that works well, financial checks and balances, a strategic plan, and programs that serve the needs of our community.

As we drive our mission forward, each year continues to bring expanded programming along with a growing audience, and we are proud to share with you some of our accomplishments of this past year:

  • More than 4,000 individuals participated in our programs
  • 869 family visits to Play Central last winter
  • 52 Weekly Ask the Experts columns in the Grosse Pointe News
  • 15,212 visitors to
  • Over 100 volunteers lend their time, expertise and support

With the continued support of your philanthropic gifts, The Family Center will be able to provide even more resources and programs to our community that will promote a deeper understanding of our role as parents and professionals in the challenging task of raising competent, caring, and responsible young people.

Together we will strengthen our community as we build healthy, resilient and successful children and families.

Your tax-deductible gift can be made right here on our Web site, Thank you.

Yours truly,

Diane Strickler

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Add The Family Center to Your Service Club or Organization Schedule

Executive Director Deborah Liedel is available to present to your service club or organization. Consider a donation to the community hub for information, resources and referral as a way of continuing the good we do for our shared community.

Lakeshore Optimist The Lakeshore Optimist Club’s President Krys Schroeder presents Family Center Executive Director, Deborah Liedel, with a contribution at a recent meeting.

Ms. Liedel is available to present about the Family Center to your service club or organization. Contact us today!

Enriched Communities Through Stronger Families
The Family Center serves as the community’s hub for information, resources and referral for both families and professionals. The Family Center is a non-profit organization founded to promote a deeper understanding of the role of parents and others in supporting our youth to become competent, caring and responsible community members.

All gifts are tax-deductible.
To volunteer or contribute, visit, call (313) 447-1374.
Email: or write to: The Family Center
32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236