by Kathy Leverenz and Debbie Liedel
Planting seeds more than 15 years ago, The Family Center has sown an impressive family tree. From our generous donors and volunteers; to association members, speakers and resources; to community partners including sites and media support, our branches are wide and strong.
Through these partnerships, which we truly consider part of The Family Center “family,” we are able to provide a far-reaching, wide-variety of programs and resources that people need in varying stages of life. We are committed to enriching the community with Ask the Experts Talks, Videos, Articles and newsletters, or trusted referrals.
Our programs support those who are facing the challenges of raising young children, guiding students through academic milestones, dealing with the difficult issues young adults experience, and helping family members care for ill or aging loved ones.
We will all face these issues at different points in our lives. Knowing there is a strong community and a judgement-free network of other families experiencing the same challenges can make them easier to navigate.
Over the past year we have provided you, our family, with programs and resources touching on a number of serious issues. Nearly 500 people attended the presentation by award-winning author Sam Quinones about the dangers of the opiate and heroin epidemic. Concerned community leaders, public safety officials, educators and parents joined together to learn about and acknowledge the presence of a once-stigmatized problem facing our youth and families.
We have a growing collection of 60 timely and helpful videos that address a number of different life issues. Our Building Better Brains – Teaching Strategies that Work for Dyslexic and ADD Students video has had 15,428 views on our YouTube channel. The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is a valued community partner that presents our videos weekly on WMTV.
Play Central, our twice-weekly morning playtime program, welcomed more than 1000 visits by children and caregivers this year. Play Central families form a social circle of friends and access our other resources as they raise their children.
The Meet & Greet for Professionals events host almost 200 professionals throughout the year, encouraging sharing and collaboration to better serve families within and beyond our community.
We strive to offer the right programs at the right times – and plan to continue for many years to come.
The strongest roots of our family tree are our committed and generous donors. As we are 100% supported by community donations, and nearly all of our programs are offered to the public free of charge, we are only able to continue to GROW, flourish and serve with your continued support. Please make a tax-deductible donation today to ensure a strong community. Your investment and engagement in our mission is truly valued!
Cathy Leverenz, President
Deborah Liedel, Executive Director
“Other things change us, but we start and end with the family”