FAMILY CENTERS, INC. – GREENWICH

Description:

Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education, health and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 2,400 professionals and trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. Through three Centers of Excellence, children, adults, families and communities receive the care, encouragement and resources needed to realize their potential. The agency started as Stamford Family Welfare Society (1891) and Greenwich Aid Society. It became United Workers of Greenwich (1895), and merged in 2006 with CENTER FOR HOPE. In 2008, it merged with HealthCare Connection whose programs include School Based Heath Centers, Stamford CARES and Care to Care. Additional offices are located in Greenwich, Stamford, and Darien.  Click here for addresses.

Phone:
(203) 869 4848 - Arch Street (Main address)
(203) 629 2822 - Bridge Street (Preschool)
Website:
http://www.familycenters.org
Updated:
July 11, 2018
Postal Address:
P.O. Box 7550 Greenwich, CT 06836-7550
Physical Address:
40 Arch Street
Greenwich, CT 06830 Google Map
Open Hours:
MON-FRI: 8:30 - 5
Contacts
Name:
Bob Arnold
Phone:
(203) 869-4848 EXT 2310
Email:
barnold@familycenters.org
Position:
President and CEO
Programs:

BRIGHT BEGINNINGS – education and support programs designed to help families give children the bright beginnings they deserve

  • CARE TO CARE – One-stop shop for family day care providers and parents of preschool children. Training includes; child health and well-being, First Aid, CPR, child abuse prevention and detection, nutrition, infectious diseases and appropriate discipline tactics.
  • EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION – Full-time care for young children at four accredited facilities in Greenwich. The Arch Street Preschool, Gateway Preschool and Dancing Dolphins School Readiness Class help children ages three to five prepare for kindergarten through learning, socialization and play. The Gateway Preschool also offers a class for two year-olds. The Joan Melber Warburg Early Childhood Center provides nurturing care for children ages six weeks to two years.
  • HEAD START PRESCHOOL – offers educational programs for three and four year-old children of income-eligible families residing in Greenwich.
  • HOMEWORK CLUB – Family Centers and the Darien Board of Education partner to provide the Middlesex Middle School Homework Club, which operates after school Monday through Thursday during the academic school year.
  • NUTURING FAMILIES NETWORK – Nurturing Families Network provides educational and family support to new parents living in lower Fairfield County. Services are free and available to all first-time parents giving birth at Stamford and Greenwich hospitals. Nurturing Families pays close attention to families in need to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.
  • SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTERS – Located in six middle and high schools in Stamford, the School Based Health Centers provide medical assessments, physicals, screenings, dental care, mental health counseling and other services to 1,900 students each year. The Centers are staffed by licensed nurse practitioners, medical assistants and dental professionals that specialize in child/adolescent health.
  • SCHOOL READINESS COUNCIL – Group of community leaders, early childhood educators, health professionals, and parents. They work on health, education, and development of children, birth – 8 yrs.
  • YOUNG PARENTS PROGRAM (YPP) – supports pregnant teens and young mothers as they transition into their roles as parents. In addition to providing prenatal/parenting education and support, YPP clinicians help young parents further their educational and vocation goals.
  • DBT SUPPORT GROUP –  Dialectical Behavioral Therapyis a structured
    form of therapy that teaches effective life/coping skills. Males 14 – 17

FAMILIES IN CRISIS – comprehensive network of counseling, support and referral services

  • CENTER FOR HOPE – comprehensive services for adults and children living with an illness, grieving a loss or coping with a trauma.
  • COUNSELING AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES – helps individuals, groups, couples and families resolve a wide range of personal and relationship issues. Alcohol and substance abuse services are also offered.
  • THE DEN FOR GRIEVING KIDS – offers children, teens and families a safe, caring place that allows them to explore their feelings about the loss of a loved one and begin the journey toward healing. Bi-weekly evening support groups meet at Family Centers’ Greenwich offices, and a mentoring program meets weekly at the Stamford Boys and Girls Club. Student support groups in 12 schools across Fairfield County are also offered.
  • FOCUS ON K.I.D.S. (Families of Divorce) – time-limited counseling for high-conflict divorcing parents to teach effective communication and co-parenting skills.
  • INTENSIVE FAMILY PRESERVATION PROGRAM – helps families resolve conflicts and improve parenting skills when there is an imminent risk of child abuse or neglect.
  • PARENTING EDUCATION PROGRAM (PEP) – helps divorcing parents foster positive parenting following a divorce. (Mandated by Connecticut Superior Court).
  • PARENTING WORKSHOPS AND SUPPORT GROUPS
  • STAMFORD CARES – Staffed by a team of trained mental health clinicians and medical case managers, Stamford CARES provides a host of services to help those living with HIV/AIDS. Support is also offered to families and friends whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • TRAUMA RESPONSE – trained professionals respond and assist during an array of crisis situations. Services are available to individuals, schools, businesses and community organizations.
  • WORKLIFE SOLUTIONS – employee assistance programs, work-life services and management consultations. Helps businesses, schools, organizations and municipalities maximize management efficiency and employee success.

FOSTERING INDEPENDENCE – Through vocational and career training, housing resources, counseling and self-sufficiency programs, Family Centers helps low-income people and those with long-term mental illness realize their dreams of living independently.

  • COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PROGRAM – In collaboration with Charter Oak Communities, the program assists low-income families living in Stamford Public Housing achieve greater self-sufficiency through counseling, vocational training and case management services.
  • FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM – Helps residents of public housing in Greenwich and Stamford achieve greater self-sufficiency.
  • COUNSELING AND SUPPORT – individual and group counseling services on topics ranging from wellness to isolation issues. Services are offered at Family Centers’ offices, senior centers, residential facilities or private homes, and are available by appointment.
  • HEALTHY HEARTS – Helps residents make smarter health choices through education and support
  • FRIENDLY CONNECTIONS – offers adults over 50, an array of telephone education and socialization services, including teleconference courses and support groups. Trained volunteers also place companionship telephone calls and visit with the more frail and home-bound older adults as part of the Friendly Caller and Friendly Visitor components. These services promote social connection, independent living and enrichment for aging adults.
  • HOUSING RESOURCE PROGRAM – locates safe and affordable housing throughout Fairfield County for clients living with long-term mental illness. Counseling and support services are also offered.
  • LITERACY VOLUNTEERS – Provides literacy, education and job-readiness support to local residents.
  • REACHING INDEPENDENCE THROUGH EMPLOYMENT (RITE) – helps low-income individuals and families attain a greater sense of self-sufficiency through counseling, goal planning, job-skills training, life skills and family support. Services are offered in Stamford and Greenwich.
  • SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (SHIP) -Trained volunteers help older adults understand the complexities of their health care plans. Assistance is offered to help understand Medicare Part D, Medigap and long-term care insurance.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES & STUDENT INTERNSHIP  – Click here

DONATIONS -Goods – donations of art supplies (crayons, construction paper, markers, chalk, glue sticks-basically all things to do fun art projects) for preschool classrooms

ADOPT-A-FAMILY PROGRAM – Donors are matched with Clients. Contact Jennifer Flatow to be matched with a need.

Annual Events:

  • ANNUAL BENEFIT – JUN
  • HOPE LIGHTS LIVES – luminary lights sold to benefit the Center for HOPE and The DEN FOR GRIEVING KIDS – Kits contain 12 tea light candles, 12 white paper bags and 12 plastic candle holders. Call Aleksa Lazarewicz at 203-869-4848 or go to their website – DEC

 

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