Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Family Resource Centers are cornerstones of healthy, stable communities, providing high-quality family support services to help families thrive. Utilizing the Family Resource Center Association's Family Development model, Family Resource Centers use a culturally-sensitive, strengths-based "whole family" approach to help families achieve their goals for success and embark on a path toward resilience and self-reliance. Each of FRCA's member Family Resource Centers provides a safe, accessible place for families to connect with caring staff and comprehensive, coordinated services and referrals. Through early childhood education, parent leadership, job readiness and other programs, Family Resource Center staff work one-on-one with families to identify and address needs in 14 categories - including food security, employment, education, childcare, physical and mental health and others - to improve overall health, well-being and self-sufficiency.
Family Resource Centers change lives. Here is just one story: As a construction worker having moved to the United States from Mexico, Ricardo (name changed) struggled to take advantage of opportunities in his new country because of the language barrier. Ricardo first went to his local Family Resource Center to learn English, which was an important step for him and his family. While taking English classes at Focus Points Family Resource Center, Ricardo saw the variety of programs and resources offered for him and his children. The classes Ricardo took at the Center taught him English, successfully prepared him for a GED, increased his parenting skills and, ultimately, helped him build a healthy family legacy. While taking these classes, his children attended some of the Family Resource Center's learning programs, and Ricardo and his wife took other classes together on early childhood education techniques and child abuse prevention. Today, Ricardo owns his own construction business, and his oldest child, thanks to scholarships, attends Regis University. Ricardo now works with his local school district to visit the homes of children who are struggling in school, providing resources and tools to help families build a better future for themselves and their children. This includes recommending programs at his local Family Resource Center.
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and the ramifications of community response, including widespread job loss, FRCA's member Family Resource Centers served more than 36,800 families and an additional 48,390 individuals, including children, in Colorado each year. Families that participate in comprehensive family support services show significant improvements in economic self-sufficiency and health, including gains in the areas of income, cash savings, debt management, housing, employment, health coverage, food security, child care, children's education, physical and mental health, and transportation.
The Family Resource Center Association is proud to partner with many community organizations, public agencies and stakeholder groups, both locally and statewide. FRCA is a strong advocate for Colorado's Family Resource Centers and sound family strengthening policy at the state legislature and actively participates in statewide initiatives and coalitions relevant to children and families.
As a vital partner, the Family Resource Center Association provides training, technical assistance, data tools and evaluation expertise to support Colorado's Family Resource Centers. Through quality standards and shared best practices, FRCA and its member Family Resource Centers are leaders in the field of family support and strengthening. FRCA strengthens its network of member Family Resource Centers through capacity building, implementation of quality standards, sharing of best practices and evaluation for organizational excellence and sustainability.