“One-Stop Shop” Family Center Opening in Brockton!

The City of Champions has one more reason to be proud of the work it is doing now to ensure that the future generation of Champions have the resources they need to succeed.  The Department of Children and Families is partnering with the Children’s Trust Fund and Community Connections of Brockton to bring The Family Center to our community.  In a nutshell, this center is a “one-stop shop” for families in need of support or services.  To learn more about this wonderful opportunity, we asked Juliana Langille, (who is currently the Executive Director of Community Connections and has overseen the development of the Center), to answer a few key questions for the community.

1.) Where will the Family Resource Center be located?  
The Family Center will have two locations: The Main Site will be located at 18 Perkins Street in Brockton.  We will also have a Satellite Location at the Keith School 175 Warren Avenue Brockton Room 206 – our contact information is 508-583-5631.

2.) What kind of programs will the Family Resource Center be offering?  Will the types of services offered differ depending on the location? 
Some of our FREE services include:  
»  Assist families in navigating the systems 
»  Be a support and advocate for families
»  Help identifying community resources 
»  Provide parenting enrichment opportunities 
»  Support for family networks such as block parties and grass-roots initiatives
»  Provide meeting space for community group and much more…!

The difference of our center from any of the services provided at other agencies is that we do not require any eligibility checks or any requirements to be part of our center. All families are welcome. No referrals required. No matter what the concern is we will work with the family to find the best resources in the area to address the concerns.

3. How do you think Brockton families will benefit from this Center?
The center is a place where families can find support without eligibility requirement.  Families will be given an opportunity to work one-on-one with a family support specialist to find ways to address concerns identified by the family. 

4. Do families have to meet any particular qualifications to go to the Resource Center?
There are no eligibility requirements at the center. We will meet the families where they are and work to connect families with any resources already existing in the community.  

5.) Which other communities in Massachusetts have a Family Resource Center? How was Brockton selected to have one? 
Several communities in Massachusetts have similar family centers. Currently under Community Connections there are 4 current sites that were opened last year. The locations for these sites are New Bedford, Worcester, Athol and Dorchester. 4 new sites are opening this year including the Brockton Site. All 8 sites are coordinated by Community Connections Coalitions.

6.  When will the Center be up and running? Are there going to be any kickoff events to celebrate this new initiative?
We will have open house events for both locations. At the Keith Center on 175 Warren Avenue, the Open House will be September 22nd from 9AM-3PM and the main site at 18 Perkins Street will have an open house on October 15th from 12Pm-4PM.  This is an opportunity to meet the staff, see what resources are available at both locations and have some fun!

We would like to thank Juliana for taking the time to answer these questions!  Any family can be involved in this great opportunity, so please stop by at one of the Open Houses for The Family Center! The September 22nd event will be an informal chance to drop-in and check out the satellite location. The celebration on October 15th will have food, games and music for families to enjoy so don’t miss out!  If you would like to RSVP for the block party celebration on October 15th, or help plan the event, please email Christophanie at christophaniej@gmail.com.  You can also call The Family Center for more information at 508-583-5631.

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About Brockton's Promise

They say it takes a village to raise a child. We believe it takes a City of Champions. Brockton's Promise aims to provide all youth and families in Brockton with five basic resources, which we call Promises: Caring Adults, Safe Places, Healthy Start, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others.
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