EVENT DATE: Aug 28, 2014
The Children & Family Resource Center celebrates its 15th birthday this year. In 1995, the Community Foundation of Henderson County gathered some community leaders to conduct a Children’s Initiative seeing that changes were needed in our rural but rapidly growing area in and around Hendersonville, NC. The Children’s Initiative addressed barriers that were preventing families from accessing local services and led to three years of planning. It focused on improving the lives of children in Henderson County through affordable quality childcare, parenting, and changes in our local service delivery. A high priority was given to consolidating compatible services, promoting interagency communication and collaboration, and simplifying access to children’s services. A major result of the initiative was the founding of the Children and Family Resource Center in November 1998.
In April 1999, the Children and Family Resource Center (CFRC) became a 501c3 nonprofit organization, integrating three separate, direct services, and community programs. We adopted the best practices of all three organizations and opened our doors as a stronger, more efficient agency, which provides all parents with direct services and referrals to collaborating partners. Our mission is to improve the lives of children by providing services and resources that prepare children, ages 0-5, for success in school, increase and improve parenting skills, increase the availability, affordability, and quality of childcare, and lead advocacy efforts to improve the way our community thinks and acts on behalf of children.
We offer seven different programs that address the various aspects of early childhood development and education, quality child care, parenting and family support. Those programs are: Adolescent Parenting Program, Behavior Intervention, CFRC Scholarship for Single Moms, Childcare Resource & Referral – Professional Development, Incredible Years Parent Program, Preschoolers Reaching Educational Potential and Parents as Teachers. In addition to our programs, we also serve as a referral center for clients who are in need of services in our community. There is an in-house a comprehensive early learning resource library for parents and care providers of young children. Last year, we helped approximately 6,000 children, parents and early childhood professionals. We also offer two scholarships: The Scholarship for Single Mothers and the Women in Early Education Scholarships that help young women/mothers improve their education so they can increase their self-sufficiency.
The model of our organization is based on the idea of being a ‘one stop shop’ for families is a “one stop” resource that provides parents with multiple direct services and referrals. We receive support from a variety of resources including: individuals, corporations, federal, state and local government, foundations, and the United Way. Our services are building stronger foundations for the children in our community by providing resources to help parents and child care centers create positive learning environments, screening children so they can start school with all the necessary tools, teaching parenting skills to families, offering scholarships to educators and single mothers in need, and advocating for those whose voice may not be heard. We have been successful because we believe in the power of collaborating with other community partners to tackle the problems that face children in our community and their families.
As we celebrate our birthday this year, we must stop and celebrate what a dear friend and mentor of mine call “those who ‘brung’ us:”
From the Community Foundation of Henderson County and its board and volunteers: Kathryn McConnell, Spence Campbell, Gayle Farrar, Sue Fazio and Jeff Egolf.
Our founding board of directors: Spence Campbell (President), Marcia Caserio (Vice President), Joe Smolski, CPA (Treasurer), Dr. JoAnne Willette (Secretary), Betsy Alexander, Joyce Armstrong, Daniel Benavides, Jackie Blair, Jen Butcher, Merrily Clippard, Keith Dalbec, Sue Fazio, Gayle Farrar, Kathleen Fetherolf, Tom Gaddis, James Gaillard, Albert Gooch, Dee Dee Gould, Terry Hicks, Christine Huntley, Renee Kumor, Dr. Kathleen McGrady, Mary Murray, Candy Priest, Dan Scannell, Robert Seiler, Jan Shefter, Barbara Stanley, Dr. Jim Volk, Alan Ward and Ken Youngblood
Those who have served as Presidents of our Board: Spence Campbell (1999 – 2002); Renee Kumor (2002 – 2004); Christine Bright (2004-2006); Todd Webb, CPA (2006-2008); Jimmy Chandler (2008-2009); Dorsa McGuire (2009-2010); Jaime Laughter (2010 – 2012); and Dollie Smith-Feldmeth (2012-2014)
Our Executive Directors, Lee Brannock, who served from 1999 to 2001, helping the organization establish itself and securing original grant funding and Maurean Adams who commendably led the organization from 2001 to her retirement in 2010, guiding it through its early growth stages and into the strong and viable organization that it is today.
The vision of these founders of consolidated services has proven to be beneficial and cost effective to the agencies involved, preventing many families from “falling through the cracks,” and providing parents with the help they need quickly, smoothly and often in one visit.
We will be celebrating our birthday all year long and information on celebration events open to the public will soon be available. In the meantime, please visit our website www.childrenandfamily.org to learn more about our organization.