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Family Support Centers

Main Office: 115 NE 100th Street, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98109 • (206) 694-5700 • E-Mail

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Family Support Centers Back to School Program

Together as part of community coalitions, the Family Support Centers of LCSNW provide 6 school districts in Washington access to school supplies, clothing, access to health information, and other community resources that help ensure that our children are ready for their first day of school. Click here to learn how you can help!

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ABOUT US

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Our Mission
The Family Support Centers of Lutheran Community Services Northwest partner with individuals, businesses and organizations to achieve Health, Justice, and Hope for individuals and families in their communities. Our Family Support Centers offer a strength-based approach to programs and services, empowering individuals and families to increase their competency and resiliency.

Our Purpose
A family support center is a warm and welcoming place in the community to which any person or family can come, not only in times of need, but as a regular part of day-to-day life. Family Support Centers offer parenting education, child development activities, parent-to-parent support groups and mentoring, parent-and-child activities, caregiver education and support, skill-building programs, community events, resource fairs and events, childcare resource and referral and information and referral services. These are modified depending on the needs and desires of local communities.

Family support centers are unique in their approach to working with individuals, families and communities: they build upon strengths and capacities, serve as a hub for the community, work for positive social change, and offer help in a non-threatening environment. Community members act as resources in all sorts of capacities, from sitting on a decision-making board to helping others develop job skills, providing support to those in need to cooking food for a class or event.

Our History
LCSNW Family Support Centers began with the Family Support Movement of the mid-1970s. Created to build strong communities, fill gaps in programs, services and support and, ensure underserved communities and populations have access to those services. The Family Support approach is a grassroots effort of combining knowledge of family systems, culturally appropriate services, community building and resource assistance in communities focusing on preventing crisis' and promoting healthy functioning individuals, families and communities.

Our Philosophy

A set of beliefs and asset based approach to strengthening and empowering individuals, families and communities so that they can foster the optimal development of children, youth, and adult family members.to strengthening and empowering individuals, families and communities so that they can foster the optimal development of children, youth, and adult family members. Our Family Support philosophy is founded on the belief that every individual or family needs and deserves support and access to services; Family Support Centers are not just for at risk families and adults.

A type of grassroots, community-based program designed to prevent problems by strengthening relationships and building upon the assets each person brings with them. Increasing social connectedness among individual's, parents and children and grandparents to decrease isolation and depression and increasing resiliency.

A shift in human services delivery that encourages public and private agencies to work together and to become more preventive, responsive, flexible, family-focused, strengths-based, and holistic and thus more effective.

A movement for social change that urges all of us – policymakers, program providers, parents, employers to takes responsibility for improving the lives of children and families, individuals and community's. The family support movement transforms our society into caring communities of citizens putting each other first and that ensures that all children, families and adults get what they need to succeed.

OUR SERVICES

Lutheran Community Services Northwest is proud to have eight family support centers in the North Puget Sound region. Each of these centers is embedded in their communities and offers essential support and place of familiarity for families to thrive. In 2014, the Family Support Centers of Lutheran Community Services served over 30,000 children and families in 5 different Puget Sound Counties.

Strengthening Families

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Lutheran Community Services Northwest is proud to have eight family support centers in the North Puget Sound region. Each of these centers is embedded in their communities and offers essential support and place of familiarity for families to thrive. In 2014, the Family Support Centers of Lutheran Community Services served over 30,000 children and families in 5 different Puget Sound Counties.

Here is a list of some of our programs offered throughout the North Puget Sound region:

  • Play and Learn
  • Strengthening Mulit-Ethnic Families and Communities
  • Strengthening Families
  • Immigrant and Refugee support groups
  • Support Groups for Caregivers
  • Aspergers Support Group
  • Kinship Caregiver Support
  • Parenting Classes
  • Playgroups
  • Teen Parent Support
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Relatives as Parents
  • For the Kid’s Sake
  • Latina Women’s Support Group
  • And much more!

Strengthening Communities

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Each of our family centers is embedded in a community with the belief that strengthening communities can transform the people who live in them. Our centers partner with local organizations and businesses to provide community-building events that create safer more connected communities, and that for each individual, increases social networks and decreases isolation and depression.

Here are some of the events and programs held at our Family Centers:

  • National Night Out Against Crime
  • Dia de los Muertos
  • Back to School Resource Fair
  • Lake Stevens Halloween Celebration
  • Holiday Giving Drives
  • Youth Advisory Council

Providing Resources

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Our family support centers offer information and referrals and help individuals and families access services. We decrease barriers in accessing services and decrease stress in times of crises. Our family centers offer help with locating housing or temporary shelter, accessing basic needs, finding counseling, communicating with your child's school, help with domestic abuse, and many other forms of support that help individuals and families thrive. In addition, our Centers offer skill-building classes so that individuals, parents and families have the resources to be self-sufficient.

Here are some ways that our Family Centers provide resources:

  • ESL classes
  • Resource and Referral
  • Free tax preparation
  • Emergency Assistance
  • DSHS Application Assistance
  • Employment Referral and Assistance
  • Interpretation and Translation Services
  • Skill-building classes: nutrition, job prep, resume building, leadership, CPR, babysitting etc.

 

OUR IMPACT

8 Family Centers ~ 5 counties supported ~ 30,000 people served

Family Center participants surveyed during 2014 are safer healthier and more stable

Through program participation and positive relationship building, people connect positively with others, effectively advocate for themselves, and create safe, strong communities. In addition, people build strong social networks and embrace the future with confidence and competence.

Through program participation and positive relationship building, people connect positively with others, effectively advocate for themselves, and create safe, strong communities. In addition, people build strong social networks and embrace the future with confidence and competence.

We provided over 30,000 people these programs and services:

  • Received basic needs assistance and access to resources
  • Participated in safe community events with their families
  • Received food for their family and holiday gifts to put under their tree
  • Received school supplies to start the school year off successfully
  • Gained skills to become self-sufficient and improve their quality of life

The Family Support Centers of Lutheran Community Services serve all people who walk through the door spanning all ages.  Our diverse staff represents our participants and provides culturally relevant programs.  Our participants come from a variety of backgrounds:

  • 80% of our participants are considered low or very-low income according to the Federal Poverty Level
  • 33% of our participants are Hispanic/Latino
  • 50% are Caucasian
  • 10% are African or African American
  • 7% are Multiple Ethnicities

Research

Research* shows that investing in positive outcomes for participants of family support centers can lead to:

  • Fewer incidents of child abuse and neglect
  • More families moving from welfare to work
  • Improved behavior and performance of children at school
  • Fewer teenage pregnancies
  • Less juvenile delinquency
  • Increased knowledge of child development and parenting skills among parents
  • Greater educational attainment among parents
  • Increased social and community connectedness
  • Decreased isolation and sense of depression
  • Greater feeling of contributing to community and society

*Research provided by Family Support America

GET INVOLVED

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

LCSNW Family Support Centers are true representations of a grassroots effort, and dedicated leadership in their communities. Join us in transforming our communities, supporting our families and empowering our youth.

Here are a few ways you can join us:

DONATE
Please designate your gift to the Center of your choice, or to the general LCSNW Family Support Centers fund.
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VOLUNTEER
From tutoring kids to helping with tax preparation to helping with events, there's a volunteer opportunity for you at our LCSNW Family Support Centers.
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PARTICIPATE
Find out what upcoming events, such as National Night Out, Back to School Fairs, are being hosted by a LCSNW Family Support Center near you!
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PARTNER
Collaborations between organizations, corporations and businesses are essential in keeping our communities supported. There are many ways your organization can help, whether through sponsoring an event, providing in-kind donations or volunteering your services..
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As always, huge thank you to our supporters! You make our work possible!

Contact Us

To contact us for general information, please e-mail us, or contact us at:

Lutheran Community Services NW North Puget Sound Office
Address: 115 NE 100th Street, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 694-5700

LOCATIONS

View Lutheran Community Services NW Family Support Centers on Google map

Angle Lake Family Resource Center
4040 S 188th St,
STE 100
SeaTac, WA 98188
(206) 816-3241

Arlington Community Resource Center
18308 Smokey Point Boulevard
Arlington, WA 98223
(360) 386-7989

Familias Unidas
215 W Mukilteo Boulevard
Everett, WA 98203
(425) 355-6005

Family Center of South Snohomish County
6330 195th St. SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 670-8984

Granite Falls Family Support Center
9424 Portage Ave.
Granite Falls, WA 98252
(360) 386-9282

For The Kids' Sake Parenting Seminar
6330 195th St SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 977-4767

Lake Stevens Family Center
1803 123rd Dr NE
Lake Stevens, WA
(425) 397-7433

South Everett Neighborhood Center
215 W Mukilteo Boulevard
Everett, WA 98203
(425) 513-2880

Parent Line
301 Lopez Ave
Port Angeles, WA 98362-6529
(360) 452-5437

Main Office
115 NE 100th Street, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 694-5700

STAFF

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Our Family Support Centers operate in diverse communities and therefore, our Family Support staff represents the diversity of the participants we serve.  Each of our staff members follows the Family Support Principles and work together with families in relationships based on equality and strength. Our staff enhances each family’s capacity to support the growth and development of all family members - adults, youth, and children.

Administrative
Crisann Brooks, Director of Family Support

Angle Lake Family Resource Center
Zac Eskenazi, Program Manager

Arlington Community Resource Center
Seanna Herring-Jensen, Program Manager

Familias Unidas
Sophia Beltran, Program Manager

Family Center of South Snohomish County
Sophia Beltran, Program Manager

Granite Falls Family Support Center
Kathleen Friend, Program Manager

Lake Stevens Family Support Center
Kathleen Friend, Program Manager

Parent Line
Lisa Lyon, Program Manager

South Everett Neighborhood Center
Sophia Beltran, Program Manager

 

DONORS NEEDED!

Your donation to the Family Support Centers will help families and individuals in crisis experience stability, healing, and hope. Visit our donation page to make a gift today!

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