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Family & Children’s Association, acommunity of caring on Long Island
Our goal is to help the Village of Hempstead’s children thrive and grow by offering wrap-around services that educate, support and nurture the whole family by directly impacting their daily lives.
Using services & strategy to protect and strengthen the children and families of the Village of Hempstead
Village of Hempstead Initiative:• In 1985, we began offering a Coop Nursery to help disadvantaged parents set and attain goals while we cared for their children• In 2001, the Hagedorn Family Resource Center opened it doors as a licensed day care center adjacent to the Our Lady of Loretto church• Later, summer camp and after-school programs were added to protect children while their parents worked one, two and three jobs• Collaboration with the North Shore/ LIJ hospital system offered FREE pediatric healthcare to uninsured families• In 2006, we added LaEscuelita, a bi-lingual PreK program to prepare immigrant children for success in school• In 2006, we added the Promise Project for Middle School students and the Youth Advisory Council for older teens to help them success in school and in life• We added a lending library in 2009, mother’s group in 2008 and adult ESL classes in 2001 to help the entire family become better educated• Emergency financial assistance and referrals are provided for families in crisis• Today, it is a multi-cultural community center where children of different races and ethnicities from homes where different languages are spoken learn and grow together.
An Early StartFor many families, our Co-op Nursery is the entry point for services.
The Hagedorn Family Resource Center is a true community center providing servicesto families who reside in the Village of Hempstead and neighboring communities. TheCenter assists parents in achieving their personal and family goals through services,information, resources and referrals. It advances study habits, academic performanceand pro-social behaviors of elementary, middle and high school children through itseducational and enrichment programs.Child-Centered: Family-Focused:• Nursery Co-op • Mother’s Peer Support Group• Bilingual Pre-K • Adult ESL• After School (G: K–5) • Financial Literacy• Promise Project After School (G: 6–9) • Emergency Relief• Youth Advisory Council (G: 10-12) • Access to Entitlements• Summer Camp • Holiday gifts• Community Service Projects • Referrals & Counseling• Lending Library • Family Literacy• Scholarships• Tutoring & Homework Help• Youth Container Garden
Educational Enrichment After-School Programs for grades K - 9
Educational enrichment: While the HFRC provides a continuum of care from infancy through adulthood, some programs like the Promise Project are targeted to specific at-risk populations. The Promise Project provides after school enrichment to middle school-age children, helping them achieve in school and protecting them from risky behaviors during the perilous after-school hours. 129 students have been enrolled in Promise since 2008. Of these: • 90% have remained in school • 95% have successfully moved up to the next grade level • 98% have avoided teen pregnancy • 95% have avoided gang involvement
Challenging Young MindsResearch shows that after-school and summer camp programs are effective inpreventing juvenile delinquency and crime. $2,600 supports a full year of after-schooland summer services for one child as compared to $250,000 – the cost of one year ina juvenile detention center.
Getting Results Evera – Sacred Heart Academy Scholarship Winner•started at the Promise Project 11/3/07 as a 6th grader•was the first recipient of the Good Neighbor Scholarship•currently a senior at Sacred Heart Academy with an 82% average•is the choreographer and lead for the annual production of the Nutcracker Eva Simone – Sacred Heart Academy Scholarship Winner•started at the Promise Project 6/30/08 as a 6th grader•was the second recipient of the Good Neighbor Scholarship•has maintained an 85% average during her time at Sacred Heart Academy•excels in science Andra-Mesha – Gates Millennium Scholarship Winner• former member of Youth Advisory Council• valedictorian of Hempstead high school• attends Rice University majoring in Bio-Chemistry and International Relations
Improving Lives through Education Scholarship Program
Creating Opportunities for Academic Success Our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) began in 2007. The project is comprised of Hempstead High School students dedicated to promoting youth leadership, service-learning, youth-adult partnerships and diversity.• For two consecutive years, Hempstead High School’s valedictorian was a member of Family and Children’s Youth Advisory Council.• Members of the YAC are eligible to apply for a Family & Children’s Scholarship to help pay for college expenses.
From Need to SucceedMr. Alvarez and his family needed help after he sustained a terrible injury and losthis job. We offered counseling, emergency relief and support to the family. Today, his son George goes to Johns Hopkins Medical School.
Emergency Services to Families• This year, 1,100 residents of the Village of Hempstead and the bordering communities received assistance: – 53% received help accessing emergency food through vouchers and referrals to food pantries – 20% received help with rent and mortgage arrears – 30% received assistance with utility bills and arrears. Many clients received assistance with more than one crisis (i.e., rent and utilities) and others needed help with transportation and other emergency needs or were referred to other agency services such as our Co-op Nursery for childcare or our program for substance abuse treatment.• The recent recession and economic downturn have had a significant impact on the people we serve. Many families request assistance to resolve mortgage arrears or prevent the foreclosure of their homes. More than half are TANF eligible - meaning they meet the guidelines for receiving some level of public assistance.• Most had incomes too high to receive assistance from the Department of Social Services. Many clients had fallen behind on their rent or utility bills after seeing their hours reduced at work or losing their jobs.
Community Partnerships We maintain partnerships with both the private and public sectors in theVillage of Hempstead for the benefit of clients: •other human service providers •local government including the mayor’s office •Department of Social Services •Nassau County District Attorney •Hofstra University •Adelphi University •Village of Hempstead library •Village of Hempstead schools •Hempstead Promise Neighborhood
Our Vision Today, youth services have been challenged by the cuts in fundingin Nassau County that occurred this past July. As a result, Family &Children’s Association is looking more and more to bring individualsand foundations to the table to collaborate with us in providing qualityservices to those who are most vulnerable. Our vision is to ultimately stem the cycle of poverty througheducation; provide a voice through advocacy to those who have novoice; and lift at-risk communities such as Hempstead to a level of selfsupport and ultimate prosperity. Currently we are fortunate to partner with Mr. & Mrs. George O’Neill,the Grafer Family Foundation, the Gladys and Roland HarrimanFoundation, Mrs. Amy Hagedorn, the Angela & Scott Jagger Foundation,the McCormick Foundation, the Treiber Family Foundation and theWilliam Stamps Farish Foundation.
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Don Holden 100 E. Old Country Road Mineola, NY 11501 (516) 746-0350 x333dholden@FamilyandChildrens.org www.FamilyandChildrens.org