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Since 1960, The Center for Family Resources (CFR) has helped thousands of low-income families with temporary financial and food assistance; housing services; and employment/education services. CFR is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by helping families acquire the resources they need to become independent and self-sufficient.
In 2011, 22,000 people called CFR for help; 5,000 came in to our center for help; and the total dollar amount of their requests was nearly $8.5 million.
CFR Direct Services Program
Stabilizing Families to Prevent Homelessness
When a family in crisis comes to our door, CFR case managers work closely with them to stabilize their current crisis and help put them on the road to success.
For some families, a brief illness or other setback has occurred. A week’s worth of groceries from our Food Pantry may be all they need to make it through until the next payday. For other families, greater issues are involved. A prolonged illness, divorce, a reduction in pay or even worse, a layoff, have created a financial threat that can quickly spiral out of control. Without assistance, these families face almost certain eviction or foreclosure.
CFR’s Direct Services program offers one-time financial assistance for rent and utilities, money for prescription medication or bus tickets, and food and supplies through our Food Pantry – all as a means to help families maintain their permanent housing and to prevent them from becoming homeless. Other support services such as coaching in budgeting, job search, resume assistance and GED training are also available for those who are eligible.
CFR GED Preparation Program
“The Right Recipe”
A key component for attaining and maintaining family self-sufficiency is having the necessary skills to earn a sustainable income and plan for the future. CFR’s GED Preparation Program offers tutoring and test preparation for students working towards obtaining their GED. The program is designed to meet the needs of the non-traditional student and to remove as many barriers as possible to ensure success. It is a “recipe” that works.
CFR Housing Services Program
Placing Families Together in The Safety Of Their Own Apartment
When prevention is no longer an option and a family becomes homeless, the CFR Housing Program provides short-term and transitional housing options.
Through the program, CFR addresses the immediate needs of the family and provides a safe and secure alternative to congregate shelters by placing them in their own apartment. Families are placed in private apartments for as little as 90 days (short term) and up to two years (transitional).
Supportive services such as financial assistance for child care, education, job training, and medical and mental health expenses are provided, as well as referrals for services from other agencies. Families of both programs are required to work, be drug free, pay down debt, pay “rent” and establish a savings account. Families in the housing program participant in life skills training which includes financial literacy, cooking and nutrition, parenting skills, and other topics.
CFR case managers work with each family to build an “action plan” with goals set toward achieving long-term, stable housing and a sustainable future. More than 90% of our housing clients are single mothers with children and many of them have little more than the clothing on their backs when they come to us.
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