Monday, May 22, 2017

Center for Families and Community Partnerships finalize merger with new agency name

Madison, WI, - May 20, 2017

RISE – Helping Community & Family Thrive. Community Partnerships and Center for Families announced the name and logo of the newly merged agency at our 5/19/17 Circle of Hope fundraiser. RISE was chosen as the new agency name because it symbolizes the determination, growth and optimism of both agencies. More importantly, it represents the resiliency of our program participants. The individuals and families we serve have overcome adversity, trauma, and tragedy. Our services and programs provide support, hope, and compassion to help people overcome barriers in their lives.

RISE serves over 6,800 children, families and individuals each year.  Our programs and services help those in our community most in need to overcome mental health and health crises, poverty, homelessness, academic challenges and more. The programs at RISE include: Parent Child Home Program, The Respite Center, Welcome Baby, Early Childhood Initiative, Children Come First, Transition to Independence, Court Ordered Evaluations, and Comprehensive Community Services. 

We will be rolling out the new name and logo over the summer.  A special thank you to Candorem for guiding the re-branding process and to Green Clock Films for producing our reveal video:
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Contact information
RISE (formerly Community Partnerships and Center for Families
  Business office: 1334 Dewey Court – Madison, WI  53703 Ph. 608.250.6634 
  Secondary office: 2120 Fordem Avenue – Madison, WI  53704 Ph. 608.241.5150
  RISEwisconsin.org | Fed ID: 91-2064768

Other RISE locations (Early Childhood Initiative):
2225 Allied Drive #4 – Madison, WI 53711
3301 Leopold Way, #108 – Madison, WI  53713
5810 Russet Road, #3 – Madison, WI  53711
1632 West Main Street, #9 – Sun Prairie, WI  53589

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For inquiries, contact Julie Sheldon at 608.729.1142, julies@centerforfamilies.org 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Merging for the Future (by Madison Community Foundation)

We are honored to be featured along with Community Partnerships about our recent merger in the Madison Community Foundation Spring newsletter. 

Image may be too small to read so we'll be sure to share the online article when it becomes available. If you receive a hard copy of the newsletter, jump ahead to page 6!




To learn more about the merger and to be part of the new organization name reveal, be sure to get your tickets to Circle of Hope today!  Tickets available at:
 http://www.community-partnerships.org/get-involved/circle-of-hope-2/

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Merger is Official. Now What!?


It’s official- we merged with Community Partnerships on April 1st, 2017! So where are the balloons and confetti? We’re waiting until Circle of Hope on May 19th to really celebrate and announce our merger details and new identity as one organization. Until then, you will see Center for Families and Community Partnerships continue to use our separate names and contact information. Over the next several weeks we will be working hard to re-brand all the necessary parts to our organizations and finalize all of the behind the scenes details. We can’t wait to celebrate at Circle of Hope! Until then, we’ve had a bit of fun with re-branding and the growing curiosity around it all. While our April 1st official merge date was a bit anticlimactic in terms of parties and celebrations, we did have some fun with the fact that April 1st was also April Fools Day.

Don’t worry, the logo was just an APRIL FOOLS joke! 
To see the real logo and full re-brand, reserve your tickets to our CIrcle of Hope event on Friday, May 19th.  Ticket info HERE.  $45/person.  Lots of fun!




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Have you heard? We’re merging!



If you received our recent annual appeal letter, then you read that Center for Families is currently in the process of merging with another local non-profit, Community Partnerships, on 4/1/2017. This opportunity brings growth and enrichment for both organizations, as well as for our community. Through this merger, Community Partnerships and Center for Families will serve over 6,800 children, families, and individuals combined annually. Our programs and services will provide support, connection, education, and stabilization to some of those with the highest needs in our community that experience mental health and health crises, poverty, homelessness, children that are not succeeding academically, and much more.

This merger will offer increased support and infrastructure across programs so that we are able to reach more families, children, and individuals each year and provide a broader and more comprehensive array of strengths-based, individualized services with an integrated approach. While this is an exciting next step for the future of both organizations and our community, there is still much work to be done to prepare. We look forward to keeping you informed and updated on next steps in the coming months.

Save-the date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Circle of Hope will celebrate the merger of two leading non-profits in Dane County, Community Partnerships and Center for Families, as we unveil a newly combined organization! 


Learn more: http://www.community-partnerships.org/get-involved/circle-of-hope-2/

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Exclusive behind-the-scenes event

The Center for Families, the Board of Directors is honored to share with you our excitement that Center for Families is in the process of a merger with Community Partnerships, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to coordinate a system of care to advance mental health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities.  We believe that through this merger we will be able to provide a stronger continuum of care to children and families; be positioned to expand early childhood education and home visiting, and build mental health capacity throughout all programs. It is important to us that as a supporter, you are informed of this exciting news early in the merger process. 


To  learn more about the merger, we invite you to our Sneak Peek Event:



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For more information on Center for Families, visit our website.

Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 Year End Letter

As we approach the end of our calendar year, and as a valued supporter of Center for Families, the Board of Directors is honored to share with you our excitement that Center for Families is in the process of a merger with Community Partnerships, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to coordinate a system of care to advance mental health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities.  We believe that through this merger we will be able to provide a stronger continuum of care to children and families; be positioned to expand early childhood education and home visiting, and build mental health capacity throughout all programs. It is important to us that as a supporter, you are informed of this exciting news early in the merger process. As we move closer to the final date, we will keep you informed of the progress, and look forward to you sharing in the celebration and unveiling of the merged organization at the Circle of Hope event on May 19th, 2017.

We recognize that your contribution, past and future, is a strong investment into our family programs.  Our promise to you is that we are committed to building stronger families and stronger communities through this merger.

Respite and Crisis Care  Early literacy and School Readiness Programs  Home Visiting Programs  Parental Stress Support  Education in Child Development Support Groups/Workshops

We continue to need your support because there are still too many children growing up without a strong foundation and are not learning key life skills.    But Dane county’s most vulnerable citizens, its young children and their families, can, and are, receiving care and support through Center for Families family-focused, culturally responsive, and proactive programming.

Each day, we transform your support into a moment of peace and a piece of hope for local families.  Please consider a tax deductible gift to Center for Families.  Your gift will allow us to help more families thrive in safe, stable environments and through early literacy education.  Please contribute to our continued growth with Community Partnerships to better serve more members of our community!









If you would like to help support our cause, you may donate online, or send payment to:
Center for Families
Attn: Development Office
2120 Fordem Avenue
Madison, WI  53704

Sincerely,
Eileen Mershart, Interim Executive Director        


                                        

Meg Miller to retire after 34 years with the Respite Center program at Center for Families


Madison, WI, - December 19, 2016 – Center for Families announces the retirement of Meg Miller, the Respite Center Program Director at Center for Families, effective December 31, 2016.   Center for Families is a Dane County-based nonprofit agency that partners with parents in their efforts to nurture, protect, and teach their children. 

Miller has been at the helm of the Respite Center program since 1984.   Miller began as the Community Coordinator of the Respite Center in 1982, when it was a grassroots organization.  Since then, Miller has overseen the Respite Center program as it has provided an important safety net to families in crisis, by providing child care and parent support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.   The Respite Center serves over 800 children from nearly 500 families on an annual basis.

In addition to managing the Respite Center program, Miller has served as Co-Director and Executive Director for Center for Families during times of transition. Miller was a significant catalyst in the merger that brought together four nonprofit agencies, including The Respite Center, into becoming Center for Families in 2011.

Following retirement, Miller is planning a vacation to Jamaica with her husband and two children.

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If you'd like to send a note to Meg, please email eventcoord@centerforfamilies.org or mail to:

Center for Families
Attn: Meg Miller
2120 Fordem Avenue
Madison, WI  53704