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

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




Thursday, August 25, 2016

Internship at the Respite Center program

Center for Families has an internship opportunity for those interested in child development and child care.  This is an unpaid position in our Respite Center program.  12-15 hours per week.


The Respite Center works with families in crisis. Our 24 hour service is built upon the belief that well timed breaks from the difficult job of being a parent can help keep a family together. We work with families when the parent/child bond is at risk due to stresses such as poverty, social isolation, alcohol and other drug abuse, physical and emotional ill health, family and community violence, or poor parenting skills. These stressors affect all members of the family, continuing or creating destructive multi-generational patterns. The Respite Center interrupts these patterns through the provision of quality child care, counseling, and crisis intervention.


Your duties as an intern will assist our child care specialist staff in caring for children from birth through fourteen years of age with a wide range of social, emotional, and physical needs. You will meet with our social work staff during training and weekly at staff meeting to learn how we ensure that every member of the family needs are identified and met. You will undergo at least 40 hours of internal training and work closely with all staff during your time here. You will attend staff meeting each week and have a training and intern supervisor to meet with as you go along. You and your supervisor will come up with a project that will help the Respite Center program and meet your academic goals.


If you are interested there are other training opportunities available to you during your time here that are outside of your scheduled hours that the Respite Center will finance such as Shaken Baby/ Sudden Infant Death training, Infant and Child training , CPR, and First Aid. If you take advantage of the extra training opportunities you will be qualified as an early child care teacher in a child care setting including the Respite Center.

For more details or to discuss internship, please contact Meg Miller at 608-729-1180 or via email at megm@centerforfamilies.org


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Seeking Substitute Childcare Specialist

Center for Families is seeking a Substitute Childcare Specialist for our Respite Center program.

This position requires a flexible schedule and includes day, overnight, and weekend hours.  Experience with children birth through 14 with diverse needs preferred.  Crisis intervention experience is a plus.


Contact Meg for additional information /application packet at 729-1180 or megm@centerforfamilies.org


The Respite Center is an equal opportunity employer.  Men, minorities and bi-lingual individuals are encouraged to apply.


Earn a donation for your cause by volunteering at The Brat Stand!

Center for Families is looking to partner with team to provide setup and tear down services* for our Brat Stand fundraiser happening during each UW Football home game. We need 6 to 8 people with the ability to bend, kneel, stand, and lift 40+ pounds. Each set-up and tear-down shift last approximately 1 hour (times vary based on kickoff times of the football games). Must be 18 or older.

Center for Families will gladly make a donation to your service group, or nonprofit of your choice, as a thank you for your partnership. If interested, please contact Julie at eventcoord@centerforfamilies.org. This is a first come/first serve opportunity as we would like to partner with one, maybe two, groups for the season and beyond.

*Duties include: unloading storage garage, setting up tent, serving area, tables, garbage cans, and fencing, hanging signage and other duties as needed.

Game dates are: 9/10, 9/17, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12 and 11/26.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Get To Know Us Open House


Join us for an informal Get-To-Know-Us Open House!  Learn the impact and outcomes of our programs, hear from families as they share their success stories, and meet our team.  Take a rare behind-the-scenes tour of our Respite Center program and our Play & Learn facility.  This event is free to attend and open to all.  RSVP required.

Date: TBD.  The July 2016 was cancelled due to low attendance.  We will reschedule for Fall 2016.

Center for Families is located at 2120 Fordem Avenue, Madison, WI  53704

Reserve your seat today!  julies@centerforfamilies.org or 608.729.1142.