The last 18 months have been challenging for everyone. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the negative mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue their impact through 2029. Families First knew the families we serve were already hurting, and their trauma was made worse during the pandemic. “I’ve got a full team of […]
In tandem with finding stable employment, many caregivers and heads of household are dealing with trauma and other socioemotional challenges. That is where Families First comes in. We have developed a screening tool to assess resiliency, a person’s ability to get back out there and their readiness to face life’s challenges. For some it is […]
“We need organizations and partners that understand what collective impact means. It’s exciting to be able to be in a partnership with Families First who is leveraging their strengths and ours. Together we can move the community, and more importantly, the families we are supporting forward.” – TANGEE ALLENCo-Founder, Raising Expectations Raising Expectations empowers youth in […]
With the disturbing violent events of the past week, on top of the pandemic and one of the most difficult years in our recent history, families everywhere are experiencing mental health crises of epic proportions. Our collective mental well-being is being tested beyond our strength. Trauma, fear, anxiety and isolation are taking a toll and the […]
A Message from DePriest Waddy, CEO: Exciting things are happening at Families First. This year has been fraught with hardship, and many families are more fragile than ever. These extraordinary times call for a bold new vision, and Families First has risen to the challenge. We have developed an innovative strategy to drive meaningful change for families while working together to break down the barriers to opportunity created by decades of social injustice.
Our new Navigator model combines tried and true best practices with a new approach for building strong families. With a focus on building resilience, we will serve the whole family (two+ generations) and work across the community to accelerate the whole family so they can achieve their full potential.
I hope you enjoy learning more about our bold vision for the future of Families First and, even more importantly, the lasting change we know we can help the families we serve achieve. With you in our corner, we are truly helping families build resilience so children can thrive.