FamilyWorks is one of the few organizations in Seattle with a food bank and a family resource center. We provide the following critical resources and programs:
- Nutrition: food bank, food delivery program for home-bound and disabled seniors, WIC Public Health Program, cooking demonstrations using food from the food bank, nutrition education
- Family Support: parenting workshops and six-week parenting classes, programs for teen parents and single parents, weekly parent/child playgroups, family activities, free diapers, children’s clothing, toys and books
- Life Skills: Computer tutoring for adults, employment counseling, life coaching, classes in CPR and emergency preparedness, individual assistance with securing needed resources
The goals of our programs are to strengthen families, improve skills, and facilitate access to the resources that are needed to increase family resiliency. FamilyWorks, together with our donors, neighbors, local businesses, other community organizations, and the people we serve, work to strengthen our entire community.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
2012 was a year of growth and accomplishment for FamilyWorks. This year 340 tons of nutritious food was distributed to very low-income individuals, and we increased the hours of our food bank to include evening hours to meet the increasing needs of those who are working but having a hard time making ends meet. In total, 3,212 individuals received food from FamilyWorks' food bank and food delivery program.
The addition of a Family Advocate has enabled us to offer more in-depth attention to the multiple needs of families to secure needed resources, and through a partnership with Washington State University's Food $ense program we are able to offer cooking classes and demonstrations for our customers.
FamilyWorks' other 2012 successes include:
- 1,510 people attending family center programs including parent/child programs and parenting classes
- 218 individuals received one-on-one assistance, advocacy and referral to a range of resources
- 50 teen and young adult parents and their babies received parenting education, life skills development and individual support
- 94% of parents reported engaging in more activities with their children that promote early learning and school success
- 250 volunteers contributed 6,538 hours of their time in our food bank and family center
We are proud of our accomplishments in 2012 and we recognize that our growth in service points to a level of persistent instability for many families and individuals due to our uncertain economy. We are grateful for and honored by the continued partnership of our donors who recognize the importance of supporting our low-income and at-risk neighbors, and whose generous support allows FamilyWorks to continue providing this valuable resource to our community.