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, supplemental-weekend nutrition “backpack” program for students,
- 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 and teen parent program in partnership with North Seattle Family Center. Family Advocates help families negotiate services and plan for a resilient future.
- Life Skills: Computer tutoring for adults, employment counseling, classes in financial empowerment, 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
In 2014 FamilyWorks’ food bank and resource center helped more than 5,000 children and adults on their path to resiliency. This year 291 tons of nutritious food was distributed to very low-income individuals. In total, 2,060 individuals received food from FamilyWorks' food bank and food delivery program.
The inclusion of a bi-lingual Family Advocate has enabled us to offer more in-depth and personalized attention to the multiple needs of families to secure needed resources.
FamilyWorks' other 2014 successes include:
- 721 families served through our family resource center with free diapers, bus tickets, children’s clothing, job support, individual assistance, parenting classes and parent/child programs.
- 329 individuals received one-on-one assistance, advocacy and referral to a range of resources
- 26 teen and young adult parents and their babies received parenting education, life skills development and individual support
- 94% of parents surveyed reported engaging in more activities with their children that promote early learning and school success
- 426 volunteers contributed 8,500 hours of their time in our food bank and family center
We are proud of our accomplishments in 2014, and looking ahead to 2015 we’re very excited about the continuation of the “backpack” weekend-nutrition program for local, low income students (serving 40 students with 390 weekend packs in 2014) and expanded teen parent services and how these unique programs will allow us to better serve our community. 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.