11/23/2009: "United Way of SJC Helps Family Resource Center"
The San Juan Island Family Resource Center has greatly benefited from the financial support of United Way of San Juan County. Support has included funding for the Prenatal through Four Program, the Mentoring Program, Readiness To Learn Program, the Preschool to Kindergarten Transitions Program, and the Rental Assistance Program. These programs are making a difference for the children and families in our community.
Providing opportunities for bonding is a protective factor that leads to a healthy community. Activities that promote opportunities for bonding are weekly Music with Nickie classes and Baby and Toddler Parent Groups. The Mentoring Program offers youth in our community the opportunity to meet one-on-one with community adults on a weekly basis. These volunteer adults provide an array of experiences that broaden horizons leading to an increased understanding of friendship, positive relationships, and intergenerational support.
Success in school is paramount in today’s world. The Transitions program provides a little extra boost to our young children about to begin their first public school experience. The Readiness To Learn Program involves families in their children’s education. We know that such support and encouragement for both children and their parents increases parental involvement in school. Family involvement in school translates to better grades, behaviors, and attitudes.
And if a family is unable to pay the rent, is threatened with homelessness, the fabric of the family can fall apart. Even with two parents working -sometimes more than one job- there are hardships faced when there is a medical emergency, or the car brakes fail. Decisions must be made about paying the rent or fixing the car.
We hope you will join us with your contribution to this year’s United Way campaign. Your gift to United Way has a significant impact on the lives of our children, youth and families. Thank you.
Joyce Sobel and Staff
SJI Family Resource Center