Family Strengthening

Stabilizing and Educating Families for Lifelong Success

The purpose of Jack & Jill’s Family Strengthening Program is to empower our families and reduce their levels of stress by giving them formal skills, follow-up, and professional guidance in a supportive environment. We respect them as parents, recognize their cultural and parenting beliefs, and build on their positive skills.

SERVICES THAT ARE OPEN TO OUR PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY:

FAMILY STRENGTHENING CLASSES

Several Family Strengthening Class Series are offered in the evenings throughout the year. Free dinner, childcare and incentives are offered for all series. Series offered vary each year and include:

NURTURING PARENTING SERIES

This 10 week course includes topics such as positive discipline, stress management, basic child development.

CAREER ADVANCEMENT

This 6 week course includes topics such as effective resume writing, interviewing techniques and job search strategies.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

This 6 week course includes topics such as healthy spending, money management, financial recovery.

MAKING DREAMS A REALITY: FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER SERIES

This 6 week course includes Urban League’s Center for Working Families Orientation, and first time homebuyer workshop.

COOKING MATTERS

This 6 week course includes topics such as healthy nutrition and cooking.

HEALTH SERIES

This 5 week course includes topics such as mental health, women’s health
and pediatrics.

SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR JACK & JILL FAMILIES:

CASE MANAGEMENT

Our Family Strengthening Program Manager and Case Manager are present to assess and support each family’s unique needs and to link families to resources and opportunities for self-help. Additionally, the Case Manager is available to help with resume writing, goal setting, job search, and family budgeting. Family assessments are done twice a year in order to more effectively assist a family.

J&J BOUTIQUE AND FAMILY RESOURCE ROOM

Jack & Jill provides a dedicated room that, with dignity and privacy, enables families to select clothing, shoes, canned and boxed goods, diapers, infant items and gift cards donated by the community. Also, the center has a Family Resource Room that gives families the ability to access online resources, complete homework assignments, and perform employment searches.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND

Provides funds based on an assessed need to families with emergencies including medical, dental, prescriptions, utility bills, rent or food.

THERAPEUTIC SERVICES

Our Family Strengthening Program Manager works in conjunction with teachers and center administration to help identify and provide referrals for children in need of special services. We have partnered with other agencies to provide onsite therapeutic services. These agencies include Kids Spot, whose therapists provide Speech, Occupational and Physical therapies, and Kids in Distress (KIDS) which provides Infant Mental Health Counseling.

* Please contact Jeanette Johnson at 954-463-8772, ext. 208, or email jjohnson@jackandjillcenter.org for more information or to sign up for classes.