The Family Center of Wilmore Inc.

Your Meeting Place and Resource Library

aka The Family Center   |   Wilmore, KY   |  www.wilmorefamilycenter.com

Mission

The Family Center as a meeting place and a resource library, aims to be a comprehensive resource for the diverse needs of Central Kentucky families while creating a sustainable community. Today's parents are both busier than ever before and burdened with a desire to be the best parent possible, while being overwhelmed by an increasing volume of information often from polarizing perspectives. Our goal is to create a healthy community with connections to local agencies, organizations and individuals utilizing the rich resources already available while equipping families with the ability to share with their neighbors and friends. "World peace by way of the family," was the motto of TPFEC when we merged (May 2017). We agree that by equipping and encouraging families, we can change the world!

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

Tara Lenore Hall

Main address

334 E Main Street

Wilmore, KY 40390 USA

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Formerly known as

The Parent and Family Enrichment Center

EIN

46-3733470

NTEE code info

Neighborhood Center, Settlement House (P28)

Rural (S32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today's parents are both busier than ever before and burdened with a desire to be the best parent possible, while being overwhelmed by an increasing volume of information often from polarizing perspectives. These pressures coupled with a lack of community and extended family are leaving parents dealing with anxiety, depression, or even worse apathy with attachment disorders for both parent and child.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Domestic Violence Surviors

A partnership with Greenhouse 17 provides a social worker to help those who most describe as victims of domestic violence become Domestic Violence Survivors. One in three persons will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in their lifetime. As you can imagine, seizing the opportunity to help domestic violence victims become survivors not only affects the life of the abused intimate partner. Intervention and lasting lifestyle changes need to be supported in order to ensure the children do not bear the marks of violence to their bodies, minds and souls. GreenHouse17's holistic approach shows considerable strength in sustainability not just crisis management. The members of this program are also plugged into The Family Center and its litany of resources and referrals. Many of the participants in our Single Parent Power program have come from our Survivors group. This gives the a continued community for support.

Population(s) Served

Crunch Time! is aimed at families who are expecting up to toddlerhood. The group focuses on healthy pregnancies, natural child birth, breastfeeding up to and past one year, babywearing, transition to solids, gentle parenting and good nutrition. Crunch Time! meets weekly and maintains a 24 hour support system through Facebook groups. This group formed in response to low breastfeeding rates by 6 months and one year, higher than national average c-section rates, the increased awareness of the importance of attachment during the newborn stage with at risk populations, and the absence of extended family which traditionally provided encouragement and support in these areas. We seek to serve all income and education levels but often find our program utilized by an under served middle class woman with at least some college. Modern parents have perhaps the greatest desire ever to be the best parents they can but have never before been so overwhlemed with information and underwhelmed by lack of support and community. We seek to build a healthy community of families who have chosen at least some of these principles and goals who are able to turn and encourage and support others. As we are helping some meet their basic needs, we are constantly equipping others to be community leaders and examples. Our vast resource library is a great asset to this group, providing quality reading materials with diverse perspectives and loaning a wide range of items from breastpumps to diapers.

Population(s) Served

Studies are showing a profound deficit in school readiness among children who are neither in a daycare setting or preschool. At the same time, we see significant improvement in any skill when parents are involved. The Family Center provides Preschool Time! combining a laid-back playgroup atmosphere with skill based play activities chosen based current standards for Kindergarten readiness. Activities are staged to encourage interaction with all skill levels but as parents and children engage each can modify based on the attention span and capability of the individual child. Activities include games, crafts, finger plays, fine motor activities, gross motor skills, and story time. Parents chat sharing ideas for further exploration at home. They leave with ideas and resources to create meaningful interactions throughout the week.

Population(s) Served

Kentucky's job market is quickly growing to include more high tech and highly skilled labor. However, our students, particularly girls, are not showing interested or proficiency in these areas. STEM initiatives have arisen to address this growing disparity and excite young minds to learn more. Our programming is unique in that we work to engage the whole family in STEM Saturdays. The Family Center uses the slogan "We're Making Time for Your Family" to deliver workshops and education to the family unit as a whole, believing that if a family integrates a concept as a priority it is best passed down through generations. In our 5 areas of focus, we call this Meaningful Family Experiences. { https://wilmorefamilycenter.com/2017/09/07/five-areas-of-focus-meaningful-family-experiences/ } Dads love STEM Saturday! We have partnered with Mathnasium, Yellow Wood Tutoring Center, Bricks for Kids, Kentucky Wildlife Refuge, Bluegrass Army Depot and Betchel Parsons and hope to develop more partnerships with businesses and non-profits.

Population(s) Served

Night Owl's Time! Seems like all the fun play groups are in the day time. Caregivers who work outside of the home and students have a group at Night Owls Time. We value your limited time, so each night has a talk, activity or discussion. Not only will you be ""hanging out"" but you'll ""take home"" something. Keep an eye out for Family Crafts Nights.

Population(s) Served

Although music has been shown to dramatically increase social and emotional awareness in children and improve academic goals, there are no music enrichment programs in Jessamine County. Sparrow Music Therapy has partnered with us to provide Mini Music (Babies to age 2) Singing Stars (3yr to 8yrs) Music Wellness for Caregivers and Guitar and Ukelele group lessons for 13 yrs and up.

Population(s) Served

Everyone is welcome - moms, dads, grandparents, and foster parents.Meetings are laid back and have lots of time for eating and talking while kids of all ages have something to do. We hope to have things like Game Night, Craft Night, maybe even a special guest or two. Help us spread the word and come hang out!!!

Population(s) Served

An open time of play provides opportunities for community building and forming new relationships in a laid back atmosphere

Population(s) Served

A monthly program on the second Saturday morning each month. Provides affordable ($5 to $10) workshops on a variety of topics aimed at pregnancy and the first year. Foster and Adoptive parents are welcome!

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to create a healthy community with connections to local agencies, organizations and individuals utilizing the rich resources available already while equipping families with the ability to share with their neighbors and friends. As families cycle in and out of our meetings, groups and classes, The Family Center community will benefit from their unique experiences, individual talents and time in addition they will add to our growing lending libraries sowing back into the organization and equipping others with reliable resources. We recognize today's parents have diverse needs and philosophies and model respect for each family's decisions. Thus, we provide a spectrum of resources recommended by parents and classes taught by both peers and professionals from the best practices of various viewpoints. Our resource libraries currently contain over 3000 items in four areas: educational resources, family exercise, parenting, and baby carriers. The Family Center has an holistic approach to nurturing families with a plan for sustainability within the culture of the local community.

We believe we can best address our communities needs through 5 areas of focus. One or more of these areas would be covered in any playgroup, support group, workshop, or class. Parent Education: Caregivers are able to access classes, workshops and resources on a variety of topics. However, our unique atmosphere of peer learning and mutual respect of individual's experiences and knowledge has proven to be driving force of education as well. Parents learn best from those who identify with their questions and struggles. Our program style allows families to model Child Enrichment: We will be a connectional community where parents can bring their children for educational opportunities including skill based play for school readiness, socialization with diversity, presentations of healthy habits, the Arts, literacy enrichment, STEM activities and more. Parents as the primary educators in their family will feel equipped with ideas to continue the experiences at home. Meaningful Family Experiences: We like to say, "We are making time for your family." With limited time and resources its important for families to carve out meaningful time together, making memories, and just sharing experiences. Current educational data shows families learn, interpret and integrate new information as a unit. We expect most programming regardless if the primary focus is caregiver or child, will in some way embrace a holistic family learning model. Connect with Others: The Family Center supports smaller communities of like-minded or similarly-situated families called Connect Groups. Families with children of special needs, a single parents, and domestic violence survivors have found both support and vital information over the last year. As Wilmore's Meeting Place, The Family Center desires to serve as a home for any existing support groups allowing them to put down roots and flourish through the multiple benefits of a shared facility and leadership. Downtown Wilmore: As downtown businesses, community minded organizations. city officials and departments seek to revitalize, promote and invigorate downtown Wilmore, The Family Center will be an ambassador for community families. This not only means highlighting the needs of families but relaying beneficial information back to the families we serve. The Family Center serves as a hospitality location by having family friendly bathrooms, changing tables, a relaxed atmosphere for caregivers, and a play place where babies or toddlers can be contained. Providing a special place for families particularly ones with small children extends an invitation to deeper community involvement.

We possess gifted and energetic leadership in our Director and her family who have sacrificed to serve this community. We've been able to successfully identify civic groups, organizations, businesses, professionals and individuals as partners who not only provide content but connect with the families we serve. Our capacity to serve has been strengthened by these valued connections within our greater community. By consistently providing quality events and programming our reputation is strengthened, we continue to see growth in attendance, participation and giving every quarter. Our membership and leadership is enriched by the educational benefits of Wilmore as a college town with a higher than average array of bachelors, masters and doctorates. This also gives us invaluable connections from which to grow our board and spheres of influence.

Over the last year The Family Center has seen over 1000 people come through it doors. We have interacted and served between 50 and 100 families on a more personal basis, they all feel a part of our community. Our reach has extended to include members (monthly supporters) from Winchester, Richmond, Georgetown and Lancaster. We are seeing parents not only travel to see us but investing in us as well. The Family Center is working on instituting a new system to track families and their level of involvement in our community and programming beginning Jan 1st. Also we are going to launch some community needs surveys in Spring 2018. Encouraging testimonials through social media and videos, while better tracking our progression should enable us to reach further into our service area.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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The Family Center of Wilmore Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/01/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tara Hall

The Family Center

Term: 2017 - 2018

Lesley Iwinski

Growing Peaceful Families, LLC

Tara Hall

The Family Center

Siobhan Adkins

Bluegrass Army Depot

Natalie Baribeault

Community Volunteer

Jessica Dodgen

Wilmore Elementary School

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/1/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/01/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.