There’s an underlying need for support and referrals in our community, and I’m proud of what The Family Resource Center provides to our community.
– Carrie Goldberg, Executive Director
The Family Resource Center was founded in September 1999 and was incorporated, given not-for-profit as well as registered charity status in May 2000. Its initial mission was to provide support services – parent presentations and support groups, individual and family counseling, and school advocacy services – to parents and educators of children with learning disabilities, specifically Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.).
By 2002, a Social Skills program was developed based on parent requests and implemented for elementary school-aged children. The FRC began offering parental support groups and family counselling.
In 2003, an Empathy Program pilot-project was established and implemented in three elementary schools; this program was later combined with the pre-existing Social Skills program.
By 2005, the Family Resource Center expanded its support services to meet the needs of all children who were having academic and social difficulties – with or without diagnosis. A Study Skills program was developed to be implemented in elementary schools and was implemented at three schools by 2006-2007.
The program kept growing. It was implemented in three schools in 2007-2008: Merton Elementary, St-Raphael Elementary and Morin Heights Elementary, four schools in 2008-2009: Pierre Elliot Trudeau Elementary, George Vanier Elementary, Merton Elementary and Lauren Hill Academy, and two schools in 2009-2010: Pierre Elliot Trudeau Elementary and Terry Fox Elementary. Currently, Social and Study Skills programs are being offered in the community in small groups and through specialized individual programs.
In 2011, the Center enlarged its mandate by piloting The Tools for Success Program which offers mentorship to individuals ages 18-25. This program has become a successful ongoing service at the Family Resource Center
In 2012, the FRC in conjunction with the West Island YWCA established the Girls Empowerment Project. Our goals for the project is to support girls to become critical thinking, creative women.
In 2015 the Center developed our two transition programs which support elementary aged students going into high school and our High School & Beyond program supports our students with their options.