Three Ways the Whole Family Approach Builds Resilience to Weather Crises

By Paula Sarro, Associate Executive Director, and Debbie Panek, Director of Family and Youth Programs, Mercy Center When Mercy Center and three other service providers formed the Familia Adelante collaborative in 2017, joining forces to weather a global pandemic was not part of our mission. As a group of like-minded agencies in …

Family Success Story: One Family’s Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

“The bond my family and I have is even stronger now as we face this crisis together,” said Ariel Toribio, referencing the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected millions of lives around the globe. “We are extremely thankful for Families for Literacy and their work; they’ve truly made a difference in …

Working Together for Working Families Conference

Today we’re here in Vineland, NJ for our 2020 Conference: Working Together for Working Families: The Whole Family Approach! We’re excited to join our grantees, speakers and family well-being experts to cultivate a national conversation in making family-centered efforts like the Whole Family Approach the new norm. Watch our video below to …

Transportation Initiatives Contribute to the Success of the Whole Family Approach

Transportation initiatives are a lifeline for families and an important factor in contributing to the success of the Whole Family Approach. Watch the video to learn how Cross County Connection, is making transportation services accessible to families striving to meet their goals.

How the Whole Family Approach Can Support A Child’s Educational Performance

The Mendez family story is one of perseverance and collaboration. In 2017, sisters Aleesa and Ayasia had missed over 80 days of school and were struggling academically. Their challenges continued when they moved in with their aunt and were forced to change high schools. Once connected to First Star, the …

Using the Whole Family Approach to Overcome Unexpected Obstacles

Randy and Lenore Locke were facing a variety of challenges — the bank was threatening a foreclosure on their home, Lenore was facing cognitive challenges from a fall, and their son, Travis, was struggling in school. Due to her injury, Lenore could not work, forcing the family to give up …

Overcoming the Burden of Debt with the Whole Family Approach

Overcoming the burden of debt is an experience many families can relate to. Mark and Karen Logrande are no exception. They felt stifled by the weight of their debt and hoped that strengthening their finances would enable them to spend more time with their kids. By working hard with the …

Rebuilding Life After Incarceration Through the Whole Family Approach

Gabriel Smith was recently released from prison after a six-year sentence. While incarcerated, he made strides toward his future, earning his high school diploma. Upon release, he was connected to Stronger Families to help him reintegrate into his family and community. Though Gabriel and his wife are divorced, they remained …