FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2001
Contact: Christina Hiatt
Family Resource Center
To Be Introduced to Midway City
(Santa Ana) - Family
resource centers (FRCs) are built on the needs of the
families in their communities. To introduce Midway Citys
families to FRCs, Orange County Supervisor Charles V.
Smith will host a town hall meeting from 6 - 8 p.m., January
10 at the Midway City Community Center, 14400 Park Lane,
Midway City, 92655.
The town hall meeting is the beginning of a community
outreach project designed to bring service providers and
Midway City families together. "It is the first step
to building a family resource center," said Smith.
FRCs are multi-service sites that offer social and health
services from public and private organizations.These
centers have the potential to improve lives and the tools
to change a community and its families, said Smith.
Each FRC is unique to its community or neighborhood. Some
of the typical FRC programs include:
Child care and youth services
Parent involvement and education
Health and mental health services
Computer and technology classes
Pregnancy and abstinence programs
A family resource center in Midway City is Smiths
vision. Our goal is for the initial planning of
the FRC to be a natural outgrowth of the $75,000
capacity building grant from the Children and Families
First Commission of Orange County (Proposition 10).
Smith also serves as chairman of that commission.
The Commissions Capacity Building Grants are allocated
to organizations that will use the funds to plan and develop
new services for children under the age of five and their
families. The Midway City Community Organization,
Inc. received a $75,000 allocation on December 20, 2000
to assist the Midway City Community Center develop a comprehensive
Family Resource Center. The Midway City FRC will
provide services to families in the community including
child development programs that will prepare children
to be ready to learn when they enter school. In
addition, the grant will expand the existing preschool
program by developing a new toddler program.
"This opportunity will help increase outreach to
the community," said Smith. "We want the
young families there to know about the services available
to them and make those services easy to access."
Featured at the meeting will be a presentation on the
family resource center concept and the capacity building
"Our goal is to have as many children and families
as possible achieve their full potential as members of
society," said Smith. "The family resource center
concept is fundamental to making this happen in Midway