Local Non-Profit Family Education and Support Services Receives National Recognition

 

Submitted by Family Education and Support Services

Generations United announces Olympia non-profit Family Education and Support Services as the recipient of the Brookdale Foundation Grandfamilies Award.

“This award validates all the hard work that our dedicated Kinship Team has put in over the years to support, train and assist the growing population of Kinship families in our community.  We appreciate the recognition and our team is very excited to travel to Hawaii next week to accept the award” said Shelly Willis, Executive Director of Family Education and Support Services.

This year marks the 15th year of operation for Family Education and Support Services.  They continue to provide a wide array of helpful parenting services including the Kinship Support services they offer a Foster Parent support group and parenting classes such as the  “Parenting Tools” series, “Winning At Parenting“,  “Dynamic Dad’s” and the “Consider the Children” class to aid families impacted by divorce or separation.

This is the third award they have received in just the past few months.   Earlier this year this agency was recognized by the Thurston Economic Development Council for “Outstanding Non Profit” and just last month the Behavioral Health Resources Foundation presented them with the  “Phoenix Award” for the “Clean and Sober” parenting program collaboratively offered to pregnant/postpartum women participating in the “Harvest Program”, out-patient treatment program.

“We are honored to help parents, grandparents, foster parents, really any adult who influences the health and well being of a child” said Willis.  “At FESS we are dedicated to ensuring that ALL families are equipped with the skills, support and resources necessary to help them rise above the difficulties that will inevitably come their way.  We are very proud of the quality of the programs we offer and more importantly the positive outcomes they have had in our community”.

About Family Education and Support:  At FESS we are dedicated to ensuring that ALL families are equipped with the skills needed to help them rise above the difficulties that will inevitably come their way.  We are very proud of the quality of the programs we offer and more importantly the positive outcomes they have had in our community. We believe that by strengthening families we strengthen our community. If you would like to learn more about our agency, or support our efforts, please contact Executive Director Shelly Willis at Shelly@FamilyESS.org, visit our WEB site  at: FAmilyEducationAndSupport.org, or visit our administrative office located in West Olympia.

About Generations United:  Formed in 1986, Generations United is the national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies.  Representing more than 100 national, state, and local organizations and individuals representing more than 70 million Americans, Generations United serves as a resource for educating policymakers and the public about the economic, social, and personal imperatives of intergenerational cooperation.  For more information, visit www.gu.org.

About the Brookdale Foundation:

The Brookdale Foundation Group consists of the Brookdale Foundation, Glendale Foundation, and Ramapo Trust.  All three were endowed by the Schwartz family and all share a common outlook and purpose: to enhance the quality of life in America’s elderly. For more information visit: brookdalefoundation.org.

 

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