A group of people concerned with helping impoverished families establishes Associated Charities with “Miss Annie” Grogan as the sole paid employee.
“Miss Annie” helps establish a Community Chest, the forerunner of the United Way. Associated Charities of Winston is designated as one of five charter agencies for funding.
The war years brought a rising rate of family disruption. Associated Charities of Winston focuses on family rehabilitation and offers counseling services.
Associated Charities becomes Family Service Agency, finding foster homes for abused and neglected children and handling adoptions.
Family Service Agency becomes Family and Child Service Agency, and establishes a children’s division.
Children’s programs expand. The Agency merges with other social service agencies. Counseling becomes more publicly acceptable.
The agency moves into the newly established James Gordon Hanes Community Center on 610 Coliseum Drive.
Designated as the local provider of the newly launched Head Start, a federally funded program designed to help break the cycle of poverty. May 18, 1965.
The Agency is renamed Family Services.
Family Services focuses on the entire family and offers new approaches in counseling, including group therapy.
A small domestic violence shelter is established in Winston-Salem, the first in North Carolina and one of only 29 in the United States. In 1985, Family Services officially acquires the Battered Women’s Shelter and the Rape Response program.
Sarah Young Austin, director of the family division since 1979 after joining Family Services in 1951, is named president.
A $1.75 million capital campaign allows Family Services to renovate and expand the Battered Women’s Shelter to offer new domestic violence programs, an abuser treatment program, 18 large bedrooms, a children’s playroom, a well-equipped kitchen and space for counseling.
Sarah Young Austin retires in 1994 after serving the Agency for 43 years. Al Renna joins Family Services as CEO
Family Services adds Ways to Work® to help working families move to greater levels of self-sufficiency through financial education and reliable transportation.
Donations from The Vantage Championship Golf Tournament enable Family Services to renovate the Shelter to include a Child Advocacy Center.
Family Services adds 24/7 CONTACT, an all volunteer-staffed crisis lines to serve teens, isolated seniors and other homebound individuals who wish to continue living independently.
Family Services celebrates our 100th Anniversary.
Family Services launches our 2nd Century Capital Campaign to construct a new building in Winston-Salem’s southeast Gateway.
Family Services relocates to our new innovative and environmentally friendly building at 1200 S. Broad Street in Winston-Salem.
US Green Building Council recognizes Family Services’ new facility as the first LEED-NC Silver facility in the county.
President and CEO Al Renna retires. CONTACT Reassurance program for homebound seniors moves to Senior Services.
Robert Feikema joins Family Services as our new President & CEO. Family Services leads a collaborative advocacy campaign “Helping our Kids” to bring awareness to state budget cuts in services for abused children, raising $26,000.
Funding is fully restored for the Child Advocacy Center as a result of advocacy, collaboration, coordination and community support. Community leaders agree to serve on an Annual Fund Committee to increase individual giving.
Family Services celebrates the 50th anniversary of Head Start, announcing a grant to bring Early Head Start to Forsyth County. The agency receives the largest individual gift in our history.
$2.2 million federal funding enables Family Services to launch the first Early Head Start in Forsyth County. Beginning October 5, 2015, the program welcomed 120 children, birth through 36 months, and their families into the program.
On October 8, 2015, Family Services celebrates ten years of operating Safe on Seven, a unique multi-agency partnership that includes the District Attorney’s Office, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Department of Social Services, and the Winston-Salem Police Department, among others.