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Family Services Launches Forsyth County School Readiness Project for Head Start Children

Forsyth County School Readiness Project Aims to Increase 4-Year-Olds’ Readiness to Succeed in School Family Services has launched a new research-based project to improve low-income, pre-school-aged children's prospects of success in school. Funded by a grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Forsyth County School Readiness Project (FCSRP) is intended to improve young [...]

By |2017-06-09T10:23:45-04:00September 4th, 2015|Categories: Updates|Tags: , |0 Comments

Family Services to Host 7th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® to Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

Family Services Safe Relationships Division will host the seventh annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® on Saturday, September 12, 2015. The walk will begin at Family Services’ Gateway location at 1200 S. Broad Street in Winston-Salem. Participants will walk down Salem Avenue and return to the event site. On-site registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. The walk will begin at [...]

By |2017-06-09T10:23:45-04:00September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Updates|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Transformational Goals for a Better Community

  If you were to go to sleep tonight and wake up ten years from now to find that your community had changed for the better, what would be different? When members of Family Services' Board of Directors were asked this question as part of a strategic planning process earlier this year, they answered by [...]

By |2015-09-25T16:50:11-04:00August 20th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Dixon: Family Services’ Gardens Play Important Role

Family Services Healing Gardens (photo courtesy of Mike Turner) When Family Services was in the process of being built, a landscape architect friend of the agency said, "As long as you’re going to build a green, environmentally friendly building, you ought to consider surrounding it with energy-efficient plants to mirror the healing that [...]

By |2017-06-09T10:23:45-04:00July 10th, 2015|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Family Services to participate in Monument Quilt

Family Services will participate in the Monument Quilt by displaying a quilt square as part of the Wake Forest University’s collection of squares from other local schools, campus and community organizations. The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse that tells their stories by stitching together [...]

By |2015-08-28T12:57:42-04:00April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Updates|Tags: , |0 Comments

Winston Salem Journal Editorial: Cheers to Family Services
for landing a landmark grant

Thank goodness the federal government has come through with a $2.2 million grant for Forsyth County’s Family Services to start an Early Head Start program in September. Family Services was left out of the initial grant announcements in December, but the organization announced Tuesday that it made the final cut, the Journal’s Arika Herron reported. [...]

By |2015-09-06T22:20:39-04:00April 9th, 2015|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Family Services Receives a Life-Changing Grant
to Bring 40 Jobs and Early Head Start

At 6:30am in the morning single father Melvin Blue wakes up his four and five year-old and gets them ready for school. Once they are on the bus at 7:15am is is finally able to sleep if he has a babysitter for his two year-old. He will sleep until around 2pm when he has to [...]

By |2017-06-09T10:23:45-04:00April 8th, 2015|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Family Services Receives $2.2 million in Federal Grants
To Open Early Head Start Program in Forsyth County 

Family Services announced today it is the recipient of $2.2 million dollars in federal funding that will bring the Early Head Start program to Forsyth County in September 2015. Early Head Start (EHS) will operate year-round and serve low-income families with children from birth to 36 months of age providing critical education and development services. [...]

By |2017-06-09T10:23:45-04:00April 7th, 2015|Categories: Updates|Tags: |0 Comments

Family Services Receives $2.2 Million in Federal Funding
to Help Bring Early Head Start Program to Forsyth County

Family Services President and CEO Bob Feikema with 3-year-old students at the Sarah Y. Austin Head Start Center. (photo by Erin Mizelle for The Chronicle) Family Services, the nonprofit that administers the Head Start program in Forsyth County within its Child Development division, announced Tuesday, April 7, that it has received $2.2 million in [...]

By |2017-06-09T10:23:45-04:00April 7th, 2015|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Former Family Services Director Sarah Austin Dies at 88

Sarah Austin Sarah Young Austin — the former head of Family Services  who improved the lives of hundreds of families, battered women, and poor children over a decades-long career — died Thursday at age 88. Austin, who joined Family Services in 1951 before retiring as president in 1994, worked with pregnant unmarried women, helping [...]

By |2017-06-09T10:23:45-04:00March 8th, 2015|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , |0 Comments