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WINSTON-SALEM, NC — Family Services is receiving $516,376 from United Way of Forsyth County to fund Victim Services and Counseling during the 2019-2020 fiscal year.  Those services for victims of domestic violence include emergency shelter, crisis intervention and safety planning, 24/7 crisis lines, support groups and court advocacy.

“United Way funding provides a base of support for our counseling and family violence programs that enables us to leverage support from other private and public funders. Family Services President and CEO Bob Feikema said. “It’s like a multiplier effect that allows us to serve even more families and children.”

Family Services is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization working collaboratively with government, education, other nonprofit organizations, and citizens to solve the community’s complex social problems. Family Services works with the community to ensure that all families and children are safe, secure, and able to reach their full potential.  The mission of Family Services is to promote the school readiness of children, the well-being of adults and families, and the safety of those in the community impacted by family violence. Family Services offers a full range of services including counseling, child development, and advocacy to more than 10,000 people a year.

United Way is committed to bettering lives across Winston Salem and Forsyth County in partnership with Family Services. United Way of Forsyth County brings the community and its resources together to solve problems that no one organization can address alone.  In 2018, United Way of Forsyth County helped more than 147,000 people in the community. More than 14,000 people donated to United Way’s 2018 Annual Campaign.

United Way of Forsyth County President and CEO, Cindy Gordineer notes, “Through United Way’s support and aligning of resources, these programs, the agencies and their collaborating partners are working to ensure each of our neighbors has the opportunity to live a stable and healthy life. We can do so much more together rather than individually, and we thank each donor who makes the programs possible.”

For information about the Family Services, visit FamilyServicesForsyth.org  or contact Chief Development and Public Relations Officer Michelle Speas at 336.722.8173, or email mspeas@familyservicesforsyth.org

For more information about the United Way of Forsyth County, visit ForsythUnitedWay.org.