President and CEO Bob Feikema offers a state-of-the-agency report and an overview of the agency strategy and changes for Fiscal Year 2016-17. His executive summary follows, with a link to his full report.

July 1, 2016 marks a remarkable period in the history of Family Services in terms of what took place over the preceding 16 months and what will happen in the coming fiscal year.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Implemented the Early Head Start (EHS) program with a $2.2 million annual federal grant. EHS serves 120 low income families with children, from birth to three years old.
  • Implemented the Forsyth County School Readiness Project – also referred to as “the Incredible Years” or “IY” – which provides training and coaching for Head Start teachers in classroom management methods that strengthen children’s capacity for self-regulation and increase executive function. “IY” was made possible with a two-year, $165,000 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s Great Expectations initiative.
  • Received a $919,000 bequest from the estate of Sarah Y. Austin, whose 40-year career at Family Services included 10 years (1985-1995) as President and CEO.
  • Awarded $642,000 in annual funding by the United Way, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, and The Winston-Salem Foundation to launch the Family Success Collaborative – now called STRONG@HOME – a project that will bring the services of Family Services with Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries, Imprints Cares, and Financial Pathways of the Piedmont to 100 families enrolled in our Head Start program and 50 families living in the Boston-Thurmond neighborhood.
  • Received a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation for the Family Violence Prevention initiative, through which ten community organizations will develop their own action plans to reduce family violence. The Winston-Salem Foundation also provided $27,300 to support the first year of the initiative.
  • Received a $50,000 gift from a couple in Winston-Salem as an equal match to contributions made to the agency’s Annual Campaign between March 9 and June 30. This is the largest unrestricted contribution ever made by a living donor to the agency.

As a result of these programs and projects the Agency’s budget has increased by over 40%. Thirty-eight staff positions, along with 22 teachers who were hired through the Early Head Start grant by our community childcare partner centers, have been added to our agency family.

There were challenges, too, particularly when a reallocation of United Way funding led us to close the Time Out and Strong Fathers programs and to scale back our Safe Relationships Community Education program.  At the same time, United Way funded remains strong for other programs: Counseling, School-based Counseling, Ways to Work, the Family Services Shelter/Victim Services, and the Child Advocacy Center.  For FY2017 Family Services will be one of the largest recipients of United Way funding.

What lies ahead?  Click here for an in depth look at where Family Services and the community are headed in the coming year and beyond.

And go to 2013 and 2016 Program Maps for diagrams of the transformation of Family Services programs between 2013 and 2016.