APS & U. Way to Open 3rd Family Resource Center

Wraparound Services for Families
Posted on 11/11/2019
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A week ago, at the Nov. 4 Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education meeting, board members heard about a new program that will take place at two community learning centers (CLC).

Carla Chapman, APS director of community relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, gave a presentation on Family Resource Centers (FRC), in partnership with the United Way of Summit County.

The FRC at Robinson CLC is already open, with the FRC at Helen Arnold CLC scheduled to open this month, according to Chapman.

Chapman said the idea of providing wraparound services, like those offered by FRCs, is a process for connecting families to resources that meet their unique needs.

A key part of the FRCs are the Financial Empowerment Centers, which will offer free appointments for financial coaching. According to the FRC website, KeyBank is a sponsor of the empowerment center at the Robinson location, while Huntington will sponsor the empowerment center at Helen Arnold.

Chapman said other services provided by the FRCs include iCARE Mentoring and leveraging a network of community organizations and nonprofits funded by United Way, including access to the 211 resource directory.

A new partner with the centers, revealed earlier in the day, is the Summit County Department of Job and Family Services. Chapman said it will provide services one day per week.

“While there is need, there’s also opportunity,” said Chapman. “Because there are a lot of people who we can not only connect to resources, but who we can bring into our buildings to act as mentors to support our kids in unique and different ways.”

For more information on the FRCs, call 330.761.7967 or visit uwsummit.org/frc.
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