Families Forward Charlotte had an amazing year and we could not have done it without your support! Here is a review of everything you helped us achieve during our 2018-2019 program year:
Matched 25 families with a Family Liaison, who acted as a mentor and helped families achieve individual successes
Hosted 9 Educational Workshop from September to May, covering topics such as Financial Literacy, Technology Skills, Goal Setting, Parenting
Served over 80 children in our Weekend Food Pack Program with 2,000 bags of food
Provided 25 families Thanksgiving meals and Christmas meals
Provided 118 children and adults Christmas gifts worth approximately $150 for each set of gifts
Provided 172 backpacks filled with school supplies to local children
Distributed 75 essential baskets totaling $9,500
Over $6,500 in Transportation help
Over $2,000 in Food help
Over $4,000 in Utilities help
Over $22,000 in Housing help
With all this hard work, you might be wondering what impact these services have yielded over the course of the year. Of the families who took our year-end Self- Sufficiency Matrix Survey:
76.2% stated they "somewhat agree" or "very much agree" that their housing situation has improved.
85.7% stated they "somewhat agree" or "very much agree" that their knowledge and ability to access services and resources improved.
57.1% stated they "somewhat agree" or "very much agree" that their employment or knowledge of opportunities and/or training for employment improved.
76.2% stated they "somewhat agree" or "very much agree" that their access to and knowledge of education opportunities improved.
90.4% stated they "somewhat agree" or "very much agree" that they can better set goals for their family.
Wow. Families Forward Charlotte could not be more proud of these numbers. Your dedication to our organization and our mission has made this all possible. We are so excited to continue to grow these numbers next year and hope that you will continue to be part of our journey!
Here Is What’s Next For FFC
In November 2018, the Families Forward Charlotte Board of Directors and Advisory Board decided that an updated and forward-thinking Strategic Plan was needed to provide a roadmap to guide priority focus and actions for FFC that are in line with our mission of easing the burdens of poverty on families in Mecklenburg County.
The FFC board tasked a cross-functional group of board members to develop a planning framework for the development of a 2022 Strategic Plan that expands the reach FFC to a 2022 target of 150 families. In addition to expanding our reach, we established progressive and sequential steps that closed the gaps to achieve the 2022 goals.
The committee identified five core areas for the development of Strategic Priorities to meet FFC’s long- term goals:
Reorganization/Restructure and Realignment
Institutionalizing of the Family Liaison Model
Recruitment, Training, Orientation of Family Liaisons
Full-Time Staffing, Resources, and Leadership
Advance Sponsorship and Fundraising Programs
Our new organized structure will coordinate and focus all FFC work streams for increased efficiencies. Resources will be added in alignment with the Strategic Plan requirements in areas such as Family Assistance, Fundraising, Communications/Marketing and Community Partnerships.
Institutionalizing the Family Liaison model for wider implementation was viewed by the committee as a distinct advantage to join forces with other local agencies to improve the Charlotte area’s economic mobility standing in the U.S.
To meet the FFC’s long-term goal of 150 families by 2022, this core family function will be targeted for additional program development, recruitment and training efforts. Next program year we will be a Mobility Mentoring ® informed program! Over this summer we are working diligently to improve our program and will be trained in Mobility Mentoring ® and we have joined the Economic Mobility Exchange—a global anti-poverty network of non-profits, foundations, academic institutions, human service providers, and government agencies. Exchange members advance a groundbreaking approach to combat poverty, which has a proven track record of helping low-income people achieve economic independence.
Each year we have established specific goals to help us reach our 2020 goal of serving 150 families and fulfill our five Strategic Priorities. You can find out more about what each year’s goal entails here. We look forward to the next few years of growth and change with you all!
Sending A Special THANK YOU To These Wonderful Groups!
Families Forward Charlotte is so thankful to have been chosen as the recipient for Omni Wellness Center’s fundraising drive this summer. Together with Charlotte Stem Cell, Omni Wellness Center raised $10,000 to support Families Forward Charlotte and our mission thanks to the generosity of their amazing patients and hard working team! We could not be more grateful for such a wonderful gift to our organization.
Families Forward Charlotte would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the below groups for their support in our mission over the last month!