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Family Guidance and Outreach Center is a non-profit agency with a mission to prevent the abuse and neglect of children in Lubbock and the surrounding area. Since 1981 we have thrived in the Lubbock community as we reach out to families to provide tools and support to help facilitate change within the family. In our 25 year history have provided 140,000 hours of volunteer service to the Lubbock community, touched the lives of 19,000 parents and children and reached more than 200,000 individuals through our programs.
The purpose of Family Guidance and Outreach Center of Lubbock is the prevention of child abuse and neglect. As an advocate for children and families, we utilize community resources to equip volunteers and strengthen families by enhancing self-esteem, communication and family unity. By providing friendship, support, life skills, role modeling and education, Family Guidance Center positively impacts families in the West Texas area. Family Guidance & Outreach helps families find better ways to manage the demands of parenting. Children grow up in a stable, healthy environment and families are strengthened. Some of the programs offered are: family mentoring by volunteers, monthly support groups, kids connection groups, kids coping with divorce and blended families classes, parenting classes, weekly program for pregnant teens, community education on shaken baby syndrome, and classes on anger management for teens and pre-adolescents.
Family Outreach Center of Lubbock was organized in 1981 as a non-profit agency with four sponsoring organizations: Junior League of Lubbock, State of Texas Children’s Protective Services, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and the Junior League of Lubbock. The major emphasis at that time was to provide services in the home to families at low risk for abuse/neglect. The state provided a casework manager. The agency recruited, trained, and supervised community volunteer family mentors. The mission of the agency is to prevent the abuse and neglect of children. The agency has thrived in the community for the past 25 years as it reaches out to families to provide tools and support to help facilitate change within the family.
In 1989, Family Outreach began its main fundraiser, Bingo, becoming one of the charities receiving proceeds from the game of bingo. Today we continue this fundraiser, and it has enabled our agency to continue its mission in the Lubbock area.
In 1993, Family Outreach started an educational/mentoring program, B.A.S.I.C.S. (Building A System Impacting Children & Society). Family Outreach families meet monthly to share a meal and an educational program. This program continues to provide support and education to approximately 18 families.
In 1997, Family Outreach began its Connection Kids program offering mentoring and education to the children of our client families. Children continue to meet in age appropriate groups implementing crafts to give to other community agencies, i.e. Ronald McDonald House, Meals on Wheels, children’s hospitals, and nursing homes.
In 1997, Family Outreach began its educational/mentoring program to pregnant teens in New Directions of Lubbock Independent School District and provides services to 50-60 young women annually.
In 1998, Family Outreach held its first annual Blue Ribbon Rally-Harley Party raising approximately $27,000. benefiting the many programs the agency offers to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.
In 1999, Family Outreach began to offer preventive programs such as Shaken Baby Syndrome Education program that reaches 2000-2500 local children and adults annually.
In 2000, Family Outreach began offering the court ordered class for divorcing parents called K.I.D.S. As the numbers of parents going through this class increased, we received more and more requests for other parenting classes.
In 2003, The Parenting Guidance of Family Outreach opened with a small menu of classes for parents with emphasis on divorce follow-up. The Parenting Center has continued to add classes using various community experts to teach. Currently, we offer four to six classes a month on numerous topics, and quarterly offer violence prevention classes for families.
In 2003, the state stopped funding for Family Outreach and for a casework manager. The Board of Directors voted to change Family Outreach to Family Guidance and Outreach. Center of Lubbock. All the above-mentioned programs have continued, and we will soon begin our newest program, "Anger Wranglers", an anger management class for children, ages 7, 8 and 9 years of age.
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