2019 represents 40 years of service!
Please stay tuned for more information on events, campaigns and how you can show your support today and beyond!
Family Outreach Center, Inc., was formed in August of 1979 as the result of the initiative of community leaders who were concerned about the deterioration of family life within segments of the population residing in the “inner city” of Grand Rapids, which included people of color and other low-income residents. It became clear that, although Grand Rapids had a good network of public and private agencies providing mental health, child welfare and substance abuse services to support family life, for a variety of reasons poor people and people of color did not use the available services, had limited access, and were seldom referred by pastors, school administrators, social workers and the criminal justice system. After months of deliberations, a decision was made to incorporate a new agency that would provide mental health and family support services to segments of the population who traditionally represent the under served in the human services community.
Family Outreach Center has been successfully delivering its services to low income, uninsured, and under insured populations (including the Medicaid population) since its inception in 1979.
A Quick Look Back!
- Our CEO Dr. Veneese Chandler, started in 1983. She has served as CEO for 36 years!
- In 1983, our staff size was 5.
- The first service offered by Family Outreach Center was Outpatient Mental Health.
- Kent County Community Mental Health (now Network 180) was the only funder initially.
- Our first location was 645 Cherry.
40(4)40 is fundraising campaign, $40 dollars for 40 years of service!
We are grateful to all of our supporters. It is your enthusiasm, support, and dedication that has allowed us to experience growth! We thank you for trusting in us to provide outstanding services, while we continue to advocate for the unmet behavioral health needs of children, adults and families. Our success story remains incomplete without the support of our clients and community. Here is an opportunity for you to help us overcome some of the many challenges before us!
Stay tuned to learn how you can participate! If you are interested right now, visit www.facebook.com/focgr or contact Janet Edwards at email@example.com or call 616-247-3815.
Celebrate with Us!
“Celebrating Our Commitment and Service to the Community”
Our 40th anniversary celebration will be on August 22, 2019 @ The Ballroom at CityFlats Hotel 83 NW Monroe Center St., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
The evening promises to be a multi-faceted event that will include good food, great music, and testimonials from consumers, volunteers and staff regarding the impact of our services and our commitment along with other special features as well. Our goal is to impress the audience with our history, highlight our evolution, and underscore our achievements over the years!
Interested in sponsoring a table? Contact Janet Edwards at (616) 247-3815 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.