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OUR IMPACT

 

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COMMUNITY IMPACT

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ECONOMIC IMPACT

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OUR THERAPEUTIC EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS

Our intake team completes eligibility screens with families at local hospitals, WIC classes, the teen parent program, on the phone, and in person for walk-ins. Families who are eligible for and interested in services receive phone support from an intake specialist until the family is enrolled in services or their situation has stabilized. The intake specialist monitors caseloads and utilizes each program’s service delivery priorities to identify which families are offered services when caseloads have openings.
 

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RELIEF NURSERY

Certified by the Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries
Est. 1997


The first Relief Nursery in Oregon opened in Eugene in the 1970's, and today there are over 28 Relief Nurseries statewide working to end the intergenerational cycle of child abuse and neglect. As the Relief Nursery serving Marion and Polk counties, Family Building Blocks is the first and only organization to implement therapeutic classrooms and therapeutic home visitation for infants and toddlers in our community.

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HEALTHY FAMILIES

Part of Healthy Families Oregon 
Accredited by Healthy Families America

Est. 2003

Family Building Blocks is the sole provider of Healthy Families home visiting services in Marion and Polk counties. This evidence-based program allows staff to screen families for eligibility at local hospitals. This program serves families prenatally through a child’s third birthday.

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EARLY HEAD START

Audited annually by Federal Head Start and the 
Department of Health & Human Services
Est. 2010

Early Head Start is a federal program serving families living in a defined geographic region with children up to age three. Family Building Blocks has offered Early Head Start home visiting and classroom services since 2010.

QUALIFICATIONS: English

ANNUAL REPORT: 2014/2015

APPLICATIONS: Return to Helen's Place at 180 18th St. NE.

• EHS/Family Building Blocks: English | Spanish
• Expectant Mothers: English | Spanish

COMMUNITY ASSESSMENTS 2016: English | Spanish
 

 

OUR SERVICES

Certified by the Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries

We partner with families who are facing multiple stressors while
raising young children (prenatal to age five) in Marion and Polk counties.
 

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THERAPEUTIC CLASSROOMS

Available at Chelsea's Place and Helen's Place (Marion County) and Gracie's Place and Dallas Academy (Polk County) 

Therapeutic classrooms provide a safe, nurturing environment to support healthy development and healing from trauma for children ages six weeks to five years. Focused on the healthy social and emotional development of young children, therapeutic classrooms are an innovative strategy that incorporate evidence-based curriculum, research on brain development, and early childhood expertise to develop resilience in children.

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HOME VISITING

Available at all Family Building Blocks locations

We provide parent coaching through home visits for families. Home visits are designed to strengthen the bond and attachment between parent and child. Our Home Visitors bring age-appropriate information and activities to engage the family. They also provide referrals to ensure access to medical services and resources for meeting basic needs and help parents identify and accomplish goals leading to self-sufficiency.

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PARENT EDUCATION

Available at all Family Building Blocks locations

Parents gain leadership skills and take courses to support their family's growth and development through parent advisory groups, training workshops, and one-on-one coaching. Parents can choose to participate in our Parent Leadership Group or Early Head Start Policy Council to receive additional leadership training, and the opportunity to provide input to Family Building Blocks regarding program policies, activities, and planning.

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RESPITE CARE

Available at Chelsea's Place (Marion County) and the Dallas Academy (Polk County)

Enrolled parents who need to attend a scheduled appointment, meeting, or simply need a break may place their children in scheduled care for several hours each month.

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OUR RESOURCES

All families enrolled in Family Building Blocks have access to the following resources:

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FOOD PANTRY

Enrolled families receive emergency food boxes through our partnership with Marion-Polk Food Share. Non-perishable food donations are accepted year-round at our locations to support the needs of families parenting young children in Marion and Polk counties.

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CLOTHES CLOSET

Quality and gently used children's clothing is available to families through our Clothes Closet. There is always a need for additional donations of gently used clothing for children ages infant to five years.

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COMMUNITY REFERRALS

Parents are connected to needed community resources and services including local food banks, medical and dental providers, housing, child care, Head Start, support for basic needs, substance abuse counseling, domestic violence programs, and other charitable organizations that may be able to help families during a crisis.