Hazardville Family Resource Center receives donation

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., May. 24, 2013
Charles Miller of SpotRite presents $5,000 to support the Hazardville Family Resource Center. Pictured (l-r): Director of Social Services Pamela Brown, Miller, Family Resource Director Amy Morales, and Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Over the years, ShopRite has continued to support the Enfield Family Resource Center (FRC) through food donations. This year the grocery store decided to donate $5,000 to the new FRC in Hazardville to help sustain the Autism Support Group. “We are so grateful to ShopRite. It’s so great when businesses can give back to the community,” said FRC Coordinator Amy Morales.

The Autism Support Group was started by parents who have children or family members with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is supported by FRC. The purpose of the group is to share achievements, offer support and explore concerns. The support group also offers child care for parents attending the monthly meetings to make it easier for families to attend.

The FRC also offers monthly support groups for single parents on Thursday evenings and grandparents raising children on Monday evenings, which include dinner and childcare. Other services include screenings to identify developmental delays and advocacy and referral services to other community resources, to name a few.

Learning through playgroups offers four different groups which meet at Hazardville Memorial School, Enfield Street School and Alcorn and include an evening playgroup with dads and summer playgroups. The playgroup program offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to interact with their child in a learning environment.

The mission of the FRC is to provide education and support to strengthen Enfield families and the community and to ensure children enter school ready to learn. The resource center believes parents are the first and most important teachers children have. The letter issued to businesses as an attempt to increase sponsorship reads, "investing in early childhood is one of the best, most cost-effective choices communities can make to benefit the economy and develop the workforce."

The FRC in Hazardville was established last year at the Hazardville Memorial School and is Enfield’s second resource center in the community. The center was started by Enfield’s Key Initiatives to Early Education (KITE) Community Plan with the help of the Lego Children’s Fund. Lego donated $125,000 to support the new resource center during its first year of operation.

“We are committed to get other businesses to sustain the second center,” said Morales.

The 360 Federal Credit Union has also been one of the FRC’s contributing businesses in the community. The credit union puts on financial literacy workshops to help parents budget as well as an after school program teaching kids about finance.

To find more information about the FRC, visit the website www.enfield-ct.gov/frc/.

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