Mid Town Family Resource Center
Since 1998, the Parkersburg office has operated a series of neighborhood- based prevention, youth development, and family support services. The focus of the Mid-Town Family Resource Center (MTFRC) is to support and strengthen neighborhood families, to increase parental knowledge of parenting and child development, to provide emergency assistance in the form of food and clothing, and to enable families to learn about resources and opportunities available to them in the community.
Child abuse/neglect prevention, accomplished by promoting parental competencies, is also a primary focus. Parent support components provide neighborhood parents opportunities to give and gain support, learn and practice parenting skills, and learn ways to relieve stressors for their family.
Additional programming for youth is offered through an after school program for students of McKinley Elementary School. Licensed through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, this fee-based program accepts students whose parents receive subsidized child care assistance as well as those who are able to pay their own fees. The program’s goals include raising academic achievement, promoting family and community involvement and teaching social responsibility through service learning projects. During the summer, the site offers a six-week enrichment program, partnering with the Dept. of Education to provide free lunch and snack for neighborhood youth. Family engagement and youth activities, geared towards a variety of age groups, are held monthly with community-wide events held several times a year. The Family Resource Center hosts a 4-H club for neighborhood youth who meet monthly.
In January, 2010, America's Promise designated our Parkersburg site as a Promise Place. By demonstrating that local Children’s Home Society’s programs provide access to caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education, and opportunities to help others, we have joined the nation's largest partnerships providing supports to young people.
The Mid-Town Family Resource Center is accessible for persons with disabilities and is open Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm and at least one Saturday a month. A warm and inviting space, parents can drop-in to relax, receive support, and obtain information. The resource center provides a unique role for the community; collaborating and coordinating services to meet the needs of the families it serves.
1717 St. Mary's Ave. Parkersburg, WV 26101
304-485-0650 Fax: 304-485-0618