April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our community. Here in Salem we are fortunate to have Family Building Blocks to serve in just this capacity. FBB is a relief nusery that has been serving children and families in Marion and Polk Counties since 1997 and for that deserves our April Live Salem feature.
Family Building Blocks has two locations: Chelsea’s Place located on Lancaster Ave in Northeast Salem and Gracie’s Place located on Edgewater St in West Salem. Inside the walls, FBB offers theraputic classrooms for children and families. FBB also has an outreach program that is geared towards connecting, educating and supporting families who have yet to be plugged into the classrooms at FBB. Aside from these primary services, FBB also offers dependency treament court and supervised visitation programs that work with our City, County and State DHS systems. In 2011 over 858 children were served in these programs. In addition to children served inside the classroom there are approximately 140 children on the waiting list who recieve home visits, parent education services, emergency childcare, clothes closet and food boxes.
I have volunteered at FBB for over three years and currently sit on the Board of Directors. This organization is a complete blessing to our community. Personally, I have witnessed the first hand results of their programs and the impact it has for those involved in any level. Just being involved on a volunteer level, FBB has taught me a number of parenting nuggets that have helped me focus on the importance of early childhood development when parenting my three kiddos (4 year old twins and a 22 month old).
If you are interested in donating, volunteering or learning more about FBB you can visit www.familybuildingblocks.org/help.
Family Building Blocks also owns and operates Reruns for Kids, a local children’s clothing consignment store. Go check it out! www.familybuildingblocks.org/reruns.
Do you love wine? Well, if you do, then you need to check out this amazing benefit for Family Building Blocks. The 5th annual Uncorked Wine Auction will be held on May 12th. Get your tickets at uncorkedwineauction.com