Family Foundations’ mission is Growing Strong, Money-Wise Families. Growing: we teach and train important life skills to unlock potential. Strong: through clinical counseling we nurture and counsel individuals and families to promote strong mental health. Money-Wise: we teach financial literacy to allow families to maximize available resources and reach financial goals. Families: we believe in the power of strong family structures and bonds to assist individuals and families cope with life’s challenges. Family Foundations envisions a community where individuals and families are safe, resilient and prepared to thrive.
Family Foundations’ Financial Stability program assists individuals and families manage finances and resources in a complex and challenging world. Through a comprehensive array of services, we help families in Northeast Florida increase financial literacy skills including: budgeting, credit scoring, housing counseling, down-payment assistance, debt management, payday lending issues, student loan counseling, foreclosure intervention and bankruptcy. Utilizing individual and group sessions taught by certified financial counselors, Family Foundations provides the tools, knowledge and resources to effectively manage one’s finances. Our counselors also participate as the financial education component in Jacksonville’s Financial Opportunity Center, a collaboration aimed at helping families coordinate their employment and financial wellness strategies. Annually, Family Foundations coordinates Wi$e Money Week, a week-long celebration that brings together numerous volunteers to deliver financial education to youth, adults, seniors and veterans to increase knowledge and stress the importance of financial literacy and responsibility.
Family Foundations’ Clinical Counseling is delivered through two programs: Family and Individual Counseling Services (FICS) and, in conjunction with the local United Way, Westside Full Service Schools (WFSS). FICS provides a comprehensive set of mental health services to individuals and families and is the only community- based program in Northeast Florida that provides low or no-cost counseling services. No one is ever turned away based upon their capacity to pay. Also, through an FICS collaboration with the local Partnership for Child Health, we work with and counsel youth caught up in the juvenile justice system to reduce the rate of recidivism. WFSS provides services to school-aged youth and their families to address behaviors that interfere with educational achievement, helping students to mitigate or eliminate non-academic barriers limiting their full potential. Each of our counselors are Licensed Mental Health practitioners and/ or supervised Registered Mental Health Interns.
Family Foundations manages Jacksonville’s 1000 in 1000 program, a collective impact model that aims to end intergenerational poverty. The initiative engages community partners to help families build core assets, learn/ upgrade skills and address other financial, educational or social barriers that limit upward mobility and income progression. The program is a research-based approach and works by helping families build pivotal assets as a means of achieving self-sufficiency. Through a combination of wrap around services, peer networking, incentives and strategies to expand income, the program aims to remove barriers, increase family stability and enhance employment prospects.