Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – The Family Education and Partnership program invites families who have a child with a metal health diagnosis to attend a special Family Activity Night on March 29 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Catholic Charities’ CYO facilities at 365 W. First St.
A program of Catholic Charities of Oswego County the Family Education and Partnerships program (FEP) offers support and information to parents, caregivers, and siblings of children and adolescents with a mental health, or emotionally disturbed diagnosis. The Family Education and Partnerships program provides families with a number of resources such as educational sessions, skill building exercises, guest speakers, and activity nights. The focus of the program is to reduce stress on the families involved by supporting and empowering parents, caregivers, and families.
According to Program Supervisor, Gail Cooper, the Family Education and Partnership program does much more than provide information and access to resources.
“The personal touch that the Family Education and Partnership provides is what makes the program so effective,” said Cooper. “Our family activity nights and our group meetings offer parents, caregivers, and siblings the opportunity to meet other families who share the same concerns and discuss their experiences. It’s an important part of the program as it may be the only chance that families with children or adolescents with a mental health, or emotionally disturbed diagnosis have to network with each other.”
The Family and Education Partnership program’s Family Activity Night will offer families the opportunity to learn more about the program and how it may enhance the quality of their life.
“Our staff will be there welcome families, make them feel comfortable, and discuss the details of the program. We also welcome input from each family as to what their needs are and what issues they would like to see addressed,” said Cooper.
As part of the event Cooper said that families would be able to learn more about Catholic Charities’ Step By Step Wellness program, the food pantry and thrift store, and the CYO program.
“These programs are a valuable resource to families and wish to let them know how they may access them when needed,” said Cooper.
Additionally, the CYO facilities, which include, video games, billiards, air hockey, basketball and more will be available for youth in grades 2 through 12 and complementary pizza and refreshments will be served.
“We are looking forward to meeting families, discovering their needs and receiving their input as to what issues they would like to see the Family Education Partnerships program address. As no referrals are required, families may attend groups and take part in the program’s events as they choose,” added Cooper.
The Family Education and Partnerships Program’s Family Activity Night will be held March 29 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For information, contact Cooper or LouAnn Collins-Warren at 315-598-3980.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.