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Open House To Introduce Catholic Charities’ New Family Support Program

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Catholic Charities of Oswego County invites you to attend an open house introducing the agency’s new Family Education Partnerships program.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County will host an open house on Feb. 16 to introduce the agency’s newest program, Family Education Partnerships. From left are LouAnn Collins-Warren, program coordinator and Gail Cooper, program supervisor.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County will host an open house on Feb. 16 to introduce the agency’s newest program, Family Education Partnerships. From left are LouAnn Collins-Warren, program coordinator and Gail Cooper, program supervisor.

Open to families, the Family Education and Partnerships (FEP) program provides support and information to parents, caregivers, and siblings of children and adolescents with a mental health, or emotionally disturbed diagnosis. The goal of the program is to reduce stress on the families involved by supporting and empowering parents, caregivers, and families. To achieve this goal Family Education Partnerships offers a number of resources, program supervisor Gail Cooper, said.

“Through a combination of educational sessions, skill building exercises, guest speakers and presentations we will provide families with a wealth of information that is based on each family’s unique needs. Additionally, Family Educational Partnerships provides networking groups where parents, caregivers, and siblings may come together and share their experiences,” said Cooper.

During the open house, staff members will greet families, explain to them the benefits of the Family Education Partnerships program, and answer any questions they may have. Cooper said that staff from Catholic Charities’ Step By Step Wellness program, the food pantry and thrift store, and the CYO program would also be at the open house to share information about their respective programs.

“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.

Catholic Charities’ open house will be held Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and children in grades 2 through 12 are welcome to visit the CYO facilities during the open house to enjoy video games, air hockey, billiards, basketball and more. For information on the Catholic Charities’ open house, contact Gail 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.