Imagine an interwoven web of support for helping resourceful families become even stronger, where previously under-served individuals are given opportunities and challenges to help them compete on level ground with the rest of the Austin population, and where things start from the very basic level. from family to family, through schools and neighborhood family resource centers. You've just imagined The Austin Project's Family Resource Centers.
Schools cannot do it alone. To succeed, schools need community partners and resources. Family Resources Centers works together with the Austin Independent School District schools and its partners to develop a unified plan focusing on academics, services, supports and opportunities that lead to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.
Opportunities for families to access referrals and support by licensed social workers for issues related to:
- Housing, clothing, and furniture needs
- Access to healthy food and physical activity
- Health insurance and benefits
- Employment & resume writing
- Counseling for families
- Computer, English as Second Language
& GED classes
- Parent Advocacy for students
- Parenting leadership classes
- Engagement with student issues
- Apply or renew applications for Medicare, SNAP, and CHIP
- Free legal consultations with a Attorney
What is a Family Resource Center?
The Austin Project's (TAP) school-based Family Resources Centers in Central and Southeast Austin provide an array of support and effort to develop and expand the concept of Community Schools and deepen support for Austin's public schools located within Austin's "Crescent of Poverty". TAP provides support to children, youth and families on 16 AISD campuses and hosts annual community-wide health & wellness events in East and Southeast Austin.
Family Resource Centers (FRC) are school-based family-friendly gathering places that engage parents and residents in community problem solving, coordination of events and school partnerships. TAP Family Resource Centers host monthly Community School Alliance Meetings and on-going PARENT/ADULT ACADEMIES that provide workshops and classes that families identify are needed and desired through an annual Family Needs and Interests Survey. All AISD families within the Martin and Mendez Middle school feeder patterns are encouraged to participate. FRC programs encourage individuals to assume maximum responsibility for their own lives and to assume a leadership role in community self-help activities.
FRC staff become involved in the life of the community and are partners with community residents in ongoing assessment of neighborhood needs and community response to needed support. The FRC staff and volunteers help residents identify and use community resources, initiate programs, and work to promote collaboration and coordination among all social service agencies working in the area.
All services are offered in the spirit of neighborhood need, respect for the individual and in a culturally sensitive manner.