Community Programs

The Family Resource Center offers several opportunities for support and education through our Community Programs.

Mentoring Program serves youth ages 5-17 that live in the Clayton Ridge School District and matches them up with an adult who shares similar interests.  A mentor should be someone who really has an interest in making an impact on a child’s life and can be someone with a lot of time or a small amount of time to give; a single person, a couple; a young person or a retired person; a parent or someone who has no children of their own. Mentors and mentees are asked to commit to a year in the program with a minimum of three contact hours per month. Email or call 563-252-3215 to learn more.

Grief Support Group  Grief is the normal and natural emotional response to loss due to death, divorce or other losses that a person may experience. We provide a safe environment to support you on your journey of recovery from the grief that you are experiencing. The Grief Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month from 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at the Family Resource Center in Guttenberg.

Cancer Support Group  Cancer may be in your past, it could be in your present or fear of it returning in your future. We are survivors and caretakers that have walked in your shoes. We understand how important it is to have support. The group meets the first Thursday of each month from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center in Guttenberg.

Parent Education is available upon request and in collaboration with community partners.

Crisis Respite Childcare partners with local registered or licensed childcare providers to assist families that need childcare and are experiencing a personal crisis.

Safe Sitter Class is a medically accurate, hands-on class for boys and girls ages 11 to 13 who want to learn to care for younger children.

Poverty Simulation is a full day learning experience where participants are placed in a family that is low-income or has recently seen a hardship and are asked to navigate the realities of life (rent, kids to school, groceries, finding a job, etc.).  After a simulated month’s experience, the group discusses the challenges and trials.  The purpose is to empathize with those in our community that may be facing similar challenges in their daily lives and ensure that we are helping and not creating more barriers when providing services. 

Back-to-School Supplies  Area families can register with the Family Resource Center to receive school supplies at the beginning of the school year.  This program usually occurs the first full week of August. 

Christmas for Kids  Area families can register with the Family Resource Center to receive items (new clothes, toys, etc.) for their children for Christmas.  Registration is usually required the first week in December. 

County Wellness Fair  During even calendar years, the wellness fair is hosted in Guttenberg where area agencies and providers have a booth to share their services with the community. The fair is usually held in April or May. 

Recovery Connect is an eight-week recovery journey where participants will learn how unresolved trauma can negatively impact both overall mental health and physical health. Participants will be equipped with tools and connections to guide healing from past traumas. Registration is free, and child-care is provided.

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