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S-GI support center forms partnership with community

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Strong families are the key to successful schools and healthy communities. School alone cannot accomplish this. As such, partnership with community services is important to help ensure long-term success. With the increasing economic challenges in today’s society, families are finding it more difficult to stay connected to one another and are struggling to maintain a strong, healthy unit. So, what better to develop than a place where individuals and families can get the support they need and have the school and community working together with them to accomplish goals and find success. After a lot of thought and planning the S-GI Family Support Center was established.

The family support center is a place where counseling, support and information are available. It is a collaborative partnership between families, school and community human service agencies. The Family Support Center serves any individual or family who is a resident of the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District. The services that are provided include, but are not limited to; family counseling, informational workshops, support groups, parenting groups and links with community resources. Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 Kimberly Burr, facilitated enrollment representative, will be at the Family Support Center to assist those in need of health insurance or in covering the costs of their healthcare plan offered by their employer. She will consistently be at the center on the last Tuesday of each month, from 3-5 p.m.

Free and confidential services are available during the day or early evening on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Family Support Center is located in room 116 of the Springville Elementary School building at 283 North St., Springville, N.Y. 14141.

For more information or to set up an appointment, residents are welcome to contact the Family Support Center directly at 592-3248, or School Social Worker Debra Skok-Watson at 592-3229, mailbox No. 5304. Referrals can also be made through school counselors, psychologists, social workers and principals. The S-GI Family Support Center is a designated donor choice of The United Way.

Rochelle Casselman
Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services
Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District


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