Mobilizing the community to prevent substance abuse, violence and related social ills
Community Mobilization, established by the 1989 Washington Legislature, provides money to counties to involve community members in creating safe and healthy communities. Almost 90 percent of Community Mobilization funds go directly to communities and neighborhoods to do this work.
Using a risk/protective framework, each county defines its own unique needs and solutions to prevent substance abuse, violence and related social ills. Two key strategies further define this work:
1. The active involvement of the community
Community Mobilization brings together youth, parents and geographically, ethnically and culturally diverse groups to maximize resources in response to community-identified needs. In addition, local agencies, schools and organizations implement programs and activities that demonstrate effective outcomes.
2. Family Resource Centers
A primary focus of Community Mobilization is development of Family Resource Centers in Clark County. Family Resource Centers are a response to the developing family support movement that advocates a local and national commitment to families.
The movement began as an effort to combine knowledge about child development, family systems and community impact on families as a means to build more effective ways to promote healthy child development. A multicultural, multidisciplinary, grassroots movement, it represents thousands of community-based efforts dedicated to helping all kinds of families raise healthy children.
What is a Family Resource Center? A center is a gathering place, a community hub of activities, services and resources for children and families. It's a place where a family could go, not only in times of need, but as a regular part of their day-to-day life. Centers build on the strengths and capacities of families, and include families in developing the centers to meet community needs.
In Clark County. the number of Family Centers is growing. Each is unique to the community and/or population it serves. For information about a particular center, call the number below:
- Battle Ground Family Resource Center, (360) 687-7126
- Unified Camas/Washougal Family Resource Center, (360) 835-7802
- Children's Home Society Family Resource Center, (360) 695-1325
- Clark College Child & Family Studies Program, (360) 992-2393 or 992-2179
- Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF) Family Center, (360) 896-9912
- Fruit Valley Family Resource Center, (36o) 313-1904
- Jim Parsley Center, (360) 313-1000
- Vancouver Housing Authority Rise & Stars Community Center, (360) 737-2950
In addition to and in support of center development, representatives of various centers meet regularly to network, share resources, offer technical assistance, and help new programs get off the ground. This group is called the Family Center Network Technical Assistance Team (FRNCTAT). Members meet the fourth Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact DeDe Sieler at (360) 397-2130 ext. 5229.
Office of National Drug Control Policy
An excellent list of links to various sites related to drug and alcohol use.
Family Support America
Family Support America is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in the family support movement.