On Monday, January 25, Thurston County Commissioner Romero hosted at her monthly Coffee Chat in Yelm guest Shelli Slaughter, Family Support Center director since 2006. The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, operating separate from the county, though collaborates with them.
I was in-audience as Slaughter shared her unique and touching story about the domestic violence she experienced and how fortunate Thurston County is to have the vast resources available to families in need: i.e. affordable housing and homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault, child abuse and neglect prevention, maternal/child health and under-served or marginalized persons (i.e. don’t speak English or who identify as LGBTQ).
Slaughter said Thurston County has the 3rd highest domestic violence rate in Washington state, with family homelessness on an increase for over 10 years. As an example, she reported an estimated 1,600 homeless school children in Thurston County alone, which does not include toddlers or infants not in the school system.
The support center’s services are needed now more than ever.
– From the Family Support Center of South Sound
“The center is a local, nonprofit, multi-service agency founded in 1992 to provide families, children and survivors of domestic violence with coordinated supportive services in one centralized location.”
* Mission, Vision, Values & Beliefs
Working together to strengthen all families
We envision a community where all families are valued and nurtured and have the resources to be strong, healthy, and self-sufficient
• Cooperation and collaboration as the best approach to getting things done
• Families as children’s best assets
• Individuals and community partnerships which support families
• Innovations that celebrate diversity
• In focusing on family strengths rather than limitations
• The human spirit in all people is worthy of respect
• All people are capable of life change
• All families deserve the opportunity for positive change and growth
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– Additional resources referenced by Family Support Center Executive Slaughter
* Center for the Study of Social Policy
“The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) works to secure equal opportunities and better futures for all children and families, especially those most often left behind.
Underlying all of the work is a vision of child, family and community well-being. It’s a unifying framework for the many policy, systems reform and community change activities in which CSSP engages. ”
* About the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework
“The Center for the Study of Social Policy maintains a rich library of resources to support implementation of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework.”
* Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
Excellent report from Spokane Regional Health.