Family Connection is recognized by the Standards for Excellence Institute having met the requirements for the Basic Enhanced (Tier Two) Recognition. The Standards of Excellence Institute is a national initiative promoting the highest standards of ethics, effectiveness, and accountability for nonprofits.
Family Connection is dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families.?Family Connection programs are concentrated in three areas of service: shelter, counseling and safety for young people in crisis.
Our approach is to maintain a culture where the dignity of every youth is respected and all youth feel safe.
Family Connection touches the lives of children, teens and families through these services:
- Overnight center for runaway and homeless youth and youth in the midst of crisis;
- School based counseling to help students overcome personal and interpersonal problems;
- Safe sites for youth in crisis,
- Drug prevention education in the schools and community;
- Drop-in day shelter and street-based outreach for homeless youth
It is through the generous support of community volunteers, business leaders and?donors that Family Connection has been able to?continue our mission of?strengthening communities by building strong youth and families.
Initially known as Shelby Youth Attention Lodge, we opened our doors for at-risk children and youth in 1976.?Due to the increasing number of students and families requesting counseling assistance, a School Counseling Program began six year later (1982).?Through this program, a Counselor was available to go in the public schools and provide counseling assistance to children and youth in crisis situations.
In 1983, the agency expanded its shelter services to include runaway and homeless youth.?In 1986, the agency purchased 22-acres of land and built an 18 bed shelter facility which also housed the administrative offices.
In 1992, we changed our name to reflect our services and became Family Connection, Inc. ?Since that time, we opened Project HOPE Street Outreach Services in Birmingham (1992) and built a Community Counseling Center on our Alabaster campus (2004).