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The Family Life Center has been at the forefront of providing mission-driven, critical assistance to serve the whole community of Aliquippa. In good times and bad, when people left the community by the thousands, and the cold winds of poverty took root, The Family Life Center has been a dependable source by which families, children, and individuals could look to for the sustenance and support to survive on a daily basis. While others divested, The Family Life Center invested in the community that they love by engaging in a strategy of hope that provides assistance in the areas of health and wellness, boys and girls recreation, family and crisis counseling, housing, drug counseling and addiction services, daily feeding and food distribution programs for the poor, prison ministry, shelter programs for the formerly incarcerated, elder daycare, spiritual and moral guidance, political and community advocacy, and most recently the launch of a highly regarded, Heinz Endowment funded computer-based afterschool and mentoring program called Boys-2-Men, soon to be expanded to STEM Success Solutions (3S) and the STEM Collective.


There is the emergence of what could be an economic comeback for the Beaver County region, just outside of Monaca, Pennsylvania which is 10 minutes, or 6 miles away from the City of Aliquippa. The Beaver County region is on the verge of a limited economic boost with the pending new construction of the $7 billion Royal Shell Oil Cracker Plant due to be finished in 3 years. This investment promises 6,000 skilled construction jobs and 600 permanent positions. It is also projected that additional investment is to be made from other industrial interests in the construction of additional facilities. Whereas, this holds promise for some groups in the region, those that have sustained the greatest loss over the past decades are ill prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that are about to emerge. It is estimated by the Greene County Office of Economic Development that the regional supply chain industries could realize the biggest bonanza: an estimated 16,000 to 18,000 jobs. A complex of this magnitude could draw new industries and businesses within a 75-mile radius, but without training and education, many will still be left behind.


The Family Life Center has been at the forefront of providing mission-driven, critical assistance to serve the whole community of Aliquippa. In good times and bad, when people left the community by the thousands, and the cold winds of poverty took root, The Family Life Center has been a dependable source by which families, children, and individuals could look to for the sustenance and support to survive on a daily basis. While others divested, The Family Life Center invested in the community that they love by engaging in a strategy of hope that provides assistance in the areas of health and wellness, boys and girls recreation, family and crisis counseling, housing, drug counseling and addiction services, daily feeding and food distribution programs for the poor, prison ministry, shelter programs for the formerly incarcerated, elder daycare, spiritual and moral guidance, political and community advocacy, and most recently the launch of a highly regarded, Heinz Endowment funded computer-based afterschool and mentoring program called Boys-2-Men, soon to be expanded to STEM Success Solutions (3S) and the STEM Collective.


There is the emergence of what could be an economic comeback for the Beaver County region, just outside of Monaca, Pennsylvania which is 10 minutes, or 6 miles away from the City of Aliquippa. The Beaver County region is on the verge of a limited economic boost with the pending new construction of the $7 billion Royal Shell Oil Cracker Plant due to be finished in 3 years. This investment promises 6,000 skilled construction jobs and 600 permanent positions. It is also projected that additional investment is to be made from other industrial interests in the construction of additional facilities. Whereas, this holds promise for some groups in the region, those that have sustained the greatest loss over the past decades are ill prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that are about to emerge. It is estimated by the Greene County Office of Economic Development that the regional supply chain industries could realize the biggest bonanza: an estimated 16,000 to 18,000 jobs. A complex of this magnitude could draw new industries and businesses within a 75-mile radius, but without training and education, many will still be left behind.


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Behavioral Health  

Behavioral Health  

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Connecting individuals suffering from addiction to community resources, prevention services offered to assist individuals in understanding addiction and its effect on the family, the family Life Center is a host site for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) support groups. Presentations are sponsored in the community by collaborating with a local Drug and Alcohol Agency to increase awareness.



Connecting individuals suffering from addiction to community resources, prevention services offered to assist individuals in understanding addiction and its effect on the family, the family Life Center is a host site for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) support groups. Presentations are sponsored in the community by collaborating with a local Drug and Alcohol Agency to increase awareness.



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Health Literacy and Wellness 

Bridging the gap between poverty and opportunity, the FLC works to connect needy families to health care and health and wellness services. The Family Life Center collaborates with the local hospital system and the public health department to promote annual health screenings, flu vaccines and community outreach to individuals who do not have insurance or are under- insured. Partnering with a local food
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antry, the FLC utilizes the time where needy families are waiting in line to receive food, to assess healthcare needs. Education in the areas of health literacy and offerings for free screenings are provided to reduce risk-factors. Educational topics include breast health care, diabetes self-care management, nutrition, hypertension and asthma education for children. This program has served over 800 people and proactively addresses health disparities and chronic disease.




 Mittens for Kids 

The Mittens for Kids campaign has been held over the past four years to assist children with warm scarves, hats and mittens in grades 4-9. Combating Southwestern Pennsylvania’s cold winter months, this program has aided over 600 children and has allowed the FLC to serve as an advocate and catalyst in the community by providing warm articles of clothing to children most in need. 




Backpacks for Kids

Backpacks for Kids is a community campaign where children in the Aliquippa School District receive much needed educational supplies at the beginning of the school year. This campaign has assisted over 120 elementary aged children in obtaining educational tools to help ready them at the beginning of a new school year and to help them focus on academic achievement. Each child supported receives a backpack filled with paper, pens, and other supplies. 





Healthy Recreational and Cultural Alternatives Program

This program promotes cultural arts, socialization skills, self-awareness and well-being for children and families by promoting healthy lifestyles. Sponsored trips include free transportation to and from events and provision of tickets for admission and food. Recreational events sponsored included visits to Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games, the Tull Family Theater and visits to local museums. Over 150 children have been served. 



 
STEM Success Solutions (3S) 

The Family Life Center is pleased to present its “STEM Success Solutions (3S)” Program, a comprehensive, computer-based afterschool mentoring and tutoring initiative. Success Solutions is designed for at-risk African American boys and girls ages 7-9. The program targets this population in order to prevent the development of anti- social behavior and academic failure which can lead to a revolving door of incarceration, generational poverty, and even death. The participants are deemed atrisk due to economic, behavioral and/or academic deficiencies and represent students who have been referred by the local school district and/or community–based organizations. “STEM Success Solutions (3S)” represents an expansion of a Family Life Center afterschool mentoring pilot program, Boys-2-Men, funded by The Heinz Endowments of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A total of 25 children will be impacted.

Health Literacy and Wellness 

Bridging the gap between poverty and opportunity, the FLC works to connect needy families to health care and health and wellness services. The Family Life Center collaborates with the local hospital system and the public health department to promote annual health screenings, flu vaccines and community outreach to individuals who do not have insurance or are under- insured. Partnering with a local food pantry, the FLC utilizes the time where needy families are waiting in line to receive food, to assess healthcare needs. Education in the areas of health literacy and offerings for free screenings are provided to reduce risk-factors. Educational topics include breast health care, diabetes self-care management, nutrition, hypertension and asthma education for children. This program has served over 800 people and proactively addresses health disparities and chronic disease.




 Mittens for Kids 

The Mittens for Kids campaign has been held over the past four years to assist children with warm scarves, hats and mittens in grades 4-9. Combating Southwestern Pennsylvania’s cold winter months, this program has aided over 600 children and has allowed the FLC to serve as an advocate and catalyst in the community by providing warm articles of clothing to children most in need. 



Backpacks for Kids

Backpacks for Kids is a community campaign where children in the Aliquippa School District receive much needed educational supplies at the beginning of the school year. This campaign has assisted over 120 elementary aged children in obtaining educational tools to help ready them at the beginning of a new school year and to help them focus on academic achievement. Each child supported receives a backpack filled with paper, pens, and other supplies. 



Healthy Recreational and Cultural Alternatives Program

This program promotes cultural arts, socialization skills, self-awareness and well-being for children and families by promoting healthy lifestyles. Sponsored trips include free transportation to and from events and provision of tickets for admission and food. Recreational events sponsored included visits to Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games, the Tull Family Theater and visits to local museums. Over 150 children have been served. 



  STEM Success Solutions (3S) 

The Family Life Center is pleased to present its “STEM Success Solutions (3S)” Program, a comprehensive, computer-based afterschool mentoring and tutoring initiative. Success Solutions is designed for at-risk African American boys and girls ages 7-9. The program targets this population in order to prevent the development of anti- social behavior and academic failure which can lead to a revolving door of incarceration, generational poverty, and even death. The participants are deemed atrisk due to economic, behavioral and/or academic deficiencies and represent students who have been referred by the local school district and/or community–based organizations. “STEM Success Solutions (3S)” represents an expansion of a Family Life Center afterschool mentoring pilot program, Boys-2-Men, funded by The Heinz Endowments of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A total of 25 children will be impacted.

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TITANS of CNC Pittsburgh – CNC Training to Career


BotsIQ and Catalyst Connection is an immersive summer camp experience that will focus on CNC training using TITANS of CNC Building Blocks with a 3-axis mill. This piloted program would be the first time anywhere in the country TITAN’s curriculum is used in a summer camp format. BotsIQ and Catalyst Connection will partner with local post-secondary training institutions to host the summer camps. High school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to attend the camp and learn to use CAD with Fusion 360, CAM, and CNC utilizing TITANS of CNC curriculum. In addition to these technical skills, participants will learn about shop safety and measurement with precision tooling. Throughout the camp, students will learn about career opportunities in the manufacturing industry. A total of 45 students will be impacted.





Eaton Corporation Grant for High -Impact Lighting in the Learning Lab


The Family Life Center has been named as a recent recipient of a one-time only grant to support the learning lab where children involved in the Boys 2 Men and Stem Solutions programming takes place. This grant upgrades existing lighting in the Family Life Center location to enhance visibility when students are working at the computers for computer-based learning applications and experiences.



The projects identified above illustrate that change is on the horizon and the Family Life Center has been at the forefront in taking the steps to build resiliency and protective factors by providing opportunities for individuals living within distressed communities. To continue and sustain these efforts a comprehensive strategy will be developed with multiple partners to address the Sewickley and Beaver County Communities as many of the programs can be replicated. This would encompass a more comprehensive approach. 


I believe the work that has been done to date aligns with the priorities of the Pittsburgh Foundation by providing opportunity to create an environment for self-sufficient individuals and families through education, opportunity and support of the most basic needs and by providing foundational academic support for children which will serve to enhance their basic education and skills to become productive citizens in their communities.



TITANS of CNC Pittsburgh – CNC Training to Career

BotsIQ and Catalyst Connection is an immersive summer camp experience that will focus on CNC training using TITANS of CNC Building Blocks with a 3-axis mill. This piloted program would be the first time anywhere in the country TITAN’s curriculum is used in a summer camp format. BotsIQ and Catalyst Connection will partner with local post-secondary training institutions to host the summer camps. High school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to attend the camp and learn to use CAD with Fusion 360, CAM, and CNC utilizing TITANS of CNC curriculum. In addition to these technical skills, participants will learn about shop safety and measurement with precision tooling. Throughout the camp, students will learn about career opportunities in the manufacturing industry. A total of 45 students will be impacted.


Eaton Corporation Grant for High -Impact Lighting in the Learning Lab

The Family Life Center has been named as a recent recipient of a one-time only grant to support the learning lab where children involved in the Boys 2 Men and Stem Solutions programming takes place. This grant upgrades existing lighting in the Family Life Center location to enhance visibility when students are working at the computers for computer-based learning applications and experiences.

The projects identified above illustrate that change is on the horizon and the Family Life Center has been at the forefront in taking the steps to build resiliency and protective factors by providing opportunities for individuals living within distressed communities. To continue and sustain these efforts a comprehensive strategy will be developed with multiple partners to address the Sewickley and Beaver County Communities as many of the programs can be replicated. This would encompass a more comprehensive approach. 

I believe the work that has been done to date aligns with the priorities of the Pittsburgh Foundation by providing opportunity to create an environment for self-sufficient individuals and families through education, opportunity and support of the most basic needs and by providing foundational academic support for children which will serve to enhance their basic education and skills to become productive citizens in their communities.


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The Jubilee Kitchen

For many decades, the Family Life Center -- in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided thousands of nutritional meals to community residents throughout Aliquippa and Beaver County. The Jubilee Dining Room provides needy families and individuals with weekly supplies of groceries and perishables, as well as hot meals during the holidays. In many cases, these meals and distributions are the only source of food for many family low income families and the elderly in the region, and the Family Life Center is grateful to continue to play that role.

Substance Abuse Education and Awareness

This initiative connects individuals suffering from addiction to community resources. Prevention services are offered to assist individuals in understanding addiction and its effects on the family. Presentations are sponsored in the community by collaborating with a Drug and Alcohol Agency to increase community awareness.

Mittens for Kids

The Mittens for Kids campaign has been held over the past four years to assist children with warm scarves, hats, and mittens in to those in grades 4 - 9. Combating Southwestern Pennsylvania's cold winter months, this program has aided over 600 children and has allowed the FLC to serve as an advocate and catalyst in the community by providing warm articles of clothing to children most in need.

The Jubilee Kitchen

For many decades, the Family Life Center -- in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided thousands of nutritional meals to community residents throughout Aliquippa and Beaver County. The Jubilee Dining Room provides needy families and individuals with weekly supplies of groceries and perishables, as well as hot meals during the holidays. In many cases, these meals and distributions are the only source of food for many family low income families and the elderly in the region, and the Family Life Center is grateful to continue to play that role.

Substance Abuse Education and Awareness

This initiative connects individuals suffering from addiction to community resources. Prevention services are offered to assist individuals in understanding addiction and its effects on the family. Presentations are sponsored in the community by collaborating with a Drug and Alcohol Agency to increase community awareness.

Mittens for Kids

The Mittens for Kids campaign has been held over the past four years to assist children with warm scarves, hats, and mittens in to those in grades 4 - 9. Combating Southwestern Pennsylvania's cold winter months, this program has aided over 600 children and has allowed the FLC to serve as an advocate and catalyst in the community by providing warm articles of clothing to children most in need.

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