What We Do:

Families First Community Center provides supported transitional housing for six live-in families with at least one minor child. Each family has a private apartment with access to many common areas which include a common kitchen, a dining room, double parlors, laundry room, and when completed, an on-site child care area. Families will stay from 12 to 24 months, gaining practical life skills and furthering their education in order to increase their independence and earning capacity. A live-in staff person is available evenings and on weekends. FFCC is a sober house and we encourage and support people in smoking cessation.

How We Will Serve Families:

An Individualized Life Plan is developed, with maximum input from each participant based on personal and family needs, with help from staff and mentors (VIFS). Each adult will develop the skills necessary to fulfill their Life Plan. When residents leave the Center, they will have reliable housing, parenting skills, a steady income and savings, and affordable transportation.

Education & Job Skills

  • HiSET and Adult Education classes
  • Vocational/technical training
  • Higher Education, including help applying for scholarships
  • Tutoring for adults and children
  • Constructive use of time. Each adult must be occupied 40+ hrs/week. It will be a combination of education, work, therapies, and volunteerism. Children will volunteer, according to their individual interests and attend school regularly
  • FFCC will facilitate access to quality child care, after school programming, and summer camp programs. On-site child care is not yet available. On-site child care will be available in early 2022 (or sooner) when we anticipate that our child care space will be completed.

Medical & Therapeutic

  • Regular wellness check ups
  • Optical and dental care
  • Physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy
  • Mental health treatment – diagnosis, therapy, and medication management
  • Drug and alcohol treatment
  • Clients with substance abuse issues will be required to do a combination of the following: out-patient treatment, a 12-step program, and random drug testing
  • Help obtaining healthcare coverage
  • Advocate for adults and children with disabilities
  • Creative therapies

Safety & Stability

  • Case management to assist in formulating the family’s transition plan to ensure success
  • Volunteers in Family Service [VIFS] to help residents succeed in their goals
  • Domestic violence, crisis, and co-dependency prevention
  • Substance abuse prevention and smoking cessation
  • Sexual responsibility education
  • Assistance with procuring housing and transportation

Life Skills

  • Instructions on how to maintain housing by being a respectful tenant, neighbor & community member.
  • Job coaching – interviewing, resume writing, job search skills, professional presentation and attire, job responsibility education
  • Interpersonal skill building – communication, conflict resolution, healthy relationships, self-esteem and
    self-assertiveness training
  • Understanding personal responsibility to discourage at-risk behaviors
  • Housekeeping skills
  • Grocery shopping, nutrition (including gardening) and cooking
  • Personal finance/Budgeting
  • Parenting classes (including how to find and keep reliable child care)
  • Help obtaining a Maine Driver’s license