Family Resource Center Update

information on local resources for the current season

"Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer." Anita Krizzan

As the FRC enters into Spring number SIX,... it's a perfect time to pause, reflect, and say thank you...


Since the Fall of 2015, relationships have been developed and carefully fostered... and a day doesn't go by that I don't recognize with immense gratitude the crucial role they have had in bringing relief and hope to so many of our MPS families.


In this season of renewal and hope, there will continue to be challenges... Don't go it alone .. please consider giving the FRC a call and I'll jump in to help; and I promise if I don't know who to connect you with, I'll work hard until I find them.


Peace,

Meg Quirke

508 946 2040 ext 4319

mquirke@middleboro.k12.ma.us

https://www.middleboro.k12.ma.us/Domain/1072

In This Issue of The FRC Update...

  • Recognition of generous donations to the FRC
  • South Shore Community Action Council
  • McLean Hospital
  • Middleboro Area Assistance Coalition
  • Around Town- Resources, Workshops, and Events

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” -JFK

To Start, I'd like to acknowledge the generous donations received by the FRC; the donations that will make a difference in the lives of our children and families!

“For it is in giving that we receive.” St. Francis of Assisi

Did you know that the FRC receives over 1,000 snacks each and every week in order to offer the Snack Program to the students of MPS?

This weekly donation is made by South Shore Community Action Council's Greater Plymouth Food Distribution Center. Since the start of this school year alone, SSCAC has donated 5,279 POUNDS of food.

We would like to THANK SSCAC and recognize the amazing work of their Team in Plymouth!

Not only do they count and pack all of the snacks that we pick up each week, they donate too! Recently, one volunteer donated 60 pounds of food to the SSCAC for the Middleborough FRC snack program in her Grandson's name! It was his birthday and he paid it forward to help us provide snacks to our students! What a special week of snack bag packing for the FRC!

Along with Snacks and Summer Weekend Food- SSCAC is also the FRC's "GO TO" for anyone who is struggling to pay their Heating Bill. The FRC refers residents to SSCAC in order to apply for "LIHEAP" or "fuel assistance."

On top of that- South Shore Family Network is a part of SSCAC- this program recently offered a parent workshop on Understanding and Managing Child Behavior.

So, as you can see, SSCAC reaches the families of Middleborough in many ways to provide relief and offer hope.

Thank you South Shore Community Action Council!!!

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom" Marcel Proust

We are beyond grateful for the continuous support and generous donations made by McLean Hospital.

McLean has made it possible for the town of Middleborough to be a town serviced by Interface- a Mental Health Referral Service of William James College Freedman Center for Children and Families. This service is the most efficient route to making the first appointment with a Mental Health Provider!!! And like most things in life, it isn't free. We are so grateful that when a resident in town is in need of help, we can connect them with a quality resource that will be there for them until they are 100% connected and satisfied.

Along with that amazing resource, McLean helps us to implement and offer many other programs and services to our community!

Over the past five years we have offered multiple Executive Function Workshops to Families as well as multi-day Professional Development Trainings for Staff; the Screenagers Film has been presented both in person and via a virtual platform, Parent Workshops focusing on Behavioral Health of our earliest learners, Grandparent/Kinship Caregiver Support Groups and have developed a Social Emotional Library in the FRC.

Most recently, the FRC was granted funds to support our efforts for a NEADS Assistance Dog for the Classroom. We recently welcomed Prince to HBB just in time for a Full Return to In Person Learning.

Thank you McLean Hospital!!!

"Love cannot remain by itself—it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service." Mother Teresa

In October of 2015, I attended my first "MAAC" meeting. It happened to be an Open House Event and I was overwhelmed. I couldn't believe it! How could I be so lucky to walk into a room and be instantly connected with so many amazing relief providers? It was a crucial moment for the FRC. I had no idea the impact that this coalition would make on my ability to help MPS families. So, I thought it would be a great time to shine some light on Middleborough Area Assistance Coalition- and say Thank You for your constant support!


If you would like to learn more about MAAC, attend meetings (2nd Thursday of the month 2:30 via ZOOM), or ask for support - please give me a call! 508 946 2040 ext 4319


Here is a list of organizations and providers the FRC has been fortunate to connect with through MAAC and some since the Open House have joined MAAC! Click away!!


St. Vincent de Paul

LifeHouse Church

Unitarian Universalist Church

Salvation Army

The Middleborough Council on Aging

Middleboro on the Move

Networking Support Plus

Matthew Mission

Middleborough Gas and Electric

Old Colony Elder Services

WIC

Old Colony YMCA Middleborough Branch

Housing Solutions

Middleborough Housing Authority

Middleborough Veterans Services

Kennedy Donovan Center

Associates for Human Services

Bethesda House

Cranberry Catholic Collaborative

Southeast Tobacco Free Community Partnership- Seven Hills

Middleborough Public Library

Father Bills & Mainspring

Middleboro Matters

Middleborough Counseling Center

Events, Workshops, and Resources...

Middleborough Family Resource Center

Families of the Middleborough Public School District that need help connecting with resources and/or information can enlist the help of the Family Resource Center!