January 21, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Information: Susan Schaffhausen, Grants Coordinator
Last month, FamilyWise received a $2,000 grant from Wayzata Community Church to support our mission to break cycles of poverty and family violence, and to stabilize families, helping them become productive and engaged community members. We accomplish this through several integrated programs which build skills rooted in each individual’s inherent strength and potential. FamilyWise programs serve children, youth and families with the goal of strengthening families by encouraging self-determination, self-sufficiency and healthy family lifestyles.
Wayzata Community Church has been a long-time supportive partner to the mission of FamilyWise and its Bright Beginnings program serving pregnant and parenting teens between the ages of 14 and 22 and their young children. The program serves as a successful intervention for teen parents who are unprepared for their new role and need education, mentoring and compassionate guidance.
This funding will enable FamilyWise to continue to improve outcomes for both parents and children by helping parents learn positive interactions with their children, assuring children have well-baby and preventative health care and that they gain appropriate developmental progress and school readiness. Parents continue their education and maintain employment. Increased life skills help them gain self esteem and self care strategies to avoid additional pregnancies and build supportive networks for longer term challenges.
Wayzata Community Church was organized in 1882, the first church in the frontier town of Wayzata, and likes to stress that “Community” is its middle name. The Church draws from a long and rich tradition that originates with the Pilgrims and values individual expressions of faithfulness, involvement in community welfare, and the autonomy of the local church. Wayzata Community Church is proud of over 125 years of continuous service, care and outreach to the needs of our community.