RESTORE Whitehall’s Family First Success Process is a community initiative commissioned to help families residing in the City of Whitehall transition from lack and poverty to sufficiency and prosperity by equipping them with human, practical and tactical resources. Our Family First Success Process Consists of the following elements:
- High Fidelity Wraparound | Key components of Wraparound service planning include:
- Listening carefully to the family in order to assist them in creating/finding their own emotional and other supports. These natural supports often include family peer specialists, advocates, or friends and family members.
- Identification of family-centered teams that include formal and informal representation from the community.
- Individualized goal(s) development, based on unique family strengths, culture and identified needs, with the goal of self sufficiency and success.
- Parenting Partners Workshops | Parenting Partners workshops combine parenting and leadership skills that empower parents to become vital contributors to their children’s academic success. The eight comprehensive workshops are presented by each school’s own trained facilitator team multiple times year-round, in multiple languages, creating a sustainable source of parent leaders. The workshops include: 1) Positive Parenting, 2) Creating Confident Kids, 3) Communication That Works, 4) Creating Structure for Achievement, 5) Discipline: Practice for Success, 6) What Children and Teens Need to Succeed, 7) Parents Engaged for Academic Success, and 8) Graduation.
- 2 Gen Programing | Two Generational Programming focuses on creating opportunities and addressing the needs of the entire family: parents, children, grandparents and extended in-resident family. This approach recognizes that families come in different shapes and sizes and that families define themselves. The 5-Key Components of the two-generational approach are: 1) Postsecondary Education and Employment Pathways, 2) Early Childhood Education and Development, 3) Economic Assets, 4) Health and Well-Being, and 5) Social Capital.
- Place Based Programming | Place-based programing targets an entire community and aims to address existing issues at the neighborhood level; such as poverty, under-employment, family instability, under education, poor housing or fragmented services that leads to gaps of effort and limited economic opportunities.
All families who take part in the Family First Success Process will take the Family Needs & Strengths Inventory (FNSI) The FNSI Inventories families on a scale of 23 domains: Residential Stability, Self-Care / Daily Living, Acculturation, Language, Employment / Educational Functioning, Education Attainment, Financial Resources, Community Connection, Legal, Transportation, Supervision, Problem Solving, Involvement with Care, Knowledge, Empath with Child(ren), Organization, Social Resources, Physical Health, Mental Health, Substance Use, Developmental, Family Stress and Cultural Congruence.
This tool, along with the Family Life Story Guide, provides insight and guidance as to how to serve the family, and which programs and services to offer.