Massachusetts Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are a statewide network of community-based providers offering multi-cultural parenting programs, support groups, early childhood services, information and referral resources and education for families whose children range in age from birth to 18 years of age. United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Family Resource and Development Center is one of the 14 FRCs in Massachusetts. FRCs are located across the state to provide easy access to information and assistance related to health care, safety, employment training, education and peer support. The goal of FRCs is to support families to strengthen their bonds, connect to others, and engage in their community. Our core values are: RESPECT, TRUST, SAFETY, WELLNESS, CARING, CONNECTIVITY, and EDUCATION. To learn more about Family Resource Centers, visit their website at http://www.frcma.org/

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm, except holidays
2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month from 8:30 to noon

Programming
Each month there are a number of activities for families at our Family Resource and Development Center:

Parenting Circle Support Group – Wednesdays 9-10:30 am
Do you struggle with managing your child’s behavior? Is your child struggling in school? Does your child seem stressed, overwhelmed, or overly emotional? Sometimes navigating today’s challenges for this age group can be difficult. Come join a group of parents just like yourself! This support group will focus on parent-to-parent support and managing the stress of parenting children during this in-between age group.

Nurturing Fathers Education Group – Wednesdays 5:30-8pm
The Nurturing Fathers Program is an educational course designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to men. Please call us at 508-994-4521 to find out when our next cycle begins.

Nurturing Fathers Support Group – Wednesdays 5:30 -7pm
Support group for fathers graduated from our Nurturing Fathers Education Group.

Parenting Wisely – Call 508-994-4521 for information & dates

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month 5:30 -7pm

Teens in Action – Thursdays 5 – 8 pm- call to register
A group for 11 to 15 years olds whose parents are also attending the Active of Teens group. Teens will learn about challenges teens face today and how to survive and thrive in their society. They will learn about importance of school success, character, mutual respect, choices, decision making, and why parents have to filter negative influences and direct behavior to positive experiences. Teens will improve communication skills, cooperation, courage to do the right thing and self-esteem.

Active Parenting of Teens – Thursdays 5 – 8 pm- call to register
Learn tips on how to better communicate with you teen, direction on discipline, and insight into today’s teen issues.

Parenting in America – Mondays 5:30 – 7 pm – call to register
In Parenting in America, we encourage you to honor your cultural heritage while also helping you to develop new culturally responsive practices and strategies. You will graduate from the program feeling empowered to face immigration challenges that affect you as an individual and as a parent, recognizing that perseverance is key to your success.

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