Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, Inc. (West Palm Beach, FL)

Name

  • Name:Stephanie Spezia
  • Title:Director of Grants and Community Services

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, Inc.
  • Address:4101 Parker Avenue
    West Palm Beach, FL 33405
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:561-616-1222
  • Main fax:561-616-1230

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General

  • Mission:
  • The Mission of the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, Inc., is strengthening individuals and families through behavioral health services, education and homeless intervention.

  • Overview:
  • Beginning in 1961, the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, Inc. (CFS) began serving families and children in the community through an array of services and collaborations with other human service agencies. We seek to provide stable households for growth, health and prosperity. The services delivered by CFS provide a mechanism for disadvantaged family units, parents, teenagers and children to lift themselves out of a cycle of psychological and economic poverty. CFS strives to preserve and strengthen individual and family life through professional, affordable, counseling, early childhood education and vital ancillary services. For 54 years, the agency has been expanding its services in order to meet the ever-changing and growing needs of our community. CFS operates eight programs throughout Palm Beach County, including a homeless shelter exclusively for families with minor children, counseling for child victims of sexual abuse, and HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters), a home-based early education program for low-income families.

  • History:
  • The Center for Family Services (CFS) was founded in 1961 by a group of concerned citizens in answer to the need for affordable quality counseling for residents of Palm Beach County. Over the last forty-eight years, CFS has expanded its services and programs to meet the growing needs of our community.
    In the 1970’s, The Center opened its first satellite office in Boca Raton. In 1974, United Way of Palm Beach County asked The Center to administer the Traveler’s Aid Program which was the forerunner for our homeless services program. Traveler’s Aid remains an important service to the community to this day.
    In the 1980’s CFS opened a second satellite office in North Palm Beach and initiated its Employee Assistance Program (EAP). CFS became licensed as a Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Treatment Facility and earned accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children.
    In the 1990’s, CFS founded two auxiliaries to assist with the ever-growing need for funding. CFS opened a third satellite office in Royal Palm Beach and extended counseling services to Belle Glade. In collaboration with Adopt-A-Family, CFS opened an emergency shelter for homeless families in 1995 in Riviera Beach. The shelter was expanded significantly in 2002 with the purchase and renovation of a 2-apartment building facility in West Palm Beach which was named Pat Reeves Village. In December 2005 CFS broke ground for the construction of a third building to expand the emergency homeless shelter and its outreach program. Funding for this new project came from a combination of private fundraising along with funds from the Board of County Commissioners of Palm Beach County. The new building was completed and began serving families in 2007. This allowed CFS to expand capacity to house additional homeless families (with a total of 18 apartments) and provided administrative offices, a community activity center, food pantry and a children’s learning center where school district tutors work with the children providing homework assistance during their stay at the shelter. A playground and outdoor recreation area was also installed in 2007.
    In 1998, CFS initiated a Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) in Pearl City (Boca Raton) and followed later that year with a second HIPPY program in Carver Estates (Delray Beach). In July 2001, CFS was selected to administer the HIPPY program countywide in Palm Beach. This expansion resulted in five HIPPY sites: West Palm Beach/Westgate; Riviera Beach/Pleasant City, Belle Glade/Pahokee/South Bay; Lake Worth/ Boynton Beach and Boca/Delray. HIPPY is an instructional home-based program designed to help parents become their child’s first teacher. All of our HIPPY sites were awarded Stellar Status by HIPPY USA for performing exemplary service to families and children. The HIPPY program is funded by the Children’s Services Council, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and the University of South Florida.
    Also in 1998, the Center added the SAFE Kids Program, a specialized treatment program for child and adult victims of domestic violence, sexual and other forms of abuse. We work with children as young as 3 years old as well as adults molested as children. Today CFS is known throughout the community for providing critical services to these high-risk traumatized families. CFS is the only sexual abuse treatment provider (SATP) in Palm Beach County recognized by the Florida Department of Health – Children’s Medical Services.
    In 2003, the Families Achieving Solutions Together (FAST) program was added to the agency and funded through the Children’s Services Council (CSC). FAST provided home-based family therapy to families who are under stress and need prevention strategies and early intervention to help them reduce risk factors and strengthen family coping mechanisms. The program staff was specially trained to use a Solution-Focused Therapy model to achieve measurable outcomes. In 2004, the CSC awarded us “Partner of the Year” for our FAST Program. In 2005, the program continued to grow and meet its outcomes. In 2006, our Program Coordinator for FAST was awarded the individual “Partner of the Year” by CSC. In

  • Year established:1961
  • Endowment:Unknown

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  • Staff size:58

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
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