Brehon Family Services protects children and nurtures families
August 25, 2014
From the Tallahassee Democrat 08/25/2014, Page C02
By United Partners for Human Services
Brehon Family Services has been helping families become healthier and more self-sufficient since 1978. Everyone who walks through their door at Brehon House or accepts services through their Healthy Families Gadsden/ Leon home visiting program or the Support and Family Education (SAFE) program is seen as a new opportunity to make a difference.
These programs build on families’ strengths, teach parenting skills that promote healthy child development and connect families to resources including job opportunities and continuing education to help them achieve self-sufficiency.
Tosha, a new mother, is one of the many success stories, who says of her experience with Brehon, “Thank you for helping me when I did not have any place to go. It was a relief to have stability and a safe place to live while I was at Brehon House. I was evicted from my home, living in my car when I discovered I was pregnant. “I found out about Brehon House. I had a healthy baby and we are doing great. I also accepted home visiting services from Healthy Families Gadsden/Leon and a Family Support Worker continues to see me and my baby at our new home.”
As Brehon approaches its 36th year of serving families, it is important to reflect on Brehon’s noteworthy accomplishments from the past year:
» 1,403 individuals were assisted with shelter, family support and education through Brehon Family Services.
» 22 pregnant women and children were sheltered at Brehon House and 98 percent of residents delivered healthy babies.
» 377 individuals in Madison and Taylor Counties were served by Project SAFE.
» More than 900 individuals received home visiting services through Healthy Families Gadsden/ Leon, a program funded in partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida.
» 97 percent of children were free from abuse and neglect. To donate and to learn how you can help moms like Tosha, please visit www.brehonfamilyservices. org. There is always a need for diapers, infant and maternity clothing, and baby cribs and sheets.