Welcome to Community Family Centers
"Hoping you an your loved ones are staying safe in these challenging times"
-Maritza Guerrero, presidente / CEO
"Espero que tú y tus seres queridos estén a salvo en estos tiempos difíciles."
-Maritza Guerrero, presidente / CEO
HOW WE SERVE THE COMMUNITY
Community Family Centers/Centros Familiares de la Comunidad (CFC) is a multi-service non-profit organization that has offered a wide range of bilingual services to families within Houston’s impoverished Greater East End for over 45 years. From humble beginnings as a group of community volunteers, CFC has grown into an agency with a $2.7 million annual operating budget, 48 staff members, and more than 500 volunteers, who serve over 40,000 clients each year.
Our goal and mission is to equip families with the tools they need to become self-sufficient members of the community. Through our four core programs, we strive to help families break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy so that they can move toward self-sufficiency and economic advancement:
Adult Education – CFC offers courses in Adult Basic Education(ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL) and General Educational Development (GED) at two locations that served more than 700 individuals over the age of 18 in 2016. Our program provides the skills and education necessary for our students to achieve self-sufficiency and a higher standard of living. Our integrated workforce preparedness links students to financial education and workforce programs that support their goals and open doors to new opportunities for them.
Family Support Services – Focuses on meeting the needs of families by providing a wide range of comprehensive support services within the agency’s continuum of care such as: emergency food assistance, a weekly food fair, health and vision screenings, immunizations, on site job fairs, onsite appointments for legal concerns, and access to onsite counseling for children and families as well as victims of crime. In 2016 alone we served nearly 7,000 through this program.
Early Childhood - Los Niños Early Childhood Montessori Program supports hard-working families by making high-quality early childhood education accessible at a low cost for children ages three to six years. Los Niños Montessori holds full accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is certified by the Texas Rising Star Program (TRS) as a 4-star-level center. Our inspiring Lead Teachers, who have over twenty years of experience between them, hold current American Montessori Society (AMS) teaching credentials and have dedicated a combined twenty years to educating future leaders through the Los Niño’s Early Childhood Montessori Program.
Youth Services - The Youth Services program implemented by Community Family Centers is a Prevention Education and Intervention program that targets three significant concerns impacting today’s youth population: substance use/abuse, juvenile delinquency and teen pregnancy. The service is provided during the regular academic school year to students ages 5-17 at 18 HISD schools in Houston’s Greater East End. This program also conducts a 10 week Summer Camp for youth 4-17 years of age as well as a college readiness component for teens. Parents of the youth enrolled in our Youth Programs and community members are also served through our Positive Action (research base curriculum) Parenting Program. In 2016, this program impacted 46,326 individuals.
WORDS TO LIVE BY
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are leader"
- John Quincy Adams
Community Family Centers is comprised of many leaders. Our employees; from our maintenance staff, to our administrative personnel, to our management team, all serve this community with passion and dedication. Our teachers inspire our students of all ages. Our volunteers give generously of their time in service to others. Our partners offer us resources and support that allow us to better serve our community. We all come together to fulfill the mission of CFC: to equip families with the tools they need to become self-sufficient members of the community.
We are proud of our commitment to leadership. How may we be of service to you?
Maritza Guerrero President/CEO