Family Service Association of Redlands has been an integral part of the community since 1898 serving low-income and homeless families. Our mission is more important than ever, “Alleviate poverty, encourage self-sufficiency, and promote the dignity of all.”
The tradition remains strong today with programs that provide emergency support, case management, education and referrals that focus on helping families become more self-sufficient and prevent homelessness. Our Housing Advocacy program helps clients striving for self-sufficiency, with rental and utility assistance, as they work towards housing stability. It is our case management-based approach and personal contact that make us different.
Successful Programs Today Include:
Housing Advocacy Program
Emergency and Surplus Food Distribution
Clothing and Warm Coats
Rental and Utility Assistance
Basic Life Skills Training
Information and Referral
Holiday Food Baskets
Teens Helping Teens
Benefits to All . . . But We Need Your Help
It has been nearly 5 years since she first came to Family Service Association of Redlands and the change is remarkable. Back then life was falling apart for this 60 year-old mother and grandmother. She was devastated.
At that time, she had a 40 year old daughter in cancer remission, one adult autistic grandson, and two more young grandchildren depending on her. After losing her job and with Social Security just starting to come in, she had acquired a large credit card debt while using her cards to purchase food, gas, and clothing for her family. She was losing her mobile home to foreclosure when the V.A. office referred her to us. It was going to take a while for all of her paperwork to be processed for V.A. benefits and she needed help NOW.
At Family Service a case manager helped her right away with a motel voucher and food. We helped her find a new home to rent, we helped her with a budget, and provided classes in financial management and a woman’s group that helped with the stress. We provided them with food for Thanksgiving, as well as emergency food as needed. It hasn’t been easy, but she has worked hard to pay down her debts and today she is once again the proud owner of her own mobile home.
She has kept in touch with FSA to let us know how she is doing and the last two times she has been back to the agency, it was to make a gift. Each time, she brought a gift of $1,000 in cash. “I can’t thank you enough for helping me through that difficult time in my life. I just can’t say thank you enough for Family Service and all the services your program has provided for me, my family and the community.” Today she isn’t devastated; she is strong and confident.