Families Helping Families Of Southwest Louisiana

Address

2927 Hodges Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

(337) 436-2570

www.fhfswla.org

Date of Official Change:

July 8, 2015

AKA:

Families Helping Families

Description:

Our mission is to enable and empower individuals with disabilities and their families by providing information, referral, education, training, peer support and advocacy skills.
Our vision is that all individuals with disabilities will have the opportunity to attend school, live, work and play in their community.
We offer:
Information & Referral-
*Office of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) Facilitator - Working with the OCDD to assist families to find and receive appropriate services and support in their community and facilitate the Family Empowerment Fund.
*Parent Stipends - Funds sponsored by the LA developmental Disabilities Council to provide specific financial assistance to individuals with development disabilities and parents/family members to help in attending regional, state, and local conferences related to disabilities.
*Resource Lending Library - FHF has a large library with up to date information about all types of disabilities. The library is filled with books, video tapes & DVD's on various topics relevant to individuals with disabilities and their families.
Education and Training-*LA Parent Training & Information Center (LaPTIC) - Training regarding Educational Laws, Rights, & Advocacy by providing information and training to parents with disabilities, on their rights and responsibilities under state and federal laws.
* LA Department of Education Contract - Promotes collaboration between home, school, and community through planned workshops and one-on-one training from our Education Coordinators & Transition Specialist to effectively work with the school system to facilitate a free appropriate public education.
*LaTEACH - LA Together Educating All Children - A statewide grassroots organization that promotes appropriate, inclusive education for all students. We work to make parents, educators, the general public, and state leadership informed and supportive of research based and effective practices used appropriately for each student.
*LaSIG2 - LA State Improvement Grant 2 - A collaborative effort with Calcasieu Parish School System to work with targeted schools to foster family engagement and help host leadership opportunities targeting family members and educators that facilitates team-building skills to establish effective partnerships and promote family involvement.
*PASSED Project - Problem Solving Through Anger Management, Support Systems, Time, Effort, and Desire. PASSED is funded by the LA Children's Trust Fund and the LA office of Juvenile Justice and uses a program that stresses that although making good decisions can be difficult doing so will help give the youth more opportunity, freedom, and self-respect.
*LaCAN LA Citizens for Action Now - Statewide grassroots network of individuals advocating for a system that supports individuals with developmental disabilities living in their own homes rather than having to move to a facility to receive needed services.
*Family 2 Family Health Information Center - The overall goal of the project is to improve access to quality care and supports for children with special health care needs in their community by providing information and support.
Peer Support -
*Families Can't Wait...Because Children Can't Wait - Matches newly identified parents of children with special needs with trained, experienced mentor parents to facilitate one on one emotional support. (Includes our "Teddy Bear Project" outreach to hospitals and regional health care providers.)
*Community Outreach Specialist - This specialist offers community awareness and parent support for the Early Steps program. The specialist is a parent of a child with a disability who is under the age of ten and can offer parent support as well as information and referral.
*Children's Special Health Services Parent Liaison - The Parent Liaison is a family member who works with the local CSHS clinics and fosters support, information, and referral to families of children receiving CSHS clinic services. The Parent Liaison also provides outreach for CSHS targeting families and providers.
*Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) - Provides people with disabilities regardless of their reading skills the opportunity to read and learn to read, talk about books, and make friends in a fun, community setting.

Hours:

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm

Intake Process:

Varies based on service needed

Program Fees:

Contact office for more information

Languages:

English, Sign Language

Eligibility:

Individual with special needs and their families

MUST have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) document for School Supplies

Handicap Accessible?

Yes

Is Shelter?

No

Related Resource

Related Resources

Date of Official Change:

July 8, 2015

Volunteer Opportunities:

Agency utilizes volunteers for Special Events and Conference ( registration table and room monitors) - contact Susan Benoit

Address Listings

Mailing

P O Box 4233
Lake Charles, LA 70606

Physical (Primary)

2927 Hodges Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Contacts

Avaiable Staff

Primary Contact

(337) 436-2570

General Information Email

Melanie Sarro

Up4Downs of SWLA

Support Group

(337) 842-6555

Mylinda Elliot

Program Manager

myelliott@fhfswla.org

Susan Benoit

Executive Director

smbenoit@fhfswla.org

Phone Numbers

Main Phone - Families Helping Families of SWLA

(337) 436-2570

Fax - Families Helping Families of SWLA

(337) 436-2578

Toll Free - Families Helping Families of SWLA

(800) 894-6558

Up4Downs of SWLA

(337) 842-6555

Legal Status:

Non-Profit

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