The Family Center of Wilmore Inc.
334 E Main Street
Wilmore KY 40390
Contact Information
Nonprofit The Family Center of Wilmore Inc.
Address 334 E Main Street
Wilmore, KY 40390
Phone (270) 403-6488 4036488
Fax 270
Contact Name Tara Hall
Web and Social Media
"Circle Time" is filled with smiles!
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2014
Former Names
The Parent and Family Enrichment Center
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer We welcome donations by check and in-kind donations. Volunteer opportunities exist in fundraising, facility, and in hosting connect groups and meet-ups.
Financial Summary
 
 
Statements
Mission Statement

 “World peace by way of the family," was the motto The Family Center inherited when The Family Center merged with The Parent and Family Enrichment Center in May 2017. We agree that by equipping and encouraging families locally, we can do our part to change the world. The Family Center was built around the old adage "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world." We want to see every family that comes in our door find the information, support, resources or enrichment activities they seek for themselves and their children. We assure our service area that "We are making time for your family!"  and that we are "Your Meeting Place and Resource Library"  

Currently our families are supported and equipped through conversations and topics at our 4 weekly meet-ups, by presentations and nurturing community in our Connect Groups, and in over 40 experiential and informational workshops a year. Our Community Corner provides brochures, flyers and rack cards we use to refer families to our growing network of supporters within our city, county and region. We maintain an online presence to be as accessible as possible to the families in our region, through Facebook Groups and a growing website. However, our dream is to foster a diverse cooperative village of Central Kentucky families to support and learn from each other.

 

Background Statement

The Family Center of Wilmore Inc represents two organizations coming together The Family Center and The Parent and Family Enrichment Center. Each has their own background.

The Family Center began as a local group of parents coming together for mutual learning in the area of Natural Parenting. This included babywearing safety and instruction, breastfeeding education and encouragement, sharing of recipes and nutritional strategies, demonstrating and discussing cloth diapering and informing and implementing gentle parenting strategies.

In 2015, after two years of meeting in four different locations, our Natural Parenting playgroup found a home at The Family Center! We caught a vision of connecting groups serving families and providing them both the space and resources to thrive. We had seen other groups in the area flounder and eventually disband due to lack of a stable facility and the ability to gather resources and perpetuate leadership. Stability of local service groups in Wilmore itself, has historically been complicated by its large population of seminary and university students. The Family Center committed to bringing together the native Wilmore community and its shorter-term neighbors for the betterment of the whole community. We hope build upon these gifts for sharing, equipping, uniting and leading to grow a community.

The Parent and Family Enrichment Center, Inc. was developed by three women whose experience in parent education and childhood literacy over the years had taught them that the need for family enrichment and education is not limited to families of limited means. They are for everybody. They lamented the small number of parents engaged in learning, sometimes from time limitations, but often from the “stigma” of “needing” parenting courses. In light of the increasingly difficult challenges for parents, and the problems created in society when children are disconnected from their families, they decided to create the PFEC in order to make parent and family enrichment more positively viewed and more easily available. They also noted that there is no central online or physical resource for parents to find classes, special groups for single parents, fun activities for children and families, financial education, counseling, coaching, or workshops. Although there are excellent places and programs in Lexington, they can be difficult to find. We were incorporated in early 2013 and applied for non-profit status in the fall. Now that we have our approval letter from the IRS, we are ready to get to work!


Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

·    Merging The Parent and Family Enrichment Center with The Family Center was a process begun in February and completed in May 2017.  This 

Needs Statement

Our first priority is to attain funding to ensure our connect groups have the facility needs, programming and other resources they need to be sustainable and to thrive.  These groups are:  The Special Connection, The Foster and Adoption Community, Single Parent Power, and Domestic Violence Survivors.

We need assistance in beginning a Capital Campaign to buy our current facility for $145,000.  This will allow us to make the needed improvements to continue to provide a clean safe place for children to place and learn while parents are attending workshops, connect groups and parenting enrichment classes. A continuing campaign will be continued to make the necessary improvements with a conservative estimate of $50,000. The facility has apartments upstairs and would ensure both an office space and a living space for our Director who remains unpaid.  This would be part of a compensation package for future directors or staff.

Volunteers are needed for facility upkeep, our 5 resource libraries, 2 of our Meet-ups, one of our connect groups, an event coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and social media coordinator.

 
 
 
 
CEO/Executive Director Statement


Board Chair Statement


Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building /
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
We serve Kentucky focussing on Wilmore and Jessamine County but also the surrounding areas including Fayette, Woodford, Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard, and Madison
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

The Family Center aims to be a community resource for the diverse needs of Central Kentucky families.  Today's parents are both busier than ever before and burdened with a desire to be the best parent possible, while being overwhelmed by an increasing volume of information often from polarizing perspectives.  These pressures coupled with a lack of community and extended family are leaving parents dealing with anxiety, depression, or even worse apathy with attachment disorders for both parent and child.  Our goal is to create a healthy community with connections to local agencies, organizations and individuals utilizing the rich resources available already while equipping families with the ability to share with their neighbors and friends. 

 

As families cycle in and out of our meetings, groups and classes, The Family Center community will benefit from their unique experiences, individual talents and time in addition they will add to our growing lending libraries sowing back into the organization and equipping others with reliable resources. We recognize today's parents have diverse needs and philosophies and model respect for each family's decisions. Thus, we provide a spectrum of resources recommended by parents and classes taught by both peers and professionals from the best practices of various viewpoints. Our resource libraries currently contain over 3000 items in four areas: educational resources, family exercise, parenting, and baby carriers. The Family Center has an holistic approach to nurturing families with a plan for sustainability within the culture of the local community.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

We believe we can best address our communities needs through 5 areas of focus. One or more of these areas would be covered in any playgroup, support group, workshop, or class.

Parent Education: Caregivers are able to access classes, workshops and resources on a variety of topics. However, our unique atmosphere of peer learning and mutual respect of individual's experiences and knowledge has proven to be driving force of education as well. Parents learn best from those who identify with their questions and struggles. Our program style allows families to model

Child Enrichment: We will be a connectional community where parents can bring their children for educational opportunities including skill based play for school readiness, socialization with diversity, presentations of healthy habits, the Arts, literacy enrichment, STEM activities and more. Parents as the primary educators in their family will feel equipped with ideas to continue the experiences at home.

Meaningful Family Experiences: We like to say, "We are making time for your family." With limited time and resources its important for families to carve out meaningful time together, making memories, and just sharing experiences. Current educational data shows families learn, interpret and integrate new information as a unit. We expect most programming regardless if the primary focus is caregiver or child, will in some way embrace a holistic family learning model.

Connect with Others: The Family Center supports smaller communities of like-minded or similarly-situated families called Connect Groups. Families with children of special needs, a single parents, and domestic violence survivors have found both support and vital information over the last year. As Wilmore's Meeting Place, The Family Center desires to serve as a home for any existing support groups allowing them to put down roots and flourish through the multiple benefits of a shared facility and leadership.

Downtown Wilmore: As downtown businesses, community minded organizations. city officials and departments seek to revitalize, promote and invigorate downtown Wilmore, The Family Center will be an ambassador for community families. This not only means highlighting the needs of families but relaying beneficial information back to the families we serve. The Family Center serves as a hospitality location by having family friendly bathrooms, changing tables, a relaxed atmosphere for caregivers, and a play place where babies or toddlers can be contained.

Providing a special place for families particularly ones with small children extends an invitation to deeper community involvement.

CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

We possess gifted and energetic leadership in our Director and her family who have sacrificed to serve this community.  We've been able to successfully identify civic groups, organizations, businesses, professionals and individuals as partners who not only provide content but connect with the families we serve.  Our capacity to serve has been strengthened by these valued connections within our greater community.


By consistently providing quality events and programming our reputation is strengthened, we continue to see growth in attendance, participation and giving every quarter.

Our membership and leadership is enriched by the educational benefits of Wilmore as a college town with a higher than average array of bachelors, masters and doctorates. This also gives us invaluable connections from which to grow our board and spheres of influence.

IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?

 

The Family Center of Wilmore, Inc. will maintain records of all of its offerings, and will include evaluations with the key programs. These evaluations will be monitored over time, and feedback will be used to continually improve and refine the programs.

Attendance is a obviously a key indicator of success. However, the primary indicators for sustainable success are not short-term gains in attendance but the ability for families to plug in and continue to find their needs met at The Family Center. Even more goals are met when families begin to mentor others, or to simply become invested as members or volunteers.

Transformational stories of success in the clients’ goals might prove to be even the best indicators. We expect families to surpass our expectations and find unexpressed needs met and unintended successes.

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

Over the last year The Family Center has served between 50 and 100 families.  Our reach has extended to include members (monthly supporters) from Winchester, Richmond, Georgetown and Lancaster.  We are seeing parents not only travel to see us but investing in us as well. 

Beginning August 1, as we open the new season, The Family Center is instituting a new system to track families and their level of involvement in our community and programming.  Encouraging testimonials through social media and videos, while better tracking our progression should enable us to reach further into our service area. 

Board Chair
Board Chair Tara Lenore Hall
Company Affiliation The Family Center
Term Apr 2017 to June 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Siobhan Adkins Bluegrass Army DepotVoting
Natalie Baribeault Community VolunteerVoting
Tara Hall The Family CenterVoting
Dr. Lesley Teresa Iwinski MDGrowing Peaceful Families, LLCExofficio
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Comments
CEO Comments

We have some very good opportunities to become more visible and connect with more parents and families, thanks to the success of our  parenting workshops, classes and support groups. Our Board provides ideas and time to help us with programs and promotion and keeps our momentum going. The main challenge we face is generating the financial resources to maintain the general operations and fund some of the programs. We are addressing this by applying for grants, seeking donations, and fee-for-services offered.


CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Tara Lenore Hall
Term Start May 2017
Email tara.hall@wilmorefamilycenter.com
Experience

Tara Hall served as a United Methodist pastor for 7 years.  During that time she organized and ran various "hands and feet" ministries, providing clothing, food, household goods and education to the formerly incarcerated, job assistance for immigrants, creating community among famlies with young children, supporting pre-natal nutrition, promoting breastfeeding, encouraging gentle parenting, teaching babywearing safety, running a summer feeding and reading program from the front yard of her parsonage, and along the way lead many into leadership roles.  Besides nearly 16 years of experience serving in churches and her family, Mrs. Hall spent 3 years in various roles within in a vibrant marketing department of a nationally recognized Arts Organization.  

 A life-long resident of rural Kentucky, she has a heart for loving, encouraging, supporting and equipping Kentucky families, particularly those in small areas where community has become harder to find in modern mobile society.  A homeschooling mom of five children ages 5 to 16, Tara has many teaching gifts and uses those in both the formal setting of workshops and classes but informally in meet-ups and play groups.  Her passion for caring and sharing resources in often called infectious.

Co-CEO
Experience


Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 13
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? No
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Dr Lesley Iwinski Sept 2013 - Apr 2017
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Comments
CEO Comments .We are working diligently to develop our Board Members and work together to develop the policies and procedures which will guide and strengthen the organization as it moves forward.
Description
The Family Center currently hosts 4 weekly meet-ups based on ages of children and parent's affinities.
  1. Crunch Time!  Looking for families who breastfeed, cloth diaper, practice gentle discipline, babywear, and other non-conventional or “crunchy” practices? A judgement free zone with lots of information and resources. Our library includes over 30 baby carriers, breast pumps, birthing balls, baby sign resources, OVER 100 books and more!
  2. Preschool Time!  Are you a caregiver to a 3 to 6 yr old? Looking for a social setting with lots of skill based activities? You will LOVE this laid back learning playgroup! Younger siblings and other children welcome to play nearby.
  3. Play Time!   Everyone is welcome at The Family Center – all types of caregivers, all ages of kids, all kinds of FUN! Each month is a new theme for the play area so there’s always something and someone new. Feel free to bring a friend!
  4. Night Owl's Time!   Seems like all the fun play groups are in the day time. Caregivers who work outside of the home and students have a group at Night Owls Time. We value your limited time, so each night has a talk, activity or discussion. Not only will you be “hanging out” but you’ll “take home” something. Keep an eye out for Family Crafts Nights.
Budget 6000
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served Families, Infants to Preschool (under age 5), At-Risk Populations
Program Long term Success
  1. Crunch Time!   Increased rates of breastfeeding, public health benefits, due to emphasis on attachment might see abuse and crime rates decline.
  2. Preschool Time!  Often children who are not in daycare or preschools struggle in many ways in school, would love to see children reap the benefits of a full time stay at home parent or caregiver but also have ample oppurtunity for skills and socialization leading to greater academic success.
  3. Play Time!  Various mental health benefits for caregivers including those with various forms of depression, greater social skills for children, and many early learning experiences increasing social/emotional and educational aptitude.
  4. Night Owls Time!  Increasing breastfeeding rates and correlating public health, raise socio-economic level by connecting working parents with practical and emotional helps.
Description
Welcoming parents and children of all ages for support and fellowship during the journey of special needs parenting. Frequent guest speakers over a variety of topics.
Budget 1200
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Description A partnership with Greenhouse 17 provides a social worker to help those who most describe as victims of domestic violence become Domestic Violence Survivors.  The members of this program are also plugged into The Family Center and its litany of resources and referrals.  Many of the participants in our Single Parent Power program have come from our Survivors group.  This gives the a continued community for support.

Single Parent Power:   Everyone is welcome – moms, dads, grandparents, and foster parents.

Meetings are laid back and have lots of time for eating and talking while kids of all ages have something to do. We hope to have things like Game Night, Craft Night, maybe even a special guest or two. Help us spread the word and come hang out!!!


Category
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments

We have some very good opportunities to become more visible and connect with more parents and families, thanks to the success of our various programs and the continuation of parenting workshops, classes and support groups. Our Board provides ideas and time to help us with programs and promotion and keeps our momentum going. The main challenge we face is generating the financial resources to maintain the general operations and fund some of the programs. We are addressing this by applying for grants, seeking donations, and fee-for-services offered.


Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2015
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Jessamine County Health Dept (both HANDS and WIC programs), Jessamine County Cooperative Extension Office, Wilmore Elementary School, Wilmore Community Development Board, Asbury Seminary Office of Community Formation, SAFE Kids of Fayette County, UK Health Phyllis Corbitt Clinic, Greenhouse17, Wilmore Elementary Family Resource Center, City of Wilmore, Wilmore Parks and Recreation Dept, Yellow Wood Tutoring Center, and Joyful Birth
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $6,000.00
Projected Expenses $16,800.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
----$8,000
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$2,871$8,911$5,100
------
$1,696$2,566$659
Investment Income, Net of Losses$305----
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$299$71--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$4,479$10,798$519
Administration Expense$2,676$7,480$377
Fundraising Expense$2----
Payments to Affiliates----$55
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.660.5815.36
Program Expense/Total Expenses58%54%58%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,964$5,072$13,531
Current Assets$1,964$5,072--
Long-Term Liabilities----$13,531
Current Liabilities$452----
Total Net Assets$2,416$5,072$13,531
Form 990s
2016 990 EZ
2015 990
2014 990N
2013 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose We need assistance in beginning a capital campaign to buy our current facility for $145,000. This will allow us to make the needed improvements to continue to provide a clean safe place for children to place and learn while parents are attending workshops, connect groups and parenting enrichment classes. A continuing campaign is needed for necessary improvements to the property with a conservative estimate of $50,000. The facility has apartments upstairs and would ensure both an office space and a living space for our Director who remains unpaid. This would be part of a compensation package for future directors or staff helping create sustainability.
Goal $170,000.00
Dates June 2017 to Dec 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
We have some very good opportunities to become more visible and connect with more parents and families, through our playgroups, support groups and over 40 unique workshops a year. Our Board provides ideas and time to help us with programs and promotion and keeps our momentum going. The main challenge we face is generating the financial resources to maintain the general operations and fund some of the programs. We are addressing this by applying for grants, seeking donations, and fee-for-services offered.
Address 334 E Main Street
Wilmore, KY 40390
Primary Phone 270 403-6488 4036488
CEO/Executive Director Tara Lenore Hall
Board Chair Tara Lenore Hall
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Family Center