It is a hard road to walk. Families Helping Families makes sure you don’t have to walk it on your own. We are dedicated to the individuals with disabilities we serve and their families and have been where you are. We hope you take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and support - both physical and emotional - that we and our families have to offer. Below is a list of our services. Please call or email us for any more information. Weather you’ve just received a diagnosis, or you’ve been walking this road for years, Families Helping Families wants to connect with you and connect you to our community.
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Once a family is referred to Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities to be determined eligible for services they are referred to Families Helping Families. Our office contacts the family and places them on our mailing lists. We then address the support issues that need to be dealt with. We pursue community resources and refer to other local agencies and collaborative work to resolve crisis.
This contract allows us to bring a nationally known speaker to our area to keep parents and educators on the cutting edge of the trends. The focus changes yearly based upon the need of the community. In the 2005-2006 school year our emphasis will be on the re-authorization of IDEA, the new IEP format and other educational changes.We are a part of the transition teams in many of our 12 parishes and will continue to assist parents and schools in the transition planning process.
This program focuses on helping troubled students remain in their community school. Personnel attend ISC meetings, Evaluation & IEP meetings, assisting parents in coordination of services for their children with mental illness primarily emphasizing school attendance and program design.
The Parent Liaisons attend clinics & are available to parents to provide emotional support, orientation material, information on available services, referrals, and/or transition planning.
The Early Steps Parent Liaison is depended upon to coordinate activities related to the support of parents and families served by Louisiana?s early intervention program for infants & toddlers with special needs.
The Peer to Peer Support Program is designed to give support to families of children with disabilities, chronic or terminal illness, prematurity or rare disorders. New families are ?matched? to a trained volunteer Support Parent.
FHF maintains an extensive lending library of books, videos, and magazines that parents and professionals check out in library fashion.
Through donations from parents, FHF maintains a storage building with various pieces of equipment commonly used by individuals with disabilities. Families may borrow what they need at no cost.
There are limited funds available to assist families in times of crisis. Common items that are provided through this fund include: diapers, formula, food boxes and gas cards for medical trips to New Orleans, Little Rock or Memphis.
The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council's mission is to lead and promote advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental diabilities and their families. The Louisiana Council's Advocacy Network, LaCAN, furthers this mission by advocating for policies and systems that support inclusion everywhere people learn, work, live and play. LaCAN advocates for service systems that support children and adults with disabilites to live in their own homes and be fully-included and participating members of their local schools and communities.
Families Helping Families NELA and Northeast Delta Human Services Authority have partnered to launch a workforce initiative aimed at addressing the lack of emplyment opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities during and after graduating from high school. PIE seeks to combat this structural inequity so that everyone who is willing to work can.
This is our program that provides information, education and support to area churches wishing to become involved in outreach to individuals with disabilities
The Next Chapter Book Clubs are for adults with developmental disabilities regardless of their reading ability. Participants meet weekly for an hour at Joe Muggs Coffee Shop inside Books a Million and discuss a chapter of the book the group is currently reading. We currently have two groups that are meeting and are working toward starting a third. Books that the groups have chosen to read in the past include The Boxcar Children series and The Prince and the Pauper.
The First Friday Get Togethers are learning opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities held on, you guessed it, the First Friday of each month. Topics of learning are chosen by the participants and then facilitated by a Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana, Inc. staff member. This group has enjoyed learning more about self-determination, safety, community activities and volunteering.
The Lunch Bunches grew out of the First Friday Get Togethers. The participants were requesting a time where they could just visit and support each other through their day to day issues. The Ladies meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month and the Supermen meet the 1st Thursday of each month. Both groups meet at the Piccadilly on Louisville in Monroe.