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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.

Point of Information and Referral

Call us for more information 318-361-0487

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. 

State Department of Education

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.

Education & Support of those with Dual Diagnoses

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.

Children’s Special Health Services Parent Liaisons

The Parent Liaisons attend clinics & are available to parents to provide emotional support, orientation material, information on available services, referrals, and/or transition planning.

Families Can’t Wait

A family centered hospital based support program for families of children with medical concerns.

Early Steps

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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.

Louisiana State Improvement Grant

The primary purpose is to improve Louisiana?s service system in ways that better meet the needs of all students by improving special education services within the context of general reform initiatives. Families Helping Families role in this is arranging for and hosting a series of workshops to educate parents, of both regular education and special education on the special education laws and how to work with the system to assure they are meeting the needs of the child.

Peer to Peer

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.

Lending Library

FHF maintains an extensive lending library of books, videos, and magazines that parents and professionals check out in library fashion.

Equipment Library

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.

Myre Crecink Memorial Discretionary Fund

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.

LaCAN – Louisiana Citizens for Action NOW

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LaCAN is a statewide grassroots network of individuals & families who have worked together since 1998 advocating for a service system that supports individuals with disabilities to live in their own homes, rather than having to move to a facility to receive needed services. Specifically, they have advocated for implementation of Louisiana?s Community & Family Support System Plan.Regional LaCAN teams include parents, individuals with disabilities, & advocates for individualized supports. Team members are linked by telephone tree and the internet to mobilize when communication with state policymakers is necessary.

LaTEACH

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LaTeach promotes appropriate, inclusive education for all students. LaTeach works to make parents, educators, the general public, and state leadership informed and supportive of research based and effective practices used appropriately for each student.

Parent Stipend

This program provides funding for parents and/or individuals with disabilities to attend workshops, conferences, and trainings. Expenses for childcare, mileage, hotel, and registrations are included.

Faith Based Awareness

This is our program that provides information, education and support to area churches wishing to become involved in outreach to individuals with disabilities.

Bullying

We have 2 programs that deal with the hot topic of bullying. One is geared for groups like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, parents or other interested parties. The other is designed to help teacher in the classroom teach their children about bullying and how to handle a bullying situation.

Next Chapter Book Club

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.

Friday Focus

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.

Lunch Bunch

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.

 

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Families Helping Families | 5200 Northeast Road Monroe Louisiana 71203 | 318.362.0487