For Our Families
Independence: A Family of Services has operated the East Orange Family Success Center for over 11 years and serves over 350 families (over 900 individuals) annually.
The Center serves as a starting point to help families thrive by working with families who are in need of a variety of family centered supports. The staff maintains a steady flow of services, information and partnerships to help families find the resources they need to become self-sufficient.
Services For Parents & Their Families
Resources – Connecting families to services through information and referrals; individualized family success plans, parenting education, and parent/child bonding activities.
Family Gatherings – Monthly family bonding activities.
SHARE – Monthly food co-op offering fresh fruit, vegetables, poultry, meat, and groceries at deeply discounted rates.
Drop-in Activities – Hands-on activities for children & families, held on days when local schools are closed.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center Partnership – Free tickets for families to attend cultural performances and activities.
Active Parenting – A video-based education program teaching parents techniques to assist in raising responsible children who are able to cope with life’s challenges.
Circle of Security – Assisting parents in recognizing their child’s needs and developing a healthy parent-child bond.
Financial Literacy – Workshops that assist individuals and families to increase their knowledge and utilization of financial planning tools and skills.
KUUMBA – Early Childhood literacy-based workshop to teach parents creative and engaging play activities for children ages 3-5 years old. Activities emphasize speech/language development, motor skills, and developmental milestones.
For Children and Adolescents
Sankofa Academy – Held during afterschool hours, and the summer, the academy conducts a series of academic enrichment, tutoring, reading, and cultural awareness activities for grade school students.
Empowerment Workshops – Providing life skills training to individuals and families to foster independence and positive self-motivation.