S. Santa Cruz Avenue
A Family Resource Center...Connecting Families in Stanislaus County
Parent Resource Center Mission Statement:
The mission of the Parent Resource Center is to build stronger, healthier families by offering education, mentoring and supportive services to empower and strengthen our community.
Parent Resource Center Vision Statement:
All families are healthy and nurturing; children feel safe, stable and loved.
Parent Resource Center, a Family Resource Center, is a private, non-profit,
child abuse prevention agency. The Center offers support to
parents through in-home volunteer mentoring
and on-site parenting education classes to decrease the risk of child
abuse, neglect and family violence. The goal of the Center is to provide
emotional and educational support for parents in nurturing and guiding
their children through the critical first 5 years of a child’s
life. The Center operates with a small professional staff and over 50
well-trained, closely supervised volunteers. This approach of in-home
visitation and on-site parenting education is designed to meet both the
short and long term needs of the family and is a powerful combination
in reducing the risk of child abuse, child neglect and family violence.
The target population is the high-risk parent, with a focus on first
time pregnancies and parenting teens. The Center has a well-established
base of collaborative partners, which includes other community-based
organizations that provide a source of referrals. Services are
confidential and free of charge and do not exclude anyone because of
race, color, national origin, political affiliation, religion, marital
status, sex, handicap, or sexual orientation.
The Parent Resource Center has a combined experience of 24 years of in-home parenting support and education services. From 1979 to 1992 the agency was known as the “Home Visiting Project” of Public Health’s Stanislaus County Early Assessment Intervention Program (EAIP). When Public Health experienced budget cuts, committed community volunteers advocated to continue the valuable volunteer mentoring project. These caring men and women had a vision of providing volunteers to assist families within the community who are at risk of abusing their children. In November 1992, a Board of Directors was formed and a site for the Center was selected. Start-up funds were obtained from the community to renovate an old bank building located in the geographical area in West Modesto of the target population served. The Parent Resource Center became an incorporated private, non-profit (501c3) organization on November 30, 1992 and has since become an integral part of the prevention of child abuse and neglect in our Stanislaus County community.
As of January 2003, the Parent Resource Center became a United Way of Stanislaus County Member Agency. We are proud of this important collaboration to improve the quality of lives for families in Stanislaus County.
Parent Resource Center believes in and is guided by the following values: