Family Outreach of Amherst is a specific program under the CHD organization (Center for Human Development).  The Center for Human Development is tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your gift is tax-deductible as provided by law.
Name as it appears on 501(c)(3) Determination Letter

Center for Human Development
Name and address of Contact Person:

Family Outreach of Amherst:
  Program Director: Laura Reichsman
401 Main St., Suite 12
Amherst, MA 01002

Phone: (413) 549-5548
Events Information Line: (413) 549-5999
E-mail: familyoutreach@chd.org
 
Center for Human Development:
 Jim Goodwin, President/CEO
jgoodwin@chd.org
For more information please contact Henry J. Drapalski, Jr., Vice President of Development, at (413) 733-6624, ext. 242 or at hdrapalski@chd.org or Susan Alston, Director of Development, ext. 252, or at salston@chd.org
CHD Main Office
332 Birnie Ave.
Springfield, MA 01107
Phone: (413) 733-6624
Fax: (413) 439-2109
E-mail: chdinfo@chd.org  
Timeframe for Fiscal Year:
Their fiscal years ends June 30.

Description and Mission of Organization:
Family Outreach of Amherst supports and assists the most vulnerable members of our community by working with families who struggle with mental health, trauma, medical, substance abuse, and life skills issues. We believe that although our clients  struggle with these issues, they are still experts in their own lives. By providing advocacy and case management support, FOA not only ensures that families receive services so that their basic needs are met, but we also help families identify ways to make their lives better.

Crisis Intervention: Family Outreach is often the first outside assistance contacted when a family faces a crisis and will ensure that the family gets the additional assistance required.
Case Management: FOA caseworkers provide ongoing weekly support to families struggling with isolation, mental health issues, substance abuse and domestic violence. Services include identifying, accessing and securing financial benefits, transportation to doctors' offices and other appointments, life skills counseling, housing advocacy, parenting support, and accessing proper health care. FOA works with local schools, police, area physicians and therapists, and other helping agencies to be sure that families receive the support they need.
Advocacy: FOA provides short term assistance on specific issues such as mediation with a landlord or a utility company, access to childcare and assistance with health emergencies.
Information and Referrals: FOA responds to calls from families seeking help from resources within our community. A caseworker assesses the caller's needs and then makes referrals to appropriate community agencies.
Home Visiting: Our home visiting program serves 30+ low-income Amherst families each year, providing advocacy, case management and crisis intervention. Home visiting also succeeds with the following services: stabilizing families in crisis; supporting families struggling with life skills; helping with issues surrounding parenting, budgeting and conflict resolution; and helping parents access services so that they may create healthier, happier lives for themselves and their children.
Target Population:

The people we help represent are a cross section of our diverse community. Amherst is by no means free of poverty. According to the Amherst Superintendent's office, 26% of elemantary school children are on the free or reduced lunch program, and approximately 16% are on IEPs (Individualized Education Plans). There is a tremendous amount of need in this community, families are in crisis everyday and we are here to help them to a safer, healthier, happier place.
Number Served Annually:
Family Outreach serves around 500 families per year.
CHD serves over 10,000 people annually.
Primary City/Town Served:
Amherst
:Annual Budget:

$382,825