The Michael B. Christensen Community and Family Support Center provides community-based programs to encourage family stability and education. The Christensen Center assists in the development of parental skills, school readiness and access to resources.
A portion of the proceeds from the Dr. Hugh, Ruth & John Mahoney Tribute fundraiser will go toward the Christensen Center’s “I’m a D.A.D.” program – Dedicated and Determined – to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of fathers that are involved, responsible and committed.
The Center focuses on preventing the abuse and neglect of children, and provides counseling and access to services for parents and their children who are living with or are at risk for abuse. We offer help to families and children at risk by providing parenting skills training and referrals to community resources. We help:
- With access to housing, food, and public assistance for parents and children escaping abuse at home.
- With parenting and nutrition tips, as well as family activities and connections to resources.
- With in-home counseling on household and financial management skills and identifying short- and long-range family goals for families where a child is at risk of abuse or neglect.
- With supervised visits for parents to spend time with children along with a parent aide who provides parenting-skills training.
In addition, the Christensen Center staff provides parenting classes that explore many aspects of being a mom and dad. The classes also focus on improving the parent-child relationship, verbal interaction and development of critical language skills necessary for children entering school.
With generous support from the Exchange Clubs of the Merrimack Valley, the Christensen Center is a program of the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Inc., a Lawrence-based social services agency serving 19,000 individuals annually. Learn more about the Christensen Center and GLCAC at www.glcac.org.