Community Resource Awareness
Knowledgeable professionals are invited weekly to offer information on a variety of topics, such as family violence and prevention, substance abuse prevention, health, nutrition, safety in the home and life coping skills. Participants report to staff that learning about new resources gives them the courage to seek the assistance needed to overcome family problems.
Many participants are extremely isolated before they enter the program, and it is important that they be exposed to a variety of information and learn how to access community services. Parents begin to overcome their fear of bureaucracy and systems. When parents seek a service they have been made aware of, they are well-prepared. Being able to access needed services helps to reduce the stress in their lives. Parents become more confident in their ability to advocate for themselves. All the speakers donate their services.
The agencies that come to speak to the parents become more aware and responsive to the needs of the community. Their partnership with AVANCE becomes one with a shared mission and AVANCE parents tend to be served better.