The Coalition for Families is a not-for-profit [501©3] organization whose efforts are centered to empower and encourage individuals and families to reach their potential by improving and enriching their quality of life.
The Coalition houses many different community programs, with each focusing on one of the following areas:
The reduction of infant mortality/morbidity
The prevention of teenage pregnancy
Addressing areas to support families
History of the Coalition
With Lee County being a small mostly rural Piedmont county, it reflects all the traditional problems of family and child services provision. While many health, education, employment and family problems are typical of rural communities, Lee County citizens became concerned when noticing that several areas showed problems of considerable magnitude. These efforts began in 1991 and still continue in present day.
The Coalition was created out of a genuine concern that Lee County’s most vulnerable residents were not receiving the broad base of care and services needed to assist them in improving their own lives and reaching their full capacity to be productive citizens.
The Coalition’s Hallmark
The Coalition’s hallmark has continually been to bring the community together to work collaboratively. The approach has been to form councils in each of our priority areas who identify gaps in services, advocate for change in system level barriers and develop programs addressing these issues.
Representatives including agency directors, civic leaders, and the health and business community make up our 26-member Board of Directors that oversees the work of the Coalition. We also serve on other councils and coalitions such as LICC, (an interagency council) LeeCAN (Health Department led to look at the health needs of our community); the school system’s Health Advisory Council and AGI Council; Board of Directors of the Lee County Partnership for Children; Child Care Facility Council and a regional (5 county) child care council.
In addition, we have developed a reputation for having won the trust of hard to reach communities by taking non traditional approaches, such as, training barbers and beauticians, and program participants to be educators and advocates and having Spanish speaking staff.
All of the Coalition programs have some type of evaluation component. Various methods are used based on grantor input and regulations. All of our programs have a record keeping data system that helps us to keep track of our progress and determine where emphasis needs to be placed. Pre and Post knowledge gain tests, state statistics, and anecdotal information are also used as evaluation tools.