Mission & Core Values
Our Core Values:
We believe in the strength and the capability of the families we serve. We build upon our families’ strengths to help them forge a sustainable path to self-sufficiency. We will not do anything for a family that they can do for themselves. We believe in giving a hand up, instead of a hand out.
We purpose to raise awareness of the need to invest in and empower those who are considered invisible. They are moms and dads who fill critical roles in our community, and are often considered the working poor. These hardworking parents are the backbone of our economy. We understand the importance of obtaining support for our families in the public and private sector, to build and strengthen our community, one family at a time.
We commit to be faithful stewards of the resources entrusted to us to benefit our families.
We are not limited to conducting business as usual. We employ inventive and effective strategies to provide holistic support and resources to our families. We pursue continuous process improvement, technology enhancements and creative problem-solving. We focus on implementing evidence-based efforts including a two-generation approach, trauma-informed care and Triple P parenting training.
We believe in the power of “we.” We work with various partners including other nonprofit organizations, housing providers and volunteers to provide information and access to resources for our families.
How We Work:
- Housing families: Families begin their journey to upward economic mobility at one of CFH's three HUD-compliant shelter facilities. Families can then concentrate on short-term and long-term goals without worrying about where their children will sleep each night. Over 60% of the individuals CFH serves are children and our shelter facilities truly become their temporary homes. CFH assists people leaving shelters to obtain transitional housing, ultimately preparing them for long-term sustainable and unsubsidized housing within a year or two. Housing resource coordinators connect families with housing through a network of nearly 70 partner housing providers in 25 zip codes.
- Partnership and Counseling: In collaboration with community partners, Masters-level clinical social workers provide holistic and wrap-around supportive services, addressing barriers to family stability and facilitating pathways to financial literacy, education, health and wellness, and job readiness.
- Empowering Tools: CFH's two-generation approach incorporates tools such as matched savings accounts; educational scholarships; empowering events; financial literacy education for parents and children; socio-emotional learning curricula and enrichment programs for children; and supportive networks, through Hope Teams, that facilitate healthy relationships, increase social capital, and serve as reliable support systems.