By Karen Pharo
On Tuesday, October 17th, Family Partnership Center, located at 602 3rd St E. in Bradenton, officially changed its name to Parenting Matters and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate. Approximately 50 members of the community, staff, and other organizations were in attendance. Parenting Matters is a non-profit organization that provides customized assistance to parents of children up to age 17. Support is offered in the form of counseling, parenting classes and workshops, home visits, activities for children, and support groups. It provides a confidential, judgement-free environment for parents who are struggling with substance abuse, their children’s behavioral issues, and/or simply need support or advice on raising their biological or adopted children.
Jackie Dezelski, Manatee Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, began the ceremony by congratulating the organization on 20 years with the Chamber and thanking them for all that they do. Then, Katrina Bellemare, Parenting Matters’ Executive Director, spoke briefly about the organization and thanked everyone for being a vital part of its mission. Everyone gathered around Bellemare, while she ceremoniously cut the ribbon. After applause and multiple photo opportunities, the guests and staff went inside the facility to partake in the food and refreshments, to sign the Guest wall, and network.
I had the opportunity to tour the wonderful facility with the Marketing and Development Manager, Bridget Harry. She informed me that they rented space for years prior to being fortunate enough to be able to purchase the building 6 years ago. They are expanding so quickly that they are having to get creative with the space that they do have. The building houses staff and counselor offices, a play area for children to feel at home in, a room for Board and Substance Abuse meetings, and a special section for parents who are adopting or have adopted a child. It also includes a miniature library with books and other educational materials for parents, children, and educators to utilize.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was a success and had a great turnout. Parenting Matters has come a long way since its inception as Family Partnership Center in 1994. Approximately 2,200 parents and children are assisted on an annual basis. It’s true that it take a village to raise a child and that is exactly what Parenting Matters does. For more information, call 941-756-3007 or visit Parentingmattersfl.org.
Family Partnership Center Announces Name Change
The non-profit will hold a reception to launch new name and branding.
Bradenton, FL – The Board of Directors and leadership at Family Partnership Center (FPC) announced their decision to officially change its name to Parenting Matters that will take effect on October 17th. The name, Parenting Matters, better reflects the non-profit’s role in the community of strengthening families and preventing child abuse through parenting education. “The most crucial component in a child’s growth and development is reliable, responsive, and nurturing parenting. Parenting Matters clearly emphasizes the work we do and the vital role of parenting,” said Katrina Bellemare, Executive Director of FPC.
Aside from the rebranding strategy, the programs and mission of Parenting Matters will remain the same, as it has, for 23 years. “Family Partnership Center started because there wasn’t a safe place in Manatee County to help parents before children were removed from their home. It’s been rewarding to see the agency grow to serve more families, but to keep its original mission of serving all parents seeking help,” said Barbara Brownell, Program Director and Founder of FPC.
Along with a name change, the organization will launch a new website, parentingmattersfl.org, and logo. A reception will be held on October 17th, 2017 at FPC’s (soon to be Parenting Matter’s) office, 602 3rd Street East from 9:30 -11:00 am, to debut the new name and brand. The Manatee Chamber will hold a ribbon cutting at 9:45 a.m.
About FPC – Family Partnership Center (FPC), is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse in Manatee and Sarasota Counties for 23 years. Last year, FPC served 2,200 parents and children through its continuum of parenting education services; home visiting, community-based groups, classes, and workshops. FPC’s programs foster effective parenting of our communities children to families and are often free. For FPC’s program offerings and more information, visit www.familypartnership.org or call 941-756-3007.