Family Services

Our Family Programs enable families to develop and apply their family-strengthening, child-rearing, community-building, financial, social, and leadership skills and talents. Through their participation, they strengthen their families and help other families and the community grow and develop.

 

  • Harmony Family Success Center (HFSC)

    Evelyn Reyes
    Coordinator
    Harmony Family Success Center
    255 Livingston Avenue
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    Phone: 732-640-0800
    Fax: 732-640-0806
    Email: ereyes@prab.org

    Middlesex County residents gather in a family friendly community space, where they and their families receive resources, information, and support, and connect with others to create a broader sense of community. They also participate actively in activities that strengthen their families and neighborhoods, in partnership with other families and local community institutions.

    Harmony FSC enhances families’ social and human capital

    Families improve their life skills in several core areas: health, parent education/family interaction, employment, housing, advocacy, and resource building. They also increase their social networks and capacity through the connections they make with other parents, children, and families. In the process, families become more aware and self-reliant. They also connect to one another and build lasting connections with other community members.

    Harmony FSC increases community partnerships and connections

    HFSC and participating families work with other community organizations, individuals, and key stakeholders. They involve parents, community residents, and individuals in engagement activities, through which they gain feedback and input. In the process, they maintain a sustainable presence and secure buy-in from community residents. They also strengthen existing partnerships and develop new partnerships each year.

    To participate in Harmony FSC, you must:
    • Visit us (we welcome ALL community members)
    • Participate in as many activities and workshops as possible
  • Family Leadership Academy (FLA)

    Nydia Rivera
    Coordinator
    Family Leadership Academy
    (732) 828–4510
    nrivera@prab.org

     

    New Brunswick residents improve outcomes for their families and the overall community through individual coaching, group workshops and seminars, one-on-one sessions with staff and mentors, and a matching savings component. FLA is a partnership between PRAB and New Brunswick Tomorrow (NBT).

     

    FLA enhances families’ human, social, and financial capacity

    Families participate in four (4) modules during the first six (6) months, or Foundational Phase: Planning for our Future; Finances; Parent-Child Interaction; and Wellness. The next six (6) months, or the Implementation Phase, they participate in support groups and attend elective workshops chosen by them. Families also participate in Peer Leadership, through which they join and participate in a community building network. Along the way, families develop a family plan with at least one family goal, which helps them be socio-economically self-sufficient. Ultimately, they graduate from the program, and achieve at least one goal in their family plan.

    To participate in FLA, you must:
    • Have at least one child under the age of 18 in their home
    • Have at least two involved adults willing to participate
    • Have a steady source of income
    • Commit to the first one-year phase of the program comprised of two workshops per month, and one monthly session with a family coach
    • Be involved as peer leaders, and alumni events (Optional)
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)

    Pamela Santamaria
    Coordinator
    Parents as Teachers Program
    (732) 828–4510
    psantamaria@prab.org

    Middlesex County parents who are pregnant, or have children up to five years old, receive free and voluntary home visitation services, including information, support, developmental screenings, and referrals to community resources.

     

    PAT promotes the optimal early learning development learning and health of young children

    We support and engage the parents and caregivers of young children during weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly evidenced-based home visitations. We provide a developmental topic, well-being aspect, and parent-child interactive component, as well as opportunities for additional support, education, and positive connections. We monitor their progress with timely immunization records, assessments, and developmental screenings of their children. We also refer them to issues related to parents or their children. In the process, they become stronger, healthier, and successful academically.

     

    PAT enhances families’ social and human capacity

    Parents participate in free workshops and fun activities that strengthen their social connections and parenting knowledge. Parents, community residents, and individuals also participate in quarterly community advisory board meetings, at which they provide feedback and input to the program. In the process, parents build connections with other parents and discuss parenting-related topics. They also help strengthen the program.

    To participate in PAT, you must:
    • Be referred directly through the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium’s central intake (CJFHC collects referral forms and conducts initial screening before you are assigned)
    • Be pregnant at the time of referral (One parent), or have a child up to the age of 5. (Note: If your child is over 5 years of age, you would be referred to another available resource in the county.)
    • Commit to in-home visitation on a weekly to monthly basis, depending on the age of your child and family’s needs

     

    The Parents as Teachers National Office recently noted that our program data demonstrated fidelity to all of the Essential Requirements of the Parents as Teachers model.  See our program model and expected outcomes below:

PRAB serves everyone regardless of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, familial status, gender, sexual orientation, or functional impairment. We also serve as a voice to ensure equity & access to community resources and benefits for all people groups and communities in Central New Jersey.

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Henry Gorman

Senior Director, Family & Housing Services
(732) 828-4510
Hgorman@prab.org

 

Johanna Crespo

Site Director
Harmony Family Success Center
(732) 640-0801 (Harmony FSC)
Jcrespo@prab.org

 

Alayna Fuller

Manager
Family Services
(732) 828-4510
afuller@prab.org