A Message from the CEO
Opening Our Hearts for a New Day
We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.
We’re evolving every day to meet the needs of our children and families, who are working hard to stay afloat while keeping our local economy running as the pandemic continues.
I want to fill you in on these exciting new plans that you’re making possible through your support!
We heard our Fuller Center parents loud and clear when they told us they needed time to run errands, grocery shop, and decompress, as well as childcare so they could work on Saturdays. The staff are working hard to meet this need!
Our hardworking parents are not in position to ask their bosses if they can leave early for childcare reasons – especially not now when so many are relying on single incomes or getting back to work after losing jobs due to the pandemic. Extended hours at the Center will mean they can be more reliable employees, keeping our local economy strong and our families stable.
We’re hopeful that in August 2021, we’ll be able to open a small private elementary school for children who wish to attend K-5 in their familiar Fuller Center environment, as well as other children who qualify in the local community. Degreed and certified teachers will run small classes where each child can receive sufficient attention, and will be guided by seasoned educators and proven curriculum from a prestigious local private school.
Healthy Families for Life
Fuller Center is creating a new health initiative, to be provided in partnership with Caridad Center, to combat problems that became blatantly apparent during the pandemic. The program will be run in a caring, judgment-free family setting, in which children, adults, and families can set their own goals and encourage each other to reach them with the help of experienced clinicians.
The Apprenticeship program will provide on-the-job training for unemployed and underemployed individuals (like Fuller Center parents seeking work). This program will not only ensure ongoing skill development in these individuals, but will also address the shortage of teachers and childcare workers threatening the childcare industry.
The Fuller Center is now in a unique and promising position to be a significant player in OUR community’s recovery! We’re poised to undertake this effort because of the unwavering support of those who have faith in our work and understand the impact of this mission on our children, our families, and our local economy.
Because of you and others like you who believe in our mission, the Fuller Center stands strong as we navigate our 50th year as an organization. We are able to adapt and remain fully operating, serving more than 400 children and their families each day (and over 775 in 2020!) while managing the obstacles presented during the pandemic. We couldn’t have done it without your support!
I invite you to stay tuned with the Fuller Center for a year of celebrating our 50th. There’s much more to come, and we do hope you can join us! Please stay connected via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and continue to spread the word!
Ellyn Okrent, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer