A Partnership That’s Changing Lives


Over the past ten years, Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield has partnered with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services (DFS) to assist hundreds of families in need. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, DFS and Grace Presbyterian celebrated this highly successful 10-year partnership with hors d’oeuvres and heartfelt thanks. Some of the family members who have participated over the past ten years spoke during the celebration.

Ten years ago, the church approached DFS about starting a parent education program for its members. Volunteers began by cooking and serving meals, providing child care, and cleaning up. Over the years, they donated book bags to students, sent children to camp, tutored children, and provided gifts, clothing and food. The church also started donating money to the program, increasing the amount each year, totaling more than $10,000 dollars over the past ten years. Some volunteers even received training to become program facilitators.

The DFS parenting programs change lives. They bring together families who want to learn better ways to raise their children, who want to learn how to be kinder and more respectful to each other. Organizations and community groups can be a part of this life-changing effort by providing meeting space, food, money and – most importantly – time. For more information on Parenting Education call 703-324-7745 or 703-324-7871; TTY 703-222-9452.

Grace celebration

Amy Downs, a mother who graduated from the parenting program 10 years ago shares how important the program was to her and her family. Her sister Dea McMillan is standing next to her.

Grace celebration

Celebration of ten years of working together - Grace Presbyterian Church and the DFS Parenting Education Programs.

Grace celebration

Jay Click, the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, accepts a plaque presented by the Fairfax County Department of Family Services Parenting Education Program.

 




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