The agency was founded in 1970 by a group of local radio DJ’s who were getting calls from young people who had nowhere to turn for help. Youth were experimenting with drugs and had family conflict at home. The DJ’s put out a call to the community and a group of volunteers came together and founded a “Hotline.”
Last year, Family Resources celebrated several major accomplishments, including:
• Three SafePlace2B shelters provided 7,730 days of emergency shelter to 884 youth
• The Teen Living Program provided 41 youth in foster care with a place to live for 4,460 days
• They provided 254 families with individual and family counseling for a total of 2,065 sessions
• 23,997 youth and 12,403 adults learned about Safe Place services, counseling, and shelter through their presentations and participation at community events
• Street Outreach staff made 970 contacts with homeless youth to provide food, shelter, laundry and clothing
Throughout Pinellas and Manatee County, 180 employees help the organization offer programs that are designed to encourage the personal development of children and youth while working to strengthen and support healthy relationships among family members. Safe shelter, counseling, education, outreach, and appropriate referral and follow-up services are delivered in an atmosphere of caring, giving and acceptance.