Through collaboration with the Wilshire FamilySource Center, Bresee’s Family Services team provides intensive wrap-around support for the families of the youth Bresee serves and social and economic stability for the community at large. Helping over 1,500 families a year, Bresee’s Family Services team provides services targeted at increasing family income and educational achievement. In the last year, Bresee’s FSC team worked collaboratively with the Wilshire FSC to serve 2,351 low-income families with a total aggregate of $575,730 in increased family income.
The Family Services team screens and enrolls all families who walk through Bresee’s door, utilizing a “No Wrong Door” approach. Families are connected to vital public services, including health, social services, and financial support programs, through the Your Benefits Now App screening process. Eligible families are extensively case managed to achieve financial stability and educational achievement. Case-managed families are assigned to a case manager who serves as a caring advocate, connecting the family with Bresee’s internal services and external community resources while monitoring student attendance, grades, and other outcomes.
At Bresee’s one-stop shop, the Family Services team develops short-term financial stability by distributing:
- Transportation vouchers (Rider Relief Transportation Program)
- Referrals to other local resources needed including immigration services, childcare and early learning, and mental health counseling providers.
In addition, the Family Services team promotes long-term self-sufficiency through the following onsite services:
- Case Management Support
- Parenting classes and parent support groups
- Adult education including English as a Second Language (ESL) and Basic Skills Remediation training through Los Angeles City College (LACC)
- Financial literacy training
- Fitness and nutrition workshops
- Referrals to other Bresee’s internal services needed including Bresee’s WorkSource Center and GRYD program
- VITA Tax Preparation
- Mother’s Day Giveaway
- Backpack Giveaway
- Thanksgiving Giveaway
- Christmas Giveaway