You're invited to Breakfast at Front Porch!Barb Brown on 08/30/2017
It Takes A Family To Support Kansas City's Neighborhood FamiliesBarb Brown on 07/31/2017
While other agencies have come and gone over the past 17 years, the Front Porch Alliance (FPA) has remained steadfast in its commitment to helping families grow and thrive. Its board of directors comes together as a family of engaged supporters and participants in direct services to dozens of poor-and-needy families living in the Kansas City, Missouri urban core each year.
2017 Front Porch Alliance Board of Directors
Seated: Betty Crooker, Lisa Schellhorn (President), Charlotte Hall
Standing: Errol Riggins, Gregg Gimlin, Joe Sweeny (Treasurer), Samm Skare,
Michael Hunt, Stacy Benson, Barb Brown, Sandy Jiles, Suzanne Willey, Carol
Thrane (Vice President), Sheri Levingston
Not pictured: Claudia Roshto, Charlotte Davison, Brandon Laughridge, Scott
OUR CORE PROGRAM: Neighborhood Families
The FPA's Neighborhood Families is a parent education and home-visiting program supporting low-income families in urban Kansas City, MO. Neighborhood Families is designed to help teach adults to become healthy parents, build protective factors, reduce family stress, access resources to meet basic needs, and reduce risks for traumatic childhood events and abuse/neglect. Ultimately, the program's purpose is to help families become healthy environments where children are safe, thriving, and receiving the best start possible to their lives.
FPA's program stands out due to the cultural competency and experience of both the board and the staff. Through welcoming, non-threatening dialogue, FPA's family support parent educators engage parents in conversations about the program and access to essentials such as free books, diapers, car seats and cribs. Their focus always is on building relationships over time that starts with these initial conversations. Ultiately, it's the focus on basic family needs that builds family capacity for resiliency, health, wellness, and educational attainment by developing a network of community resources, social supports, and educational support.