Human Services

FamilyWise Services

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.familywiseservices.org

Mission Statement

The FamilyWise mission is to promote social change by strengthening families and the community through programs that encourage self-determination, self-sufficiency, and healthy family lifestyles. As a nonprofit organization that has been committed to ending cycles of family violence and keeping children safe since 1976, we support families who are in crisis or experiencing challenging times by providing direct service and encouragement. We give families the skills to lead fulfilling lives and hope for a better future with programs that:
• Educate parents on skills needed to lead stable lives and provide safe homes for their children.
• Empower families to achieve self-sufficiency and to advocate for themselves and their children.
• Enrich the lives of children, youth and families, enabling them to lead healthy, productive lives.

Main Programs

  1. FamilyWise Services
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

The main FamilyWise office is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a second office in St. Paul. Services are also offered at shared satellite locations in North Minneapolis, Lakeville, and Isanti. More than 2,000 individuals took part in FamilyWise programs in 2012, 58% of them people of color, and 55% of them female. 651 children aged 0-6 years, 460 youth aged 6-14 years, 277 young adults from the ages of 15-22, 779 adults between 23-54 years of age, and 31 over the age of 55 received services at a FamilyWise location, or in their homes.

ruling year

1979

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ann Gaasch

Associate Director

Self-reported

Bernell Buchanan

Keywords

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Supervised Visitation, Safe Exchange, Child Care, Youth Services, Parent Education

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Also Known As

FamilyWise

EIN

41-1343909

 Number

1291372212

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

FamilyWise Services

The purpose of FamilyWise is to address all aspects of providing a safe and healthy home for both parents and children by strengthening families struggling with multiple risk factors. FamilyWise offers the largest network of supervised visitation and safe exchange services in the state, as well as intensive center and home based parent education including parenting and life skills, case management, and counseling. Our main office features the fully licensed and accredited First Step Early Childhood Education Center, providing quality care and school readiness activities for young children.
Specific goals of FamilyWise programs include:
• Reducing or eliminating child abuse or neglect by parent(s)
• Improve parenting skills
• Helping children and youth reach age-appropriate developmental levels
• Supporting individuals in continuing their education; finding and retaining long-term employment and safe, stable housing
• Reunifying children with their parents, when possible

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

The main FamilyWise office is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a second office in St. Paul. Services are also offered at shared satellite locations in North Minneapolis, Lakeville, and Isanti. More than 2,000 individuals took part in FamilyWise programs in 2012, 58% of them people of color, and 55% of them female. 651 children aged 0-6 years, 460 youth aged 6-14 years, 277 young adults from the ages of 15-22, 779 adults between 23-54 years of age, and 31 over the age of 55 received services at a FamilyWise location, or in their homes.

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FAMILYWISE SERVICES
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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FamilyWise Services

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Executive Director

Ann Gaasch

Associate Director

Bernell Buchanan

BIO

With more than 20 years of experience working with families and children, Ann has provided leadership in community and national family service initiatives. Her extensive experience includes program leadership at The Bridge for Youth, St. Paul/Ramsey County Children's Initiative, and the Tubman Family Alliance. She has a bachelor's degree from Carleton College, and a master's degree in counseling and psychology from St. Mary's University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Cindy Orbovich

Independent Consultant

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