FAMILIES FIRST COMMUNITY CENTER
Serving Homeless Families with Children in Hancock County
 
                                                    www.familiesfirstellsworth.org
 
 

  1. Managing Director
  2. Managing Director
  3. Managing Director
  4. Managing Director
  5. Managing Director
  6. Managing Director
  7. Managing Director
If you are purchasing tickets for an event, please donate the ticket price and leave a memo stating your intentions. Thank you!
Our mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by equipping families with minor children with the skills they need to gain self-sufficiency.
SERVICES
SERVING HANCOCK COUNTY
TEACHING LIFE SKILLS NEEDED FOR SUCCESS
 
FFCC IS A MEDIUM-TERM HOUSING PROGRAM THAT WILL HELP RESIDENTS WITH EVERYTHING THAT THEY WILL NEED TO LIVE AN INDEPENDENT, STABLE AND FULFILLING LIFE.   
We know our concept works; the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a report on the effectiveness of transitional housing programs for families citing the following encouraging data:
  • Mothers’ employment rose 43%;
  • Post-secondary credentials increased 18%;
  • 86% of families moved directly to their own residences.
  • 75% of mothers paid all rent.
One year post-transitional housing, homelessness recidivism was too low to be measured;
  • 42% of children previously separated rejoined their families;
  • 69% of children along better with peers;
  • 48% got along with better with siblings;
  • 57% got along with better with adults;
  • 63% enjoyed school more.
Remember, end of the year gifts; tax deductible contributions can be made directly to: FFCC at PO Box 951, Ellsworth, ME. 04605
Or, use the "Donate" button at the top of this page to donate via PayPal!
Thank you!
WELCOME TO OUR FAMILIESFIRSTELLSWORTH WEBSITE: 
 
We assist homeless families with minor children.  We serve all of Hancock County.  FFC is a Transitional Home that will help the residents with everything they need to live an independent, stable and fulfilling life.  Our goal is to remove people from the dependence of welfare and to stop the cylce of homelessness before it is passed down to the next generation.
WELCOME TO OUR FAMILIESFIRSTELLSWORTH WEBSITE: 
 
We assist homeless families with minor children.  We serve all of Hancock County.  FFC is a Transitional Home that will help the residents with everything they need to live an independent, stable and fulfilling life.  Our goal is to remove people from the dependence of welfare and to stop the cylce of homelessness before it is passed down to the next generation.
WELCOME TO OUR FAMILIESFIRSTELLSWORTH WEBSITE: 
 
We assist homeless families with minor children.  We serve all of Hancock County.  FFC is a Transitional Home that will help the residents with everything they need to live an independent, stable and fulfilling life.  Our goal is to remove people from the dependence of welfare and to stop the cylce of homelessness before it is passed down to the next generation.
WELCOME TO OUR FAMILIESFIRSTELLSWORTH WEBSITE: 
 
We assist homeless families with minor children.  We serve all of Hancock County.  FFC is a Transitional Home that will help the residents with everything they need to live an independent, stable and fulfilling life.  Our goal is to remove people from the dependence of welfare and to stop the cylce of homelessness before it is passed down to the next generation.
  1. 1
    LIFE SKILLS
    Individualized attention from a caring staff, non-profit agencies and community volunteers
  2. 2
    EDUCATION
    Education will play a large role in the Life Plan as people obtain GEDs, job skills or secondary education. Pre-school classes and tutoring will be available.
  3. 2
    Advocacy
    We believe it is crucial to expose our children to diverse social-economic statuses, educational levels, cultures, and ethnicities
  4. 4
    Career Inservice
    Each resident will be required to complete 40 hours a week "in service". It may consist of employment/internships, classes, volunteerism, or a combination thereof.
Education
  • HiSET and Adult Education classes
  • Vocational/technical trainin
  • Higher Education, including help applying for scholarships
  • Tutoring for adults and children
  • Constructive use of time.  Each adult must be occupied 40 hrs/week.  It will be a combination of education, work, therapies, and volunteerism.  Children will volunteer, according to their individual interests.
  • Montessori approach to on site pre-school and daycare
  • Access vouchers for summer camps and after school programs for children
 
Medical & Therapeutic
  • Regular well check ups
  • Optical and dental care
  • Physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy
  • Mental health treatment - diagnosis, therapy, and medication management
  • Drug and alcohol treatment – Clients with substance abuse issues will be required to do a combination of the following:  out-patient treatment, a 12-step program, and random drug testing
  • Help obtaining healthcare coverage
  • Advocate for adults and children with disabilities
  • Creative therapies
 
Safety & Stability
  • Case management to formulate and ensure success with the family’s transition plan
  • Volunteers in Family Service [VIFS] to help residents succeed in their goals
  • Domestic violence, crisis, and co-dependency prevention
  • Substance abuse prevention and smoking cessation
  • Sexual responsibility education
  • Assistance with procuring housing and transportation
 
Life Skills
  • Instructions on how to maintain housing by being a respectful tenant, neighbor & community member.
  • Job Coaching – interviewing, resume writing, job search skills, professional presentation and attire, job responsibility education
  • Interpersonal skill building – communication, conflict resolution, healthy relationships, self-esteem and self-assertiveness training
  • Housekeeping skills
  • Grocery Shopping, Nutrition (including Gardening) and Cooking
  • Personal Finance/Budgeting
  • Parenting Classes (including how to find and keep reliable child care)
  • Help obtaining a Maine Driver’s License