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Family Resource Center Holds Open House

Social Service Director Stephen Hudson introduces himself and staff during the open house.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Social Services Department held an open house for the new Family Resource Center on October 7. The facility is open to Community members and non-members and will serve as a hub for family resources.

The department referrals and resources target households with children ages five and under living in the Community. The center will not exclude anyone who needs support resources.

“I am really happy that everyone came out,” said Social Services Director Stephen Hudson, who welcomed everyone.

The facility is equipped for meeting space and an area for youth to play.
SRPMIC President Delbert Ray, Sr. also welcomed the crowd and discussed the facility.

“This is one of the things we didn’t have in the Community; programs [like this] many times get placed in the back end; and we need intervention [and] prevention [services] for the Community,” he said. “Thank you to the staff and to the families especially for coming up and saying [‘I need help’].”

The Family Resource Center offers a parent-to-parent support program, voluntary parenting classes, special topic workshops, child-development activities, parent education classes, sessions on cooking healthy snacks with Mom or Dad, traditional cooking from diverse cultures, computer and internet access, and guest speakers.

SRPMIC President Delbert Ray, Sr. spoke about the benefits of the Family Resource Center.

During the open house, families and staff enjoyed food and drinks and got a chance to tour the facility.

The center will work with Honor Health Scottsdale, the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, SRPMIC Health and Human Services, Salt River Elementary School and the Early Childhood Education Center. The center’s Resource Navigator will hold monthly and quarterly meetings.

For more information on the program and upcoming meetings and or events, contact Resource Navigator Lolita Martinez at (480) 362-7528.

Ron Carlos and Wolf Loring sing a few Maricopa songs during the open house.