OUR CENTER HISTORY
OUR Center, founded in 1986, grew out of the Longmont Ministerial Association. Church leaders realized that those in need were turning to the churches for help that they were not always able to provide. The churches agreed that uniting community resources would give better help to those who needed it, and also give the churches a consistent place to refer folks. Out of this realization grew the Outreach United Resource Center, Inc. or OUR Center.
OUR Center is truly a community-based agency. While most of the churches in the St. Vrain Valley support OUR Center, it is not affiliated with any one church, or any other agency. OUR Center works closely with many other agencies in the community to assist those in need, especially those in emergency situations.
OUR Center consists of the Family Resource Center at 220 Collyer St. and Aspen Center for Child Development at 501 5th Avenue in Longmont, CO. This makes it more efficient and convenient for our clients to receive services. Once again, the St. Vrain Community has come together to provide the highest quality assistance to those in need.
At the present time, administrative costs are 15% percent of the total budget, and only a part of that administrative time is spent on raising funds. Our fundraising activity is carried on by a minimal Development staff, volunteer Board of Director members and other volunteers in the community, thereby maximizing the services rendered from contributed dollars.
OUR CENTER VISION
We will be a recognized leader in transforming people’s lives by joining them in reaching their personal potential.
WHAT IS A FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER?
A Family Resource Center provides a safe, accessible place for families to connect with comprehensive, coordinated services that help them strengthen their families and self-reliance. Programs are tailored to the culture, resources and needs of our community.
Through the OUR Center, resource specialists work one-on-one with families to help them set and achieve transformative goals in their lives. The framework, a research-based approach known as the family development approach, focuses on helping individuals and families build from their strengths, take charge of their lives, and access community resources.
Parenting programs and support groups complement the one-on-one work of the resource specialists, promote positive parenting skills, and prevent child abuse. Poverty reduction and financial literacy courses support families in managing and strengthening their family finances. These programs use curricula that have shown strong evidence of success with families over time.
By becoming a Family Resource Center, the OUR Center has gained access to additional resources such as learning opportunities for families, training opportunities for staff members, collaborations with other Family Resource Centers and expanding partnership.
The OUR Center is now a proud member of the Family Resource Center Association!
For more information, contact Joni Lynch, Family Resource Manager, at 303.772.5529 ext. 246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.