It all began with two small southeast Edmonton agencies funded by the provincial and municipal governments. Mill Woods P.A.T.C.H. Place Society and The New Parents Association.
P.A.T.C.H. Place was a grassroots family resource agency. It offered programs for parents, children and youth through collaboration and partnerships, including additional services such as out-of-school care, parent and baby groups, parenting education, volunteer opportunities, and information and referrals.
The New Parents Association, created in 1996, provided home visitation services for families with children under the age of 6. The primary aim of the agency was to support children’s healthy growth and development. This was done by increasing parents’ knowledge of early childhood development.
In 2003 Mill Woods P.A.T.C.H. Place Society and The New Parents Association merged. As a result, Mill Woods Family Resource Centre was created and incorporated as a Society on January 14, 2004. Since then, it has continued helping children and families in South Edmonton.
Once Mill Woods Family Resource Centre, we are now Family Futures Resource Network, serving a larger area of the Edmonton and area community. Today, as Family Futures Resource Network, we provide information, education, and support to individuals, parents, and families and operate out of four separate locations and many outreach sites. Additionally, space is utilized in existing community and public buildings to deliver services and programs that meet the needs of the community.
Family Futures Resource Network is funded through Alberta Children’s Services, Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services and the City of Edmonton Family and Community Support Services.