Holyoke – Behavioral Health Network, Inc. (BHN) will hold a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event for its Ware Family Resource Center on Friday, September 24, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 78-80 Main Street. The following day, on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., there will be an Open House for families who would like to tour the Center.
A brief program including remarks from local and BHN officials will precede the Ribbon Cutting on Friday, September 24, and will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The new BHN Ware Family Resource Center provides free support and access to community resources for families and their children in Hampden and Hampshire counties. Center programming is designed to help children develop social and emotional skills; brings people together for mutual support; links families to services and community opportunities; responds to family crises; and values and supports parents and strengthens parenting skills.
In addition to assisting families with finding resources, FRCs support families with youth who are at risk of needing court involvement because of their behavior. A main goal of FRCs is to serve as a diversion from the court system.
Families and community members are welcome to stop in to the Center on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to tour the facility and speak with staff about available resources and programs. Those who attend will be entered into a raffle.
The Family Resource Center is part of a statewide network of FRCs that help families and individuals resolve challenges, strengthen their bonds, connect to others and engage in their communities. FRCs are supported through funding from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).
About BHN: BHN has been providing behavioral health services to children and families in Western Massachusetts since 1938. The agency provides community-based services that include innovative, integrated whole-health models as well as traditional clinical and outpatient and therapeutic services, day treatment, addiction services, crisis intervention and residential supports.