Truly Changing Lives!
Initiated in 2015, CCEVA’s Strengthening Families Program utilizes evidence-based curriculum, paired with common sense, advocacy and lots of love, to help families grow closer and stronger. The 14-week program includes education for the whole family, with curriculum for the children and adults mirrored in separate sessions, and then a family dinner together with CCEVA staff. Education focuses on better communication, appropriate and effective discipline, developing family goals as well as substance abuse prevention. The program is free to any family and many of our families learn and grow so much that they attend another session.
CCEVA currently has funding from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth to provide the program to families on the Virginia Peninsula. Classes are also held for families on the southside thanks to the generosity of the United Way of South Hampton Roads and our agency donors.
Although a myriad of issues are addressed in classes, we have seen recent success in less truancy for families with teenaged students, and better family functioning with the increased supports and knowledge.
Recently, attending a community function at a local hotel, our staff ran into a former participant who was so eager to reunite with our Program Director, Milcah Wade. “The program really made me a better step-dad, and has prepared me to be a good dad my daughter, who is due in January.” he said. “We still have our vision boards at home!”, he reported.
The program is such a success because CCEVA staff build on families’ strengths. Helping families effectively problem-solve and communicate through this program has been incredible. We are truly grateful for all of those who support this important, meaningful work!
For more information, please contact Milcah Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org.