Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana has been incorporated since January, 1992. We serve the area of Region V which includes the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis Parishes. FHF SWLA’s core services include information and referral, education and training and peer support. We are a 501©3 organization that is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 51% individuals with disabilities or family members and other interested community members.
Our mission is to enable and empower individuals with disabilities and their families by providing information, referral, education, training, peer support and advocacy skills. Our vision is that all individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to attend school, live, work and play in their own community.
FHF SWLA coordinates and collaborates with several agencies statewide. We are also part of a statewide network of ten Families Helping Families Centers. The program staff of FHF SWLA are all family members or individuals with disabilities. Our staff includes an executive director, 1 support staff, and 8 program staff who put a face on 9 programs at our agency.
Programs of our agency provide over 50 training and support opportunities each year. We work with individuals with any kind of special need (mental, physical, emotional, or educational). We offer a resource lending library, quarterly email newsletter, research on disability related topics, information and referral, education and training and peer support and advocacy skills training.
Families Helping Families SWLA is the only family directed resource center in Southwest Louisiana. Families Helping Families SWLA is a unique agency that can answer specific questions about disabilities from our own personal experiences and lend a supportive and helping hand to families living with disability issues. Only at FHF SWLA can one get information from another parent or individual with a disability that has accessed the SAME services and learned firsthand how to navigate the many different service systems.
We serve over 2000 families each year who are seeking information and referral about specific disabilities and services in the community, education advocacy assistance, systems change advocacy assistance, peer support and other specifics related to various disabilities.
Why you may want to attend a Families Helping Families Workshop…..
What participants had to say at the Creating a Jump Start Pathway Workshop on February 4, 2016 ….. “This information was eye opening for me!”
“Very informative. Very clear, concise and speaker did a superb job of making this learner friendly!”
“Very friendly and open atmosphere!”
“The speaker was wonderful!”
“Excellent info from presenter and participants!”
“Speaker was knowledgeable and approachable!”
“She was incredibly well spoken, very knowledgeable, and so thorough; while it is involved information it was understandable; Having the professionals from varying fields was an added and unexpected bonus; Hearing what is going on in the school is both encouraging and helpful!”
We are Families Helping Families….It’s Who We Are…It’s What We Do!