JACKSON, Miss – Mississippi families now have a valuable resource to help them deal with the challenges and stresses of daily living, Families First for Mississippi. We know that strong family units are beneficial for the individuals who are a part of them and for communities in which they live, but many families in Mississippi are broken. The mission of Families First is to encourage strong families through its well-rounded outreach efforts, which include programs about parenting education, character education, healthy choices and youth development activities.
Families First For Mississippi, in partnership with the MS Department of Human Services, is working to promote healthy lifestyle changes in Mississippi families. Two lead agencies – the Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC), located in Jackson, and the Family Resource Center of Northeast MS (FRCNMS), located in Tupelo – have partnered to offer free services to families needing assistance. Through this partnership, all 82 counties in the state receive free Families First services.
Families First programs cover important topics for youth, including but not limited to abstinence, bullying, peer mentoring, and life skills. For adults, Families First programs address subjects pertinent to daily living such as nutrition, financial skills, anger management, relationship skills, healthy marriage strategies, mediation and family unit conflict.
For more about Families First For Mississippi programs and services, call 601.366.6405 (south region) or 662.844.0013 (north region). Or visit www.familiesfirstforms.org.