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First Step COVID Vaccine Event!

We got the Health Department to bring the Moderna and Johnson&Johnson Vaccine right to us!

Who: Anyone 12 yrs and older
Where: First Step, 323 E 6th St, Port Angeles
When: Thursday May 20th, 1 – 5 PM

• Drop-in, no appointment needed.
• Child care, kid activities, free books for kids and COVID-relief gift for everyone getting vaccinated!
• Contact us if you need transportation: (360) 457-8355 or info_fstep@olypen.com

First Step Family Support Center Vaccination Event

First Step COVID Vaccine Event!

We got the Health Department to bring the Moderna Vaccine right to us!

Who: Anyone 18 yrs and older
Where: First Step, 323 E 6th St, Port Angeles
When: Thursday, April 22nd, 1 – 5 PM

• Drop-in, no appointment needed.
• Child care, kid activities, free books for kids and COVID-relief cash for everyone getting vaccinated!
• Contact us if you need transportation: (360) 457-8355 or info_fstep@olypen.com

First Step Family Support Center Vaccination Event

First Step Family Support Center receives a generous donation from Soroptomist of Sequim!

Thank you to Soroptimist International of Sequim, First Step Family Support Center was able to purchase $750.00 in books that support and empower women and girls to reach for the stars!

We look forward to providing these books to women and children in our community!

First Step Family Support Center receives a wonderful gift from Molina Healthcare

Thanks to a generous gift from Molina Healthcare, First Step was able to purchase $1000.00 in gift cards to help provide groceries for families in alignment with our Reach Out Project!

First Step Family Support Center receives a Generous Gift from the Wilder Family

A huge THANK YOU to the Wilder Family for their generous gift of $20,000 to help to support First Step’s mission of promoting the healthy development of children and families on the North Olympic Peninsula by building family strengths!

Pictured from left to right is Priscilla Schaefer, First Step’s Fiscal Manager; Venita Lynn, First Step’s Executive Director; Tammy Rose, Sally Wilder, Dan Wilder Jr., and Dan Wilder Sr. (not pictured).

First Step Family Support Center receives generous donation from 1st Security Bank

1st Security Bank hosted a shred event in November and named First Step as the recipient of donations. The shred event provides a great service to our community and provides a generous gift to First Step. In being named the beneficiary of this event, First Step also received additional donations from the community such as diapers, socks, books, and cash donations.

Thank you so much for 1st Security Bank’s support of First Step Family Support Center and for helping us service families in our community!

First Step Family Support Center receives generous donation from Sound Community Bank

A huge heartfelt thank you to Sound Community Bank! Their generous gift to our Maternity Support Services Program will support healthy pregnancies and healthy babies in our community!

First Step Family Support Center receives generous donation from Molina Healthcare

Thanks to a generous donation from Molina Healthcare, First Step Family Support Center was able to purchase over 130 warm coats for children and families in our community. Thank you Molina for helping us keep kids warm and toasty!

First Step Family Support Center receives generous gift from United Way and the big-hearted people of Clallam County.

First Step Family Support Center receives support from United Way of Clallam County through allocations from the Community Care Fund and from community donor designations. These funds will directly benefit vital programming that assists families all the way from Brinnon to Forks.

Here at First Step, we offer over 18 different programs that promote the healthy development of children and families. The Drop-In Center in Port Angeles is one very important program that is run by First Step. This Drop-in Center provides a place where parents find support, from other parents and from the staff and volunteers that run it. It is a place that families can access tangible resources that they need to provide for their families (clothing, diapers, household goods, books and food). It is a place for parents to learn about their child’s development and a place to let their children play with toys and books that expand their child’s world.

First Step also has several home visiting programs such as the Parent Child Assistance Program that works with substance abusing families and the Parents as Teachers program that provides twice a month home visiting services to higher risk low income families. This program focuses on child development, child screening, goal setting and providing referrals to other community resources. There are multiple parenting classes offered throughout the year and weekly play groups as well as a program that reaches out to very isolated families with resources that they need. First Step also provides programs that promote child safety such as the Safe Sleep program and the Car Seat Safety projects that provide safety education and resources such as safe cribs and safe car seats to families that need them. All of these programs are designed to address building protective factors into the lives of families and couldn’t be offered without valuable support and contributions from the community and United Way.

First Step is here to assist parents with information, resources and support. We encourage parents to be attentive and invest in their child’s physical, cognitive and social development. A positive and nurturing parent/child relationship is crucial to a child’s sense of wellbeing and safety and their healthy social and emotional development is key to later school readiness and success. We are here to assist parents so that their children can fully maximize their potentials. Being a parent is such important work!

~ Venita Lynn, Executive Director

Parents as Teachers Blue Ribbon Affiliate Status

Parents as Teachers Model AffiliateIn 2018, First Step Family Support Center completed the Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process and earned the highest designation: Blue Ribbon Affiliate status. Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that First Step Family Support Center is among the highest quality members of the home visitation and parent education field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity and quality. For more information, visit Parents as Teachers or Twitter @NatlPAT.

First Step is here to assist parents with information, resources and support. We encourage parents to be attentive and invest in their child’s physical, cognitive and social development. A positive and nurturing parent/child relationship is crucial to a child’s sense of wellbeing and safety and their healthy social and emotional development is key to later school readiness and success. We are here to assist parents so that their children can fully maximize their potentials. Being a parent is such important work!

~ Venita Lynn, Executive Director