2014 was a year of growth for the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center. Not only did we serve more people than any prior year, 586; we served families from Santa Barbara to Camarillo. These families received parent education, peer support, breastfeeding support, in home visits, psychological care and parent consultations. We were able to accomplish all this with a budget just over $90,000 for the year. We are proud, that despite this limited budget, we did not turn any families away from our support and care.
Our goals for 2015 have been building a more robust organization able to serve more families, raise awareness about the Center through an updated website and marketing, and increasing the number of ways we can provide support to families. I can report that we are well on track to accomplishing all these goals and more.
As we look forward to 2016-2018, we focused on growing the number of families we can support both in our community and beyond. We hope to double the number of families we serve over the next few years. Communities are as strong as their families. Supporting families, so that they thrive, reduces violence, increases school success, reduces anxiety and depression in parents and children, reduces divorce rates, and increases family resiliency. This work has never been more important, the rates of child abuse, neglect and entry to foster care in our community continue to be higher than the rest of California.
As a father of three, I view the work of the Center as a profoundly important part of healing our community and creating a safer and more prosperous future for our children. I hope you will join us in this healing.
Nathan Wallace, Board Presidentannual-rep