In 1986, Fairview United Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia, opened a family resource centre in its building. The programs the church initiated focused on providing education and support in a safe and welcoming environment.

Let’s hear from one long-time participant, now board member Tia Forsythe, about the centre’s lasting impact:

“I first heard of Parent ’n’ Tot (as it was called then) when we first moved here in 2006. While my husband went to work every day, it was hard for me and my three children to make connections…. I was told there was a great playgroup, so off we went.

“It is a decision I am thankful for every day. My children made friends that they still are connected to over 10 years later. I met people who became my support system in the city.… I have been privileged to watch not only my children grow and achieve amazing things, but also the children they met all those years ago.

“The Fairview Family Centre has had to move out of the church to a new, larger building. Programs and services offered today include advocacy and referrals, health and wellness, youth, preschool, adult skill development, health and safety, pre-kindergarten, parenting skills and support, and community partnerships.

“I want to say a big thank you to Fairview United Church and also to the people of The United Church of Canada. Through your generous gifts to Mission & Service, you are making a true and lasting impact on communities and in the world, in Jesus’ name.”

If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.

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