The Family Center of Hope, Inc. operates as a holistic institution of education and social services from a faith based perspective to the en- tire family. These services are designed to address and affect change in the areas of community violence, drug use, school drop- outs, teenage parenting and other dysfunctions within families. At the core of the center’s philosophy is a deeply embedded set of values about families and the nature of how help should be extended to them. this philosophy encompasses
a holistic approach to services.
Possibilities: ”Strengthening children, youth and families to see and think beyond where they are.”
The Family Center of Hope, Incorporated, (FCH) has been successfully providing services to the New Orleans community since 1988. FCH became incorporated as a non-profit 501c3 organization in 1992. FCH began its work as a “servanthood” model, (volunteerism) offering our reasonable service to this community to address the imminent impact of violence and drugs in the Central City neighborhood. From the initial vision the center offered anti-violence and anti-drug early prevention and intervention programming for high risk young children and their families. The center offered homework assistance and tutoring and began its premier rites of passage program to develop boys from boyhood to manhood and girls from girlhood to womanhood. The founders and the community residents were able to coordinate the establishment of the first police sub-station in the Calliope/B.W.Cooper housing development where in 1994 there were 34 murders in this immediate neighborhood. FCH founder Tom Watson and the Executive Director and staff took their message to the streets of Central City proclaiming police protection and peace in this community. The center held Friday Night Peace Vigils for families who lost loved ones. The center organized a citywide march on city hall for youth summer jobs. The following summer over 200 youths were gainfully employed. For over 25 years the FCH has been committed to assessing the case specific needs of its clients and finding case specific solutions. FCH has undergone a thoughtful restructuring of its program components to broaden its capacity and scope of services in order to further define, address and measure the work we do to ultimately institutionalize practices that fulfill the agency’s mission, purpose and vision. The center’s programming includes Passages, Parenting Matters, Levels of Intensive Family Training (LIFT), Project Restore, Helping Mothers Heal, Child Development Center, Dad’s 1st, and has plans to open its newly renovated 15,000 square foot facility located in the Broadmoor area to include Café Au Zion with plans to open spring of 2016. We are currently developing our newest component entitled the3R’s; Research, Resolve, Restore to further study and create strategic planning and development as we respond to the ills plaguing this community. Currently, the FCH is operating at its uptown location.
FCH has been able to attract the best talent from a pool of trained Licensed Certified Social Workers, Licensed Mastered Social Workers, Licensed Practical Counselors, Ex-Offenders, Student Interns and volunteers from diverse backgrounds. Our staff has been trained and empowered to work with the hard to reach and at risk population. Our staff consists of Executive Director, Clinical Director, Counselor, Problem Solving Coach, 2 Life Skills Coaches, Administrative Assistant and student interns.
Reverend Patricia Watson, B.A., M.S.W., L.M.S.W., is a nationally sought after trainer and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the areas of Intensive Home Based Training, Staff Development and Program Design. She began her remarkable journey with one simple desire: “to help people”. She joined this desire with a lifetime of professional experiences and innovations that has led her to be the “first” in many capacities. She is a pioneer in the Nationwide Family Preservation Movement, which now focuses on Functional Family Therapy. She was a founding member of the Family Preservation Network where leaders from around the state came together to offer the best practices to alleviate social suffering. Her training efforts with Homebuilders took her around the country to train local, private and government agencies to work with families on the brink of dissolution. Through her consultation, public and private social service agencies developed home-based programs.
Through her work with PRICOR/Children’s Comprehensive Services Rev. Pat Watson was introduced to prison complexes around the country and to alternative education programs in California, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas. She initiated a modern day treatment and education facility called IMPACT for at risk youths seeking an alternative school environment.
Pat Watson has worked in several capacities in public and private venues over the years. She has worked with Juvenile Probation, Youth Services Bureau, Community Associated Program, Youth Study Center, Milne Boys Home, Kingsley House, Impact Day Treatment, LIFT, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Family Center of Hope and Pastor of Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Dillard University, and the Masters of Social Work Degree from Tulane University School of Social Work.
Nothing is more powerful than
~T. B. Watson