Since 1999, Shared Opportunity Service, INc. has served more than 1,000 families with the personalized support they need. Through providing the tools that help to empower them our ability to strengthen families in the community is increased. In this section we answer your most frequently asked questions (FAQ's), see our newsletters for inspiration, parenting advice and upcoming events. You will also find information directing you to the highest quality resources available, our agency partners.
DOES YOUR FAMILY HAVE A NEED? WE CAN HELP.
The center's Program Analyst can quickly connect you with the services, programs and information you need. Please email Program Analyst or call 410-778-7911.
AGENCY PARTNER INFO & LINKS:
Annie E. Casey Foundation - Works to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States - In 2004, Kent Family Center was honored by the organizations' Families Count initiative for its innovative work in building stronger families.
Kent County Department of Social Services - Promotes personal responsibility, dignity and self sufficiency, protects vulnerable children and adults, and preserves families. We accomplish this in partnership with our customers and stakeholders.
Chesapeake HELPS - Serves as the gateway to services with resource and referral information available to all residents of the mid-shore area. www.chesapeakehelps.org.
Parents as Teachers (PAT) - Provides parents with child development knowledge and parenting support.
University of Maryland Extension Office - Programs for families, farmers & homeowners.
Department of Health - Local initiative committed to helping individuals and communities in Kent County make positive changes to improve health and quality of life.
Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (DLLR):Kent County One-Stop Career Center - Provides job information and services to job seekers and employers; Kent County office is located in the Kent Family Center building, 601 High Street, Chestertown, MD.
Downtown Chestertown Association - promotes businesses and professional services in Chestertown through activities that encourage residents and tourists to visit and shop locally.
Check out these Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is SOS?
Q. Why is SOS important to the community?
A. We know that children do well, when families do well, and families do better when they live in supportive communities. SOS is helping to build a stronger community by providing guidance and information that changes lives. Programs are designed to empower families to be self-sufficient and healthy thereby capable of contributing to a more resilient community and positive future for Kent County.
Q. What are the services offered at the center and who is eligible to participate?
A. Through collaboration with agency partners SOS provide programs focusing on eight core services; Childrens programming, Parent Education, Self-sufficiency, Service Coordination, Peer Support, Wellness Education, In-Home Parent Education, and Outreach, Collaboration and Resources. Families from diverse backgrounds and all economic circumstances can participate at the Family Center, however primary consideration is given to at-risk families and first time parents.
Q. How is SOS's center funded?
A. As a local non-profit SOS is dependent on a variety of funding sources including; State funded grants, private donations, fundraising activities and in-kind donations. Family Center programs are supported by qualified staff, and volunteers and students of local colleges who donate their time.