The Children’s Center of Wayne County unveiled to the public its restored and renovated Family Success Center. Families and supporters came to celebrate the return to in-person programming from the virtual activities and sessions due to both a flash flood in early 2021 and the reduction of services attributed to COVID-19 social distancing. 

For nearly 20 years, the Family Success Center has been a special gathering place for children and families served by TCC.  Insurance claims were not granted as the damage did not meet the criteria set for compensation, but the community came through to help repair the damage and open the doors again to one of the most comprehensive youth centers in the city.  

“Water damage devastated the whole basement of Building 90 – from floor to ceiling – destroying books, computers and food,” said Debora Matthews, President, and CEO of the Children’s Center. “The flood caused us to modify how we provided programming, like Summer Camp and our Readers and Creators Series for almost two years. We are excited about our new space and can’t for the community to get to use it!”  

The Family Success Center provides programming that fits all children, especially those receiving TCC services, as all activities are built to align with the five social determinants of health and the five protective factors for a child to thrive – programming funded by individuals, groups, large donors and companies like the Tau Beta Association, Children Trust Michigan, the Skillman Foundation and the T-Mobile Foundation. We thank everyone who has joined hands with us to restore our incredible meeting space!   

“Without the lasting friendship of our supporters and in-kind contributions from all over, the Family Success Center would not be able to provide the unique services that enrich the lives of our children” added Cheryl Simon, Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Children’s Center.