Family Resource Festival set for Saturday

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.

The inaugural Family Resource Festival on Saturday will offer parents hands-on support from a number of agencies all under one roof.

The event will be held at City College, 7001 NW Fourth Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with registration starting at 9:15 a.m.

Those who attend with young children will be given free diapers and formula, along with an organizer for their documentation in order to become eligible for various government services.

Agencies that are involved in the festival, which is coordinated by the Gator Exchange Club, include the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, WIC, Healthy Families, Healthy Start and Florida Kid Care/Medicaid and Head Start.

Festival organizers will help families handle the complexities of documentation requirements for eligibility. Ronald McDonald will be making an appearance, the Junior League will be giving books to children and O2B Kids has fun activities planned for kids.

Agencies will provide direct assistance with application processes and offer face-to-face advice on the services and programs they provide. Assistance with documentation and intakes will be ongoing between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“This is a fantastic opportunity that is new, unique and will give real help to people in need, and not just handout information,” said Gordon Tremaine, the executive director of the Early Learning Coalition.

Individual sessions will be presented by Partnership for Strong Families, Healthy Families, Healthy Start, Guardian Ad Litem, Meridian and Child Support from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. These classes will focus on how various agencies work together while instructing parents on how to navigate the legal/social service system.

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