RAMBUH Family Center Receives Grant to Continue Changing Lives

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September 2016

Located in Hartford’s Asylum Hill neighborhood, The Village for Families & Children’s RAMBUH Family Center is a place where families can enjoy their community, access resources, and grow and learn in a safe environment.

RAMBUH serves families who reside in Hartford and surrounding towns and is one of the 6 family centers funded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Brighter Futures Initiative. Through this initiative, these six Brighter Future Family Centers were awarded $570,000 to support and provide services to their communities such as parenting support, home visitation, programs and support for fathers, access to basic needs, adult education and early childhood screening/assessments.

In addition to things like GED classes and play & learn groups, The Village’s RAMBUH Family Center offers the Common Sense Parenting® program to help parents enhance their parenting skills and ensure successful relationships with their children. RAMBUH also refers families to additional support services at The Village and throughout their community.

One RAMBUH client, Sonsearae Sawyer was simply looking for a class to help her earn a GED. She had been working two jobs and was still struggling to make ends meet, so she knew more education and training were keys to getting ahead. When Sonsearae spoke to the staff at RAMBUH she was told about a new program called the National External Diploma Program (NEDP). Sonsearae soon became a member of the program’s first graduating class and then began tutoring other students, providing them with the encouragement they needed to complete the program.

Now, Sonsearae is a parent leader at RAMBUH, serving as a member of its advisory council. Most recently she served as one of the coordinators of an early literacy project which has distributed over 3,000 books to Family Center families. Her drive hasn’t stopped there; after assisting someone close to her through the recovery process, Sonsearae is now a Carlson-Abbott Scholarship recipient and is pursuing her dream of obtaining a college degree, specifically in addiction recovery counseling.