EOTC’s Center Continues to Grow
Our Seventh Avenue Center opened in July 2011. Since then, four other nonprofit agencies moved programs to EOTC‘s new home; playground and landscaping were completed; and new features, such as an art display area, are in process. EOTC recently purchased an adjacent property to accommodate program growth. Currently, more than 3,000 people visit the center each month — and the numbers are growing.
Our collaborative center has been awarded the prestigious Ted Daniels Award for Community Development Impact, presented by the nonprofit assistance arm of the regional economic development alliance. Our building hosts various community programs, such as monthly immunization clinics and meetings of the Pennsylvania Family Center Network. (EOTC is affiliated with Pennsylvania’s Family Center Network.Click to learn more about the statewide Family Center initiative.)
Parent-Child Programs Expand
EOTC is expanding Parents as Teachers services thanks to a new PA Children’s Trust Fund grant and recent community fundraising. The expansion will focus on teen and young adult parents, and will enhance our Play & Learn early childhood initiative. In 2010, EOTC added over 50 new families to its Parents as Teachers enrollment by collaborating with Lackawanna County’s Head Start program.
Thanks to a new grant from PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency, EOTC’s Incredible Years® parent training program is expanding to serve a wider geographic area and more special-needs children.
Incredible Years Parent Plus is a new specialized 12-week series for parents with young children experiencing autism spectrum disorders. The classes offer a unique opportunity for parents to role play social development skills to help their children. In the photo to the right, EOTC‘s Jan Fagerburg (standing) coaches Micah Friedman in his role as father of a child on the spectrum. He uses the Tiny Turtle puppet to practice emotional coaching with his “child,” played by Jenna Peterson.
Practicum Exposure for Students
EOTC offers in-depth internship experiences to students from area universities. The agency hosts three to six human service majors for each semester-long assignment. Beginning in October 2011, EOTC also became a community site for students attending Commonwealth Medical College. Recently, nine first-year medical students observed EOTC programs in action.
Going the Extra Mile
EOTC goes the extra mile to help vulnerable children and families. Our staff recently facilitated construction of a handicapped ramp at the home of three-year-old Javier Lugo, a special-needs participant. Volunteers constructed the ramp using lumber purchased with a grant from the Epiphany Church Christian Outreach Committee.
Helping Ex-Offenders Get New Lease on Life
EOTC‘s nationally-recognized services for adults transitioning from Lackawanna County Prison expanded to serve over 1,700 individuals this year. Our Men’s Reentry Improvement Initiative recently received a statewide Best Practice Award from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.
EOTC’s Women in Transition reentry mentoring program participated in the invitation-only White House discussion Arts & Innovation: Prison Reform and Reentry. Thanks to many dedicated community volunteers, EOTC‘s program received the 2016 Volunteer Group of the Year award from the Voluntary Action Center of Northeastern PA.