Coalition for Families

Join with parents, volunteers and agency staff members to strengthen our community for children, youth and families! Coalition for Families focuses on: creating family-centered services, enhancing collaboration between agencies, and exploring policy issues. Monthly meetings are a good way to hear about opportunities and services for families. We learn ideas for making our community a safe and supportive place to raise children.

Visit our Calendar of Events for the next date/topic!

Past Topics have included:

  • Parent Information Resource Center with Carol West, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County (3/18/10).
  • Health insurance/health care for families, with Jean Brockway, Holly Stevenson, Betty Falcao, Liz Holmes, and others (3/19/09).
  • Helping Children Exposed to Batterers: Strategies For Professionals Working With Families with Patty Tvaroha, Adult Community Educator at the Advocacy Center. This will be an opportunity to talk with fellow professionals about the long and short-term effects domestic violence has on children. We will also look at ways to promote safety and healing for children exposed to domestic violence and their non-offending parent(s) (4/17/08).
  • Social Inequality: Concentrating on Public Education, with Lisa Harris, Director of Academic Intervention for ICSD. Lisa has taught and administered in public and private education, kindergarten through graduate school in coastal Georgia, Vermont, and New York. Her core values center around equity, literacy, and all people having a place of belonging (3/20/08).
  • Affordable Housing in Ithaca and Tompkins County with Paul Mazzarella, Executive Director, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services and Stacy Murphy, Director of Energy Services, Tompkins Community Action. Housing is a basic need for all families...and several local organizations have a long history of meeting the challenges of affordable housing. Here's the opportunity to learn about their on-going work and talk with them about how the current economy is affecting families' ability to afford adequate shelter. (2/19/08)


Anna Steinkraus
Family & Community Development Program Coordinator
(607) 272-2292 ext. 145

Last updated February 9, 2022