Family Strengths Network Moving To New Quarters

Family Strengths Network Assistant Director Carie Fanning at the new FSN site on Orange Street. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
New home of the Family Strengths Network in the quarters formerly occupied by PEEC. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Family Strengths Network (FSN) is moving to new quarters in July. The organization is taking over the space formerly occupied by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange Street.

The space belongs to the Los Alamos Public Schools. FSN is leasing space from LAPS in the Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive. That space will be taken over by the various robotics clubs that have been without permanent quarters.

“We’re thrilled to have outdoor space and indoor bathrooms!” FSN Assistant Director Carie Fanning said. In its Pueblo Complex space, there is no lawn or place for outdoor play for the many young children who come to FSN and bathrooms are assessable only from outside.

The outdoor space will allow FSN to expand its services during the summer, Fanning said. “We plan to have outdoor events like barbeques and now kids will be able to play outside.”

FSN receives free rent in exchange for services to the schools  and the children who attend them. For example, FSN provides the “We Help Ourselves” program in the schools. This program teaches kids how to deal with bullying and other peer issues as well as showing them how to build self-esteem.

FSN provides many services to all kinds of families and serves everyone from babies to adults.

In addition to groups for parents and kids, like “Chit Chat,” for parents and their infants and toddlers, FSN has many classes for kids and their caregivers. FSN classes and resources also provide help with issues such as dealing with aging parents, step-parenting, wills and trusts, illness in a family and many others.

“Participating in activities at FSN is a great way for families to connect with each other,” Fanning said. FSN provides a child-friendly environment where both parents and their kids can socialize.

The Beth Ladino Library has more than 1,200 books for kids and adults on all aspects of family life available for check out. FSN also has a large toy library with toys for many age-groups available for check out. This is a terrific resource for those who have children visiting them or for those with a small living space and no room to store toys.

FSN holds special events, such as family hikes and Gingerbread House Building Day.

FSN chose July for their move because the organization is closed during that month. Groups like Chit Chat continue to meet in the summer, but most of the classes and activities resume in the fall, Fanning said. The move is scheduled for July 16-18 with a grand opening in September.

There’s a lot of work to be done before the space will be ready for occupancy though.

“We have two Eagle Scouts doing projects here,” Fanning said. “Ethan Rushton is organizing the move and Justin Lenke is painting and cleaning up outside.”

The scouts will need help from volunteers and there are other projects in need of help as well. One big job is painting the space in the sea scape colors FSN has chosen for their new site. Projects and dates help is needed will be listed on FSN’s website at http://www.lafsn.org/. Call 505.662.4515 to find out more about how you can help.

FSN has developed a wish list of items needed at the new space. They include:

  • Gift cards from Metzger’s Do it Best Hardware or Ace 
  • Hardware
  • Paint- Interior & Exterior (please ask us for paint color)
  • Paint rollers
  • Roller covers
  • Paint brushes
  • Painters tape
  • Drop clothes
  • Paint trays
  • Paint tray covers
  • Scrapers
  • Sandpaper
  • 6ft step ladder
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Boxes (small for packing books)
  • Dolly (to borrow)
  • Quality toys for play area that will withstand daily use
  • Picnic tables
  • Carpet or carpet fund
  • Kitchen sink
  • Faucet

Donations can be dropped off at 1990 Diamond Dr. (Pueblo Complex)

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