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Welcome our New Executive Director

Please help us welcome our new Executive Director of the Family Success Center, Emma Hazlewood Clapp. Emma is not new to the Center as she began serving the community and the Family Success Center in 2013, where she began as an intern with the founder Marie Johnson. She was hired to work as the Financial Stability Coach and a parent educator with United Way of Etowah County’s Success By 6's Helping Our Moms Excel (H.O.M.E.) Program. In 2017, she became the Program Director of Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative at the Center, where through her hard work and dedication, she was able to achieve triple the original funding she worked with from Auburn University. She has grown and expanded all programs she has worked at the Center and has considered the Center a 2nd home and her colleagues a 2nd family.

Emma received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Family Studies from the University of North Alabama. She also studied and became a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council of Family Relations. She received her master’s degree in Family Studies/Community Services at UNA and became an adjunct instructor at the University of North Alabama in 2016. She has been serving her community through volunteer work for a number of years, including her work as the founder and director of A Night For Our Stars Prom: Special Needs Prom through the The Children's Policy Council of Etowah County


New Program Housed at the Family Success Center


Africa Bell, MSW

256-547-6888 ext. 109

The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama (CFNEA) champions thriving communities and strives to improve lives through collaborative partnerships by awarding grants and scholarships. The 2015 Community Needs Assessment strongly indicated the need for breaking the cycle of poverty.  Working with our partners throughout northeast Alabama, CFNEA created the E2 Program. Funded through the Stringfellow Health Fund, the E2 Program focuses on education, employment and a two-generational strategy to reduce the number of people living below the poverty level.  

The E2 Program provides opportunities for continued education programs: Associate Degrees, Short- or Long-Term Certificates, and Skills Training through Gadsden State Community College. The E2 Program will also provide employment opportunities upon the completion of the education program through East AlabamaWorks and the Gadsden Career Center. Participating students are 18 years or older and have at least one child that is five years old or less.



Our New Family Counselor

The Family Success Center would like to welcome our newest edition, our Family Counselor, Africa Bell, MSW.  She is funded through the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama.  If you would like an appointment, please reach out and call (256) 547-6888 Ext. 109.  She has appointment spots available and can work with couples, children, adult individuals, and families.  Her services are free of charge, and for that we continue to thank the CFNEA.

(256) 547-6888


821 E Broad St, Gadsden, AL 35903, USA

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