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Due to the the CommUnity Thanksgiving Event being Cancelled in Etowah County, we are hoping to pack bags to give out to families in need in Etowah County so they have a bag of Thanksgiving Foods!  Please consider packing a bag and donating it to the Family Success Center no later than November 19, 2020.  Sooner is better!  You can also make a donation at the top of the page!

We would like to welcome our new Program Director for the Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative:  Jeffery Washington

Jeffery went to school at Gadsden State Community College and West Alabama University where he studied Sports Medicine and Psychology.  He has worked as an assistant coach in the Gadsden City, Etowah County, Coosa Christian, and Boaz Schools in the past, and currently works as a Youth Minister.  He owns a Personal Training company where he has worked with high school, college, and professional athletes.  Jeffery has always been very active in the community and continues to serve his community and county daily. Jeffery also serves on the Children's Policy Council of Etowah County. Jeffery is passionate about working with the youth and helping couples find the best communications skills possible. 

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


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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.

(256) 547-6888


821 E Broad St, Gadsden, AL 35903, USA

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