Programs at the Center
Our Financial Stability Coach provides personalized financial counseling services to individuals and families in the community. This includes budget development and planning to assure self-sufficiency.
Our Coach also offer financial stability classes throughout the community. If you are interested in joining a class or scheduling one at your location, contact Lisa.
The Family Success Center and the Financial Stability Coach also work with the YMCA of Coosa Valley Scholarship Program, the Never Surrender Mammogram Voucher Program, and Man Up Gadsden's Prostate and Testicular Screening Program to help provide assistance for better health!
If you would like assistance with financial planning--to create a budget, pay down debt, or improve your credit score--or would like to inquire about the scholarships and voucher programs or would like for the Financial Stability Coach to come and speak to your group, please contact:
256-547-6888 Ext. 107
The Safe and Successful Child Abuse Prevention Program and the PEACE Program at the Family Success Center are school-based programs in Etowah County serving students from Kindergarten through 10th grade. The programs are taught in all three school systems and several private schools. This program also serves an average of 134,000 residents of our county each year in community outreach and education.
Safe and Success is a Child Abuse Prevention Program funded by the Children’s Trust Fund and sponsored by the Caring Foundation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama:
Please contact: Deana Thacker, Ed.S.
at 256-547-6888 Ext. 106
Please contact: Teresa Owens for the PEACE Program
Africa Bell, MSSW is our free Family Counselor at the Family Success Center. Healthier Minds Stronger Community Services
To Make an Appointment:
256-547-6888 ext. 109
The expansion of this service was made possible through a grant
from the Stringfellow Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama. The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama is a qualified 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to establish long-term charitable funds, using the most tax-advantaged methods to benefit their causes and community.
The Supervised Visitation Program at the Family Success Center offers three services: monitored exchange of visitation, preparation of parenting plans and supervised visits. All three services are free and available to the general public. This grant is provided by the Administration Office of Courts.
Contact: Misty Sosebee-Ledbetter
at 256-547-6888 ext. 114
For Information please visit our AHRMEI page:
Emma Hazlewood, M.S., CFLE
at 256-547-6888 Ext. 111
If you are looking for Maternity Care Coordinators, please contact:
Maternity Care Coordinators are no longer housed at the Family Success Center
Founded in 1988, 2nd Chance, Inc. is a non-profit 501 c 3 organization that provides safe shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence escaping abusive situations and offers educational outreach to the community to create awareness of and strengthen the movement to end this violence.
To reach the 2nd Chance Etowah County Outreach Office for assistance, guidance, speaking engagements, or donations, please contact:
256-547-6888 Ext. 103
For immediate assistance, please call: 256-236-7381 or
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and integrated care and treatment for those who need it, with recovery as the goal.
Parenting Classes are offered on Wednesdays from 5:00pm-6:00pm
Stress and Anger Management Classes are offered on Monday from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Domestic Violence Prevention Classes are offered on Monday from 7:00pm-8:00pm
At the Family Success Center. Please Contact:
Betty Willoughby at 256-547-6888 ext. 115 for details and costs
Africa Bell, MSW
E2 Life Support Counselor
256-547-6888 ext. 109
Ihe 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.
Success by 6 is a catalyst for change, directing attention and resources to new projects that impact young children. We do this through Partnerships with businesses, civic groups, schools and churches; Education for all new parents and caregivers; Prevention, targeting roadblocks that keep our children from becoming successful adults; and Intervention, becoming mentors to new young mothers. Success by 6 is a program of the United Way of Etowah County.
The H.O.M.E. Program is an In-Home Visitation Program using Parents as Teachers Curriculum to make sure that your child is meeting developmental milestones!
To Contact Emma Hazlewood of the H.O.M.E. Program (Helping Our Moms Excel) -
256-547-6888 ext. 111
Or Becky Ellis at 256-547-2581
To Learn More about Success by Six and the H.O.M.E. Program, click HERE
Substance Abuse Council
of Etowah County
Court Referral Education Program
Lisa Brown, Director
at 256-547-6888 ext. 108
Legal Services of Alabama helps qualified low-income Alabamians get free, high-quality legal help in civil (non-criminal) matters. LSA helps survivors of domestic and family violence get: protection from abuse; child custody and child support; safe housing; safety plans with employers; and food stamps and other available benefits. LSA helps provide: resources to stabilize daily life; information about ways to become self-sufficient; advice and support to make lasting changes in the lives of parent and child(ren); community partnerships with other agencies and organizations to widen and individual's network of services; and education to raise awareness about issues related to domestic and family violence. Legal Services has been housed at the center since 2007.
For a Phone Application Please Call:
For an online application, please visit:
Joel Helms Lions Club Eye Clinic provides free vision services to those in need. This program is available on Mondays and Tuesdays. Applications taken on Mondays And Tuesdays, between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Call Betty at 256-547-6888 ext. 105
Early intervention builds on this natural learning occurring during the first few years of life so that children enjoy an important head start for gaining critical skills needed for success. Hand in Hand's Early Intervention Program offers quality services that facilitate this growth and development and allow children and families more independence in the community. It is a program for children with diagnosed disabilities or delays in development who are between the ages of birth to 3 years, as well as their families. The Early Intervention Program is provided at no cost to the family.
Please contact Sydney at