Giving Guide 2023: Familylinks

For more than 65 years, Familylinks has proudly served individuals and families in Western Pennsylvania. Last year alone, they served more than 8,000 people. These individuals range from children to seniors, in a variety of neighborhoods, income groups, and beliefs. They all have one thing in common: when they turn to Familylinks in their time of need, the organization is here for them. 

Familylinks was formed in 2001 through the merger of two of the region’s most respected human service organizations: The Whale’s Tale (est. 1970) and Parent & Child Guidance Center (est. 1956). Today, Familylinks provides a vast array of services that address the complex needs of individuals and families. We offer housing assistance, senior services, treatment for substance-use disorders, and so much more. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented barriers for Familylinks clients such as Tyler, a 19 year old who unexpectedly found himself homeless. Thankfully, he found Familylinks Downtown Outreach Center and Shelter (DOCS), where he not only had a safe place to lay his head, but received healthy meals, daily care for his physical and mental health needs, and mentoring. 

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that Familylinks saved my son’s life,” said Tyler’s father. With support from caring staff at Familylinks, Tyler achieved his goals of finding a job and completing his schooling. Once he was ready, Tyler moved into his own apartment with money he was able to save while at Familylinks. 

“Our son’s journey certainly is not over,” Tyler’s father continued. “However, as he embarks on this new transition, we know that he could not have done this without the tremendous support and assistance of Familylinks.” 

You have the power to create more success stories like Tyler’s by donating to Familylinks today. Please consider making a gift to support this essential work. Your contribution will help Western Pennsylvania become strong. For life.

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