A consortium of community service agencies celebrated its fifth anniversary last month.
Solanco Family Life Network, a collaboration of more than 60 organizations, celebrated its birthday at the Quarryville Library on June 18. The group includes local ministries, organizations, and public schools and has resources at the county, regional, and state levels.
Representatives of the member groups meet monthly to review community needs and available services. Among the free programs the network has helped establish are English as a second language classes, high school equivalency classes, early childhood literacy classes, career counseling, and trauma counseling.
The SolancoFamily.com website provides the opportunity for anyone to refer themselves or others for needed services. The collaboration makes it possible to bring the services to the Southern End by using facilities here.
"Our big question is 'Do You Know A Family in Need?',” said co-chairman Dr. Martin J. Hudacs. "Our logo of a yellow umbrella with a red heart symbolizes the relief that can be found when life rains down on you. Referrals through the website are handled confidentially and quickly. More than 160 individuals have received help through the website referrals."
Joe Bernotsky co-chairs the group with Dr. Hudacs.
In addition, retiring Solanco High School Principal Stephanie Lininger will continue her connection with SFLN by taking on the role of Project Manager to help us coordinate projects that various organizations are teaming up to create, Dr. Hudacs said.
“Mrs. Lininger’s addition to the SFLN leadership team shows her commitment to the community and the positive impact SFLN is having,” Dr. Hudacs said.