Penn Hills Family Care Connection plans grand opening
A county family care center that recently expanded into Penn Hills will host a week of events to celebrate its presence in the community.
From July 9 to 13, staffers at Penn Hills Family Care Connection, of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, will host a grand opening of its Duff Road facility with a ribbon-cutting, ice cream social, movie screening and facility tour.
Penn Hills Family Care Connection is part of the Allegheny County Family Support network, which has 25 other locations throughout the county. The center will offer home visiting, kindergarten readiness, fatherhood programs, educational field trips and referrals to community resources, among other free services.
Family Care Connection manager Charlotte Byrd said the organization got a $400,000, three-year grant from the Heinz Endowments for the additional center in Penn Hills. The organization is also funded by the county's Office of Children, Youth and Families, which published a study in March showing 61 percent of Allegheny County residents living in poverty are now located in suburban neighborhoods.
“Urban families are moving in and they're not used to some of the things that are here,” Byrd said. “There are a lot of children in this area that are hard to reach and isolated. So we thought this was a big need.”
The facility, which employs seven social workers, will share the same building at 10 Duff Road with Allegheny County's eastern regional Office of Children, Youth and Families, which recently moved from its former building in Point Breeze to Penn Hills.
CYF's new home in Penn Hills, at 10700 Frankstown Road, will include services such as staff training and intake for new child abuse and neglect cases. The offices on Duff Road will offer adoption services and serve as its family courtroom.
Although Penn Hills Family Care Connection receives funding from the county, the entity is separate from CYF, said Isaac Kivuva, the facility's program coordinator.