For over 35 years, Forest Manor Multi-Service Center has been an integral part of the Forest Manor neighborhood and are highly regarded by residents as a first point of contact in crisis situations to receive emergency assistance and intervention programs or general information on issues of importance. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families, in the Forest Manor area, by providing them opportunities to learn and prosper. FMMSC programs enable disadvantaged and at-risk community members, as well as families in crisis, to receive comprehensive services or referrals that address immediate short-term needs while introducing long-term strategies that ultimately promote a greater movement towards self-sufficiency and financial independence.
Recent U.S. Census data shows that there are approximately 48,800 residents within the Forest Manor service areas. Of this population, 75% are African American. Moreover, of those that FMMSC serves, over 92% are minorities (83% African American; 8% of more than one race; 1% Latino). The average community’s Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $27,856.00, with 32.8% of the families living below the poverty line and 16% of the residents living 50% below the poverty. Additionally, the areas’ combined unemployment rate is 20.4%. An astounding 55.2% of the population has not earned a high school diploma and with less than 20.5% of the area population holds a bachelor’s level degree which means only 24.3% having obtained a high school diploma or academic equivalent.
FMMSC is organized into three broad program areas under the overall direction of the agency’s Chief Executive Officers. The five core program areas are as follows:
∞ Family Development Program: Our Family Development Program assists families and individuals in crisis situations in an effort to immediately eliminate the stress that may keep them from focusing on long term solutions. Staff provides intensive, holistic case management to clients in order to help identify solutions to chronic problems, thus fostering financial independence and self-sufficiency. Services are limited to residents who live within the Forest Manor Multi-Service Center service area, but we are committed to helping anyone who comes through our doors for assistance.
∞ Youth Development Program
∞ Senior Wellness Program: Our Senior Wellness Program focuses on mental and social wellness for individuals aged 55 and older. This program seeks to prevent loneliness and isolation by providing our seniors with social and recreational activities, as well as cultural socialization opportunities.