FFC was established in 2002 in response to repeated acts of violence and unrest in the community. One act of violence in particular caught the attention of then Congressman Mark Kirk. It was the murder of two young men who were killed execution style and left in the trunk of a car. Congressman Kirk was so impressed with the way Family First Center handled the aftermath of this heinous crime and brought the two families together, preventing retaliation, that he came to Dr. Evelyn Chenier to collaborate on a way to continue to stem violence in the community.
Our mission is to: “Nurture, educate, and provide opportunities within the community by placing emphasis on rebuilding the family, repairing division, and developing strategies to empower change to create a strong family support system.”
Dr. Evelyn Chenier, LPC, PhD,
Individual, Couple, Family & Group Therapy. School Assembly Presentations. Trauma Focused Person Centered. Our style is collaborative, caring and nonjudgmental allowing me to support, empower, and challenge you, to encourage confidence and growth.
A parent and child group to children ages 0-5 to Lake County, IL residents. This group focuses on early literacy while providing milestone activities that encourage growth, development and creativity through play, support and outings. Activities include reading books, talking, singing and dance, reciting nursery rhymes, listening to different type of music, vocabulary repetition, word art, listening to sounds and pronunciation, mimicking and babbling, arts and crafts, and support group activities
Young children come to appreciate their own understandings and their own sense of power they have when they think about what they are learning, who they are and are becoming, how others see them, and imagine themselves in the world of science and math. With a focus on Chemistry using an innovative approach, participants are engaged in hands-on experiments and encouraged to learn through inquiry.
STEAM Curriculum, intensive mentoring, Dance, Sports, Art, Outing, Mental Health Support.
Workout classes, health screenings, outings, volunteer opportunities, computer classes, food assistance, utility assistance, navigating available resources.
Partnership with the Great Lakes Marine Corps annual toy giveaway for all individual requests. 14th year hosting as only Lake County site listed on the www.toysfortots.org for families.