Family Community Services enjoys new space

Family Community Services enjoys new space at Main Street Campus
Posted on 09/18/2018

Maybe the request comes in the form of a student needing basic school supplies, or maybe a student needs help finding housing, transportation to school or medical services. No matter the need, Lynden School’s Family Community Services fills the need.

Now in new space at the Main Street Campus, over 20 years of history — and movement to find a suitable home — hasn’t allowed the mission to waver. Anything that supports a student’s success remains an old motto that lives on today.

The department now has two coordinators, Margaret Vallencour and Carla Willis, the newest addition to the team, and the move into the former Lynden Middle School offices from where they were in the upstairs of Judson Hall comes as a welcome change.

“We were carrying a lot of supplies up and down the stairs and it is easier access for families not having to climb stairs with infants and toddlers,” Vallencour says. “It is just a benefit all the way around. It is easier access and allows us better space to function.”

The previous location forced goods to get crammed into closets and made it difficult to organize. Having space to spread out at the Main Street Campus allows for easier organization, space to meet with families and even a play area for small children to help with family meetings.

Plus, Willis says, privacy is no longer a concern. “We might have been talking with a family about sensitive issues and another family walks in,” she says. That situation will no longer pop up.

Vallencour and Willis moved into the new spot on Aug. 1 and are still organizing, but are already excited to have a more accessible, welcoming space for families.

How you can help

For those wanting to support Family Community Services, Vallencour says that giving them a phone call often leads to the best result, especially for a church or student group wanting to work on a service project. But there are a few specific things that the program is nearly always in need of, especially at the start of the school year:

• College-rule notebook paper (not wide rule)

• 2-inch binders (not smaller or larger)

• Full-size scissors (not toddler size)

• Alarm clocks (to help high school students)

• Full-size toiletries, such as shampoo, body wash, soap and toothpaste

• Larger-size diapers