Family Strengthening Program

  • The Family Strengthening Program provides workshops, case management and other services.
Newcomer families may find it difficult to balance old ways of solving problems versus new ways here in the U.S.

When newcomers arrive to the U.S. some of their initial priorities include settling into their new home, finding a way to pay their bills, and trying to establish some level of normalcy. Newcomer families may find it difficult to balance old ways of solving problems versus new ways here in the U.S. In addition, as with any major life changing event, other concerns and issues may arise that were not present before. This is where the Family Strengthening Program at NSC comes in. The program aims to help participants learn skills to strengthen relationships at home and at work, reduce stress, problem solve as a family, and work through financial issues with family members.

The Family Strengthening Program provides the following services to participants:

Workshop Series: Participants have the opportunity to complete workshops in three areas: Relationship Enhancement, Conflict Management, and Financial Literacy. In these workshops participants will learn skills to effectively communicate within their relationships, solve difficult problems with family members, and address financial concerns as a family. Each workshop area of focus is completed in four weeks including a makeup session. 

Case Management: All participants who are enrolled in the Family Strengthening Program will be connected with a Case Manager. This component allows for participants to receive assistance generalizing the skills they learn in workshops to their individual family’s situations. In addition, Case Managers will help participants connect to additional resources within NSC and the surrounding communities. 

Program Evaluation: The Family Strengthening Program is part of a Randomized Control Trial (RCT) funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Wellness Office of Family Assistance. NSC is collaborating with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) on this new venture and program evaluation. In order to ensure that what is provided to participants is effective, the Family Strengthening Program will continuously track participant progress with the use of pre and post testing tools.

Eligibility and Referral: The Program is open to individuals, couples, and families who have moved to the U.S. and would like help improving their relationships through skill building and community resources. For more information about the Family Strengthening Program or to make a referral, please complete the referral form below and contact: Gretchen Shanfeld at