"The Mission of the Family Success Center is to promote the well being of the children by strengthening the families of Etowah County." Family Success Center of Etowah County, Gadsden, Alabama
"The Mission of the Family Success Center is to promote the well being of the children by strengthening the families of Etowah County." Family Success Center of Etowah County, Gadsden, Alabama

Programs Offered At the Family Success Center







   Maternity Care Coordinators

Maternity Care Coordinators offer services through Quality of Life for eligible mothers-to-be.




Kim Richard, MSW


Direct line:  256-543-0325

Or: 256-547-6888 ext. 101




Robin Derrick, LBSW


Direct line:  256-543-1718

Or: 256-547-6888 ext. 102




Legal Services of Alabama helps qualified low-income Alabamians get free, high-quality legal help in civil (non-criminal) matters. LSA helps survivors of domestic and family violence get: protection from abuse; child custody and child support; safe housing; safety plans with employers; and food stamps and other available benefits. LSA helps provide: resources to stabilize daily life; information about ways to become self-sufficient; advice and support to make lasting changes in the lives of parent and child(ren); community partnerships with other agencies and organizations to widen and individual's network of services; and education to raise awareness about issues related to domestic and family violence.  Legal Services has been housed at the center since 2007.


For an online application, please visit:




For an application by phone, please call:



Our Financial Stability Coach provides individual Financial counseling services to individuals in the community. This includes budget development and planning to assure self-sufficiency.  She also goes out into the community offering classes or individual counseling to help promote financial stability.

The Family Success Center and the Financial Stability Coach also work with the YMCA of Coosa Valley Scholarship Program and the Never Surrender Mammogram Voucher Program to help provide assistance for better health!


If you would like assistance with financial planning or would like to inquire about the scholarships and voucher programs or would like for the Financial Stability Coach to come and speak to your group, please contact:


Emma Hazlewood, CFLE:  256-547-6888 Ext. 107

Founded in 1988, 2nd Chance, Inc. is a non-profit 501 c 3 organization that provides safe shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence escaping abusive situations and offers educational outreach to the community to create awareness of and strengthen the movement to end this violence.

To Reach the 2nd Chance Etowah County Outreach Office for assistance, guidance, speaking engagements, or donations, please contact:


Eve Hamrick

256-547-6888 Ext. 103


For immediate assistance, please call:  256-236-7381 or


Joel Helms Lions Club Eye Clinic provides free vision services to those in need. This program is available on Mondays and Tuesdays. Applications taken on Mondays And Tuesdays, between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.


Call Sheila at 256-547-6888 ext. 105.

Success by 6 is a catalyst for change, directing attention and resources to new projects that impact young children. We do this through Partnerships with businesses, civic groups, schools and churches; Education for all new parents and caregivers; Prevention, targeting roadblocks that keep our children from becoming successful adults; and Intervention, becoming mentors to new young mothers. Success by 6 is a program of the United Way of Etowah County.


To Contact Becky Ellis or Haley Roberts of the H.O.M.E. Program (Helping Our Moms Excel) - Please call:


256-547-6888 ext. 104


Or Emma Hazlewood at ext. 107


To Learn More About Success By Six and the H.O.M.E. Progam, click HERE

The Safe and Successful Child Abuse Prevention Program

at the Family Success Center is a school-based program in Etowah County serving students from Kindergarten through 10th grade. The programs are taught in all three school systems and several private schools This program also

serves an average of 134,000 residents of our county each year in community outreach and education


Safe and Successful is a Child Abuse Prevention program funded by the Children's Trust Fund and sponsored by the Caring Foundation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.


Please contact:


Deana Thacker at 256-547-6888 Ext. 106




Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and integrated care and treatment for those who need it, with recovery as the goal.


Parenting Classes are Offered on Wednesdays from 5:00pm-6:00pm


Stress and Anger Management Classes are offered on Monday from 6:00pm-7:00pm


Domestic Violence Prevention are offered on Tuesday from 7:00pm-8:00pm


At the Family Success Center.  Please Contact:


Betty Willoughby at 256-547-6888 ext. 115 for details and costs

Substance Abuse Council of Etowah County


Court Referral Education Program

Please Contact:


Lisa Brown, Director


at 256-547-6888 ext. 108

or 256-547-6903


Please click HERE for more information.


Please click HERE for class schedules.


Please click HERE for curriculum.


Please contact:


Tom Brookshire


at 256-547-6888 Ext. 109


or Deana Thacker at Ext. 106


For questions about any of the programs at the Family Success Center, please call:


Marie Johnson, Director


at 256-547-6888  Ext. 111


Or stop by:  821 E. Broad Street  Gadsden, Alabama  35903


or email:



UCP Hand in Hand Early Intervention Program of Etowah County

Early intervention builds on this natural learning occuring during the first few years of life so that children enjoy an important head start for gaining critical skills needed for success. Hand in Hand's Early Intervention Program offers quality services that faciliatate this growth and development and allow children and families more independence in the community. It is a program for children with diagnosed disabilities or delays in development who are between the ages of birth to 3 years, as well as their families. The Early Intervention Program is provided at no cost to the family.


Please contact:  Cathy Donahue

(256) 553-3579


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