Three years after a building donation, The Family Place is hosting an open house event to celebrate the expanded services offered at its Smithfield location.
Executive Director Esterlee Molyneux said the nonprofit has been open on a limited basis at the Smithfield location the past couple of years, but is excited about the expanded services and hours that will be offered at the north location.
“We’ve grown and expand a lot of the last few years,” Molyneux said.
In 2014 when the 4,000-square-foot building was donated, the organization was serving Cache and Rich County families as The Child and Family Support Center. The following year, it would rebrand as The Family Place and break ground on a new 10,000-square-foot facility.
“Things can move a little slow in a nonprofit,” Molyneux said. “We are really excited to expand what we can do and open more on a part-time basis to serve more of the community.”
With facilities in Hyrum and Logan, the Smithfield location became a way to serve the valley “north to south,” Molyneux said.
“Our goal was to provide easily accessible services at north end for those who can’t get into town,” Molyneux said. “Smithfield will help alleviate demand on the Logan facility. We have already have served over 200 kids out there on a part-time basis.”
Molyneux said that over the course of the last three years the Smithfield location has had limited offerings for families through the kids’ place and therapy sessions as well as family classes.
Smithfield will now be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with clinical services three days per week and the kids’ place being offered the four days the 502 S. Main St. location is open.
Shortly after Intermountain Healthcare donated the Summit Clinic building to the organization, Smithfield-based Alpine Cleaning and Restoration remodeled the building.
In addition to expanding other services, The Family Place is now part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network providing resources to valley children who experience trauma at any level, Molyneux said.
“Trauma is an experience that is out of the ordinary that is creating lasting effects,” Molyneux said. “Everyone handles it differently and each child has a different way of processing trauma.”
Molyneux said childhood trauma is often abuse but can include a wide range of situations. She said that some children are seen for issues stemming from divorce and bullying as well as medical trauma or having parent who is sick.
Services for dealing with trauma include working with children to regulate emotions to manage things that might trigger responses, clinical sessions with therapists and an educational component that is also geared toward parents, Molyneux said.
More information about The Family Place can be found on their website, thefamilyplaceutah.org.