History

Family Service of Racine began providing services to our community in May 1910. Started as a community-based organization composed of the local Boys Club, a day care center, the Visiting Nurses Association, and the Big Sisters association, our agency was known as the Central Association. For over 100 years we continue to serve our community and effectively address our mission statement. 

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May 31, 1910 – Central Association formed with Mr. Henry Wallis, President, and Mr. William Horlick, Vice President. 
1918 - Agency began housing area soldiers, and providing Sunday breakfasts. In 1919 the facility was used as a boarding home. 
1925 - Housed the Social Service Exchange
1931 - Agency named by the City of Racine to administer its relief and unemployment programs. 
1932 - Agency employed a community dentist to serve clients.
1936 - Opened a nursery school.
1951 - Name officially changed to Family Service of Racine as the agency was more involved in services to the community .
1964 – FSR became an on-the-job work experience site, providing homemaking instruction in such areas as health care, emergency help, daycare and eaching. 
1970 – FSR began providing budget counseling. 
1982 – Project FACE began as a joint program with Children’s Service, Catholic Social Services, Lutheran Social Services, and Family Service of Racine. 
1986 - FSR began the CHOICE program for single parent families. 
1998 - Agency began assisting senior citizens age 60 and over, under the Benefit Specialist Program. 
2004 - FSR began a Alternative to Violence program for male offenders of domestic violence. FSR also co-sponsored, with UW Parkside, the Conference on Abuse. 
2005 - New programming includes services to inmates at Ellsworth Correctional Institution, referrals from our judicial system, and children attending Racine Unified School            District.
2010 - Celebrating 100 Years of Service to the Racine community!!!
2014 - Incorporated MargaretAnn's Program into the FSR array of services, providing free peer based support groups to children and adolsecents that have experienced                the death of someone important to them.