Family Service of Racine ~ 420 7th Street ~ Racine, WI 53403

(262) 634-2391

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Our History

Family Service of Racine began as the Central Association in May 1910. At that time, we were a community-based umbrella social service organization, composed of the local Boys Club, a daycare center, the Visiting Nurses Association, and the Big Sisters association.  Important moments in our history include:

May 31, 1910

Central Association formed with Mr. Henry Wallis, President, and Mr. William Horlick, Vice President.

1918

The agency began housing area soldiers and providing Sunday breakfasts. 

1919

The facility was used as a boarding home. 

1925

The facility housed the Social Service Exchange

1931

 The agency was named by the City of Racine to administer its relief and unemployment programs. 

1932 

The agency employed a community dentist to serve clients.

1936 

Agency opened a nursery school. 

1951

Our name was 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 instruction in such areas as healthcare, emergency help, daycare, and teaching. 

1970

FSR began providing budget counseling.

1982 

 Project F.A.C.E. 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

The agency began assisting senior citizens age 60 and over, under the Benefits Specialist Program. 

2004

FSR began an Alternative to Violence program for male offenders of domestic violence. FSR also co-sponsored, with UW Parkside, the Conference on Abuse. 

2005 

New programming included services to inmates at Ellsworth Correctional Institution.

2010

The agency celebrated 100 Years of Service to the Racine community! 

2014

Incorporated MargaretAnn's Program into the FSR array of services, providing free support groups to children and adolescents that have experienced the loss of someone important to them. 

2019

FSR began Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange services to foster healthy, positive parent-child relationships in a neutral, supervised setting.