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.
The agency began housing area soldiers and providing Sunday breakfasts.
The facility was used as a boarding home.
The facility housed the Social Service Exchange
The agency was named by the City of Racine to administer its relief and unemployment programs.
The agency employed a community dentist to serve clients.
Agency opened a nursery school.
Our name was officially changed to Family Service of Racine, as the agency was more involved in services to the community.
FSR became an on-the-job work experience site, providing instruction in such areas as healthcare, emergency help, daycare, and teaching.
FSR began providing budget counseling.
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.
FSR began the CHOICE program for single-parent families.
The agency began assisting senior citizens age 60 and over, under the Benefits Specialist Program.
FSR began an Alternative to Violence program for male offenders of domestic violence. FSR also co-sponsored, with UW Parkside, the Conference on Abuse.
New programming included services to inmates at Ellsworth Correctional Institution.
The agency celebrated 100 Years of Service to the Racine community!
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.
FSR began Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange services to foster healthy, positive parent-child relationships in a neutral, supervised setting.
FSR merged with the Racine Family YMCA.