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Family Development Center

The William J. Shuler Family Development Center consists of 10 apartment units located in Mount Vernon, where homeless families may stay for up to 60 days. Each unit is provided free of charge with essential utilities, furnishings, and household items.

A Community Action family development specialist works with each family to plan for the future, access resources, create a household budget and savings plan, and take the necessary first steps toward stable, permanent housing and economic self-sufficiency.

Each year, this program provides more than 40 families with safe, temporary shelter and assists them with their plans for future independence.

More than 80% of these families move from our shelter into safe, affordable housing.


In-kind Donations:

  • alarm clocks
  • bedding
  • beds (full size or single, no stains or tears, please!)
  • cribs
  • Toddler beds with mattress
  • gardening equipment
  • household goods
  • movie passes for families
  • phone cards
  • SKAT bus tickets
  • telephones
  • TV/VCRs

To donate items to our Family Development Center, please e-mail Jazmin or call (360) 416-7585.


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