On March 26, 2013, the Emery Unified School District held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the Family Resource and Wellness Center, located in Emeryville. The ceremony was attended by local partners that made the project possible, including: Emeryville Mayor Kurt Brinkman, Emery Unified School Board Members Josh Simon and Miguel Dwin, and Superintendent DebbraLindo, as well as staff and students of Emery Unified.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was the culmination of years of effort planning to finalize the Family Resource and Wellness Center. In 2009, Townsend Public Affairs worked closely with the School District and Congress Member Barbara Lee to secure a $190,000 federal appropriation to help facilitate the establishment of the Center. Since then, Wellness and Food Services Director, Juliette Dunn, and staff have worked to develop targeted programs and establish partnerships within the community to ensure the successful opening of the Center.
The operating center will serve as partner in the National Effective Parenting Initiative and work closely with the Emeryville Center for Community Life. The Family Resource and Wellness Center will also house the Emeryville Council of Family Service Providers, which will offer Emeryville residents access and referrals to area health and social services.