Who We Are
The Family Center is led by staff and board members from diverse walks of life, professions and areas of expertise — all united in the common commitment to helping communities and families grow stronger.
What We Do
As an organization, we are dedicated to finding and creating new ways to help support families in the Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods communities. In any phase of life, we help people connect to assistance through education, social support, incident response, family development expertise, physical and mental health resources, and much more. The Family Center’s programs are free and are often hosted in partnership with schools, libraries, and other community-minded establishments.
For additional services, you can utilize our Association of Professionals. This collection of qualified providers, carefully selected to help families and individuals, includes respected practitioners, nonprofit organizations, local businesses and more.
The Family Center proudly serves our local neighbors, but our support and programs are available to anyone in need. While we do not have a physical location, you can access expert advice and other online resources through our website 24/7, or you can reach our staff by phone during business hours.
Decades of Service.
Generations of Impact.
Founded in 2000 by Diane Strickler, a pediatric nurse and social worker, The Family Center evolved out of the 1999 Grosse Pointe Youth Summit, where community leaders and educators gathered to explore ways to make our community more youth and family friendly. Our mission was to link parents and professionals to the resources needed to better understand childhood development, life transitions, family dynamics and the challenges faced by our youth as they matured in a rapidly-changing world. Over the years, we’ve grown to address community requests covering the full spectrum of family life.
In 2015, The Family Center earned a Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce Pointer of Distinction Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Activity. In 2020, we celebrated 20 years of serving our community, and we are proud to have been awarded the platinum seal of transparency from Guidestar/Candid in 2021, 2022 and 2023.