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The Upstate Family Resource Center's Mission is to achieve a healthier and more prosperous community by providing educational opportunities, engaging activities and support services to help families thrive.
OUR VISION IS TO BE THE RECOGNIZED LEADER IN STRENGTHENING FAMILIES.
Our journey began in 2007 when the Mary Black Foundation awarded a multi-year grant to Spartanburg School District Two. The vision was to provide a one stop organization that would serve families in the District Two area.
Our comprehensive approach provides families the tools and guidance they need to become self-sufficient and strong. We believe that preparing individuals for the workforce, developing family engagement and coaching for success are vital strategies that build thriving families. Strong collaboration with community partners is the key to our success. The community stands behind UFRC, and places like United Way of the Piedmont, Spartanburg County Foundation, JM Smith Foundation, Walmart Foundation and others, along with the faith based community help make sure that our programs have the resources necessary to run no matter what time of year it is.
The Center was originally funded in 2007 by a multi-year grant from the Mary Black Foundation. The District has continued to provide infrastructure which includes fiscal agent responsibilities, facilities, maintenance, utilities and office supplies. Since the initial grant other funding streams have been secured such as: AT&T Foundation, Clemson Compassion Project, JM Smith Foundation, United Way of the Piedmont, AFL, Contec Inc., Sisters of Charity, Women Giving, State Farm, Allstate, Broad River Electric, Downtown Spartanburg Rotary, EF Foundation, Spartanburg County Community Development Block Grant and Spartanburg County, Women Giving, Walmart Foundation and generous contributions from our community.
From August 2009 until June 2020, our facility was shared with D2’s Transitional Services Team. This program serves special needs students and their families. The goal is to train these students for job readiness and independent living. UFRC has become a training ground for many of these students as they help us with many projects and responsibilities.
The UFRC primarily serves the Spartanburg County School District Two (D2) attendance area and secondarily District One (D1) both of which are located in northern Spartanburg County. Citizens in our community cannot always drive the 15 miles to the City of Spartanburg for assistance. D2 serves 10,074 students and has a population base of more than 51,997. Recent Spartanburg County research shows that 28% of our children ages 5 to 17 are living in families in poverty. Since 2007, approximately 50% of students participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program which is a notable sign of need.
This is the only resource of its kind in the district and Northern Spartanburg County.
Statement of Values and Beliefs
Statement of Values and Beliefs
As a community service organization, we are dedicated to the values and beliefs that nurture a professional and caring environment for our clients, our stakeholders and our employees.
Respect - We believe in and honor the uniqueness, dignity and inherent worth of every individual.
Integrity - We are committed to exemplifying the highest level of professionalism, trustworthiness and honesty in all of our endeavors
Accountability - We accept personal responsibility and hold ourselves accountable for our decisions and actions in order to achieve superior outcomes.
Teamwork - We are committed to working together as a proactive team in which contributions are recognized, valued and openly communicated.
Partnerships - We are committed to building strong relationships with other organizations in order to build a cadre of services designed to address the needs of our diverse community.