Each FRC has a bilingual licensed social worker, an FRC Director and other part-time and volunteer staff. The FRCs coordinate networks of local community partners that meet monthly to increase and coordinate support for the campus.
The results have been amazing. Student mobility, which was as high as 42% on some FRC campuses, has been signiﬁcantly decreased as high-risk families are stabilized and parents become more connected to their schools. This has led to signiﬁcant academic improvement, with Webb Middle School and Reagan High School experiencing strong turnarounds. Webb, which was AISD’s lowest-performing middle school just nine years ago, is now its highest-performing Title 1 middle school. Reagan’s improvement has been similar, with the graduation rate increasing from 48% to 85% in seven years.
Recent report from the Lanier Family Resource Center:
“Sometimes families come in for one need, but it turns out that there are many complicating factors. For example, a family with a high school age son came in for utility assistance. It turned out that recent health issues for both the father and mother had limited their ability to work and forced them to decide to sell their home. Bills were piling up and their electricity had been turned off. With the assistance of the FRC, their electricity was turned back on that day, and later appointments helped them get assistance with health issues, including eye surgery. The father shared with his renewed sense of hope that things were improving for his family as a whole.”