Family Matters was started in 2006 with a grant from the Indiana Association of United Ways and their collaboration with the Lilly Foundation. Each community with a United Way came up with a project or program that local citizens selected through a series of listening sessions. It was found that were a number of programs available, and there were also need for access to the programs, but there wasn't an easy connection. Family Matters became that connection. We answer more than 1,200 phone calls each year. Resource and information is provided for financial needs, volunteer opportunities, Safe Sleep education and baby beds, as well as public availability of our computers, copy and fax. We collaborate with many community agencies and organizations to answer the needs of our families. ANYONE can call us to find resources!
Executive Director Beth Russell has been a part of Family Matters since its inception in 2006. She has worked in social services for over thirty years, earning a Master of Science in Public Service Administration degree from the University of Evansville and a Bachelor of Business Education degree from the University of Southern Indiana. "The best part of this job," she tells us, "is the privilege of meeting so many great people all around Posey County. There are so many great individuals that I would never have met without this opportunity."