About Our Chapter
Safe Families for Children would not exist without the hard work and dedication of our volunteer families. We have host families who open their homes to vulnerable children. And family friends who support families in need by providing transportation, facilitating family visits, providing tangible resources to host families and so much more. We also have a group of parent mentors that serve our parents in need and a group of volunteer family coaches who monitor the care of a child while he or she is in a host home. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a host family, family friend, or family coach!
The backbone of the SFFC movement is the Church. We believe that the Church must take its rightful place in ministering to the vulnerable and disempowered members of our community. We have churches who partner with SFFC by recruiting and supporting volunteers, hosting trainings, and developing networks within their congregation that can fully support a placement and engage in a Christ-centered relationship with the whole family. Our partner churches vary in size and denomination, but there is a common theme among them–they all have at their core the desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need in our community. If this matches the culture of your church, please contact us so that we can partner together.
Our churches and volunteer families are the driving force behind the Safe Families movement. Because the impact of SFFC is based on Christ-centered relationships, it takes many people working in various capacities to support families who are going through difficult circumstances. We also have a staff who is passionate about growing the SFFC movement. Staff members support our churches, reach out to referring agencies, authorize host homes, provide training to volunteers, make and supervise hostings, and much more.
Pittsburgh Interim Chapter Director
Juanita moved to Pittsburgh with her family in 2017. While previously living in the Chicagoland area, the Brown family caught the vision and heart for Safe Families for Children and served as a Host Family for 5 years prior to their move.
Juanita has a background in Public Health and case management and a passion for serving the most vulnerable. Previous volunteer experience has included serving as a Friendship Partner through World Relief, English as a Second Language tutor, Spanish interpreter at a free clinic, and church missions.