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Family Service Kent is proud to be a host agency for the following programs:

Chatham-Kent Prosperity Roundtable: Prosperity Roundtable provides tools, information, and opportunities for our entire community to be involved in, and successful at, ending poverty and achieving prosperity for all in Chatham-Kent. Our bold vision is to see a community where poverty is a fading memory, with prosperity for all. Family Service Kent is the backbone organization that hosts the project coordinator for the Prosperity Roundtable, with the Executive Director of Family Service Kent sitting on the Prosperity Roundtable’s Collaborative Leadership Committee.

For more information, please visit Prosperity Roundtable’s Website at http://www.prosperityroundtable.com/


F.I.R.S.T. Strategy: The F.I.R.S.T. Strategy is a collaborative, integrative approach to bring services directly to families, individuals, and neighborhoods facing situations of acute, elevated risk.  The ad hoc nature of the F.I.R.S.T. Strategy is a unique model built by Chatham-Kent with the principals of traditional situation tables. Early intervention is important to reduce the need for more intensive and reactive responses such as hospitalization, arrests, and apprehensions. The process brings only the relevant service agencies together once an agency has identified a situation where multiple services are needed to support the family or individual. This immediate and proactive approach provides delivery of the right service at the right time, directly addressing the risks proactively.

For more information, please visit http://ckfirst.ca/


Rebuilding Wheels, Rebuilding Lives: The goal of the Rebuilding Wheels Rebuilding Lives (RWRL) program is to engage high school students to repair donated vehicles for individuals and families living in low income who are struggling to meet their transportation needs. The program provides a one-time gift of a donated used vehicle to an individual or family approximately 3-4 times per year. Family Service Kent has partnered with United Way Chatham-Kent to assist in the selection process.

If you are in need of support through the RWRL program, please download, print, and complete the application form.

The current 2020-21 application deadline has now passed; however, applications will continue to be accepted for consideration in the 2021-22 round.

Once you have completed the form, you may submit it to Family Service Kent for review and approval by:

Mail:  RWRL c/o Family Service Kent 50 Adelaide Street South, Chatham, ON N7M 6K7
Fax:    519.354.5152 Attention: RWRL Applications
Email: info@familyservicekent.com

In order to be eligible for the Rebuilding Wheels Rebuilding Lives, you must be able to demonstrate that you have exhausted other funding opportunities.

  • Applicant must be living on low income and be a resident of Chatham-Kent
  • Applicant must have a valid Ontario driver’s license
  • Applicant must have a verifiable job
  • Applicant must be able to afford ongoing cost of car ownership

This program has been made possible due to the collaborative efforts of the following community partners:

  • Lally Auto Group
  • Lambton Kent District School Board – John McGregor (Special High Skills Major)
  • Chatham-Kent Public Library
  • United Way of Chatham-Kent
  • Family Service Kent

Family Service Kent also provides office space to community partners to assist in serving the needs of the community, including: