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The Family Resource Center operated by Oxford Talawanda Community Services, Inc. had its origin in 1956 with the founding of the Welfare Committee of the Oxford Federation of Clubs. This group organized several individual groups into one welfare organization to help needy families residing in the Talawanda School District.

In the early 1980s this organization became the Oxford Welfare Advisory Service and later changed its name to the Oxford Advisory Welfare Service (OAWS), a non-profit charitable agency. The purpose of the agency was to give advice, information and to refer people to the most helpful service available to them. The agency functioned independently from the Butler County Welfare system. The agency accepted donations from schools, faith-based organization, Miami University fraternities and sororities, and individuals.

A part-time paid staff person maintained office hours two afternoons a week in the basement of the municipal building for many years. In 1983, the agency was able to move to a location at the United Presbyterian Church at 108 E. Church Street in Oxford.

The OAWS continued to function the same until Congress passed a welfare reform law in 1996, which created an aid program giving greater flexibility to states, imposing work requirements on recipients of public assistance. It also set a five-year limit on eligibility for benefits.

The Oxford community responded to these changes in how public assistance would impact service delivery by conducting a series of meetings with the Oxford City Council, members of social organizations, social action groups, area churches, and concerned citizens. These meetings focused on how to continue the 40 years of dedication with providing food, clothing and housing assistance. Participants at these meetings began focusing on how to promote new options. The strengths of a self-sufficiency concept were introduced.

A search for a new site for the agency was begun at this time. Board members engaged in locating and purchasing a site that would provide for expansion and greater potential for service. In August of 1997 land and three buildings at 5445 College Corner Pike were purchased. The name of the agency became known as the Oxford Family Resource Center operated by Oxford Talawanda Community Services, Inc.

In October 2000 the facility on College Corner Pike celebrated its paying off its mortgage and became fully owned and administered by Oxford Talawanda Community Services, Inc. Partner agencies began operating at the site along with the Oxford Family Resource Center that includes the Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE), Habitat for Humanity, Head Start, and the Oxford Mediation Program. Grant supported services that became available were the Child Care Network, FAST (Family Assessment and Support Team, Help Line Plus, and the Homework Club. This new identity fulfilled a vision that exemplified a unique collaboration possible between Oxford City government, a local hospital, business and financial institutions, the faith community, service organizations, and hundreds of individuals who provide donations of volunteer time and money.

In 2002 the name of the agency was modified to reflect and to clarify the geographic area that the agency serves, that being the Talawanda School District. The agency is now known as The Family Resource Center in Oxford (FRC) and continues to be operated by the legal name of Oxford Talawanda Community Services, Inc.

The following partnerships and collaborations were added to increase the capacity of The Family Resource Center serve families. Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF), Butler County’s community action agency, has partnered with FRC to provide a family self-sufficiency program called Empower One. Case management staff of SELF work at the FRC to serve clients. A relationship with Miami University’s Office of Service Learning and Civic Leadership was formed to provide additional student volunteers for The Family Resource Center. LifeSpan is another agency that now provides a staff person to work from The Family Resource Center who provides support services.

The Family Resource Center
5445 College Corner Pike
Oxford, Ohio 45056

Operated by:
Oxford Talawanda Community Services, Inc.