Moving Forward Family Services (MFFS) is a registered non-profit organization as well as a registered charity. MFFS provides counselling and support services to everyone who contacts them in over a dozen languages and throughout offices in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley. MFFS opened its doors in 2016 and set about revolutionizing the way people access quality mental health services throughout the Lower Mainland. In just over two years, MFFS has provided over 15000 hours of counselling to greater than 3000 patients ranging in age from 4-94 years old.
Moving Forward Family Services Society is unique in operations compared to other non-profits in several distinct ways:
1) They keep their operating costs low by using donated spaces to provide services in Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, Port Coquitlam, White Rock, New Westminster, Vancouver and Surrey. As well, they do not keep a management hierarchy with their counselling psychologists and social workers. This flat operational structure also dramatically lowers their operating costs, allowing more of their funds to go to services. For every dollar they receive, they put out 20-30 times that amount in service.
2) MFFS emphasizes partnerships and collaboration as a way to ensure clients receive the highest quality, integrated and holistic service. By having their interns in nearly 20 sites, including schools (public and private), recovery centres, doctors’ clinics women’s services agencies, places of worship and other non-profits they can work collaboratively to address the social and emotional health issues that cut cross all of these sectors by providing counselling and support to clients that frequent those sites. MFFS does not repeat services, but rather provides an additional service that previously did not exist at a partner site, allowing them to augment the services of other providers and agencies.
Despite these innovative measures, MFFS is still a non-profit organization with no government funding. They require financial support to cover operating costs such as insurance, telephone, supplies and staff. They rely heavily on community support to help them reach our most vulnerable communities and to help individuals, families, extended families and communities heal.
Please support the MFFS mission! On April 27, 2019 FYI Media will be partnering with MFFS to host a fundraising telethon. Moving Forward Family Services is counting on your support. Please give whatever you can!
Your donation (any contribution) is fully tax deductible, and if you contribute prior to the April 27th telethon, your name/business will be acknowledged during this event.