A quarter of a century . . .25 years? How is that possible? Hard to believe but the Prince George’s Child Resource Center has reached its silver anniversary. At this milestone we look back with pride and ahead with continued commitment of meeting the needs of children, families and the child care community.
When we opened our doors in 1990, George Bush (the father) was President, Parris Glendening was Prince George’s County Executive and the country was finally realizing that women were in the workplace to stay. We knew the demand for LOCATE: Child Care, our brand new referral service was going to far exceed our projections when we logged hundreds of calls from parents requesting child care slots for their children . . . before we opened! We answered those calls and many more as our services expanded. We offered training and mentoring to those caring for our youngest residents, opened the Adelphi/Langley Park Family Support Center to welcome and nurture the growing immigrant population and became part of a partnership that offered home visitation to families countywide through Healthy Families Prince George’s.
What stands out the most to us and ensured the success of each of these programs are the people associated with the Resource Center. As Executive Director and Board President we take great pride in our staff. Yes they are professional, efficient and effective, but what makes this organization really special is their warmth, caring, nurturing and deep respect they demonstrate to everyone that walks in our doors. Over the years our board of directors has truly understood this special organization and collectively supported the work we do. We can say the same for our long term partners and funders. Through good economies and not so good times they continue to support our mission.
So what does the future hold? Woven into the very fiber of the Resource Center is the belief that change is not only a good thing, but necessary to ensure that we are meeting community need. Years ago we could not have predicted the population and economic changes that occurred. With keen strategic planning and a growing advocacy effort we hope to keep ourselves knowledgeable and ready to respond. As long as we continue to keep our hearts in the right place another 25 years is a given.
Marti Worshtil Pamela J. Green, SPHR
Executive Director President