In the fall of 1988, a number of dedicated individuals formed a new non-profit Society here in Golden, named the Golden Family Services Center Society. The desire to be able to offer counselling, support and prevention services through a formal organization grew out of deep concerns that existed at the time – both in Golden and throughout the province – about teen pregnancy and struggling young parents. After provincial funding was secured, office space was rented, carpet was laid and staff were hired, the Golden Family Services Center opened its doors to clients in March of 1989 on the second floor of the Bank of Montreal Building (now the Patlar building).
In the beginning, the Golden Family Services Center was small, much smaller than today: there were just a few offices, there was an administrator, a family counsellor and an addictions counsellor. Fairly quickly, other services were offered from the Family Services Center location: Victim Support Services moved into the same space as a separate Society in 1989 and the Community Advocacy Project – helping people access the justice system – started up in the Golden Family Services Center in 1990.
In 1991, The Golden Family Services Center Society and the Golden Victim Support Service Society amalgamated under the name we still have today: the Golden Family Center Society. Over the past 25 years, the Golden Family Center has grown a lot: even though the Community Advocacy Project was lost in 2001 due to funding cuts, there are now 5 full-time staff here, 4 almost full-time staff and 3 part-time staff, working in programs ranging from the original family counselling and addictions counselling to substance abuse and addictions outreach, couples and individual counselling, youth counselling, family support, child & youth support, infant development consultation, abuse recovery and, most recently, men’s services.
You can still find us on the second floor of the Patlar building. Right downtown Golden.