FARGO – Bowl for Kids’ Sake, an annual fundraising event supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters, will be held at 3:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, and Friday, March 10, at West Acres Bowl, 3402 Interstate Blvd., Fargo.
Mike Kaspari, agency director for First Step Recovery, visited with Scott Hennen on AM 1100 The Flag about the program and how donations to First Step on Giving Hearts Day help families affected by addiction.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Girls 360º Group, a program of The Village Family Service Center in St. Cloud, has received a $2,250 grant from the Women's Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. The grant will be used by the agency to provide an eight-week session of Girls 360º Group.
FARGO – Nokomis Child Care Centers, a program of The Village Family Service Center, received a $1,488 grant from the William and Anna Jane Schlossman Fund of the FM Area Foundation. The grant will be used for general support.
Adoption Option, a program of The Village Family Service Center and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, will hold informational adoption meetings at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Fargo and Bismarck.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A therapy group for teen girls who have experienced trauma is forming in the St. Cloud community. Project Hope promotes healing and increases self-empowerment among young women ages 12 to 18. It is being offered by The Village Family Service Center, and will begin meeting Jan. 10.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Village Family Service Center has received $4,000 in grant support from the Myra Foundation. The funds will be used to update furniture in its multi-purpose conference room to better serve clients and improve staff trainings.
Our friends at Touchmark at Harwood Groves Retirement Community stopped by today to give gifts to the Nokomis kids! We're so grateful for the wonderful relationship between Nokomis and Touchmark!
FARGO – Nokomis Child Care Centers, a program of The Village Family Service Center, received a $5,000 grant from the U.S. Bank Foundation. The funds will be used to provide additional learning opportunities for the children by allowing them to attend cultural and community events.
Christmas came early for our Nokomis Kids! ABATE of North Dakota hosted a toy drive to benefit Nokomis Child Care Centers, and collected enough toys for each child at both centers to get two presents! We are so grateful to Marg Hohnadel and all the ABATE members for their hard work. You've made the holidays that much merrier for these kids. Thank you!
WILLISTON, N.D. – The Village Family Service Center, a 125-year-old nonprofit with 20 locations in North Dakota and Minnesota, is now offering counseling services in Williston.
Hornbacher’s raised $2,000 for The Village Family Service Center in Grand Forks through its “Cherries for Charity” event, July 13-19.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village Family Service Center awarded grant from Cass County Electric’s SERVE Foundation
Girls 360º Group, a program of The Village Family Service Center in Grand Forks, has received a $3,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region, Women’s Fund. The grant will be used by the agency to provide a seven-week session of Girls 360º Group in 2017.
The Village Family Service Center and Record Keepers, LLC, will offer document shredding and hard drive disposal from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at The Village (1201 25th St. S., Fargo).
The Village Family Service Center will host a proclamation reading at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 3 at The Village (1201 25th St. S., Fargo). Sgt. Timothy A. Briggeman of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Village Financial Resource Center Program Manager Josh Huffman will be available at the reading to answer questions about protecting against identity theft.
The Village Family Service Center in Minot has received a $1,400 grant from Verendrye Electric Trust’s Operation Round Up. The funds will be used to purchase additional security cameras for The Village’s Supervised Parenting Time and Child Exchange program.
The Village Family Service Center in Grand Forks has received a $2,000 grant from the Victor and Nina Cranley Trust. The funds will be used to support pregnancy counseling throughout the Grand Forks region.
Nationally-known speaker and author William C. Moyers will share details about his own addiction experience and the need to remove the stigma of addiction when he delivers his keynote address at 7:30 p.m., September 28, at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo.
The Village Family Service Center board of directors announced today that Doug Vang has been selected as The Village’s new president and CEO. Vang will succeed outgoing President and CEO Gary Wolsky, who has been at the helm of the organization for 34 years.
The annual “Roots & Wings” social and dinner begins at 4:15 p.m., Sept. 7, at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo. “Roots & Wings” is a gathering of alumni who lived with us during the days when The Village Family Service Center was an orphanage. Some of the individuals who lived at the orphanage arrived via the famous “orphan trains.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is celebrating 50 years in Fargo-Moorhead in 2016! And, to say “thank you,” we’re hosting a community ice cream social and “Lemonade for Littles” event from noon-3 p.m., Aug. 18, at The Village Family Service Center (1201 25th St. S., in Fargo).
Congressman Kevin Cramer will speak about the drug and addiction problem and other issues facing today’s families in a press conference at 2:30 p.m., Aug. 5, at The Village Family Service Center, 1201 25th St. S., Fargo.
Hall of Fame long-distance runner Dick Beardsley will be on hand for a “Run for Recovery,” while nationally-known recovery advocate William C. Moyers will deliver a community keynote during “Recovery Month” in September in Fargo. Both events are hosted by First Step Recovery.
Gary Wolsky has announced that he will step down as President and CEO of The Village Family Service Center after leading the Fargo-based social service organization for over 30 years. Wolsky, 68, will transition to a new role with The Village, becoming President of The Children’s Village Family Service Foundation.
Hornbacher’s Foods announced a donation of $42,520 to the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program as part of the 2016 “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” fundraising effort.
Big Brothers Big Sisters, a program of The Village Family Service Center, has received a $1,900 grant from Midco Foundation to help defray the cost of their program management software.
Chuck E. Cheese’s in Fargo (1202 Nodak Dr, Fargo) will host “Little Big Night Out” from 3 to 9 p.m. March 31. When patrons mention Big Brothers Big Sisters, 15% of their total bill will go to the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program (Please state this when ordering!). Chuck E. Cheese’s is a national partner of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and we are thrilled that they are partnering with our local agency
The Village Family Service Center has been awarded a grant from the Newfield Foundation to support
behavioral health services in the Williston Basin.
We greatly appreciate the support of the Newfield Foundation in helping us fulfill our mission to improve the
This year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake (BFKS) is March 4, 11, and 18. For this annual event, businesses and individuals in the FM community raise tens of thousands of dollars for Big Brothers Big Sisters and then head out to one of the BFKS events for an afternoon or evening of pizza, bowling, and fun.
With its largest fundraiser of the year just around the corner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fargo-Moorhead is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the community.
The Village Family Service Center in St. Cloud has promoted Kristie Majette and Jill Theisen to the position of clinical supervisor.
Hall of fame long-distance runner, author, and Minnesota native Dick Beardsley will share the story of his successful battle against an addiction to painkillers when he speaks at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 30, at First Step Recovery in Fargo.
First Step Recovery and The Village will sponsor a free screening of the film on Sept. 24, 7 p.m., at The Fargo Theatre. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on addiction.
The Village Family Service Center in Bismarck will offer a six-week Parenting the Love and Logic Way workshop beginning September 15, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Jeannette Myhre Elementary School Library.
Disputes about money management can begin as early as the first date, but they become lethal to relationships when they go unaddressed. Financial counselors at The Village Financial Resource Center recommend these guidelines for couples.
Escape the diet/binge/overeat cycle and still lose weight through No More Diets!, a support group of The Village Family Service Center.
Many people are entering the largest shopping season of the year financially ill-prepared. For some, the ghosts of Christmases past are still haunting them in the form of unmanageable credit card debt. For others, finding $800, the amount the National Retail Federation estimates that consumers will spend during the holidays this year, is seemingly beyond their reach.
Anna Marie’s Alliance began a partnership with The Village Family Service Center to assist with the child component of their domestic abuse safety planning. Safety planning will be held at The Village’s St. Cloud office, and Village staff will participate by assessing the impact of domestic violence on children through the use of play assessments.
Identity theft is a serious crime with a rising number of victims. To help people safeguard their personal information, The Village Financial Resource Center and Record Keepers, LLC, are sponsoring an identity theft awareness campaign.
Financial counselors offer consumers a way out of overwhelming financial worries
The Nationwide Leadership Council (NLC) named Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village Family Service Center a Quality Award Winner at last week’s Leadership Summit in Chicago.
“Organizational Culture” is the first in a series of six webinars. It will be held June 12, 2014, 11 a.m. - noon.
People may argue that overpaying Uncle Sam each pay period is the only way they can save, as their withholding has become a method of forced savings. However, that reasoning pales when stacked against the many benefits of having an accurate amount withheld from their check each pay period.
Bob Stromberg and Brian Frank, co-chairs of FM Wine & Dine, recently reported that this year’s event raised over $100,000 for Nokomis Child Care Centers and Big Brothers Big Sisters, both programs of The Village Family Service Center.
Alpha Tau Omega and Kappa Delta are holding their first annual walk-through Christmas play on December 11, 12, and 13 at the ATO Fraternity House. All proceeds will benefit Nokomis Child Care Centers of The Village.
The Village Family Service Center (The Village) was recently re-accredited by the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA).
Americans can be generous—to a fault—and that character trait is never more evident than during the holiday shopping season.
The Village's Alexandria office is moving to
4133 Iowa Street Suite 105, Alexandria(next to Apol’s Harley-Davidson store.
In an effort to ensure that consumers achieve financial stability and reclaim their financial future, The Village Family Service Center is participating in the Sharpen Your Financial Focus™ program.
Robbie Suppa, a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village Family Service Center, was recently awarded the “Ben Marcus Humanitarian Award.”
The Adoption Option, a partnership between The Village Family Service Center and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is holding a FREE informational meeting about adoption, Monday, September 16, 6:30 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 1405 S. 9th St., Grand Forks, ND.
Recent revisions of the North Dakota Child Care Assistance Sliding Fee Schedule will enable more working families (or those attending school) to qualify for help with child care tuition.
Village financial counselors advise couples to talk before they walk the aisle.
Luke Klefstad, regional director of The Village Family Service Center in Grand Forks, received the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (NDANO) Emerging Leader Award during the Nonprofit Leadership Conference June 5 in Fargo.
In a recent survey of people's opinions of their mother's personal finance skills, 67 percent saw their mother as either someone who is intimidated by money, views managing money as a necessary evil, or has never managed money.
About a year after being paired with mentors, youth evaluated in a recent study —many of whom had multiple risk factors for delinquency, school failure, teen pregnancy and mental health problems — had fewer symptoms of depression.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village Family Service Center provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Millions of Americans celebrate receiving an income tax refund each year. Many of these same people live each month under the burden of financial hardship, struggling to make ends meet, often falling behind on living expenses and debt obligations.
The Village Family Service Center received a grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and United Way Worldwide to provide financial education classes and counseling to low-income single mothers, new Americans, and clients with a history of substance abuse.
Since credit reports are the backbone of the all-important credit score, it is important to fully understand what a credit report is, what consumer protections are in place, and what actions can be taken if errors are found.
The all-new gritty unscripted series, Teen Trouble, premiers December 28 on Lifetime, with a national campaign to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, a program proven to change the odds for youth who face adversity.
To help consumers remain financially responsible during the holidays, financial counselors at The Village Family Service Center offer the following five reminders of the long-term consequences of over-spending, some of which can last far after the lights are taken down and the tinsel is packed away.
Millions of people are victimized by identity theft each year, with ID theft remaining the top complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. Since prevention is the best answer to this growing problem, The Village Family Service Center will provide free document shredding, cell phone recycling, and hard drive destruction, which are open to the public and free of charge.
As children prepare to head back to school, Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village Family Service Center issues a call to action to the community to Start Something to keep Fargo Moorhead area students on track to graduate.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced that it would soon begin examining credit reporting agencies to confirm, among other things, that they are producing accurate credit reports and that consumers have ample ability to dispute errors on their reports.
In a recent poll, overspending far outweighed other financial concerns. Financial counselors at The Village Family Service Center (an NFCC member agency) offer the following 10 tips for turning financial regrets into financial wins.
Rock City Riot presents Pork Fest on July 11, 2012, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Texas Roadhouse. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village.
Dwight Schroeder, financial counselor at The Village Family Service Center, will participate in the Convoy of Hope outreach that will be held June 30, 2012, 10 a.m., in Moorhead. Schroeder will provide information regarding housing, tenant education and other financial issues addressed by Village financial counselors.
The Village Family Service Center received a $3,500 grant from the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation to support The Village’s Truancy Intervention Program (TIP.
Tammy Hauck, David Dougherty, Nancy McKenzie and Becky Walen joined The Village board of directors at its Annual Board meeting last week. Two others, Carrie Bjorge and Richard Henderson, joined The Village board in November 2011.
Are you having a tough time making your mortgage payments because you’re unemployed? While you’re looking for a new job—and before your savings are exhausted—find out about the options available to support you.
On Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m., the St. Arnold’s Circle from First Lutheran Church will be installing raised gardens at Nokomis Child Care Center. The kids and teachers at Nokomis will use the new gardens to learn about gardening and how things grow.
At its recent annual conference, the North Dakota Family Based Services Association (NDFBSA) honored The Village Family Service Center with two awards. The Program Award 2012 went to The Village’s Family Team Decision Making (FTDM) pilot program, and President’s Award 2012 went to Jim Martini, family based therapist in The Village’s Grand Forks office.
The Village is offering “New Me,” a six-week group for men and women wanting to explore and improve their assertive communications skills and self-esteem. The group will be held Tuesday evenings beginning April 24, 6-8 p.m. at The Village’s Fargo office, 1201 25th St. S.
“The Waterslide” by the late Brett A. Bodway is a story inspired by the author’s son, Grant, and takes young readers on an adventure into the world of summer camp
A once every four-year phenomena of the calendar known as Leap Year is providing us with 24 extra hours this February 29. For some, the day will come and go with little to show for it. However, with a little forethought, people can use the extra hours to make a difference in their financial lives.
By participating in Bowl for Kids' Sake 2012, you can help kids right here in the Fargo-Moorhead community.
Cupid will likely try to convince shoppers to put their good financial judgment aside this Valentine’s Day, and instead don heart-shaped financial blinders when shopping for that special gift.
National Foundation for Credit Counseling Poll Reveals Top Financial Resolutions
Financial counselors at The Village Family Service Center offer tips on preparing for the largest shopping day of the year.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (of which BBBS of The Village Family Service Center is a member) was named the #1 nonprofit in the nation for assisting at-risk youth by Philanthropedia.
Halloween tricks or treats come along only once a year, but the consequences of financial decisions usually last far past the next spooky holiday. Options that seem good on the surface, if not handled properly, can have long-lasting negative consequences.
Child identity theft is an example of one of the new ways crooks have found to wreck havoc in peoples lives, sometimes before they are even born
The Village Family Service Center, in conjunction with the University of North Dakota School of Social Work and the North Dakota Department of Human Services, received a $1.5 million grant to reduce the number of foster care placements of Native American children (ages 0-18) in North Dakota.
To help facilitate a positive conversation about financial issues, financial counselors at The Village Family Service Center recommend the following Do’s and Don’ts of a successful discussion.
The Village Family Service Center and Record Keepers to Provide Free Document Shredding in Fargo and Bismarck
The Village Family Service Center and Record Keepers to Provide Free Document Shredding in Fargo and Bismarck. Cell phone recycling and hard drive destruction will also be provided.
The Village Family Service Center is offering On my Own: Journey to Independent Living, a group for young people that either have, or are suspected as having, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). This free, grant-funded service will be offered at The Village Family Service Center's Moorhead office (1401 8th St. S.) to individuals 13 years and older who have not yet graduated from high school.
According to the August poll hosted on the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) website, 89 percent of more than 2,900 respondents value paying down debt over saving money.
The Adoption Option, a partnership between The Village Family Service Center and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is holding FREE informational meetings about adoption in Minot, Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks.
Starting a new school year can be a stressful time for both parents and children. Start the year off right with these tips from counselors at The Village Family Service Center.
Village Financial Counselor and student loan expert Duane Emmel says no matter how graduates are paying it off, the worst possible way to deal with student loan debt is to ignore it altogether.
Today, The Village Family Service Center announced it has been selected by NeighborWorks America in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help promote and facilitate the Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP) in the states of North Dakota and Minnesota.
If you are affected by any of the flooding in the region, take advantage of this great advice from Village financial counselors on how to deal with your finances during and after a disaster.
Even with the best of intentions, work, family, and other obligations can take their toll over time and cause acute or chronic stress.
Survey reveals definite lack of financial skills
FEMA has projected a best case scenario of at least 7,000 displaced in Bismarck/Mandan. City leaders and local organizations met today to outline the services available for residents who have been, or expect to be, displaced by the flooding.
About six months ago, three local families started The Forum’s Financial Fix-Up, a very public process to tune up or overhaul their personal money situations.
The series of stories, which debuted in January, shared each couple’s financial challenges and goals, as well as the paths laid out for them after meeting with financial counselors from the Village Family Service Center in mid-December.
Ever wonder what your kids are thinking about wild weather? Darrin Tonsfeldt, Director, In-office and Organizational Services, The Village Family Service Center, provides guidance for parents on how to best answer their children's questions about scary weather like tornadoes and the tragedies it can create.
The Village's Bismarck office is in a state of flux right now due to flooding. Whether the office is open or closed may change from day to day according to the flooding and the state of the city. Before you drive to our Bismarck office for an appointment, please contact us toll free at 1-800-627-8220 to make sure the office is open.
"Little Sister" Amber Hettwer, Fargo, was awarded a full four-year scholarship by the Annexstad Family Foundation. The foundation provides financial support for deserving students who have been matched through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.
JAKE'S is holding a golf scramble to benefit The Village's Grand Forks office.
The Friends of Nokomis are holding their annual Geranium Sale fundraiser for Nokomis Child Care Centers (a program of The Village Family Service Center).
The Village Family Service Center, a member agency of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, Inc. (NFCC), has joined with the NFCC, Cintas Document Destruction, Equifax and other NFCC member agencies to host the Shred Your Debt contest.
As North Dakotans and Minnesotans face the threat of a looming flood, many who lost their home and belongings in previous floods are already experiencing PTSD symptoms. These symptoms may or may not qualify for a clinical diagnosis of PTSD, but they are all very real and can impact a person’s life in a negative way. Learn more about PTSD.
Financial counselors at The Village Family Service Center offer tips for managing your tax refund.
Over 77,000 people received services through The Village Family Service Center in 2010.
Predictions of another major flood have us all a little on edge as we wait to see what will happen this spring. Financial counselors at The Village Family Service Center remind consumers to prepare for disaster, and to make sure the plan includes financial readiness.
For those who think financial stability is out of reach, certified financial counselors at The Village Family Service Center remind consumers that even if their current situation seems hopeless, there are steps they can take now that will put them in a better financial position.
Consumers queried regarding their attitude toward "frugal fatigue," the weariness associated with long-term restricted spending.
A new year typically brings with it a renewed commitment to become more financially stable. Toward that end, financial counselors at The Village Family Service Center offer consumers the following 12-step formula to financial success:
Identity theft is a problem any time of the year. While consumers are focused on giving during the holidays, the crooks are focused on taking.
As consumers hit the malls this holiday season, some are experienced shoppers, having weathered many years of finding just the right gift at just the right price. Nonetheless, whether novice or seasoned veteran, it’s always smart to arm yourself with timely shopping tips. Financial counselors at The Village Financial Resource Center remind consumers of five things not to do at the mall.
According to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC) October online poll, the overwhelming majority of consumers intend to pay for their holiday expenses with cash or a debit card. Seventy percent of more than 4,800 respondents chose this option over charging the expense or using a lay-away plan.
The Fargo Moorhead Area Foundation Women’s Fund demonstrated its support for women in the community by granting $2,500 to Nokomis Child Care Centers.
Halloween tricks or treats come along only once a year, but the consequences of financial decisions usually last far past the next spooky holiday.
Jane Greminger, director of Nokomis Child Care Centers of The Village, and Becky Prestegaard, director of Nokomis II, received scholarships to undergo intensive training that will earn them Aim4Excellence child care center director credentials.