Our History


"Provide our community with the tools and resources to build, support and educate, healthy families".

The Prairie Family Center (PFC) was established in 1997 to coordinate with other family agencies and expand community-based services for the underserved and at-risk populations. PFC primarily serves Kit Carson County (City of Burlington and townships of Bethune, Stratton, Seibert, Vona, and Flagler). However, through need and lack of services nearby, we also help those who reside outside our County's borders in Cheyenne, Lincoln and Yuma counties.

In 1998, Prairie Family Center and then 23 area-wide Colorado Family Centers developed “The Family Resource Center Association” (FRCA) as a statewide strategic alliance that would support and enhance the collective impact of the family resource centers in Colorado.

Thus, the Prairie Family Center is a collaborative network of now-25 community-based family resource centers providing safe, accessible places for those in need across the state to connect with comprehensive, coordinated services that help them balance their own families.

FRCA strengthens this network of family resource centers across the state, providing a powerful safety net of community-based, research-proven and evidence-based programs and services. FRCA also holds the keys to a centralized database system (OMNI), acting as the administrative hand that manages this vast source of information for each program, its attendance, pre- and post-surveys and funders’ needs along with data that proves the services and curriculums we offer are very much needed in our area.

In 2002, Prairie Family Center received the IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Since then, we have received funding from various sources with the support from our community members, various fundraisers and grants from foundations, trusts and governmental organizations that help us offer our services to those who need a hand up at a difficult time in their lives. 

It is not our mission to enable those facing crisis situations but to educate them how to empower themselves to self-efficacy and sustainability. We do this through providing various programming to all ages in each of our communities. We share our vast network of organizations that are in place to help others get ahead in Life's challenges. Please join us in helping others by either donating your time or money. We offer a tax deduction offer when you give monetarily. For those who do not itemize and therefore would not be able to take the tax deduction, a recent bill has been passed that will give you a tax deduction when you donate $500 or more in a year. If you are interested in taking advantage of lowering your taxes and wish to participate, we welcome your donation of either a lump sum or a monthly donation. To learn more, click on the buttons below to be taken to our ColoradoGives profile. Thank you in advance; we appreciate your support!

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