A leading voice in the national conversation on responsible fatherhood. A successful advocate for child support reform in Maryland. A trainer that helps nonprofits across the country strengthen low-income families. A support network for Baltimore’s most vulnerable citizens. We’re the Center for Urban Families.
Since our founding in 1999, CFUF has remained at the front-line of addressing some of our city’s most pressing issues, including poverty, unemployment, father-absence and family disintegration. We maintain an unwavering focus on addressing the key challenges of Baltimore’s urban families by working to connect fathers to their children, creating opportunities for economic and financial security through work, and providing access to other key interventions and supportive services.
Our core mission is to strengthen urban communities by helping fathers and families achieve stability and economic success.
Central to CFUF’s mission is the belief that men—the most disconnected and underserved citizens in urban communities—who connect with women, their children, and the workplace are key to the restoration of stability and optimism. Consistent with this mission, our organizational goal is to assist individuals in regaining the personal power needed to benefit their families and communities.
Since 1999, CFUF has helped 20,000 vulnerable Baltimoreans achieve the goal of achieving stable employment, housing and family structures. CFUF has provided the bridge that many have needed to attain stability, while emerging as a leader in the national conversation on responsible fatherhood and black male achievement. Today, we’ve grown to serve more than 1,500 men and women a year, placing nearly 3,000 into permanent, stable employment, training many in our specialized training space.
Our unique service model, Family Stability and Economic Success (FSES)™, is an integrated and comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of our target population. Services offered through the FSES Model target two critical areas: chronic unemployment and family instability. FSES brings together use of streamlined accountability systems, co-located and bundled resources and partnerships, and an intensive system of family strengthening and economic stability-focused wrap-around services and interventions, to address the needs of low-income families and workers in a holistic and effective manner test.