Families First for Mississippi helping in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - Families First for Mississippi opened its doors in the Fair City in February. Since then, Regional Coordinator Cassie Henson says the nonprofit center has helped countless families.

"Families First is designed to service anyone from the womb to the tomb," says Henson.

The center offers a High School Diploma completion program. Other classes focus on parenting, workforce training, literacy and more.

"We are here to offer services to people in the community- no matter their background, no matter their ethnicity. No matter even their monetary status," says Henson.

Local agencies and city officials were invited to the center to see what all it has to offer. Henson says with their help, families first can reach more people in the community.

Laquinta Bonds attended a child car seat installation workshop the center offered. Bonds says the class taught her how to properly install a car seat.

"With the car seat thing, I was unaware I was installing it not the correct way or not knowing the exact proper weight for the child to be in with the car seat he or she needed to be in- so it was very informative and very helpful,” says Bonds.

Nichole Ferguson and her son Cody came to Families First because Cody was struggling in school. Cody’s mom says he enrolled in the Families First High School Diploma program, and is now excelling.

"If they would come up here and see what the surrounding is about- the atmosphere. They're real nice. They do what they can to help anybody, with their programs. It's just awesome and I would encourage everybody that needs their services to come and register," says Ferguson.

All of the classes, workshops and programs at family first are free.