Mission: Background and history:lund's mission is to help children thrive by empowering families by breaking cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse. Lund offers hope and opportunity to families through education, treatment, family support and adoption. Founded in 1890, as a maternity home for unwed mothers, lund has evolved to meet community human service needs in vermont. Our name too has evolved from the "home for friendless women" to the "elizabeth lund home" and more recently "lund". Lund is the largest and oldest private non-profit adoption agency in vermont; having finalized more than 9,000 adoptions since 1890. Lund has been for many years the only comprehensive, therapeutic residential treatment program in the state of vermont for women who are pregnant and parenting, where they are not separated from their young children. Over the years, lund staff members have received a number of national, regional and local awards distinguishing them for their service to the community. The foundation
Target demographics: children thrive
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,211 individuals
Geographic areas served: Vermont
Programs: Lund provides comprehensive, gender-specific residential and outpatient treatment to families affected by substance abuse disorders and mental health issues. Through lund's residential treatment program 79 mothers and 90 children engaged in gender-specific, family-centered substance abuse and mental health treatment. Additionally, 168 mothers and family members benefited from sa & mh treatment in the community. 100% of babies born at lund were free of illicit substances, and were of normal gestation period and birth weight.
lund provides a continuum of family support and education services. The early childhood education program stimulates crucial early brain development and promotes school readiness. The new horizons educational program is a state approved education program for pregnant or parenting young women. Lunds family support services increase parents capacity to provide for their children, foster social and emotional competence and promote healthy relationships. Lund's early childhood education program ensured 76 children enjoyed high quality early education and care. While they were enrolled, their families were connected to needed resources and services in the community. Our early childhood program serves a population with a high level of needs: 84% live in poverty and are at risk of abuse, neglect and school failure; 71% live in single, female-headed families; and 6% live in english language learner families. Our new horizons education program provided high school completion and postsecondary readiness to 48 pregnant and parenting teens and young women. In new horizons, 7 culminated their high school careers, receiving their high school diploma; 16 lower grade level mothers transitioned successfully back to their sending schools or other educational programs; and 85% of the young mothers made academic progress during the year. 118 families benefited from family education and parenting skill development in their home and in lund's residential facility. 214 parents raising 240 children living in poverty received reach up case management and financial assistance, seeking to increase their self-sufficiency through work placement, vocational training and education. Of these, 88 parents attained paid employment during the fiscal year; 111 engaged in job training; and 43 parents transitioned from reach up due to paid employment. 11 mothers and their 11 children benefited from transitional housing and programming seeking to prepare families for independent living and build their self-sufficiency. 236 incarcerated mothers received parenting support services; 174 children of incarcerated women and their caretakers in the community received case management ensuring their connection to resources and services. 963 individuals were educated on teen pregnancy and the importance of prevention in 20 schools and community organizations around the state.
lund's adoption program finalized adoptions for 197 children, including 169 children through project family which finds permanent homes for children in state custody living in foster care or residential environments. Lund's adoption program is committed to finding children permanency in the least possible time. 62% of project family adoptions were finalized in under 24 months from when the child enters state custody. The average age of children entering state custody is 4. 5 years. Other results of the adoption program at lund were: 23 infants were adopted into permanent families. Lund also provided options counseling to 81 birth mothers and conducted 62 home studies. 77 families benefited from lifelong post-permanence services statewide. 1,230 individuals benefited from search and reunion services.
After recently finishing many years serving on the Lund board, it seems to me that the essence of Lund Family Center is family. Over more than a century, the continuing good of bringing together children with their adoptive parents; of supporting, nurturing and educating young mothers and their babies to help them to find the path to a better future; of providing mothers who are incarcerated, and their children, with the opportunities to maintain their family connections during that time and afford them the best chance to change the trajectory of their futures for the better; of these and so many other endeavors; all of these have touched on and improved the lives of countless families, and made the community at large better and stronger. The people who work at Lund are amazing -- effective, compassionate, thoughtful and strong -- and complete professionals; it was a great and humbling privilege to have been associated with them. The Lund Family Center is a treasure.
I have been on the board of Lund for 3 years. Lund helps children thrive by empowering families to break cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse. Lund offers hope and opportunity to families through education, treatment, family support and adoption. I am so proud of this organization and so honored to serve on its board.
I have been on the board of Lund for 5 years. Lund does extremely important work in bettering the lives of at risk children and their families statewide in a multitude of ways whether through residential drug and alcohol addiction treatment for women while living with their children; adoption of both babies and children in the foster care system; working with incarcerated women and their children; and providing high school education to women who left to have bables. Lund is the organization that the state of Vermont turns to as an answer as to how to effectively ensure that at risk kids and their families get the important services they need.
Lund is a unique and wonderful organization making a huge impact on improving the lives of children and families throughout our state and beyond. They are working hard to empower women and break cycles of poverty and violence. Clients at Lund, many for the first time, are hopeful for their future.
I have been on the Lund Board for many years. Not to sound like a cliche, but I am confident that the experience has given me more than I have given it! While I have a rewarding "real" job - being on the Lund Board just fills a spot in my soul. I love hearing from clients how Lund has made a difference in their lives, and it makes me proud to have played any small part in it. There are few boards or organizations as committed to their cause as Lund is. The challenge is describing Lund's services in a succinct manner - from adoption, to childcare, to residential services and more - if it helps advance the cause of families and children - you can be sure Lund is involved!
Lund has a program called Kids-a-part which helps incarcerated mothers stay connected to their kids. They work with the families on the outside, and help mothers on the inside stay connected by recording stories for the kids, and hosting visits and events like easter egg hunts. I ave volunteered for both the visits and the storybook project. I was honored to witness the relationships between the Lund staff and the kids, mom, and the family relationships. It is challenging work, but so important, and the Kids a part staff do it with grace and humanity.
Years ago my husband and I delightedly adopted two children through the Lund Center services. Currently I have been able to serve as a respite caregiver for some of the women living at Lund. There I witness firsthand the talented, dedicated staff who assist residents to overcome extremely daunting circumstances and go on to lead successful lives. The center represents the finest in staff, and their mission and values are second to none. My husband's and my life were changed through Lund, and I cannot think of an organization more deserving of support. We are happy and proud to be supporters of the Lund Family Center.
I have volunteered here as a tutor, helping the young women get ready to earn their high school diplomas. The girls are bright, interesting, and dedicated mothers. The staff are friendly, approachable, very appreciative of their volunteers, and make it a real pleasure to spend time here helping out. Lund does very valuable work!