Founded in 1873 by local businessman James Huntington, Cambridge Family and Children's Services was established as an orphanage called The Avon Home. Huntington’s vision was to help the growing number of homeless youth wandering the streets of 19th century Cambridge. Since its inception, CFCS has grown into a highly regarded non-profit agency that provides intervention to at-risk families; placement services for children and youth through its adoption, intensive foster care and residential programs; and services to children and adults with disabilities and their families.
We chose Cambridge Family and Children's Service as this month's recipient because we appreciate the CFCS mission to provide high quality support and advocacy for children, adults and families to develop and nurture safe, permanent relationships and maximize individual growth. The “Every Child” focus is integrated throughout CFCS’s unique continuum of services that range from supporting and stabilizing birth families (through our Family Support & Stabilization and Developmental Disabilities Programs), strengthening relationships with family and lifelong connections or cultivating new relationships (within Intensive Foster Care, Congregate Care Residential Programs, andIndependent Living) to facilitating full legal permanency through our Adoption Services contract.
*In January 2017 we launched our We Care Wednesday initiative. By donating 5% of our sales each Wednesday, we were able to raise $9,000 for Greater Boston non-profits in 2017. In 2018 we raised $11,000 for Greater Boston non-profits. This kind of targeted weekly giving is just another way we can focus our community-based business on doing good in all the ways we can. We are proud to continue this initiative in 2019.*