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History and the Langlois Community Hub

 Our History

Family Services Windsor-Essex (FSWE) is an amalgamated corporation of Family Service Windsor-Essex County and Citizen Advocacy Windsor-Essex.

Family Service Windsor-Essex County was established in 1951, as an agency offering counselling services to individual’s couples and families.  The agency was one of the first organizations to be funded by United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex.

Citizen Advocacy Windsor-Essex was established in 1975 as an organization to assist adults with a developmental disability to live full lives in the community.

In 2012, these agencies voluntarily decided to amalgamate to form Family Services Windsor-Essex.  The newly amalgamated corporation is a not-for-profit Ontario corporation with charitable status.

The Hub

In 2014, Family Services purchased office space at 1770 Langlois.  The building’s size presented an opportunity for Family Services to invite community agencies to co-locate and share office space.  In searching for partner agencies with similar values and complimentary services, the idea to develop a “community hub” evolved.

The Langlois Community Hub was created in the fall of 2014 to bring together complementary but previously separated services, professions and organizations across different sectors:  health, mental health, legal and financial. The creation of the “Hub” was a voluntary decision by the five agencies and their respective Boards of Directors to take advantage of the opportunities for greater service collaboration and cooperation, resources sharing, cross-program referral and streamlined access to services for maximized client outcomes.

The purpose of the Langlois Community Hub is to have a “one-stop” centre that will enhance the connectivity, alignment and collaboration between different sectors to better serve people.

Community Hub Partners include: Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic, Financial Fitness, Family Services and Victoria Order of Nurses (VON).

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