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Background and History

The Family Life Center was established in 1987 as the Flagler Ecumenical Social Service Center, Inc. to be operated

exclusively as a tax exempt entity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended and in accordance with Florida Statutes Chapter 617 with the following purposes:

To provide temporary refuge to any adult and any accompanying minor or dependent adult.

To educate the community on the issues of violence in our society.

To publicize the availability of the services of the corporation to the public.

To maintain a commitment to break the cycle of violence that is perpetuated from generation to generation

by maintaining an Outreach Program for children.


The Family Life Center was founded by Dr. John McNeely and six local churches:

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Temple Beth Shalom-Palm Coast, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church,

St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, and First United Methodist Church of Bunnell.

The Family Life Center was certified by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families as a domestic violence center for Flagler County in 2002 in accordance with Chapter 39, Section 903, Florida Statutes. The Family Life Center is the only state-certified domestic violence center for Flagler County and is a member of the 42-certified member Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence that covers all 67 Florida counties. The Family Life Center was certified by the Florida Council on Sexual Violence as a Rape Crisis Center on November 18, 2015.

Other Essential Support Services Include:

Safety planning

Provision of food, clothing, personal care items and transportation

Individual and group crisis counseling

Assistance in acquiring emergency and non-emergency medical care

Assistance in acquiring legal aid and representation - court advocacy

Referral to agencies and organizations for financial assistance

Referral for employment assistance

Assistance in accessing private counseling

Life skills training (parenting classes, budgeting, assistance with GED preparation

and other employment enhancement skills, goal planning)


In addition to direct services, the Family Life Center is engaged in numerous outreach programs in the community that focus on awareness of and deterrents to domestic violence and sexual violence. The Family Life Center partners with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Bunnell Police Department, Flagler Beach Police Department, Florida Hospital Flagler, Florida Department of Children and Families, Community Partnership for Children, and various civic organizations, local churches, and the community at large.

The Family Life Center relies primarily on Federal and State grants to support its operations. There is additional support provided through local governments, various charitable and community agencies, general contributions, and fundraising initiatives.