CFAR May 2023 Newsletter




The mission of Center for Families and Relationships is to strengthen and build resiliency in families by providing individual, family and couples counseling utilizing a holistic approach to treatment. We are partners in parenting, empowering members of the family to make a permanent, positive change towards becoming productive members of their own families, and of our community as a whole.

Organizational News

CFAR has been growing at an incredible pace! We now have a staff of nearly 40 full time and part time therapists, supported by our robust internship program, who serve approximately 2,800 clients every month. We’ve added two grant-funded programs—Together Through Trauma and Children Deserving Services—to be able to reach even more families in need of our critical services. In addition, we are exploring different strategies to diversify our funding and expand our work. One of the ways we are doing that is by working with Compass Pro Bono, who awarded CFAR with a Funding Strategy project that started in February 2023.

We’ve also had some wonderful changes and additions to the staff. On the leadership team, we recently welcomed a new Medical Director, Dr. Kayode O. Adunbarin, and a new Director of Development and Communications, Toral Patel. We’ve also welcomed two new board members- Philip Holzhauer and Rick Freeth. In upcoming newsletters, we look forward to highlighting members of our board and staff, and the amazing work that they do with CFAR.

Together Through Trauma

CFAR was honored to be awarded a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Violence Intervention & Prevention Grant in the amount of $999,000 over 29 months, to expand our Together Through Trauma (TTT) programming into six Philadelphia Rec Centers. TTT offers systemic trauma services, workshops, and staff trainings to help reduce trauma among those impacted by gun violence, and this is the first time that this type of programming will be offered at Philly rec centers.

In an article highlighting CFAR’s TTT program, the Philadelphia Inquirer noted that "Last year in Philadelphia 217 children were shot — the most of any year in recent history, according to police statistics. But the toll of gun violence is much broader: Witnessing a shooting, losing a friend or family member, or living in a neighborhood that feels unsafe can be traumatic and cause long-term emotional health problems if untreated" You can see more news coverage of the program here and see that it’s incredibly clear that these communities are in need of our TTT programming. Please follow us on social media and check out the TTT web page to keep up-to-date as the newly hired TTT team members begin to roll out this groundbreaking programming in the next few weeks. For more information about TTT, call 215-537-5367 ext. 4005 or email

Children Deserving Services

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