1908 Horse and cart

Social Service League becomes first private social service agency in Montgomery County, Maryland

1911

First client in 1912

Professional staff begins with hiring of a nurse as "friendly visitor for the sick," pioneering tuberculosis control and physical exams in schools

1930s

League personnel train social workers from University of Maryland and Catholic University

1942

League is founding member of Montgomery County Community Chest and Counsel

1959 Dr. Bird and Patient

League changes name to Family Services, Agency; wins first Margaret E. Rich Award for social action on behalf of families

1960s

Agency provides family counseling services with social work staff

1970s

With State funds, Agency starts first County psycho-social rehabilitation program for severally mentally ill people 

Develops first Employee Assistance Program, opens Montgomery House

19711970s picture

The Montgomery County Health Fund is merged into Family Services

1978

Family Services develops the first Employee Assistance Program used by the national Family Service Association of America as model for their national contract with Xerox

1980s

Agency is awarded only County contract by State Juvenile Services Administration for innovative outreach services to multi-delinquent youth on probation 

According to US Census Bureau, voters in Montgomery County's 8th congressional district are the wealthiest and best educated of the country's 435 congressional districts

1986

City of Rockville awards a community service block grant to Family Services for the Service for Seniors program

1989

"Partners in Caring" program for at-risk children begins at Summit Hall Elementary School with funding from City of Gaithersburg and Clark Winchole Foundation

1990

Organization changes name to Family Services Agency, Inc. (FSAI)

1995

FSAI received funding to open first certified Healthy Families site in Maryland using national model

1996

Agency is awarded Head Start funding to implement Early Head Start program in up-county area serving children from birth to 3 years old

1998

FSAI affiliates with Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Foundation

2000

Child Development Center opens to provide onsite services to Early Head Start Families

2002

FSAI dedicates Multi-Service Center for Children and Families

2004

Group expands services to include neonatal screenings at Shady Grove and Holy Cross Hospitals, family preservation, and enhanced bi-lingual services

2007

FSAI's Parent Leadership Institute (PLI) is nationally recognized by U.S. Department of Education

2008FSI Gala

County-wide Healthy Families Montgomery program releases 11-year study finding reductions in child abuse and neglect through home visiting services 

Organization changes name to Family Services, Inc. (FSI)

Organization celebrates 100th anniversary

2009

Family Services, Inc. is awarded a $1.4 million HUD grant to rehabilitate homes for people with mental illness.

Watch Me Grow playgroundWatch Me Grow, a program of Family Services, Inc., becomes first child development center to open in Clarksburg, MD.

Montgomery Station marked its 30th anniversary of offering psychiatric rehabilitation services, including residential and vocational programs, to the Montgomery County community.

Family Services, Inc. partners with Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Impact Silver Spring, Interfaith Works, and the City of Gaithersburg to open the first Neighborhood Service Center. The center provides assistance in applying for basic need services, such as food, shelter, clothing, health and mental health care.

Montgomery Station becomes first psychiatric rehabilitation program to be CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited in Montgomery County, MD Early Head Start receives $1.7 million to expand school readiness and child development program, allowing EHS to serve 72 additional infants, toddlers and pregnant women in northern Montgomery County, MD.

Early Head Start ribbon cuttingEarly Head Start receives $1.7 million to expand school readiness and child development program, allowing EHS to serve 72 additional infants, toddlers and pregnant women in northern Montgomery County, MD.

2010

The HSC Foundation awards Family Services, Inc. a grant for $11,000 for the Life Enrichment Awards Program (LEAP). The purpose of LEAP is to enrich the lives of youth and young adults with disabilities and chronic illness and provide goods and services directly linked to youth transition planning and implementation.

Montgomery Station's Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center moves to new 14,000 square foot facility.

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region awarded $18,000 to Family Services, Inc. to support its mental health services. Funds received allow FSI to serve 40 uninsured adults and children, many of whom are Spanish-speaking and victims of foreclosure. 

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS) announced that Family Services, Inc. (FSI) has been awarded the Betty Ann Krahnke Center (BAK) contract to continue assisting women and children suffering from domestic violence and abuse. 

Family Services Awarded $1.9 Million SAMHSA Grant to Expand Primary Care to Individuals with Behavioral Health Disorders. The Health Integration Project (HIP) integrates primary care and mental health services to improve the health of seriously mentally ill adults who also have chronic physical illnesses or have indicators that they are at high risk of developing such illnesses and who are not closely monitored by a primary care physician.

Bank of America provides grant of $15,000 to FSI2011

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation provided a grant of $15,000 to Family Services, Inc. for the Health Families Montgomery (HFM) program to help promote healthy childhood development and early intervention. 

Family Services Inc. announces receipt of a $200,000 grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for Health Information Technology. This grant will allow FSI to implement an electronic medical record in its behavioral health programs. 

Family Services’ Betty Ann Krahnke Center chosen to receive a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation as part of the organization’s annual $3 million national domestic violence grant program.

2012BROTHERS receives award

BROTHERS Receives 2012 Children of the Dream Award at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held at the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda, MD. Gaithersburg High School chartered a bus for over 50 BROTHERS members to attend the event. 

Gaithersburg Environmental Awards Recognized Family Services for its Innovative and Sustainable Green Practices 

The Gazette of Politics and Business select Family Services as one of the Top 53 most exceptional businesses and organizations in the State of Maryland. In 2011, Family Services was voted #45, and in 2012 jumped to the #15 spot.

2013

Family Services and GUIDE Program Announce Merger to Enhance and Expand Services throughout the State of Maryland.

2014

Family Services launches its first Multicultural Mental Health Advisory Committee to focus on social and behavioral healthcare services offered within the organization.

Thome Foundation Awards Adult Medical Day Program $30,000 to provide individualized client-centered services to adults with physical and/or medical disabilities or cognitive impairment in a structured, safe, supportive and compassionate environment.

Leading behavioral health advocates and Family Services testify at the Department of Defense on behalf of veterans and their families regarding current insurance restrictions and how this would impact the access of care for military members and their families in the wake of trauma and loss incurred during the past two wars.

SAMAHSA "Road to Recovery" Spotlights Family Services Programs, focusing on growing up with addiction and/or mental health disorders and how this affects the family.

Family Services debuted the redesign of its new website, to include more interactive tools, volunteer opportunities, ways to donate, social media channels, events and services.

Montgomery Village Rotary Club and Family Services team together to launch the 1st Annual Halloween Hustle 5K/1-Mile Fun Run.  Proceeds raised benefited those served by Family Services and the causes supported by Montgomery Village Rotary.

2015

CARF International announces that Family Services has been accredited for a period of three years for its Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health programs. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization's substantial conformance to the CARF standards.

Family Services Board of Directors announces the retirement of CEO Thomas E. Harr after 17 years of services to the nonprofit organization, and appoints his successor, Kylie McCleaf effective September 1, 2015.

The Alliance for Workplace Excellence awards Family Services with the 2015 AWE Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval Award.

The National Council for Behavioral Health officially recognizes Family Services as a trauma-informed care organization.

Family Services joins Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland, a pilot program to train and support internationally trained health care professionals in the Behavioral Health field.

2016
Kids Spot Center opens its doors at the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville, MD.  The center is a free child-friendly waiting area for families who have business with the circuit court.


Step Ahead, FSI's outpatient substance abuse treatment and education services program for adolescents, adults, veterans and their families, becomes CARF Accredited.

Early Head Start team wins the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS) Public-Private Partnership Award, which recognizes an individual and/or team within HHS who has developed and implemented a collaborative relationship with a private organization or individual to meet the health and/or social needs of county residents.

Family Services is awarded the 2016 AWE Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval and Diversity Champion Awards

Junior Achievements of Greater Washington (JA) and Family Services partner to create a childcare kiosk at the JA Finance Park located in Prince George's County.  The kiosk provides students with the opportunity to experience "life with children" and how to financially plan for childcare services within a fixed income. 

The Lever Fund awards FSI's Keys to Success Program $25,000 to serve an additional 12 teen mothers who are still in school and their young children, focusing on education, achieving positive maternal and child health/development outcomes.

Upscale Resale Thrift Shop located in Rockville, MD merges with Family Services to enhance the strength of its supportive employment services while providing the community with quality goods at low prices.

The
TOGETHER Program, a partnership with Virginia Tech and University of Maryland, College Park is launched in August 2015.  The 5-year study provides a safe place for couples wanting to work together to build long-lasting changes in their families through couple's counseling and financial wellness workshops.

2017

Leading National Child Abuse Prevention Organization Re-Accredits Healthy Families Montgomery (HFM) as a provider of high quality home visiting services to families who want to improve their child's health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.

FSI receives the 2017 Workplace Excellence, Health & Wellness and Diversity Champion Awards from the Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE).

Watch Me Grow Child Development Center achieves Maryland's Excels Level-4 ranking from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), meeting increasingly advanced standards in key areas that are identified nationally as contributing to the highest level of childcare and education.