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The UVU Stronger Families Project (SFP) is comprised of the collective engaged learning efforts of many different departments, programs, and internships across Utah Valley University. The SFP leverages student engaged learning experiences to help families achieve meaningful and successful lives in a mutually beneficial way. Families participate for free in weekly classes as well as personalized support during home visits to access additional resources as needed. Moreover, the SFP provides workshops focused on specific family-related issues such as finance and health as well as counseling for individuals and couples at no charge to participants. We seek to elevate the family as the fundamental source of happiness and well-being for all individuals in our community.

Families Served

  • 737

Hours Committed

  • 99160

Dollars Donated

  • 150000

Meals Prepared

  • 36850

Our Story

Responding to a dire need in the community, group of stakeholders met to discuss what help could be provided to families with struggling children in schools in Utah County. They found a void, which no existing services directly addressed, to help strengthen the family as a unit. The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) was developed to reach out to the entire family system to help improve family beliefs, function, and behavior. Dr. Grant Richards began enlisting the help of student interns, community volunteers, and the Alpine School District to teach parenting and family classes. The program has grown from a single site in 2009, to seven sites across Utah County, serving families in Orem, Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Lehi, and Saratoga Springs. As resources become available, the program plans to add locations to serve Provo (Franklin area), and other areas in southern Utah County. With its current capacity, we can serve about 200 families a year. Recently, we have added “booster” sessions and clinical services.
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