Cheers to Thirty Years!

This year marks three decades of helping children and families in San Francisco thrive. Join us for a celebration, hosted in partnership with Excelsior Action Group and Sunday Streets, with:
Anniversary goodies • Arts and crafts • Bouncy house • Carnival performers • Caricature portraits • Face painting • Food and drinks • Games, blocks, and bubble fun • Live music from Reverse DNA • DJ set by DJ KG • Prizes • and Stories from 30 years of Family Connections Centers
Sunday, October 15th
at Sunday Streets Excelsior, 5016 Mission Street
Celebrations & Pizza Party: 1 pm
Family Fun Zone at Sunday Streets: 11 am – 4 pm

Take a trip through Family Connections’ history…

It all began in September 1993…

Family Connections Centers (originally “Portola Family Connections”) was formed after residents in the Portola neighborhood overwhelmingly expressed a need for family support services. The first programs we offered took place in the E. R. Taylor Elementary School basement!

In 2003, we launched programs in Excelsior.

Seeing a growing need in the neighboring community of Excelsior, Family Connections’ staff and Board began working with residents, local partners, and regional officers to expand our education and family support services there. Our first programs in the Excelsior were held on Ocean Avenue, where we worked to ensure children and families could access the services they needed for healthy and successful lives.

In 2007, 2565 San Bruno Ave became a permanent home.

We became the official owners of our Portola center on San Bruno Avenue. Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to expand our Portola footprint into the neighboring garage, renovate our building to better support our range of programs, and add murals and a beautiful outdoor space.

In Spring 2019, we celebrated a Grand Opening.

In 2019, 5016 Mission Street opened its doors as our second home. Owning our Excelsior center has enabled us to launch a second preschool program, strengthen our partnerships in Southeast San Francisco, and continue to adapt to best meet families’ needs.

And today…

Family Connections continues to operate our Excelsior and Portola family resource centers, providing a continuum of care for families in our community. Looking back at our growth over these three decades, we are excited for the ways we’ll continue to evolve over the next thirty years. Thank you for being part of our story! And stay tuned for more highlights from our history, as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary.