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Frequent Questions

Welcome to Cherish Families' FAQ page! Here, we've compiled answers to common questions about our mission, services, and how you can get involved. Whether you're seeking information on our programs, donation opportunities, or ways to support individuals and families from polygamous cultures, you'll find it here. Explore our FAQs to learn more about how we're making a difference and how you can join us in creating positive change.

  • What does Cherish Families do?Cherish Families is a nonprofit 501(c) organization, that is dedicated to empowering individuals and families, with a particular focus on those from polygamous cultures.

    Cherish Families helps provide essential tools and resources for generational success. We offer a diverse array of programs and services aimed at fostering community resilience and promoting personal growth. These include therapy, family peer support, crime victim services, food and basic needs assistance, housing support, and legal advocacy. Our mission is to bridge gaps and connect people with the resources they need to thrive. Through compassionate care and strategic partnerships, Cherish Families aims to raise awareness and cultivate a supportive environment where every individual and family can realize their full potential.

    For a list of specific programs and services we provide, visit our What We Do section.

  • What services do you offer?

    Cherish Families offers a comprehensive range of services tailored to support individuals and families through various challenges and transitions. Our services include:

    Full Suite of Crime Victim Services: Providing comprehensive support, advocacy, and resources to victims of crime.
    Mental Health/Trauma Counseling: Offering professional therapy and counseling services to address mental health needs and trauma recovery.
    Wrap Around/Family Peer Support (Crisis to Thriving): Providing holistic support services that promote resilience and family well-being.
    Legal Services: Offering legal advocacy, family law assistance, court advocacy, and mediation services.
    Housing and Rent Assistance: Providing programs and resources to help individuals secure stable housing and rental assistance.
    Eligibility Services: Assisting individuals in accessing and navigating eligibility for various support programs and services.
    Community Education Classes: Offering classes on parenting, healthy relationships, financial literacy, and other essential life skills.
    Food Pantry and Basic Needs: Providing access to a food pantry and essential items to support basic needs.
    Community Events: Hosting events such as health fairs, holiday celebrations like First Christmas, and other community gatherings.
    Access to Employment and Education: Offering resources and support to access employment opportunities and educational programs.

    These services are designed to empower individuals and families, particularly those from polygamous cultures, by addressing their immediate needs while promoting long-term stability and success.

  • Do your services cost money?

    Free Services
    Cherish Families is proud to offer grant and donor supported therapy, family peer support, and crime victim services completely free of charge. Our commitment to serving the community means that we do not require any form of payment from our clients. This policy ensures that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, can access the support and resources they need. Furthermore, individuals are not denied service because of their inability to pay.

    No Sliding Scale Required
    Unlike many organizations that use a sliding scale to determine service fees based on income, Cherish Families does not implement such a system. Because our therapy, family peer support, and crime victim services are free, there is no need for a sliding scale. Every individual and family receives the same high-quality care and support without any cost considerations.

    Our Commitment to Accessibility
    We believe that financial barriers should never prevent anyone from receiving the help they need. Our mission is to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and supported. By removing the burden of service fees, we aim to foster a community of care and compassion.

  • What areas does Cherish Families serve?

    Cherish Families serves individuals and families across North America, with a particular focus on communities where individuals from polygamous backgrounds may face specific challenges. Our services are designed to support these communities by providing essential resources and programs that promote mental health, family advocacy, legal services, housing stability, basic needs assistance, and more. We strive to reach and empower these communities wherever they are located, ensuring that all individuals have access to the support they need to thrive and achieve long-term success.

  • Do you have to be from a polygamous background to receive services?

    Cherish Families is dedicated to supporting individuals who have direct experience with polygamous communities or backgrounds shaped by generational exposure to such environments. Our services are tailored to address the unique challenges and needs that may arise from these experiences, including but not limited to mental health support, family dynamics, legal advocacy, and navigating social and cultural complexities. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where all can access the support and resources they need to thrive and achieve stability.

  • How can I get involved?

    Wondering how you can make a difference with Cherish Families? There are numerous ways to get involved and support our mission of empowering individuals and families from polygamous cultures. You can start by volunteering your time and skills, whether it's assisting with programs, events, or administrative tasks. Donations of any size are also greatly appreciated and directly support our vital services, from therapy sessions to legal advocacy. Spread awareness by sharing our mission on social media or organizing fundraisers in your community. Stay informed and connected by joining our monthly newsletter, where you'll receive updates on our work and opportunities to make a difference. By becoming a part of Cherish Families, you join a network of compassionate individuals dedicated to building brighter futures. Together, we can make a meaningful impact and create lasting change.

    Visit our Get Involved section to find out ways to donate or volunteer.

  • What are Cherish Families core values?

    Cherish Families upholds core values that guide our mission and interactions with clients, partners, and the community:

    Integrity: We adhere unwaveringly to moral and ethical principles, maintaining honesty, transparency, and sound moral character in all our endeavors.

    Dignity: We believe in treating every individual with the utmost respect and honor, valuing their inherent worth and fostering a sense of pride and self-respect.

    Compassion: We demonstrate empathy and understanding towards others, actively seeking to alleviate their distress and support their well-being with sensitivity and care.

    Courage: We exhibit bravery and determination in confronting challenges and advocating for our clients, even in the face of adversity, uncertainty, or difficulty.

    Confidentiality: We uphold strict standards in protecting the identities, information, and personal situations of our clients, ensuring their privacy and trust are maintained at all times.

    These values define our commitment to empowering individuals and families, by providing a healthy foundation for support and promoting their resilience and success.

  • How are donations used?

    Donations to Cherish Families are instrumental in supporting our mission to empower individuals and families facing challenges. Your generosity directly funds essential programs and services that make a tangible difference in people's lives. From providing therapy sessions and family peer support to offering critical food and basic needs assistance, housing support, and legal advocacy, every dollar contributes to building stronger, more resilient communities. By donating to Cherish Families, you play a vital role in helping individuals overcome obstacles and achieve long-term success. Your support not only transforms lives but also fosters a supportive environment where everyone can thrive. Together, we can create positive change that lasts for generations.

    We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization. We make our IRS Form 990 available for review, as required by law. Visit our Financials page to learn more.

  • What is your organization's privacy policy?

    For our clients: We hold the privacy and confidentiality of every individual in the highest regard. Our privacy policy ensures that all personal information, including client records, contact details, and data gathered, is securely managed and used exclusively for the purpose of providing our services and communicating with our supporters. We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, guaranteeing the protection of sensitive information. Your trust and confidence in Cherish Families are paramount to us as we work to empower individuals and families in need.

    For our Donors, Volunteers and Supporters: We are dedicated to upholding a robust privacy policy that prioritizes the security and confidentiality of those that support Cherish Families. We do not sell or disclose information about our volunteers or supporters to any external parties beyond our immediate organization. This policy is strictly enforced without exception, and we do not engage in the sale or exchange of your information with any other organizations, whether public, private, or nonprofit. Your complete trust and privacy are of utmost importance to us as we continue to support and empower individuals and families in need

  • Are you an equal opportunity employer?

    Cherish Families is an equal opportunity employer. No individual is excluded or refused employment because of color, race, religious creed, ancestry, sex, age, veteran status, national origin, physical challenges, or marital status. This policy applies during the application and hiring process, and continues through the duration of employment, promotions, pay amounts, transfers, or termination.

  • Is Cherish Families on social media?

    Yes, Cherish Families is active on social media platforms. You can find us on Facebook at facebook.com/cherishfamilies and on Instagram at instagram.com/cherishfamilies. Stay connected with us for updates, stories, and ways to get involved.

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