FamilyMeans' mission is to strengthen communities by strengthening families.
FamilyMeans believes a family consists of two or more people, whether living together or apart,related by blood, marriage, adoption or commitment to care for one another.
FamilyMeans is headquartered in Stillwater, MN, with branch offices located throughout the Twin Cities metro area, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
FamilyMeans offers financial and bankruptcy services and education; family counseling and mental health services; collaborative divorce services; caregiver support services; youth enrichment programs; and an employee assistance program. A nonprofit organization, FamilyMeans is funded through grants, donations and United Way support to ensure we can serve anyone who contacts our agency for help.
FamilyMeans has grown tremendously since it opened its doors in 1963. Then known as Family Service of the St. Croix Area, the agency served 61 families in its first year. Nearly 50 years later, FamilyMeans continues to provide stability to those in need, serving nearly 24,000 people each year.
FamilyMeans staff and volunteers work to maintain accessibility, affordability and adaptability for those we serve. Services are available to all who request help regardless of the ability to pay and because we are a locally-based agency, we are positioned to meet the needs of people in our community. FamilyMeans is small enough to respond quickly to newly identified needs and to discontinue services no longer needed, yet a large enough agency to draw experienced staff with exemplary skills and a wide range of competencies. We partner with others to improve the quality, scope and effectiveness of the programs and services we offer.
Our main location, in Stillwater, is an accessible and welcoming environment where meeting room space is available to the community through reservations and when space is available. FamilyMeans has other locations in the Twin Cities, Rochester, MN, and in Eau Claire and Hudson, WI, to make our services as accessible as possible.