The Exchange Club’s Family Center of the Central Piedmont is a Child Abuse Prevention agency a part of the National Exchange Club Network. Exchange Clubs are Service Clubs that serve their communities through programs and projects that improve Americanism, Youth Programs, and Community Service, along with in 1979 the adopted National Project, the prevention of Child Abuse. Charles A. Berkey is credited with the founding of this great organization in 1911 and at his suggestion, the name “Exchange” was selected because the group wanted to exchange ideas and information with like-minded individuals about how to better serve their communities.
The first local Exchange Club was formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1911. After a few more clubs in Michigan were opened, The National Exchange Club was organized as a nonprofit, educational organization in 1917. Exchange has developed into a progressive national service organization comprised of tens of thousands of dedicated men and women serving their local communities and advancing the motto of “Unity for Service.” One of the ways the Clubs serve their local communities is by opening up Child Abuse Prevention Centers to address the National Project. In 1981 the first Center was opened in Florida.
The Exchange Club’s Family Center of the Central Piedmont (formally known as Family Center in Alamance County) was founded in 1997 as a satellite center by our sister agency, Exchange Club’s Family Center of Durham, NC along with the help of local Exchange Club members from Mebane and Elon. In 1999 the agency was transferred to the umbrella of the Exchange Club’s Child Abuse Prevention Center of N.C., Inc. Over time the site grew under the umbrella of our sister agency in Winston-Salem, The Exchange Club’s Child Abuse Prevention Center of NC, Inc. DBA, The Parenting PATH. In 1999, the agency added the Adolescent Parenting Program to the current prevention services of the Exchange Club’s National Project Program the evidence-based Parent Aide Services and the Children’s Parents Parenting classes. The agency started providing treatment services with Intensive Family Preservation Services in 2003 as well as offering services in other areas of NC like Orange and Person Counties.
The agency began serving all 7 counties of programming area in 2010 with Intensive Family Preservation. Starting in 2012 we specifically partnered with various funders like Juvenile Crime Prevention Council of NC, United Way of Alamance County, and NC Department of Social Services to provide more prevention and treatment programs tailored to serving at-risk youth and parents. The agency’s growth continued over time to expand operations and so in 2018 the agency began independent operations as a stand-alone center unconnected to any other center in order to more efficiently serve our communities. Currently the agency has over 9 programs that either prevent or treat childhood trauma and increase resiliency in families. We continue to get support from the local Exchange Clubs of Hillsborough and Elon to provide our prevention efforts.