Franklin Center of Beaver County

The Franklin Center of Beaver County facilitates access to life-changing opportunities for the low-income, the underserved, and those in need.
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Franklin Center of Beaver County

The Franklin Center of Beaver County facilitates access to life-changing opportunities for the low-income, the underserved, and those in need.
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Franklin Center of Beaver County

The Franklin Center of Beaver County facilitates access to life-changing opportunities for the low-income, the underserved, and those in need.
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Our Mission at The Franklin Center

Our Mission

The Franklin Center of Beaver County facilitates access to life-changing opportunities for the low-income, the underserved, and those in need. 

Our Vision: 
A world where opportunity is accessible by all.  

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Our History

Ours is an unusual beginning. The establishment of the Franklin Center of Beaver County was spurred by a study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work by the late Professor James V. Cunningham and seven graduate students. The study explored the impact of the continuing decline of the steel industry on typical steel towns. The city of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, where our organization would be ultimately located, was primarily a one-industry town that was included in the study.

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Although the study’s results indicated that the industrial collapse was having devastating economic and social impacts on the Aliquippa community it also stirred hope among the city’s leaders for a way out of its predicament.  ''Aliquippa,'' the study said, ''has more than 50 organizations and institutions with sufficient interest and resources to help improve the community. There does seem to be the talent and energy among the leaders of the organizations and institutions for such an effort.''                           

As a follow-up to recommendations in the study, a coalition - named the Aliquippa Alliance for Unity and Development by its members - was formed to assess the strengths of the community and possible sources of aid. Recommendations also included development of plans to address public safety and social issues including security against crime and fair representation for African Americans in local government. The coalition was co-organized by one of the graduate students who had aided in the study: 32-year-old Cathy Cairns, who became our organization’s first executive director. Mr. Lorenzo Williams, the coalition’s chair and a leader in the Aliquippa community, oversaw the organizing of the various committees that were charged with pursuing grants, seeking new business ventures, etc.  In November 1984, the coalition incorporated itself as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and began to collaborate on and spearhead economic initiatives as well as provide human services to the Aliquippa community and the immediate surrounding municipalities.   

In the years that followed, our organization has seen changes such as expansion of services and of our geographical footprint.  A name change in 2009 from the Aliquippa Alliance for Unity and Development to the Franklin Center of Beaver County reflected those changes as individuals and families living in communities beyond the original service area demonstrated a need for our services.  A long-standing anchor institution in Aliquippa and Beaver County, the Franklin Center also has had a regional presence in the counties of Lawrence, Mercer, and Butler, Pennsylvania. In 2017, the Franklin Center provided direct services to over 5,211 individuals and their families, and fielded 9,600 information and referral inquiries. 

In the spirit of the original charge to our organization to create and access opportunities for people greatly impacted by adverse circumstances, we respond to the needs of individuals, families, and communities via relevant programming, information and referral services, community initiatives, and special events; and we continually adapt our services to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the people we serve. 

Our History at The Franklin Center

Our Team

Dr. Cheryl King from The Franklin Center
Dr. Cheryl L. King

Executive Director

Tina Price-Genes from The Franklin Center
Tina Price-Genes

Deputy Director
Director of Education

Shon Owens from The Franklin Center
Shon Owens

Director Men & Boys Initiatives

Lispert Dodell from The Franklin Center
Lispert Dowdell

Coordinator Men & Boys Initiatives

Valerie McElvy from The Franklin Center
Valerie McElvy

Program Manager Professional Outfitters

Susan Smith from The Franklin Center
Susan Smith

Professional Outfitters, Too

Patricia Gaston-Henderson from The Franklin Center
Patricia Gaston-Henderson

Homeless Assistance Program Coordinator

Our Education Department Staff


Taja Finley
Marlon Gist
Danaysia Hall
Maya Henderson
Lisa Huff
Brittanee Lay
Christopher McKinney
James Moreland
Lakesha Pitts
Shunai Taylor 
Rashonda Waldron

Volunteer Staff (10+ Years of Service)

Jordan Anderson
Bill Kunkle  
Brenda Sims
Rosalyn King

Our Board of Directors

Dr. Roger Davis, Chair
Dr. Chet Thompson, Co-Chair/ Secretary
Jovita Smith, Co-Chair
Liz Lepore, Treasurer
Melissa McElhaney, Treasurer
Lisa Spaniol
Nicole Coleman
Attorney Wayne
Jennifer Mazza-Cagliuso

Programs

Basic Need Assistance Program

It can happen.  To anyone. Loss of income, excessive financial burdens, indefinite loss of utilities, or family crises can place a person or family at risk for lack of safe shelter or basic living essentials. We have access to numerous resources and referral agencies ready to help!

Homeless Assistance

Our Homeless Assistance Program addresses the crisis of homelessness before it becomes a danger to you or someone you care about. Qualifying persons receive direct assistance or referrals for shelter and counseling. Payments are provided to landlords for rent, mortgage arrearage for eligible home and trailer owners, rental costs for trailers and trailer lots; and for security deposits and utilities to prevent and/or end homelessness or near homelessness by maintaining individuals and families in their residences.

Who is Eligible?

A person or family who finds themselves in a homeless situation, at risk for becoming homeless, or for whom homelessness is about to become a reality
Persons or families with a low-income and who meets the Federal poverty guidelines.

Call the Franklin Center at 724.846.6400 ext. 34. Mondays through Fridays for an appointment with our Homeless Assistance Coordinator. Proof of income, photo ID, and social security cards for everyone in the household, eviction notice, or utility shut-off notice is required for assistance. Our Homeless Assistance Program location is in The Cornerstone, 1217 Seventh Avenue, 2nd Floor Beaver Falls, PA 15010

Dollar Energy

Dollar Energy Fund accepts applications for grants from hardship programs on a first come, first serve basis during the set program dates and while funding is available. We understand that utility assistance is often not the only need of a household, so the approach pairs those seeking assistance with additional resources that can help lift them out of their current financial situation and on to the path of self-sufficiency. You must meet all guidelines to be eligible to receive a grant.

Franklin Center staff will screen you for eligibility and schedule an appointment for the application process. Once the application is completed it will be submitted to the Dollar Energy Fund for approval.

Bring all required information to your appointment. You will need:
Names of everyone in your household
Birthdates of everyone in your household
Proof of income of everyone in your household
A copy of your most recent utility bill
Your utility account number
Proof of all payments made in the last 90 days

For more information or for a Dollar Energy appointment, please contact us at 724.378.2882 or visit us at the Franklin Center located at 524 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa, PA 15001.

Professional Outfitters

"Repurposing for a Purpose."

Donated clothing, household items, furniture, and other daily living essentials are provided to men, women and children experiencing crises or transition brought on by unemployment, underemployment, or an unexpected event such as a house fire, natural disaster, or illness. These gently used items are available to you at no or low-cost.

Vouchers are provided to organizations that serve those in need throughout our communities or who are transitioning into the workforce. Other circumstances are assessed on a case by case basis by Professional Outfitters staff. We are proud to say that since its inception in 2003, Professional Outfitters has served over 8,000 clients!

Visit us at one of our 3 locations!
Professional Outfitters– New Brighton, PA

Address: 1035 3rd Ave, New Brighton, PA 15066
Phone: 724-846-2000
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm

Professional Outfitters Too– Aliquippa, PA

Address: 524 Franklin Ave–2882, Aliquippa, PA 15001
Phone: 724-378-1860
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 3:00pm

No Square Pants– New Brighton, PA(Children's Clothing Only)

Address: First Presbyterian Church 1199 3rd Ave, New Brighton, PA 15066
Phone: 724-378-2882
Hours: Wednesday's Only 10:00am – 3:00pm

For bargain hunters, people on a budget, and those with a creative sense of style, items are available to you at low prices!

Information & Referral Program

Our information & Referral services are your connection to Beaver County resources. As Beaver County’s primary contracted Information and Referral Service Provider, the Franklin Center coordinates services with other organizations to connect you with the resources you need. 

Vouchers are provided to organizations that serve those in need throughout our communities or who are transitioning into the workforce. Other circumstances are assessed on a case by case basis by Professional Outfitters staff. We are proud to say that since its inception in 2003, Professional Outfitters has served over 8,000 clients!

Here are just a few Information & Referral services provided by the Franklin Center:

Address: 1035 3rd Ave, New Brighton, PA 15066
Phone: 724-846-2000
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm

Address: 464 Franklin Ave, Aliquippa, PA 15001
Phone: 724-378-1860
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 3:00pm

Address: First Presbyterian Church 1199 3rd Ave, New Brighton, PA 15066
Phone: 724-378-2882
Hours: Wednesday's Only 10:00am – 3:00pm

Referrals for used furniture, appliances, and clothing

Referrals for holiday outreach

Access to information about services available in Beaver County

For Information & Referral services call the Franklin Center’s main office at 724.378.2882 or the Franklin Center located in the Cornerstone at 724.846.6400 ext. 340.

Education for Youth Program

We provide year-round interactive, hands-on and project-based opportunities for youth to increase their academic, economic, and creative potential via S.T.E.M., Entrepreneurship, and Art education.  Our education department staff instructors are college-educated experts in their fields and Pennsylvania-certified teachers. 

Learn more about the youth programs provided by the Franklin Center:

S.T.E.M. Stars

S.T.E.M. Stars is an after-school program that utilizes research-based interactive curricula that introduces science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to children grades 3 through 6. Learning modules align with national and state education standards and correlate with the students’ in-school learning. Representative learning modules include life structures, magnetism and electricity, measurement, sound, water and land forms; mixtures and solutions, and motion and design. The making of S.T.E.M.-based projects is situated within the program to reinforce concepts. Students move through hands-on, design-based activities at their own pace, and develop their own solutions to challenges. The S.T.E.M. S.T.A.R.S program is 24 weeks long and runs once a week for 2 hours.

Green Team

Green Team is a hands-on, project-based classroom and outdoor introduction to environmental science with a concentration in green or conservation concepts such as fossil fuels and alternative energy sources, food and gardens, waste disposal and recycling, ecology, land use, and fresh water use. The Green Team experience also includes enrichments such as camping, a visit to an environmental education center, water activities, and a neighborhood community service project. Green Team is a summer experience for youth ages 8 – 11 and operates 4 days a week, 6 hours each day for 5 weeks.

Medical Forensics Adventures

Medical Forensics Adventures exposes learners to various simulated and real medical and career environments. Participants receive First Aid and CPR training, and learn to master basic medical tasks such as administering shots, taking blood pressures, blood typing and using defibrillators. Students also observe actual medical procedures and anatomy and physiology discussions at a local hospital. Medical Forensics Adventures is a summer experience for youth ages 11 -17 that operates Monday – Thursday, 6 hours a day for 5 weeks.

Science Camp

Science Camp focuses on the application of S.T.E.M. concepts through hands-on experimentation with such elements as electricity, architecture and design, solutions and mixtures, space, and bio-robotics. Science camp is a summer experience for students ages 11 – 17 and operates 4 days a week, 6 hours each day for 5 weeks.

Introductory Biz Camp

Introductory Biz Camp bolsters math, reading and communication skills through instruction in basic economic principals. Youth develop their own entrepreneurial ideas, learn to write business plans and explore techniques in negotiation. The camp includes visits to local businesses, networking with business leaders, and participation in business plan competitions. Students also participate in a Market Day. Introductory Biz Camp is a summer experience for students ages 11 – 17 and operates Monday – Thursday, 6 hours a day for 5 weeks.

Advanced Biz Camp

Advanced Biz Camp is for Introductory Biz Camp alumni. In addition to further increasing entrepreneurial knowledge, the program fosters development of critical thinking and problem solving skills and teaches participants to identify opportunities and to obtain resources. Youth also participate in a business plan competition and a Market Day. Throughout the year, Biz Camp alumni and other young entrepreneurs who have started and are operating their own businesses are provided an opportunity to join a business incubator that provides mentoring support. Advanced Biz Camp operates Monday – Thursday, 6 hours a day for 5 weeks during the summer.

Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day is a summer program for children ages 8 – 11. Lemonade Day teaches participants how to create budgets, set profit-making goals, serve customers, repay investors, and give back to the community through the establishment of a functioning lemonade stand. Students participate in a Market Day. Monday – Thursday, 6 hours a day for 5 weeks.

Art Works!

Art Works! infuses hands-on visual art creativity with S.T.E.M. concepts such as linear perspective, proportion, patterns, design, structure, and color and light. Activities include instruction in art techniques, creation of art using both traditional techniques and technology; a field trip to a local art gallery and art exhibit. Students are provided an opportunity to display their creations at the Art Exhibit at the Franklin Center’s three-day Annual Art & Music Festival. Art Works! is a summer experience that operates Monday – Thursday, 4 hours a day for 5 weeks.

For more information about our education programs, you can contact our Education Director by phone 724.378.2882 or by email tgenes@franklincenter.org

Men & Boys Initiatives

Our Men and Boys Initiatives provide opportunities for adult males to establish themselves as committed men and fathers, and boys to grow to be productive citizens.

Aliquippa Council of Men and Fathers

“Aspiring for optimal quality of life in our homes and in our community through increased visibility, accountability and commitment of men and fathers.”

Comprised of concerned men and fathers who reside or work in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, the Aliquippa Council of Men and Fathers seeks to improve quality of life in their homes and neighborhoods.

ACMF Supports include:

ResponseTeam which supports residents of Aliquippa who are victims of violent crimes and their families, as well as the families of alleged perpetrators
Watch D.O.G. (Dads On Guard). Men and fathers conduct walks through neighborhoods to increase male visibility and establish positive male presence; ensure safe passage after curfew hours for youth traveling to or returning from lawful school, employment, religious, or community events, and encourage the formation of neighborhood block watches and reporting of suspected criminal activities.

For more information about our Men and Boys Initiatives, please contact the Coordinator by email sowens@franklincenter.org or the Assistant Coordinator ldowdell@franklincenter.org , or call the Franklin Center at 724.378.2882.

Fatherhood Initiative of Beaver County

Our Fatherhood program equips men to become self-sufficient, motivated and confident fathers who are present and actively engaged in their children’s lives. Opportunities are available to learn appropriate parenting skills through evidence-based curricula for fatherhood training and for assistance in finding solutions to problems that affect ability to satisfy parental, legal or financial obligations such as lack of transportation or a driver’s license, ex-offender status, mental health issues, child support arrearages, and lack of education attainment. This program also offers opportunities for fathers to engage in social activities with their children.

Some activities include:
Professional and college sporting events
Excursions to the Carnegie Science Center
The Pittsburgh Zoo
PPG Aquarium
Father-daughter dances
Nature walks
Museums
Ice skating

For more information about our Men and Boys Initiatives, please contact the Coordinator by email sowens@franklincenter.org or the Assistant Coordinator ldowdell@franklincenter.org , or call the Franklin Center at 724.378.2882.

M.A.L.E.S.

M.A.L.E.S. (Maturing, Achieving, Learning, Empowering, Self!) Mentoring and Rites of Passage Program pairs African American boys with community elders to encourage and illustrate growth qualities needed for productive manhood, and to establish and practice healthy beliefs and standards. For boys ages 10 – 17.

For more information about our Men and Boys Initiatives, please contact the Coordinator by email sowens@franklincenter.org or the Assistant Coordinator ldowdell@franklincenter.org , or call the Franklin Center at 724.378.2882.

Community-Based Initiatives

Beaver County Community and Law Enforcement Coalition

Comprised of community leaders and law enforcement officials from all over Beaver County, the Beaver County Community and Law Enforcement Coalition develops education and engagement campaigns to build trust and improve relations between the community and the police. Formed in August 2016 as a response to high-profile police shootings around the U.S. involving unarmed African American males, BCCLEC is committed to its mission to ease tension between community and police by enhancing communication, renewing trust, addressing safety concerns, and eliminating assumptions, and elusive and ambiguous behavior. 

BCCLEC Members

Linwood Alford – Labor Council
Harry Angelo – Job Training of Beaver County
Tony Berosh – Beaver County District Attorney (Retired)
Tamera Collier – U.S. Attorney's Office
Rob Conroy – CeaseFire PA
Lispert Dowdell – Franklin Center of Beaver County
Greg Durko – Hopewell Police Department
Diane Funkhouser – CareerLink PA
Tina Price-Genes – Franklin Center of Beaver County
Tony Guy – Beaver County Sheriff’s Department
Rebecca Matsco – Potter Township
Pastor Marvin Moreland – Deliverance Temple C.O.G.I.C.
Robin Mungo – Pennsylvania State Police
Shon Owens – Franklin Center of Beaver County
Chief David Puri –Monaca Police Department

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Rick Riley – Job Training of Beaver County
Donald Sedlack – Community College of Beaver County
Dr. Donald Sheffield – TAME Inc.
Meena Hill – Juvenile Probation
Michael Howard – U.S. Probation
Robert Jones – Beaver County NAACP
Dr. Cheryl King – Franklin Center of Beaver County
Chief Barry Kramer – Center Township Police Department
Jim Long – Pennsylvania State Police
Brittany Smith – Beaver County Assistant District Attorney
Susan Smith – BCRC
Terry Swanson – Holy Heritage
Will Thomeier – Senator Camera Bartolotta’s Office
Chief Brian Urmacher – Hopewell Police Department

Special Events

The Franklin Center offers year-round opportunities to attend and participate in community events including our Annual Aliquippa Art & Music Festival, month-long Black History Month programming and Exhibit, National Women’s Month events, Breakfast With Santa, MLK, Jr. Day of Service, and our Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon. All of our events are free admission and open to the public.

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Our Partners

Funding Partners

The Franklin Center is grateful to our corporate, foundation, and government partners for helping us scale our impact.

Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise
Community College of Beaver County
McCune Foundation
Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation
Shell
The Grable Foundation
Slippery Rock University
PNC Foundation
The Children’s Home Fund of the Beaver County Foundation
The Pittsburgh Foundation
POISE Foundation
Private Industry Council
Aliquippa Elks Lodge 1221
Dollar Energy Fund
Community Develop Program of Beaver County
Beaver County Children and Youth Services
Beaver County Behavioral Health and Development Services
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Tickets for Kids Charities
Affiliation Partners

We are honored to partner with these sector-leading entities.

Community College of Beaver County
Penn State Beaver
Beaver County Collaborative Action Network
Franklin Avenue Development Committee
Beaver County Chamber of Commerce
Implementation Partners

Partnerships with government and local organizations are vital to the quality and long-term sustainability of our work.

Deliverance Temple Ministries R.O.O.T.S., Inc. 
Uncommon Grounds Cafe
City of Aliquippa
Aliquippa School District