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Montgomery College and United Bank Sponsor Family Empowerment Resource Fair October 14

Student Parents

Participants who gathered at last year’s event (previously, the Single Parent Conference) enjoyed speakers and workshops related to child rearing, financial planning, and career building skills.

Montgomery College and United Bank will provide a Family Empowerment Resource Fair on October 14 at the Rockville Campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event educates and connects individuals who care for children of all ages with the resources they need to be successful parents—and help them thrive in Montgomery County. 

“We’ve shifted the focus and the scope of the event this year to provide immediate access to assistance,” said Beverly Coleman, event chairperson and director of Montgomery College’s Educational Opportunity Center. “We encourage every parent or guardian who needs these critical services to come out to this one-stop shop for assistance.” 

Now in its seventh year, the Family Empowerment Resource Fair, previously known as the Single Parent Conference, will be held outside on the Becker Quad at the Rockville Campus. Service agencies will provide booths staffed by knowledgeable professionals. In the event of rain, the fair will be held indoors at the Rockville Campus. For more information, email

Fair attendees, including mothers, fathers, stepparents, foster parents, and guardians, can visit—and get immediate help—from various county entities, including: 

  • Gaithersburg Financial Empowerment Center, which provides free one-on-one financial coaching to help residents toward greater financial stability. 
  • Housing Initiative Partnership Inc., which developsinnovative affordable housing, revitalizes neighborhoods, and equips peopleto achieve their housing and financial goals. 
  • Functional Training Zone, an educational platform that inspires young adults who are seeking knowledge from active, experienced career professionals through workshops, podcast, and career exploration events, which allow them to make a well-informed and lucrative career. 
  • Montgomery County Public Schools Prekindergarten/Head Start Program, which offers a high-quality educational experience to income-eligible children in order to prepare them with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for school success in kindergarten and beyond. 
  • Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC), which provides affordable housing and supportive services that enhance the lives of low- and moderate-income families and individuals throughout Montgomery County. 
  • HOC’s Fatherhood Initiative Program, open to any father that has children living in HOC housing, participating in HOC housing programs, or on the HOC waitlist, regardless of age. The program covers all aspects of being a father, including responsible parenting, healthy relationship education, employment stability, and mobility and case management. 
  • So What Else, whose mission is to improve the lives of children and families living in underserved communities in the Baltimore-Washington Metro Area. They provide food security, access to basic necessities, and high-quality out-of-school time programs in literacy, athletics, and the visual and performing arts. 

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