Families first was incorporated as a charitable 501(c)3, nonprofit agency in July 1996. The agency development was the result of collaboration amongst members of the Monroe County Planning Council, who sought to create an entity serving as a resource and referral point of contact for residents of Monroe County.

Over time, Families First of Monroe County grew to include additional services including transportation programming, household goods distribution, as well as the Monroe County provider of Emergency Shelter voucher assistance. Families First became a Great Rivers United Way Community Partner agency in 2012, expanding services to include Case/ Care Management and Safe and Stable Housing programming.

Families First continues to offer Case Management and budget consultation services to any interested members of Monroe County. Additionally, Families First seeks to support individuals and households living in/ near poverty.


Families First is governed by a Board of Directors who live or work in Monroe County. The directors provide a broad base of representation. They serve voluntarily, and impart diverse leadership skills based on years of knowledge regarding non-profit agency operations and business aspects.