Family Resource Center is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, and proud of the Parker family for sharing their story.

September 16, 2014

News and Stories

Each year, the United Way of Greater St. Louis features individuals and families that have benefited from their funding.  This year, the Parker family is one of two stories featured in the 2014 United Way campaign video and we are proud that Family Resource Center was at the center of their story. Their experience is a powerful example of what can happen when the love of foster parents Jim and Bobbie Jo, the skills and passion of Family Resource Center staff, and the generous support of the community and United Way are focused on kids who really, really need help.

Watch the 2014 United Way Campaign video featuring the Parker family

Watch the 2014 United Way Campaign video featuring the Parker family

The United Way and Family Resource Center have been partners for 36 years, with United Way providing community-based funding for our programs, and Family Resource Center providing the highly skilled hands and feet of our therapists and case managers. The United Way couldn’t – and we honestly couldn’t – do what we do without your support.

We have found that abused children often fixate on superheroes because it seems like such a quick, easy, and satisfying way to end the chaos and trauma in their lives. So when Jim and Bobbie Jo offered their kids a chance to choose new names for their adoption, one of the boys chose – you guessed it – Spiderman. Well, that certainly wasn’t going to pass muster with the judge, but the little guy just insisted. Finally, one of his cousins asked him, “Hey, do you know what Spiderman’s real name is?”

You guessed it . . . . Spiderman’s real name is Peter Parker. Today our own Peter Parker is thriving in the Parker family, along with his brothers and sister.  Maybe someday he will — like you — be a real hero for some other little child who dreams of a life without pain or fear. Thank you for supporting the United Way and Family Resource Center.