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Empowering positive futures

Over 100 years of providing compassionate, life-changing assistance to families on their path to self-sufficiency.

As of July 2023, Bidwell Riverside Center and Hawthorn Hill officially merged into Families Forward, an organization where the original four programs - Bidwell Pantry, Child Development Center, New Directions Shelter, and The Home Connection - work together to provide compassionate, life-changing assistance to families and their path to self-sufficiency.​

How we help the community

Bidwell Pantry

Providing food, clothing, and basic essentials to all in need. Learn more >

Child Development Center

Affordable, high-quality early childhood education targeting families on limited incomes. Learn more >

New Directions Shelter

Emergency shelter and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness. Learn more >

The Home Connection

Providing vulnerable families with affordable homes while they work to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Learn more >

"The food and clothing pantry has really helped to supplement our expenses. The volunteers and employees are very friendly and helpful."

Debra, Bidwell Pantry Client

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