Solanco Family Life Network connects families in need with important support and services

| June 22, 2016

Solanco Family Life Network-WEBMany local agencies have come together to form the Solanco Family Life Network, which is helping local families quickly and efficiently obtain housing, food, clothing, employment counseling, and other assistance that is critically important to the well-being of families and our community. The network’s website address is

Photo: Many individuals and organizations have provided  leadership for the Solanco Family Life Network, including Neil Uniacke, Brad Thorne, Joe Bernotsky, Dr. Martin Hudacs and Dr. Brian Bliss. The Solanco Family Life Network kiosk shown in the photo was designed and created by Brad Thorne.

Former Solanco School District Superintendent Dr. Hudacs said the collaboration was initiated to establish better communication among local support agencies so they could optimize their outreach and more effectively work together to better serve families. “There are so many services, organizations, and ministries looking to serve the families of southern Lancaster County, but making the connections has often been frustrating,” Dr. Hudacs said. “The Solanco Family Life Network will give families in southern Lancaster County greater access to services, organizations and ministries to help when they are in need. Working together, we can make life better for everyone.”

In addition to Dr. Hudacs, a few of the other community leaders involved with the formation and recent launch of the Solanco Family Life Network include community coordinator Joe Bernotsky, Teresa Dolan from Solanco Neighborhood Ministries, Rithy “T” Ung with Cobys, Brad Thorne from Wrightsdale Baptist Church, Neil Uniacke with New Hope Ministries, and Providence Elementary School Principal Christina McLaughlin.

McLaughlin said, “By working more closely together and defining the process by which families can seek help and have their needs met, it is the desire of the network that all members will be part of a thriving community. The network’s slogan – ‘We’ve got your family covered’ – truly embodies the network’s goal of assisting families at any level of need throughout life’s storms.”

The Solanco School District supports the community in numerous ways, including providing counseling and educational resources, and also clothing through Renee’s Closet and Dapper Dan’s at the high school (free clothing rental and personal hygiene products) and through the Swappe Shoppes (clothing exchanges) at both Smith and Swift middle schools. Solanco School District Social Worker Avery Hill is also available to meet with and support families in need.

To help communicate its coverage and compassion for local families, the Solanco Family Life Network has developed as its logo a gold umbrella with a red heart on it. Brad Thorne from Wrightsdale Baptist Church has designed the website and created a kiosk that provides online access to a brief form through which to seek support.  The kiosk is available to all community members at the Quarryville Public Library.  There will also be access and information provided through the Solanco Family Life Network’s exhibit at the Solanco Fair in September.

The Solanco Family Life Network maintains connection between more than 50 organizations located in Southern Lancaster County and beyond, making programs both accessible and more centrally located for families.  When community members access the Network, they are connected to any one or more of the caring agencies represented. Follow-up with families occurs to ensure that their needs are being met effectively.

For more information about the Solanco Family Life Network and the services and support that are available to families in need, visit, or contact Joe Bernotsky ( or 371-9998), or Christina McLaughlin ( or 786-3582).

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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