For more than twenty-five years, Rev. Frank L. McSwain was fortunate enough to develop a trusting relationship with many people in Bloomington and throughout McLean County. As a result, he was able to provide community residents positive guidance concerning personal issues, even during turbulent times. On many occasions, Rev. Frank McSwain was called upon to counsel families in crisis, including those victimized by domestic violence and other abuses that threaten the family structure. He undertook such challenges only following deep thought and reflection.
Far too often, domestic violence affecting children, also known as child abuse, results in the children being removed from the home and placed in foster care. Many of these children are moved from home to home and, consequently, are less likely to excel in education and in particular life in general. This less than desirable consequence is obviously devastating to any family and must be avoided.
Therefore, Rev. Frank McSwain, former President/CEO of Family Community Resource Center, partnered with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS).
Through this collaboration, FCRC seeks to improve the relationship between IDCFS and our residents who need services here in Bloomington. This partnership provides:
- Client enrichment through the utilization of available IDCFS resources
- Access to programs and services
- Domestic violence awareness and prevention
He touched many people’s lives—some of their stories you may have heard; others will be told over time, for years to come. And some stories may not mention his name directly, but we all know that he connected with countless individuals throughout his life. Many of these people benefited greatly from the empathy and encouragement he promoted through his work at the Family Community Resource Center.
Rev. McSwain founded the non-profit organization, FCRC, in 2004. His goal was to work directly with families in crisis, and to help preserve the essence of family structure whenever possible. He was particularly concerned about children who were pulled apart from their parents, and how this separation would affect their developmental, emotional, and educational growth.
One person cannot do it all, and no one knew this better than Rev. McSwain. So he built a team at FCRC that shared his sense of compassion, and who understood the importance of preserving the structural integrity of the families they encountered.
Because of Rev. McSwain’s compassion for all people and his commitment to our community, we have built a respected agency that has helped thousands of individuals improve their lives, and FCRC will continue his work to better hundreds, thousands—as many as it takes—more.