Family Life Center

In 1992, the Family Life Center (FLC) was established as a 501(c)(3) faith-based organization to serve the economically distressed community of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

Founder Bishop Melvin E. Clark, Sr. established the organization in response to massive unemployment and despair within the community. The organization administers programs focused on counseling services, tutoring, recreational alternatives and job search/ job readiness programs.

The Family Life Center has an active Board with the aim of creating value in the lives of others. Through this leadership, the FLC functions as a catalyst and positive agent for change heavily focusing on social empowerment, community transformation and economic opportunity for residents of Beaver County and surrounding areas.

Family Life Center, Inc. is a proud partner agency of the United Way of Southwestern PA. Use agency book code 9510 when directing your UW contributions.


Family Life Center’s mission is to empower, educate and serve individuals, families and the community by promoting positive values and developing constructive alternatives for the whole person.


The vision of the Family Life Center is to become a leading community institution heavily engaged in social development, community revitalization and offering individuals it serves with access to economic opportunity.

Programs and Services

Drug & Alcohol Education and Awareness
The Family Life Center connects individuals suffering from addiction to community resources. Prevention services are offered to assist individuals in understanding addiction and its effect on the family. Presentations are offered in the community by collaborating with a Drug and Alcohol Agency to increase awareness.
Health Literacy and Wellness

Bridging the gap between poverty and opportunity, the FLC works to connect needy families to health care and health awareness. The Family Life Center collaborates with the local hospital system and the public health department to provide annual screenings, flu vaccines and community outreach to individuals who do not have insurance or are under-insured. Partnering with a local food pantry, the Family Life Center utilizes the time where needy families are waiting in line to receive food, to assess their health care needs. Education in the areas of health literacy and offerings for free screenings are provided on–site. Educational topics include breast health care, diabetes self-care management, nutrition, hypertension and asthma education for children.

Mittens for Kids
Mittens for Kids is a partnership with local school districts to provide children in select elementary schools with free mittens, hats and gloves in preparation for Western PA.’s cold, winter months.
Healthy Recreational and Cultural Alternatives Program

This Program promotes socialization skills, self awareness and well-being for children and families by promoting healthy lifestyles. Sponsored trips included free transportation to and from events and provision of tickets for admission. Recreational events sponsored included visits to the Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Games and local museums. Meal preparation instruction classes were also provided by a certified chef.

Family Fun Night
Collaborating with the local “Weed and Seed” Program, the FLC received funding to support a series of Family Fun Nights. This community alternative program works to keep children ages 8-12 in a safe and secure environment while promoting fun-filled physical activity.


Provided virtual and in-person tutoring for elementary students

Held STEM/Robotics class for Aliquippa School students

Introduced children to home gardening by having them grow their own vegetables. All supplies provided by the FLC.

Made significant donations to the Food Bank to help needy families during these difficult times.

Held a 6-week SAT prep program for students to help prepare for SAT exams.

Organized several educational field trips

In collaboration with various health providers, FLC held free health screening for families, e.g., dental exams, blood pressure, vision exams

With a grant from Eaton Corp., FLC funded a 5-week food program in which a certified chef taught participants how to prepare healthy meals.  Children and their parents received valuable information on how to select food items based on budget and nutritional content.

Links to Articles


Virtual tutoring available for elementary students (


Family Life Center awarded grant from Heinz Endowments to launch after-school program | New Pittsburgh Courier


Food distributions Tuesday for residents of Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties (


Aliquippa tutorial, mentoring program turning boys to men |

List of Board Members


Bishop Bernard Wallace, President


John Thomas, Vice President


Open Position, Secretary


Anthony McClure, Finance Committee


Reverend Lee Saunders, Finance Committee


Ronald Wallace, Finance Committee


Alvin Gipson


Sylvester Thomas


Dana Long, Esquire


L’Tesha Pettis


Jonathan Clark


Dr. Simeon Saunders


Brandon Bell

Support FLC
Send your contribution to:
Box 96 Aliquippa, PA 15001
Phone: 724-375-5528

Proud partner of the United Way