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From Surviving to Thriving

“If you want to change the world, then go home and love your family!”

This quote from Mother Theresa is a guiding principle behind local non-profit, This Side UP! Family (TSUF).

What happens 1This Side Up! Family serves over 500 families annually (since 2011) and has received numerous awards (most recently the 2018 Meritorious Service Award from the Texas Council on Family Relations) and recognition as a community non-profit bringing a much-needed focus on family relationship strengthening.

TSUFamily’s FREE Family Relational Wellness programs/services equip parents with the tools, skills, and quality activities they need to move their family from surviving to thriving!

Mission Statement: Moving Families from Surviving to THRIVING!

  • Core Values: Provide Affordable Fun, Cultivate Strong Relationships, Encourage Diverse Community, Equip Families, and Champion Family Values.
  • Core Programs: Family Connection Nights with at-home Values Training Tools, Parenting Education and Coaching, Marriage Enrichment and Single Parent Support.

TSUF volunteers

This Side UP! Family operates with a small staff so the additional 300+ volunteers who provide over 3000 service hours each year are our heroes! Individual and Group Volunteers are the fuel behind TSUF! Young Men’s Service League, a mom/son service organization is one amazing organization that provides service hours at family connection nights, childcare during marriage enrichment nights, clothes sorting for clothing giveaways and more. This Side UP! Family is continually wowed by their involvement and passion for serving families in our community!! For VOLUNTEER Opportunities, go to

Let me introduce you to just one of our TSUFamilies:

TSUF Quoted Family

Darsell, a parent in the TSUF program shared: “I was broken and trying to do something different with my life. I felt like giving up but This Side Up! Family changed that by supporting me and my children and never made me feel worthless or like a charity case. Because of the help we’ve received from TSUF, my girls and I now collect clothes and volunteer at the clothing giveaways. Some of the best times my children and I have had have been at TSUF’s Family Connection Nights.

To find out more about participating, giving, volunteering, and serving (The TSUF Grandparent Advisory Council needs more servant-hearted volunteers), visit


Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris is Founding Director of This Side UP! Family and a Keller Williams Realtor. Hands down her favorite roles are wife and mom to her family… husband of 26 years plus 3 kids (ages 20, 17, and 14!)

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