Family Services of Warren County also will be the subject of donations through WarrenGives on Wednesday.
With its origins in children's aid efforts dating back to 1889, Family Services of Warren County responds when individuals, couples, and families are in crisis. It provides counseling, substance abuse services, and support groups to help people stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient. Its programs serve more than 150 people each week in Warren County, providing hope and compassionate support for issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, grief, relationship problems, and addiction.
"Our work strengthens both the home and the community," says Gary Lester, its executive director. "There is no such thing as a personal problem. Its effects are felt in the home, neighborhood, school, and work. But the effects of good mental health are far reaching, too."
Each week, the friendly people at Family Services help 150 people live happier and healthier lives. Pictured (L-R): Deanne Champagne, Diane Sherman, Jeanie Smead, Marlene Byler, Gary Lester, Frankie Johnson, John Bowler, Patrick Damond, and Ian Eastman.
A sampling of letters attests to the importance of this work in our community:
A parent writes, "Family Services was there for me in my time of crisis. You saved me, my family, and my marriage from the destructive path alcohol was cutting through my life."
A spouse writes, "I can't say enough about how you helped! Counseling saved my marriage. Keep on doing what you're doing!"
An individual writes, "I just wanted to send a thank you for all your help through my hard times. The books, the talks, the advice. I'm a better, stronger person because of you."
Family Services is grateful to its many funding partners in the community, ranging from the United Fund, to Warren First United Methodist Church, service clubs, and many philanthropic supporters. The organization is currently holding its annual fund drive to support its charitable work. Contributions can be made to the "Friends Campaign" at Family Services, 589 Hospital Drive Suite E, Warren PA 16365. It is also participating in Warren Gives, an online charitable giving event on May 8 at www.warrengives.org.
For more information about Family Services of Warren County, call 723-1330.