By NICHOLAS SAKELARIS | CoServ
Military veterans, firefighters, police officers and young adults who have aged out of the foster care system all seek counseling at the Youth and Family Counseling Centers in Lewisville and Denton.
The organization has set a bold goal to help 25 military veterans and 25 first responders in the 2020 fiscal year.
To help them achieve this, the CoServ Charitable Foundation awarded a $19,000 grant to the Youth and Family Counseling Center.
With the grant, the nonprofit will be able to provide scholarships to veterans, first responders and young adults at Zoie’s Place while also providing training for therapists.
“To know that CoServ provides more than just power but are helping to empower the lives here – that really blesses my heart,” said Executive Director Anne Strong, who joined the organization in December. “We have little 4-year-olds who come in here and get services.
“To know that there are individuals who are willing to go beyond the physical needs and help the mental – I’m proud to be partnered with CoServ.”
The organization was started by the police chiefs from Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village with the goal of diverting first-time juvenile offenders from the criminal justice system, preventing further criminal action and creating safer communities.
Now, it’s grown to do so much more.
The Youth and Family Counseling Center partnered with Zoie’s Place, a nonprofit that provides shelter to women ages 18 to 26 who have aged out of foster care. Many of these women are escaping abuse or violence.
Counseling sessions are offered on a sliding scale with rates as low as $30 per session, about $50 less than the average cost at other income-adjusted centers.
The CoServ Charitable Foundation (CCF) focuses on meeting basic human needs, promoting community vitality and supporting education. Since CCF was established in 2004, more than $12 million has been distributed to worthy causes across North Texas. Funding for most of the grants comes from CoServ customers through Operation Roundup® – a program where customers “round up” their monthly utility bill to the nearest dollar. For more information about CCF, please visit CoServ.com/CCF.