Grant funds recently awarded to a Glen Ellyn nonprofit will help the organization to continue providing much needed counseling service to youths and families in need.
The Glen Ellyn Youth and Family Counseling Service received an $8,000 grant in December from the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation. The community based, nonprofit mental health service organization was originally incorporated in 1979 as the Glen Ellyn Youth Service Bureau.
“The grant award will be used to help underwrite and supplement those reduced fees charged to GEYFCS Community Counseling Program clients,” said Executive Director Don Hane.
In Fiscal Year 2012, the organization provided services to 212 people and managed 91 different cases, Hane said. The assistance amounted to 730 counseling service hours.
Hane said 82 percent of the counseling services were provided to youth and families with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
The nonprofit, based in Glen Ellyn, provides professional counseling services and mental health access to locally identified, at-risk and higher-risk youth and their families who otherwise would be unable to access recommended mental health services due to affordability issues or resource limitations, according to the organization.
Learn more about the Glen Ellyn Youth and Family Counseling Service online or by phone at 630-469-3040.