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Guest Opinion: We build community by strengthening families

by Karen Edwards

Have you ever had a friend who said, “My partner of eight years is abusing me and has threatened to kill me if I tell anyone. I don’t know what to do!” or known a parent who said, “I am scared. I think my teen-ager is using drugs and he seems very depressed,” or heard, “I can’t handle the pressure anymore of caring for my 86-year-old family member. What can I do?”

These are three common concerns that Family Support Council case workers hear each day.

Family Support Council is a community-based, non-profit organization. The council has been providing services to families in Douglas County since 1982. Our programs provide child abuse and family violence prevention and intervention services.

The council is not a state or county agency. Our funding comes from grants, donations and fund-raisers. The growth of Douglas County has increased the number of families that come to the council for help.

Family Support Council needs your financial assistance this year more than ever. Although the community has been extremely supportive of our domestic violence shelter project, fewer donations have been received for the Family Support Council agency programs. These programs are the backbone of our agency.

Every child or adult who enters our doors is treated with respect and integrity. The Family Support Council staff and board of directors are committed individuals who care about families. We believe that by strengthening families we strengthen our community.

The following are just a few of our accomplishments from this past year.

– Provided domestic violence services to 416 new victims for a total of 2,106 contacts

– 149 victims were assisted with Temporary Protective Orders

– Provided individualized parenting services to 130 adults

– Provided 452 adults with parenting classes

– Provided parenting education and support services to 30 parenting and pregnant teens

– Provided the “Better Safe than Sorry” program to 1,000 children

– Provided 2,855 information and referrals to individuals and families

– Provided family case management to 225 clients

– Provided support services to 42 caregivers and teens

– Provided 23 new car seats to parents in need

As you can see, the council staff keeps very busy. Your donation will help the Family Support Council programs continue to provide quality services to families in Douglas County which the council believes strengthens our community.

You can send your tax deductible donation to Family Support Council, P.O. Box 810, Minden 89423, or please call us at 782-8692. If you cannot afford a financial contribution, we always need volunteers to help us.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article and thank you for your support.

– Karen S. Edwards is executive director of Family Support Council.