Whaley Children’s Center receives $15,000 grant to strengthen youth services
Flint, MI—Whaley Children’s Center (WCC), a nonprofit organization that provides residential child care, received a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF). This funding will help the center meet the mental health needs of its young people, the WCC said in a press release.
According to WCC, the grant will improve the center’s programs and provide new supplies, training for staff as well as upgrades to its technology.
“We are very grateful for the support of the Community Foundation,” said Jennifer Koester, Director of Independent Living at WCC. “These funding opportunities help us provide our children with the best care possible. »
Services at the center include residential treatment, group homes, family counseling and aftercare services for young people who have experienced chronic and profound abuse and neglect, the press release said. Koester added that the types of trauma WCC youth have suffered range from physical, emotional and sexual abuse to educational and medical neglect.
“Most of our children have had chronic and complex trauma,” she said, “so they need that extra support that we provide with round-the-clock care, like clinical and residential support services. .”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Koester said WCC has had to adapt its programs, including offering telehealth options. The CFGF grant will help the center expand its services, including telehealth services, for their youth. Additionally, Koester noted that the grant will help with behavioral specialist training and staff support, such as team-building opportunities to foster growth and self-awareness.