GOWANDA - The Healthy Community Alliance is one of 51 organizations selected to receive a grant from the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. The $11,000 award will support the Alliance's free youth counseling and parent education programs.
Some 50 children and their families are served each year in the counseling program. These children and families are high risk. Many are failing in school, have problems with attention, behavior and emotional development. Program counselors focus on prevention. By working with parents and caregivers, and schools as well as the child, worst case scenarios like foster care placement, dropping out of school, delinquent or criminal activity and suicide attempts are avoided or minimized. The Parent Empowerment Program complements the counseling program. PEP is also offered at various community sites to increase access and availability. Another 50 or more parents are served through the PEP each year which impacts an additional 70 plus children through participation of a parent/caregiver in the parenting program.
The mission of the United Way is to bring people, organizations and resources together to improve community well being.
For more information about these programs call 532-1010.