Changing Lives Through Community Grants

Personal Counseling Services

Changing Lives through Community Grants

Personal Counseling Service, Inc. (PCS) has served our community since 1959 and provided more than 530,000 hours of counseling psychiatric services to people in our region. The organization is dedicated to our community and people within it – promoting wellness of mind, body and spirit.

Last year, PCS applied for a grant from the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana’s Community Impact Fund. Since 1991, CFSI has used our unrestricted Community Impact Fund to grant over $2.4 million to organizations serving the residents of Clark and Floyd counties – providing resources that address the evolving needs of our region. PCS wanted to launch a pilot program that would provide direct support to students in need as well as their teachers and administrators, addressing a community need.

The PCS program provided an in-house therapist at Fairmont Elementary that helped with essential mental health counseling in the school – meeting face-to-face with students and creating an individualized plan for success for each student seen. The program was a great success, reaching over 30 children at an early age in its first year and giving them the tools they need to be successful, get better grades and stay in school.

“The Community Foundation makes a difference in our community” said Doug Drake, CEO of Personal Counseling Services. “Because of their grants nonprofits across our region are more impactful. A grant from CFSI allowed us to launch a pilot program at Fairmont Elementary where a therapist provided assessments, one-on-one therapy, classroom observation, and trained teachers to handle specific behaviors to help students be successful.”

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