Family Center receives $25,000 grant

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published August 27, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Family Center of Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods recently received a $25,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

The grant was disbursed in one lump sum. According to Executive Director Jennifer Bingaman and Director of Programs and Administration Mary Jo Harris, the funding will be used toward mental wellness and drug prevention in the community. Bingaman and Harris also said funds will be utilized to provide mental health resources and support for Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods middle and high school students.

“We are working closely with the Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods administration to deliver the services and resources they identify as being most important to their students and staff. We will be initiating a student advisory council so students can give us direct feedback on the issues concerning them and we can help provide support,” Bingaman said. “We have done this in the past, hosting therapy dogs and wellness breaks during student lunch hours, and mindfulness and group processing sessions after school for teachers. There will be programs and resources available for students, teachers, staff and administration.”

According to Bingaman, middle and high school students face the most stress and anxiety. Therefore, the more adults who can support them in a healthy and positive way, the better they will handle social media, peer pressure and grief, anger and fatigue from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Family Center is a nonprofit community organization that provides resources and preventative education to help Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe families navigate life’s social, emotional and physical challenges. Bingaman became executive director March 1. Harris became director of programs and administration March 8.

For more information, visit FamilyCenterWeb.org or call the office at (313) 447-1374.

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