Aug. 28, 2018

 

Family Counseling Center launches fundraising drive with District Attorney's Office donation

 

 



 

 

MACON – The Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia launched a 2018-2019 fundraising drive Tuesday to ensure that the nonprofit agency can continue to provide free and low-cost services to Middle Georgians in need.

 

Founded by the United Way of Central Georgia and the Junior League of Macon in 1957, the Family Counseling Center provides services to an estimated 7,000 people annually in its 11-county service area.

 

Historically, the Counseling Center has been funded through the United Way, a number of grants, local foundations, individual donations and program fees. But in recent months, the center has experienced a cash-flow shortage due to grant funding delays and a reduction in other established funding.

 

“We’re doing our best, but we’ve got open therapist positions we can’t fill. Although our mission is to provide free and reduced cost services, we’re at risk of having to fill those time slots with people who can afford to pay,” Executive Director Frank Mack said.

 

About 95 percent of the people who receive help from the Family Counseling Center cannot afford the services they receive. Among them are a number of crime victims.

 

Between July 2017 and June 2018, the center served 340 crime victims in Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties.

 

On Tuesday, David Cooke, district attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit, donated $52,000 as seed money for the center’s fundraising drive.

 

“It’s been my practice as DA to donate forfeited proceeds from criminal activity to help support victim service providers,” Cooke said. “I hope that other businesses and individuals will donate to the center to ensure its continued ability to offer free and low-cost services.”

 

The District Attorney’s Office also will be matching the $7,227 that the center raised at its second annual Sporting Clay Tournament fundraiser.

 

Besides helping crime victims, the center also provides family counseling, adoption services, mental health consulting for Macon-Bibb County’s Head Start program, and employee assistance services for local companies.

 

To donate, visit www.fcccg.org or call 478-745-2811.