In June 2019, the Family Counseling Center, Inc. board of directors, employees, clients, and stakeholders celebrated 45 years of service to the southern Illinois community. Since 2014, the organization has seen exponential growth like no other time in its history. Record revenue, program diversity, and the surge in recipients of services have led Family Counseling Center, Inc. to reexamine its mission and brand.
In late 2019, a campaign was launched to rebrand the organization with a new name, vision, and refreshed mission for 2020…
Where We Are Now… And Where We Are Going
When the founders of Family Counseling Center, Inc. filed Articles of Incorporation in 1974, there is little doubt they could have dreamed that the annual operating budget 45 years later would be 113 times that of its original budget of less than $70,000. Moreover, that 237 individuals would find employment within its walls and 2,273 clients would seek services from its programs.
Family Counseling Center, Inc.’s original scope of work was around evaluation, planning, and the provision of mental health education and services. Today, 31 programs are offered that have expanded beyond mental health to include safe and stable housing, lifespan healthcare, and vocational opportunities for those with disabilities.
Rural southern Illinois has faced many challenges over the years that have limited human service providers’ impact on the health and well-being of their communities. Unstable finances, logistical issues, declining access to an adequate workforce, and other challenges impact human service organizations and hinder their capacity to help families and communities achieve their full potential. Now is the time to act to ensure that not only the foundation we’ve built over time lasts but we are able to remediate challenges and forecast for our community’s future needs.
As we look ahead, our current board of directors and executive leadership team seek to improve the overall well-being of all people in our community through dedication and rigorous attention to ambitious, research-based practices and values.
We now have a new identity to better communicate who we are, what we do, and why it matters to everyone. We step into the next phase of our future treasuring the history of Family Counseling Center, Inc. while looking forward with exhilaration.
Sherrie L. Crabb,
Chief Executive Officer