LEVITTOWN >> William Penn Bank Charitable Foundation recently granted $8,000 to Family Service Association of Bucks County, a non-profit organization that served more than 26,000 people last year.
Since 1953, Family Service has been helping children and families improve their lives, doing whatever it takes to help them overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. The organization provides mental health treatment, recovery support, emergency shelter, parent education, suicide prevention services and more.
William Penn Bank’s grant will support on-site mental health counseling at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter, a program of Family Service. “[We are] constantly seeking new ways to help meet the needs of our local community,” said Terry Sager, President of William Penn Bank. “One of the goals of our Charitable Foundation is to support health care and human services, and we are proud to partner with Family Service to provide counseling for shelter residents in order to help improve the quality of life for families in crisis.”
The Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter is a temporary residence for individuals and families who have lost safe and stable housing. The 24-hour shelter houses approximately 75 people at any given time with on-site services including case management, counseling, budgeting, job search resources and health education.
“The shelter can be a very stressful place,” shared Murielle Kelly, Family Service Director of Housing Services. “75 people living under one roof presents many challenges for the families living here, and having an on-site counselor helps residents work through their struggles so they can move forward and work to find permanent housing.”
Last year, the shelter served 313 people, 103 of which were children. To learn more about Family Service or the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter, visit www.fsabc.org.