Family and Children's Society Celebrates Overcoming Adversity

Published 05/15 2014 04:46PM

Updated 05/15 2014 05:12PM

The Family and Children's Society is celebrating how it came out of a disaster stronger and better positioned to do good in our community. The non-profit held its annual meeting this morning at the Binghamton Club.

A fire at an apartment building next door led to massive water damage to its headquarters on Main Street in Binghamton in February of last year.

Two months ago, the agency moved back to the renovated structure with additional space for clinical offices and training rooms.

Family and Children's is also expanding upon its 16 different services that are split into two divisions: mental health counseling and home care for the elderly.

Fred DuFour says the society is going to establish satellite mental health clinics in four local school districts.

"We'll be providing mental health services that we provide in our clinic in a much more natural setting, a school setting. So there's less stigma and people will probably feel much more comfortable going to those settings," said DuFour.

The society also awarded its Esther W. Couper award today to Art Johnson, Broome County Commissioner of Mental Health and Department of Social Services.

Johnson is being recognized for the leadership role he played in preserving jobs and programs at the Greater Binghamton Health Center, in particular the inpatient psychiatric services for youth.

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