Counseling Connections for Change, Inc.

A 501(c)(3), nonprofit Christian Counseling Center
We Believe Mental Health Matters!

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BE GENEROUS

BE GENEROUS. BE THE CHANGE.
WHY? MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS!

As we continue this 2017 campaign: BE THE CHANGE, consider how your generosity of time could impact another. Mental health matters to all of us, and when we all unify in agreement that loving on others through acts of kindness/volunteering where God moves you to give, our entire community will be transformed.

Community IMPACT February 2017

36 NEW Clients
228 Individual services
25 Marriage & Family services
330 Total services provided
19 clients had to be TURNED AWAY due to capacity shortage

Community IMPACT Year To Date

73 NEW Clients
473 Individual services
66 Marriage & Family services
695 Total services provided
49 clients had to be TURNED AWAY due to capacity shortage

For more information, email us at charlotte@ counselingconnections.org

Who me? Give more? Yes…your life depends on it!
by Dawn Lawless

DEATH, HUNGER, POVERTY-RELATED ILLNESSES, MENTAL ILLNESS, CHILD ABUSE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ADDICTION, EDUCATION PROBLEMS, UNEMPLOYMENT, DIVORCE, CRIME…so you get my point? We live in a fallen and broken world, and at times life is exhausting. Would you agree?

Did you know that there are solutions to these problems? They are quite simple, in fact, AND there is proof that they work. Not only in our intimate relationships, but as a whole community, we can mark health by how much we give. I’m not talking about a tithe; although that 10% is important (btw…only 3-4% of Americans actually tithe today, according to Dave Ramsey), I’m actually referring to the gift of generosity through your time.

In Proverbs 11:25, we read that A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. HELLO…that sounds pretty darn good! How many of us need a little refreshing from time to time? So here’s what you do. GIVE some time to helping others.

Our community is amazing. Regardless of the crisis, folks gather, they unify, and they give. Consider Hurricane Ike, consider our fallen officers, or consider the death of a loved one. In these times, we act. We come together and we solve the problem at hand. We put other’s needs before our own, and we love. Why? Because God first loved us (1John 4:19).

Research is finally catching up and proving what God originally proclaimed. There are brain scans to demonstrate improved connectivity, and when we act kindly toward others, when we intentionally set out to care for our friends, family members, or community neighbors, we are actually healing ourselves. Physiologically, new cells form that help improve our overall health. Bottom line-stress is reduced when we give to others.

That’s it! It’s Simple. Our mental health is improved when we take time to care for others.
So you may ask, “How do I give more when I’m overloaded with my own responsibilities?” Consider this. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have (2 Cor 8:12). There you have it. Regardless of what you have to give, just give. I’ve seen the simplest acts multiplied exponentially, and fruit that is visible sometimes up to 20 years after the seed was planted. The timing of the growth is up to God; he’s in control of those details. What we do have control over is our willingness to give.

One of the goals for Counseling Connections, aside from therapy and prevention services, is to collaborate. It is part of our culture. We collaborate with other nonprofits in order to fulfil our mission: To strengthen the mental health in Brazoria County. We prioritize collaboration because it makes sense and there will ALWAYS be more need in our community than what one organization can manage. There are so many opportunities to connect, and all nonprofits need volunteer support.

So…pray about where your heart hurts in this broken world, and DO SOMETHING! Your life depends on it.

CALL TO ACTION

Stop the stigma of mental illness by supporting our efforts. Your input matters! If this were cancer, you wouldn’t just say, “Get over it!” Be a trend-setter, and make a difference by taking these few action steps toward a healthier community.

  • PRAY for the mental health of our community.

  • TALK about mental health with your family and friends.

  • COMMIT to getting involved to be the change.

  • SHARE this newsletter with 3 people you know who may be passionate about the mental health of our community.

  • DONATE $25/month to support our counseling ministry.

***To get involved and learn how you can BE THE CHANGE this year, contact us at  charlotte@counselingconnect ions.org. 

To connect with Dawn Lawless, LCSW, LSOTP directly, email her at dawn@counselingconnections.org

Become an Ambassador for Change

For $25 a month, your financial support will help change the lives of some of our most vulnerable neighbors. With your help, we will continue to care for the mental health needs of the children and families we serve. Thank you for Being the Change!

Please consider becoming an AMBASSADOR FOR CHANGE!!! Simply text 281-533-8446 with the amount you would like to give and you will be provided with a secure URL or visit http://www.counselingconnections.org.

Volunteer Spotlight – Dr. Loretta Allen

fe71869a-6649-4667-a850-c7a386d83c73.jpgCounseling Connections is blessed to have Loretta Allen, Ph.D., LSSP as one of our newest volunteers. Dr. Allen has been a resident of Pearland for over 40 years. Dr. Allen received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Texas A & M University. She is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. Dr. Allen spent her career working in many area school districts including Pearland. She taught School Psychology at the University of Houston Clear Lake.

Dr. Allen previously served on the board of the Pearland Lioness Club in a variety of positions. She also served on the board of Texas Association of School Psychologists in many positions including President. She is currently volunteering at Counseling Connections one day a week and is working in the area of grant management.

Dr. Allen enjoys gardening and recently completed the Brazoria County Master Gardener Training Program. She and her husband, retired veterinarian, Dr. Mike Allen, recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.

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2549 Roy Road, Pearland, TX 77581 281-485-9280, fax: 281-485-9070; www.counselingconnections.org

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