Happy Holidays from Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County!

As the year draws to a close, we at the Center for Family Services want to express our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support for all we do.

During the holiday period, we are reflecting on our past year. In 2023, with your help, we were able to increase our clinical staff (which mean more people helped with less time waiting). We also began providing paid internships for some of our therapists-in-training, built out a replacement for our play therapy room (look for a ribbon-cutting event for our supporters in early 2024), and are in the middle of a project to replace carpet and paint the hallways and offices.

I know that while the holidays are a time of great joy for many, for some of us it can be mixed or difficult. This can be a stressful time of year, and financial strain, family conflicts, and grief can exacerbate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.

As you give to others, take time to give care for yourself. Here are a few ideas:

  • Send a card or message to someone who has a special place in your heart.
  • Make a list of things for which you are grateful.
  • Give gifts from the heart; perhaps hand-made or gifts of your time and effort to make life easier for someone important to you.
  • Acknowledge your feelings and make time to do something that you like to do – just for you.
  • Be festive with food, décor, clothing, whatever makes you smile.

A Chinese proverb begins “A kind word warms for three winter months….” May the new year bring kind words to your life.

Todd L’Herrou, CEO

Please consider supporting Center for Family Services as part of your year-end giving. Every gift helps us in supporting the mental wellness of families and individuals in Palm Beach Count.

If you are in crisis, please call or text 988 – the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, which offers 24/7 call, text and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal thoughts, a mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. The Lifeline is answered locally by 211 Helpline of Palm Beach and Treasure Coast.

Center for Family Services has been providing mental health services and education to children, adults and families since 1961. Our clients are some of the most vulnerable in the community due to their age, gender, and socioeconomic status. Donations are a crucial means to their mental well-being. On their behalf, thank you for your support.

To learn more about our programs, visit our Programs page.
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