CORPUS CHRISTI – The Coastal Bend Community Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the BCFS Health and Human Services center in Corpus Christi, which serves families, youth in and aging out of foster care as well as those at risk of homelessness, poverty and other challenges. The grant provides funding for services to families and youth who have aged out of the foster care system.
The BCFS Health and Human Services center in Corpus Christi provides youth case management, educational opportunities, employment connections, housing location and legal service. Many of the youth have been removed from their biological parents due to abuse or neglect, or have been involved in the juvenile justice system. Some youth have made the center their “home away from home” as a safe place to study after school, where staff help to keep them on the right path to achieve their goals.
BCFS equips young adults with “real life” knowledge and skills, such as how to interview for a job, balancing a checkbook, making healthy decisions, choosing a career path, teen pregnancy prevention and the consequences of being sexually active. Victoria Perez, BCFS Director of Community Based Services in Nueces County, focuses on offering a support system to youth in foster care that helps them grow into healthy, productive adults.
“These young people in our community have endured serious tragedies and challenges through no fault of their own,” she says. “Our mission is to help youth learn responsibility, find opportunities and, ultimately, help them build a bright a future.
“Our work with families concentrates on helping both parents and children create a healthy, loving, family-first environment. In our parent education classes, parents learn effective ways to understand, educate and guide their children, and the children learn ways that they can show their parents respect and love. ”
For families, BCFS offers the Texas Families Together and Safe program. TFTS teaches families how to resolve conflict and improve communication within the family unit, address and alleviate behavioral issues and strengthen parents’ self worth.
The Coastal Bend Community Foundation was incorporated in 1981 with the mission of enhancing and improving the quality of life in seven counties of the Coastal Bend. The Foundation serves donors by providing a vehicle for the establishment of various types of charitable funds designed to fulfill their wishes. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $85 million from donor contributions and revenues to scholarships to students and grants to nonprofit organizations.
For more information about BCFS in Corpus Christi, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/CorpusChristi.
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BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.