KERRVILLE – BCFS Health and Human Services has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to support the Youth Averted from Delinquency (YAD) program. YAD serves youth in the juvenile justice system to decrease the incidence of recidivism for juvenile offenders, particularly those who have committed violent and serious offenses, and increase the number of truancy cases that are successfully resolved by the youth’s return to and completion of school.
YAD has served more than 500 youth over the past six years, providing intensive, wrap-around services to adjudicated juvenile offenders and youth with truancy cases. Youth in the YAD program receive individualized, in-home assistance from a therapist or case manager, case planning, and individual and family therapy. Nearly 90% of YAD youth successfully complete the program.
In addition to these home-based services, BCFS Health and Human Services provides life skills training, parenting training, educational assistance, tutoring, and other critical support services.
“The teens and young adults in YAD are a special group of people that need guidance and support. Many of them caved to peer pressure or the influence of negative role models, started down the wrong path and made poor choices – but at BCFS Health and Human Services we believe in second chances,” says Brenda Thompson, Director – Community Services for BCFS Health and Human Services in Kerrville, who oversees the YAD program.
For five decades, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to charitable organizations across Texas. The devotion of its founders and continued Fellow support has made the Texas Bar Foundation the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the nation.
“We are honored to partner with the Texas Bar Foundation to help these young men and women work hard and turn their lives around,” says Thompson. “This grant represents a significant investment in our community from the Texas Bar Foundation and the Board of Trustees.”
BCFS Health and Human Services helps local families and youth from the foster care and juvenile justice systems, as well as those at-risk of homelessness, substance abuse, poverty, unemployment and other challenges. The organization will open the new BCFS Hill Country Resource Center next month, which will house multiple nonprofits in the nearly 20,000-square-foot facility on Main Street. In the new center, Hill Country residents will have “one-stop” access to counseling, case management, emergency housing assistance, life skills training, educational support, literacy training, and much more.
For more information about BCFS Health and Human Services’ work in the Hill Country, visit www.DiscoverBCFS.net/Kerrville.
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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.