The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation has awarded SCAN, Inc. a $10,000 grant in support of SCAN’s Family Preservation Clinical programs and services. The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, stewards resources to respond to community needs with grants; leverage collaboration with community partners; and engage in transformational initiatives. They serve the poor in body, mind, and spirit to achieve quality health and wellness, focusing on the community of Allen County, Indiana and may respond to needs among other underserved populations.
Clinical services through SCAN’s Family Preservation program are relevant to SCAN’s mission-driven work. These services aim to break the cycle of child maltreatment in our community’s most vulnerable families. Clinical services are provided by master’s level therapists using evidence-based programming to restore families who have experienced the trauma of child abuse and neglect and are therefore at a higher risk for continuing unhealthy, unsafe behaviors. Using a trauma-focused lens, SCAN’s clinicians look at how a family came to need services. Clinicians help families to recognize and address barriers while developing healthy family structures to solidify roles and improve family functioning.
A former client who participated in SCAN’s clinical services states “I love the daily life counseling. We worked as our lives happened and couldn’t hide our problems. I have learned so much and we have grown close to our clinician. This program has helped more than any other counseling.”
SCAN’s Family Preservation programs and services served 845 families in 2017, with 353 of those families receiving clinical services. As of June 30, 2018 SCAN has provided clinical services to 245 families throughout their 34 county northern Indiana service area.