It is with great sadness that I announce the closing of the TRUST Family Center at Judson, our counseling center. TRUST adopted the center in 2003 from Judson Church, where it had been providing counseling services since 1971. Since before the TRUST adoption of the Family Center , most of the therapists have been part-time. Only one therapist derived her entire livelihood from her work at the Family Center, and, thus, took care of much of the overhead. She retired in 2009 and an-other of the therapists moved away. We have been unsuccessful at re-cruiting new therapists.
While we have tried outreach to the churches, it has never resulted in increased client referrals. We tried Second Thursdays educational events at the churches for two years with little success. Insurance re-imbursement has changed; there are fewer sessions paid for. I have looked fruitlessly for any other way to make the center financially se-cure. One of the prerequisites for the merger had been that the Family Center must pay its own way; TRUST had no slush fund to pay the Family Center’s expenses. This year, that has not been possible. It seems the time has come. Pam Joern, Moderator at Judson Church says, “We are extremely grate-ful to you for all the creative thought and work you’ve put into keeping the Family Center afloat during the last seven years under TRUST’s care….The Family Center has been an integral part of Judson’s heritage. We are proud of its history and know that it has made a difference in a great many lives. However, times and circumstances change, and we are aware of the financial and viability struggles of the past year.” Please call me if you have ques-tions about the Family Center.