Family Service of Greater New Orleans April Newsletter

It’s Hickory Dickory Rock Time!

Hickory Dickory Rock, Saturday April 5th

Sponsored By

All that and a Bag of Donuts! That’s what’s happening when Family Service of Greater New Orleans kicks off Hickory Dickory Rock in City Park’s Storyland and Carousel Gardens on Saturday, April 5, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Fun begins when the gates open to unlimited rides, including New Orleans’ classic antique carousel. At 7 p.m., the popular New Orleans band Bag of Donuts rocks the house with music from the 60s to today’s pop chart tunes.

Enjoy a great family outing knowing that proceeds from the event will support strengthening the health and well-being of thousands of our region’s most vulnerable children and their families.

Purchase your tickets today!

Giving Hope to our Families and Children: Community-based Counseling

Community-based Counseling

This year, FSGNO launched its community-based counseling initiative to meet children in crisis where they are, where they are most comfortable and while collaborating with the people in their world.

FSGNO is investing in nearly 17,000 clinical hours annually to help transform these children’s environment into a safe, caring and supportive world in which they are equipped with success skills to become crisis-free. FSGNO counselors gather in groups with parents, teachers, siblings and other important partners to create a sustainable environment for optimum growth, coping and self-efficacy.

What’s it like to move from the therapy room to the home and the child’s real world experiences? One counselor describes it this way...

“When I first met Thomas and his mother in their home, Thomas was worried about making new friends and being more independent. He expressed an interest in getting out of the house and maybe working part-time. His mom wanted him to spend time with positively motivated peers and to stay out of trouble after school, especially on nights she worked late.”

“So, Thomas and I charted the bus route, Thomas and I met at the mall. We went store to store getting applications, and, in between, we discussed interview skills. While Thomas explored opportunities available to him, he learned and applied the skills necessary to meet his goals. Thomas is more confident and is scheduled for two interviews,” explained his counselor.

To learn more about how you can help fund this and other FSGNO programs and outreach, contact Juli Pattison at (504) 827-4002 or Donate Now to make an online contribution.

Investing in the health and well-being of our children
is investing in our future.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation Supports Children’s Mental Health Center

Children's Mental Health Center

Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation will help provide nearly 400 hours of counseling support for disadvantaged children in crisis with its generous $10,000 grant to Family Service of Greater New Orleans.

The Children’s Mental Health Center is a vital program at FSGNO. The Center provides counseling services for children at no cost to their families. FSGNO clinicians work with the entire family to ensure the children have the support they need to cope with emotions, relationships, difficult behaviors and reactions to difficult situations, and trauma.

“Our ultimate goal is to foster a healthy family system so that our children will have the positive role models they need in their daily lives,” said Ron McClain, Family Service CEO/President. “We are deeply grateful to organizations like the Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation for its support of the Children’s Mental Health Center.”


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