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Creason Counseling Center opens, filling gaps left by Interagency Council’s closure

September 11, 2018

The Creason Counseling Center is now open for business.

Upon Interagency Council’s closure at the end of June, the Havasu Community Health Foundation announced it would acquire the organization’s community food bank, counseling services and student programs.

Through securing a grant and community donations for the center, the foundation announced the counseling services and student programs are up and running. Currently, most of the center’s clients are those relinquished by Interagency a few months ago, according to Linda Seaver, the foundation’s executive director.

“We’re excited to be doing it,” she said. “We want to make the community very proud…and we’re working really hard to offer these services.”

Named in honor of Interagency founder Pat Creason, the center will provide counseling services out of the Shambles Village for adult victims of crime, primarily those who experienced domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse as children, Paula Lupo, director of the center, wrote in an email. Additionally, the center will offer child and family advocacy, child and adolescent counseling, the Student Assistance Program and Bloom 365, a teen dating violence education, in the schools, she added.

In July, the foundation had difficulty attaining a grant that once belonged to Interagency to fund its counseling services and staff. Ultimately, according to Seaver, they were able to acquire the grant and it will provide funding for the center’s staff, many of whom are former Interagency employees laid off during its closure.

Today’s News-Herald reported in July that approximately two-and-a-half years of funding was available under the three-year Victims of Crime Act grant through the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The foundation is still accepting donations for the center to fund its operating costs, said Seaver. The center will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone with questions regarding the center can call (928) 733-5009.

Meanwhile, work on the foundation’s new food bank continues.

The Lake Havasu City Council unanimously approved a five-year lease agreement with the foundation for a building at 1980 North Kiowa Blvd., where it will operate its food bank and warehouse.

Seaver said it may be able to open in the coming week following the installation of a large freezer today followed by inspections by the health department and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

“We have food already being donated so we can actually start (after inspections) and then two weeks after the inspection with St. Mary’s the big trucks will roll in and give us more food because our community really needs a lot,” she said.

The application process for food bank volunteers is already underway while the application process for food bank clients may soon open, according to Seaver.

Donations are still being accepted by the foundation for its food bank.

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