Dogs & Drinks for Directions Raises $10,000!

Thank you to all who supported Dogs & Drinks for Directions. Because of you we raised over $10,000 for DFYF programs and services.

Our next big event, State of the Child Luncheon, will be held May 9th. Learn how you or your company can help DFYF celebrate the wonderful children and families we serve here.

Greeting card and soul bowl sales support our youth center creative arts and leadership programming

DFYF is very excited to bring our greeting cards back. Artwork is created by our youth center artists. This year we have 6 colorful designs. Card packages have 2 each of 6 designs. 12 cards/12 envelope packages are $20. We have a limited quantity so order yours today! Email your order here.

Art is one of the six areas our youth center kids can sign up for on arrival at the Center. The art room is filled with colorful drawings, clay items in various stages of completion, an old faithful kiln, and shelves of projects. Art Club is a popular group and many members strive to become one of our production artists. The production team is made up of extremely art motivated youth who create unique and beautiful items, including painting DFYF’s signature soul bowls. They experience “creating with a purpose” and learn creative and business skills involved in art production. The wooden bowls are available for sale and make a wonderful gift. By purchasing a unique piece of art you are supporting our youth center art and leadership programs. Special orders are accepted. Please contact the Development Department at 614.294.2661 or email us.

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Addressing some of the most difficult situations a child might experience – violence, sexual abuse, child abuse, grief and loss

Directions for Youth & Families provides 13 specialized counseling programs. Three of the more intense programs are PROMISES, for sexual abuse survivors, Children Who Witness Violence, and COMPS, Children of Murdered Parents and Siblings. DFYF staff are trained in resilience-oriented, trauma-informed care. All programs have individual, family, and group counseling components.

The families we serve work hard to achieve change. They do not come and simply share their feelings once a week. They participate actively in challenging discussions and try new ways to cope and adapt. They have counseling homework week to week. The individuals and families in these programs come to services as a result of traumatic experiences with a very specific set of clinical needs. These programs are important because they serve those specific needs through a helping relationship so that individuals and families can process, adapt, and move forward into healthy, productive, full lives.

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