Association pledges to help those in need

Published 7:49 pm Monday, December 10, 2007

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
The Escambia County Mental Health Association is looking out for more than just mental health with services offered to area senior adults and children. Money distributed to the Association by United Fund are helping meet the needs of a special group of residents in Brewton.
The board of directors of the association have made a pledge to focus on services not currently being met by other agencies.
The association funds such programs as the Brewton City Nutrition Center and the Brewton area Meals on Wheels programs.
The Nutrition Center is located at St. Maurice Catholic Church on East Jackson Street.
An associated project is the local Meals on Wheels, which serves lunches to senior citizens and disabled residents in the Brewton area.
An additional focus of the Association is counseling for children.
Children receive counseling only after being referred by priests or ministers, school counselors or doctors, Jernigan said.
The Association is also responsible for offering counseling seminars each year for counselors across the county, Jernigan said. Guest speakers address seminar attendees each year during sessions presented by the group.
United Fund is currently seeking contributions to be distributed to the Escambia County Mental Health Association as well as 15 other agencies.
Currently the group has raised more than half of it's $90,000 goal. To contributed to United Fund, send donations to: United Fund of Brewton and East Brewton, P.O. Box 34, Brewton, AL 36427.