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Mother's Day.

It is a day that we place extra emphasis and recognition of the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and other women who take on a maternal and nurturing role. Covering areas such as child-rearing, raising, teaching, and mentoring (among others), many are taking time in some way, shape, or form to acknowledge the importance and relevance of the positive impact of a healthy relationship.

By the same token, there are those who may recognize the "other side" of the equation. Some may have a fragmented or non-existent relationship with that person or with others. A few may be coming from a place of disconnect and a disconcerting nature, stemming from a situation or series of events that are grounded in hurt.

Essentially, individuals and groups who are not always seeing the light at the end of the tunnel simply need a place where they can release, rebuild, and be renewed, or simply a safe haven. And this is where the staff of Covenant Counseling & Family Resource Center are able to provide access to resources grounded in the empowerment of adults and youth who are in such a place.

"Everyone (staff) who is here wants to be here", notes the 501c3 organization's executive director, Jaye Peabody.

Through the primary strands of individual counseling, couples counseling, group therapy, and general counseling, the service-based entity, which has a staff with a series of credentials and certifications that cover multiple religious backgrounds and clinical training, is able to serve an array of adults and young people. Ranging from areas of concern related to grief, abuse, family conflict, and others, processes are put in place to provide a calm, serene environment to serve as a catalyst for constructive change and resolution.

Youth-based programming encompasses working with students with ADHD, Autism, and Aspergers. Even in the summer months, a form of "relief" is being provided, as summer camp services are in the development process. Through the partnerships in place, specifically Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church (in Dacula), a summer camp is provided for students ages 7-11. The cost of the camp is $100 per child, and it takes place July 7-11, 2014. For additional details, parents are encouraged to contact Rachel Steward via email (rachel@covenantcounseling.org) or phone (770-985-0837, extension 21).

Fees for the services provided may be covered under the client's insurance coverage, and there are additional options available depending on the kind and range of services provided.

Combined with their teaching programs (clinical and pastoral education), workshops and education services for schools and other civic and community based entities, Covenant Counseling & Family Resource Center takes their roles of stewardship and service seriously. Recognition for their work as noted in the Gwinnett Magazine (2013 Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year/Pinnacle Award Recipient) provides an added tier of credibility to the sincerity of the services provided.

Given the assistance provided to the community, the community has an opportunity to provide assistance to the organization.

With the anticipated expansion of the services provided, there are areas of need in order to help them achieve their goals. In-kind donations for supplies ranging from (but not limited to) technology, recreational and play items, and other related items, in addition to general financial contributions, are welcome and accepted. As a result, a forthcoming "open house" event (scheduled for Sunday, June 22nd) for potential sponsors is schedule to allow for improved interaction and immersion with the immediate and surrounding service community. For more details about the services provided and means of assistance, interested patrons are encouraged to contact them by phone (770-985-0837) or email (info@covenantcounseling.org).

"Our goal is to serve as many as possible; we are here to help build relationships, but more importantly, relationships that heal", adds Peabody. With the collaborative efforts of the committed staff and larger community support, the readiness to be a community resource is in place.

Time to help out and time to help heal.

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