Since 1966, the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic (WYGC) has been meeting needs in the local community by offering mental health, crisis and addiction services. Established by visionary volunteers in the Prescott area, the founding Board saw a community where all health care needs could be met.
Then in 1986, the related but separate WYGC Foundation was created to support current WYGC program and pursue new initiatives which continue to serve our community. The 501(c)3 WYGC Foundation supports the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic by raising funds that make a critical difference within our community and increase the awareness of local a behavioral and health issues.
Over the last year, some 7,000 people were treated in West Yavapai Guidance Clinic programs.
Mission: The mission of the Foundation is to support the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic by raising funds and awareness to make a critical difference in mental health outcomes within our community.
Vision and Commitment: Mental health services will be available to anyone in out community who needs them.
Motto: Advancing Mental Well-Being, Transforming Lives
Contact: Laura Norman directly at (928) 455-5211, X3615 or at email@example.com.
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The WYGC Foundation has identified six key funding areas:
1) Children’s Services – Some 1,000 children from our community receive services annually at WYGC. The Children’s Services Fund provides opportunities for life skills training, trauma recovery, outdoor activities, and recreational pursuits. These are services funded by the WYGC Foundation and may not be covered by State funds or other sources. Yet, they are therapeutic and enhance the child’s clinical experience.
2) Senior Peer Prevention – This program focuses on matching trained peer volunteers with seniors requiring services. Difficulties with isolation, chronic health conditions, stress, loss of a spouse, and financial challenges are common among seniors. Services provided include confidential support groups, one-on-one individualized support, educational presentations, and resource/referral for seniors seeking elder-specific information. The program cultivates the emotional health and wellness of adults over 60 so they may live the latter part of their lives to the fullest.
3) Short-Term Counseling – This program, known as “JumpStart,” supports families and individuals who have no insurance coverage yet are in need of brief, solution-focused counseling. There is no program quite like this in our community and it has been identified as a critical need. As an example, the pressures of a fluctuating economy have stressed men, women and families to the breaking point. Without this opportunity our neighbors will continue to struggle through times when a listening ear could avoid a crisis. Funding from the WYGC Foundation allows these services to be provided free of charge to those in need.
4) Adults with Serious Mental Illness – Many adults in our community need ongoing support, medication, and case management follow-up. WYGC budget limitations make this an area where community donations to the Foundation can yield an immediate impact. Without innovative therapy enhancements, individuals may be left without adequate guidance and become indigent, unable to work or go to school, and possibly even incarcerated. The WYCG Foundation believes we can do more for these vulnerable members of our community.
5) Suicide Prevention – This program makes WYGC staff members available for speaking engagements which help community organizations and individuals recognize the signs that someone might be contemplating suicide and the steps to take to help prevent such a tragedy from occurring. The WYGC Foundation funds these suicide prevention training sessions and other programs related to suicide prevention such as Mental Health First Aid, Yellow Ribbon for Teens, and Depression in Seniors.
6) Recovery from Chemical Dependency – The WYGC Foundation provides a scholarship for initial rent to graduates of our in-house addiction program so these individuals have a safe place to live while looking for a job to support themselves. These scholarships help promote individual recovery as well as benefit the community at large by decreasing the likelihood that the graduates will become homeless.