GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP/AP) — A Massachusetts nonprofit that provides mental health services for children overcoming sexual and physical abuse has received a $100,000 donation.
The donation for the Greenfield-based Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Franklin County and North Quabbin Inc. will be spread out over 10 years, officials tell The Recorder.
Director Irene Woods said the money will go a long way to supporting the center’s services and annual budgeting. The nonprofit is funded almost entirely by grants or donations.
The rolling donation from the Gagne Wealth Management Group will be used to expand the center’s mental health services, so children reporting abuse can receive free and consistent care, she said.
Instead of having to be referred to a different agency that may be expensive and require insurance, Woods said children will be able to come to the Children’s Advocacy Center for mental health support.
Samantha with the CAC said that right now there aren’t any specialty mental health therapists in our area focusing child abuse survivors, so this funding will bring that here to Franklin County, “We would actually hire a clinician to be here on site and see some kids, maybe consult with caregivers. Consult with the larger team and help us do some outreach.”
Merrill Gagne with Gagne Wealth Management Group made the $100,000 contribution, shining a spotlight on a local organization, “I feel like a lot of people don’t know what they’re doing and I want them to know that we’re there for them.”
He told 22News he’s glad to support an organization that he feels does essential work for the community.
AP News contributed to this article.