The grant funds will be used for construction of the Center, where children and adolescents will be reunited with their families and receive supervised visitation and relationship skill building in a safe, private environment with the added benefit of animal companionship. Studies have shown that animal companionship is helpful in increasing self-worth, practicing and developing coping skills, and strengthening a sense of self-acceptance and the ability to deal with difficult life experiences. The Center will feature meeting rooms, a board room, an attached barn and stables to house various farm animals, along with fenced pastures, walking trails, and benches.
“This grant puts us even closer to our goal of building the Companionship Center. Our hope is that by helping these kids now, it will help to prepare them to be better adults and break destructive family cycles,” said Keith James, board member for The Farm Place. “This could have a lasting impact for generations to come.”
About LaGrange County Community Foundation
Established in 1991, the LaGrange County Community Foundation is a charitable organization with the mission to inspire and sustain generosity, leadership and service in our community. The foundation connects people to charitable causes and provides resources to nonprofits to make a lasting and sustainable impact. For more information about the LaGrange County Community Foundation, call 260.463.4363 or visit lccf.net.