United Way Partner Agency Highlight
By: Becky Frank, for Family Education and Counseling Center, Inc.
Family Education and Counseling Center is located at 1700 Burleigh in Yankton. I personally have been a counselor here for fourteen years and it surprises me that, every once in a while, I will encounter people who do not know that we exist.
Without state and/or federal financial backing, it can be difficult to make a name for oneself. The up side of this is – that was never our goal, to make a name for FECC. Our goal is to offer quality counseling services to people who, for whatever reasons, are not having their needs met through other resources. This does not mean we are the last resort. Quite the contrary – we often are the first option.
In order to meet the needs of people, it is necessary to have a comprehension of the needs. Financial difficulties rank among the highest. We never refuse services due to a client’s inability to pay. Over one-fourth of the people we serve are unable to pay for counseling. Each person we work with receives our best. We aren’t in it for the money; we are here because we care, we are educated and trained, and we love our work.
We at FECC also have survival needs. Therefore, we collect fees from those who are capable of payment. FECC accepts payment through Medicaid, most Insurances, and private pay. Should payment be a hardship, we have a sliding fee scale and we will negotiate with our clients to reach an amount that is workable for them and their budget.
United Way of Greater Yankton plays a huge part in our success as a Counseling Agency. Our annual United Way Community Impact grant is what keeps us afloat and surviving so that we are able to serve people with financial difficulties. This year we were also blessed with a venture grant from United Way, used to replace furniture in our counseling rooms. We shared our used furniture with another United Way Partner Agency in congruence with the United Way philosophy of collaboration.
In addition to United Way funds, our sustainability is supported by the congregation of the Riverview Reformed Church. In their desire to give back to the community, RRC’s people provide the space for FECC to operate with no rental fee. The generosity of United Way and RRC has enabled us to serve thousands of people over the last fifteen years.
Our staff includes Tracie Erdmann, a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with couples, adults, and adolescents. Rod Veldhuizen (Pastor of Riverview Reformed Church) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, working with couples and individuals. Becky Frank is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health who works with children, individuals, and families. Annette Haberman is a Licensed Occupational Therapist who teaches our Anger Management Classes and Teresa Gall is our book-keeper and support person.
When you or someone you care for could use some assistance, please consider a call to FECC at 605-260-9284.