Personal and Family Counseling Services Will Close a Portion of the Help Me Grow Program

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – Personal and Family Counseling Services announces the closure of a portion of the Help Me Grow Program.

“It is with a heavy heart that Personal and Family Counseling Services, an OhioGuidestone organization, announces the closing of the Tuscarawas County Help Me Grow Home Visiting Program through Ohio Department of Health. Help Me Grow consists of two separate programs, both serving children ages 0-3; Home Visiting and Early Intervention,” officials explained in a press release.

Home Visiting supports children under the age of three and their families by offering parenting support for pregnant and new parents. This program has been supported by Personal & Family Counseling Services (PFCS) and will close effective December 31, 2019.

The home visiting program has faced numerous program challenges that have created an operational demand that the organization can no longer support. “The decision to close a program is always difficult however PFCS is dedicated to the families that are currently enrolled in the program and we will work to create wrap-around services utilizing various community resources,” shared Pam Trimmer, executive director at PFCS.

At the present time, PFCS and Ohio Department of Health are working together to locate potential providers within Tuscarawas County to absorb the home visiting program. “It is our intent to offer alternative programs and services to our current home visiting families to avoid closing their cases permanently. We are optimistic that another organization will adopt the home visiting program in 2020,” shared Trimmer.

PFCS will continue operating the Early Intervention Program through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (ODODD) and providing services for children age 0-3, who have developmental delays and disabilities.  This program works in conjunction with the Tuscarawas Board of Developmental Disabilities in New Philadelphia. All referrals can be made for Early Intervention by contacting central coordination at (740) 371-3322.

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