Happy Holidays from ABC!

Everyone at ABC Counseling & Family Services wants to extend a warm holiday greeting to you and your family.  Your friendship and support means so much to us. This year has flown by, and we want to share some of the highlights with you:

  • 2 new babies born to staff members, Baby Hazel to Teri and Jason McKean of Champaign and Baby Emery to Jackie and Bob Lewis of Mahomet.  Melissa and Dan Box are expecting their first child in April of 2014.
  • The number of part-time and full-time employees at ABC is at 20.  We train Master level interns every semester and currently have five interns at ABC.
  • Several sexual abuse therapists attended the Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse in September to further their training in a highly specialized field.
  • ABC’s budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 surpassed the $1 million mark.
  • Amanda Black became the new Director of Fundraising and Public Relations while maintaining her position as the Adoption Supervisor.
  • ABC hosted the 9th annual Gifts from the Heart to raise funds for the agency’s sexual abuse program. 
  • 5% of the children that received sexual abuse counseling this year used funds from the Ed Willard scholarship. 13% of the children served received reduced fee counseling through our sliding scale fees.  The number of children needing services and not being able to afford them continues to rise. It is critically important that you continue to donate to this fund (enclosed please find a donation card).
  • In 2013 624 children were seen (Jan-Nov) and 300 new cases were opened.  On a good note, 174 cases were closed.
  • 5 adoption placements occurred in 2013 and ABC assisted with many more.
  • ABC hosted our first Trivia at Twilight event in October. Many new supporters attended and the event was a success. Look for another fun trivia night in 2014.
  • ABC launched a new website. Please check us out at www.abccounseling.org.
  • The Peoria ABC office is moving to a new location in January 2014. We will be located at 7820 N. University St., Suite 101, Peoria, IL 61614. We hope to have an open house once we get settled in, so stay tuned for more information on the open house.
  • We are preparing for our 10th annual Gifts from the Heart event on April 5, 2014 at the DoubleTree in Bloomington. Dueling pianos are back! Please consider hosting a table and/or attending the event. More information to come soon.

Happy Holidays from ABC!