Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony Santino and Councilman James Darcy have announced that they have secured a federal grant for Peninsula Counseling Center for youth service programs through the town's Department of Planning and Economic Development.
Specifically, a $17,498 grant will fund the center's Friends Program, which pairs a high school student volunteer with a "little brother or sister" who is in need of support and guidance. The "little friend" and high school volunteer meet weekly enabling the young children to develop social skills and confidence.
"I am very pleased that the Town of Hempstead is fiscally strong and able to provide Peninsula Counseling Center with funding for the Friends Program," said Murray. "It's more important than ever to ensure that life-sustaining services are available to our youth and teen populations."
"As Senior Councilman, I welcome the opportunity to use town resources to benefit the Peninsula Counseling Center, which provides vitally important programs and services to area residents," stated Councilman Santino.
Licensed by New York State, the Peninsula Counseling Center is one of the largest mental health counseling facilities in Nassau County. The center provides families, adolescents and children with counseling and treatment for substance abuse, depression, trauma recovery, as well as bereavement and grief counseling. Established 100 years ago, Peninsula Counseling Center was originally based in the Five Towns area, and moved to its current location in Valley Stream in 2008.
"This grant will further enable the Peninsula Counseling Center to provide quality mental health services for some of our youngest and most vulnerable residents," Darcy said. "Hempstead Town is proud to help support programs provided by this facility that directly impact the quality of life of the community."