LIVINGSTON — The Family Resource Clinic is seeking volunteers to help with its mission of helping people in the community to face life’s challenges.
The Family Resource Clinic is a nonprofit organization that brings help, hope and healing to those facing serious life challenges such as hunger, abuse, disasters and crisis pregnancies by providing counseling, ultrasounds, food, emergency relief and clothing, Director Julie Rasberry said.
“It’s always been a struggle to get volunteers. We often have people tell us how excited they are to become a part (of the organization), but often don’t follow through,” Rasberry said. “We have areas to volunteer from cleaning, clerical, sorting, maintenance, helping people with support items and counseling. In other words, you don’t have to have previous training in order to serve. Most days, we are booked with clients from those needing help in many different areas. We could help serve double the clients that we have now if we had more volunteers.”
Volunteers who wish to become counselors are required to attend training sessions through the American Association of Christian Counselors. The training, which takes about 12 hours to complete, equips volunteers with the tools they need to assist clients, Rasberry said. Counselors also go through an additional eight hours of hands-on training at the clinic, Rasberry said.
All of the other jobs require hands-on training, which is provided at the clinic, Rasberry said.
The clinic has about 20 volunteers to serve about 100 clients a month.
The Family Resource Clinic has been serving Livingston Parish since 1991. It was formerly the Livingston Area Pregnancy Crisis Center and then the Women’s Hope Center. The name changed to the Family Resource Clinic 12 years ago when the organization moved to its current location at 12201 Florida Blvd. in Livingston.
The clinic provides a variety of services, which are complimentary and confidential, Rasberry said. Services include pregnancy testing and prenatal vitamins; counseling for male and females by trained volunteers; a maternity and infant boutique; “Earn While You Learn Program” and “Baby & Me,” a pregnancy class that offers an atmosphere of caring.
“We are dedicated to providing clients with caring and compassionate service,” Rasberry said. “We offer a variety of services, depending on your need. No matter what type of difficulty you are facing, the staff and volunteers at the Family Resource Clinic work hard to provide you with caring and compassionate service. You are not alone. We are here to help.”
The clinic is Monday through Thursday and one Saturday a month.
For information or to become a volunteer, call Family Resource Clinic at (225) 686-1123, or visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/family-resource-center-inc/205162917237. Volunteers receive a tour of the facility and are placed in a position where they can best serve clients, Rasberry said.