The Guidance Center receives $7,500 grant from Fifth Third Bank

The Guidance Center, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing behavioral health and human services for children, adults and families, recently received a $7,500 grant from Fifth Third Bank to benefit its Developmental Disabilities program. 

Every year, Fifth Third Bank reviews hundreds of grant proposals and selects organizations that best benefit the areas served by Fifth Third Bancorp, with a focus on programs making substantial differences in the lives of families and the community. This new grant will be used by The Guidance Center to provide training to staff in Non-Violent Crisis Prevention/Intervention (CPI). 

A necessary inclusion into the staff's training, a CPI background prepares workers to utilize various methods of intervention while ensuring the safety and well-being of the consumers. 

Through the Developmental Disabilities program — which The Guidance Center began in the fall of 2003 — more than 350 adults and children receive outpatient services. The Developmental Disabilities program offers services for children and adults who have severe and chronic conditions such as autism and Down Syndrome, among others. These services offered include speech therapy, psychiatric, respite care, dietary and community living supports. The goal of the program is to provide the necessary support to consumers in an effort to maintain them in the least restrictive environment possible through an active treatment plan, working to increase community inclusion and providing family training and modeling. 

Since 1958, The Guidance Center has responded to the ever-changing needs of Downriver and Southeast Michigan residents as an innovative leader providing quality behavioral health, substance abuse and community outreach services. The agency serves more than 16,000 children, adults and families each year.