The Daily Item                                                            Wednesday, March 5, 2014

By Ashley M. Wislock

MILTON – The Danville-based Center of Hope Susquehanna Valley has opened a new Milton office to reach more people in Northumberland and Union counties.

The Christian counseling group will have an office at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Milton, where counselor Missy Young will be able to meet with clients. The space was offered by the church rent-free said Director of Partnership Development Laura James.

“This gives her a starting point,” James said. “This seemed to be a central location.”

The counseling service helps people with a variety of issues, from marriage and relationship counseling to working through addiction recovery and dealing with depression or anxiety. Last year, the group helped anywhere between 30 and 70 families per month, James said.

The session fees are on a sliding scale based on income, so that anyone in need of counseling has it accessible, James said.

“Some people need counseling but can’t afford it,” she said.

Young agreed, noting that many of her clients try to “give what they can,” to the nonprofit.

Missy & Laura3Center of Hope has had more business in Montour and Columbia County up until now, and is hoping to connect with more people and businesses in Northumberland County, James said. The group is planning a spring event to help people get to know more about them.

“It will be spring, and everything’s coming up new,” James said. “This is open to the community and people who want to represent their community, align with us, whether we can help them or they can help us.”

The banquet is scheduled for April 5 at the Hope Community Church in Mount Carmel. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by March 15, James said. There is no charge to attend, though the group will be accepting donations.

The nonprofit is also part of the upcoming Raise the Region fundraising event, James said. The community and those who have volunteered with the group have been extremely helpful, James said.

“Our board members have been phenomenal,” she said. “They have been pivotal in our success.”

Young also emphasized the importance of their Christian beliefs.  “God is powerful,” she said.

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