They are put in place to support communities and the clients of those communities. In your community, how could an agency best utilize services to provide outreach and advocacy?

Community agencies are growing across the nation, and many counselors start their career working in these types of agencies. They are put in place to support communities and the clients of those communities. In your community, how could an agency best utilize services to provide outreach and advocacy?

My community has 3,700 people who live in the town and 7,200 live in the county. It is a poor county with not much industry. Most people are on some type of assistance and many are substance abusers. Half of the families live in poverty and many of the homes in the town are shacks.

A counseling agency in my town would be very helpful. However, services would have to be free and paid for by the government or an outside entity. CPS is heavily involved with families in our town and I am amazed that these kids are allowed to stay in some very bad situations. It seems like CPS is just here to be here and nothing improves. I don’t think government agencies are efficient or work for the family and community. I think the communities have to get back involved and take their community back. I would advocate for government funding, but I would like to see the community control the funds and what needs to happen in the community. The community agency would be held accountable to the government with how and where the money is spent and audited yearly.

The type of community agencies I believe would be best for my community are substance abuse, family and marriage counseling, coaching, and domestic violence. I also believe we should have other agencies outside of counseling. Teach people how to manage their money, AA, NA, kids centers, learn new skills, etc.

Need to add some meat on how these agencies could best utilize services to provide outreach and advocacy, etc. Clean up my writing and beef it up.