The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Envirocon and Modern Machinery, is pleased to announce a $100,000 grant to the Children’s Home Society of Idaho (CHS) to help support the restoration of the Warm Springs Counseling Center. The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation was established to support a broad spectrum of worthy causes, including benefiting at-risk youth and disadvantaged families, aligning well with the CHS’ goals for the Warm Springs Counseling Center.
Founded in 1908 to provide a shelter for orphaned children, CHS aims to provide early intervention and affordable mental health services for Idaho children and families. When the foster care system was created in 1966, orphanages became obsolete, leading CHS to open the Warm Springs Counseling Center to provide affordable outpatient mental health services. Since its opening in 1975, the Center has served 132,000 children and family members. Through counseling and therapy, the Center continues to help thousands of children and families every year with issues such as bullying, trauma, abuse, grief, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, and life transitions.
Because of an increased need, CHS has used most of its financial resources to ensure continued access to mental health services for all children but, unfortunately, preventing necessary maintenance and repairs to the Center from being completed. It has been over 30 years since restoration work has been performed on the Warm Springs Counseling Center building. CHS recently commissioned an assessment of the condition of the building, which detailed serious structural concerns. Losing the facility would have a devastating impact on the children and families served.
Especially in the wake of COVID-19’s impact on children’s mental health, the Warm Springs Counseling Center’s purpose is ideal for the Foundation’s philanthropic goals. The Foundation supports CHS’ mission of early intervention for children with mental and behavioral health problems. Furthermore, it was created to invest in and serve the local communities where Envirocon and Washington Companies live and work. The Foundation is proud to partner with the CHS to provide this valuable service to local Idaho children and families.