Family Counseling Center (FCC) Inc., an agency that serves residents in Hardin, Johnson, Pope and Alexander/Pulaski counties, observed its 45th anniversary with a luncheon on June 24 at Autumn Ridge Supportive Living Facility in Vienna, which Family Counseling Center opened in 2008.

Sherrie Crabb, the center's executive director, delivered the keynote address, highlighting how agency has provided critical services to countless families during the past 45 years.

FCC is a private, not-for profit corporation and receives funding from the Illinois Department of Human Services -- Division of Mental Health, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Division of Developmental Disabilities; Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; Local 553 Property Tax Levy; gifts and client fees.

First opening its doors in June 1974 to provide mental behavioral health outpatient services to residents of Pope County, FCC was also given responsibility for additional regions: Pope, Hardin and Johnson counties -- primarily due to economics and demographics.

In 1976, FCC became incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 and, in 1989, expanded its program offerings to include developmental services for both residential homes and developmental training.

Besides opening Autumn Ridge in 2008 to provide quality senior living care, FCC expanded its behavioral health footprint into Alexander and Pulaski counties in August 2015.

FCC has grown to 17 sites: six in Johnson County -- its largest populated area; four sites in Hardin County; three sites in Pope County; two sites in Alexander County; and one site in Pulaski County with services extending beyond these four counties to include Massac, Saline and Union.

Also in recognition of the 45th anniversary, clients from FCC's Johnson County Developmental Training and Psychosocial Rehab Center spent time playing games and enjoying activities at the 45th anniversary carnival.

FCC employs 260 people in southern Illinois, with approximately 100 of whom are clients and expects to have an operating budget in 2020 to be approximately $8 million.

For more information, call 618-683-2461.

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