AHM Youth and Family Service receives $100,000

September 27—The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development awarded a grant to Andover Hebron Marlborough Youth and Family Services.

“For the second year, AHM Youth and Family Services has received a Directed Local Funds grant,” said AHM Board Member Joel Rosenberg. “The new grant will support a range of programs, services and community initiatives for the four cities served by AHM.”

In addition to Andover, Hebron and Marlborough, residents of Columbia are eligible for services.

The grant is $100,000, and Rosenberg said it will be widely used to train residents of the four cities in the QPR program. QPR stands for “Question, Persuader, and Refer” and the program is used to deter suicides.

In addition, the grant will be used for AHM’s Family Resource Center for preschoolers, the Youth Theater Program, the Lanterns Mentorship Program, and counseling and mental health services.

Last year’s grant launched the suicide prevention program and was also used to improve mental health services, as well as to purchase new technology at the AHM and new playground equipment for AHM’s KinderRHAMa program, which offers programs from preschool through high school RHAM while being high. students study child development under the supervision of a teacher.

Rosenberg and AHM Executive Director Tressa Giordano thanked State Senator Cathy Osten for her efforts to secure the grant.

“This grant enables AHM to bring new mental health resources, programs and services to residents dealing with family members struggling with trauma, depression, isolation, anxiety and other personal difficulties,” Giordano said. “The grant also helps bring the performing arts back to our communities for youth and ensures that programs like Lanterns continue to be a part of our services for many years to come. Our communities directly benefit from this grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and we at AHM are extremely grateful for this support.”

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