Sioux Empire United Way Kicking Off New Counseling Initiative

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Around 900 women gathered in Sioux Falls this morning, to kick off a new initiative through the Sioux Empire United Way.

The United Way holds an event every year called WomenUnite, which allows them to educate the women on where their money is going. This year, the organization is getting behind a program called PATH or Providing Access To Healing.

The program was piloted in the Harrisburg School District, which brought mental health counseling from Lutheran Social Services directly to students at school.

“It’s been piloted and it’s been very successful and so we’re going to kick it off this year and make it available to more students,” said Anne Roemen, an Event Chair.

It served 50 students last year, and provided more than 800 counseling sessions.

“There are students that have anxieties, that have stressors that do not have behavioral problems, that their grades are pretty good, yet they are still struggling with depression, anxiety and some of those issues, so I see they are communicating and interacting in ways they never did before,” said Jennifer Van’t Hul, a Liberty Elementary Counselor.

The funds raised will help the sioux empire united way expand the program.

It will now be offered in the canton, dell rapids, tea and sioux falls school districts.

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