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Crisis Center has plan to help kids

A Children's Service Program will hopefully soon be a permanent part of Lakes Crisis and Resource Center.

LCRC received a $75,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, and is hosting its first Crisis Center Children's Breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Executive Director Jan Logan said when she came to the Crisis Center, she noticed "a distinct absence of formal children's programs."

While United Way funds a portion of child services yearly, there hasn't been enough funding for a full-time social worker for children.

ACS and Kiwanis have also helped support children's program, proving funding for curriculum and snacks.

With the Bremer grant, the $75,000 will be paid out evenly over the next three years.

The need for a child program has only increased over the years. Logan said the center has seen more than a 50 percent increase in visitation services in the last two years as a result of parental use of methamphetamine.

LCRC has provided over 375 children with a safe environment last year. And, in a Becker County Human Services survey, 56 out of 105 children served have been exposed to domestic violence or have been abused themselves.

Logan said with the grant, the crisis center would like to reinstate age-appropriate support groups in schools and at the center.

"The need for children's programming is paramount in our community, and we need your help to make it happen," Logan wrote in a letter inviting community members to the breakfast.

To supplement the grant, LCRC is hosting a breakfast on Nov. 15 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Little Easy on the Green, located at the Detroit Country Club.

"Who's helping these kids," Logan said. "We need to help and educate these kids that there are different ways to get rid of anger."

To be a part of the breakfast or to inquire about the children's program, call the crisis center at 847-7446.