This month is probably going to be our biggest month ever – at least, in regard to the number of people who come to us for counseling!
This past October was our heaviest month to date, with a total of 19 people submitting applications to receive counseling through Speak Your Silence. That’s a lot. But, we’re only nineteen days into January and have already received applications from 18 people!
This is awesome. What it tells me is that more and more people are discovering us and are ready to seek counseling. Even the act of applying – whether the individual ends up stepping foot into a counselor’s office or not – is a big personal milestone.
On the same token, this shows just how valuable The Fam donor group has been since we launched it last April. My family helped me cover the cost of counseling a few years ago, at a time when I couldn’t have afforded it on my own. It’s fair to say that SYS wouldn’t even exist today had they not supported me in this way. So, The Fam was created so that you can play this same role in the lives of each of our counseling grantees.
A year ago now, every single person who applied was being placed on a wait list. We had no other choice – we simply didn’t have the funding. But, ever since launching The Fam, we’ve been able to help every single qualified applicant who has come to us!
This is big.
So, if you’ve been looking for a way to get involved with what we’re doing at Speak Your Silence, The Fam could be a cool way to do it and make direct impact. The commitment is $5+ per month and 100% directly funds counseling.
On average, our counseling program costs look like this:
- 1 counseling session = $60
- 1 entire grant = $600
So, you do the math. If you join The Fam for $5 per month, you’ll fund one counseling sessions for 1 person per year. Or, at $50 per month, you’ll fund an entire grant for one person per year. And, so on.
We set a goal last April to fund 500 counseling sessions within a year (to double what we’d just done in our first two years). As of today, we’re over 70% of the way there, with 159 Founding Members. Yessssss!
The Fam has been an enormous blessing not only to us, but more importantly, to each and every one of our counseling grantees. And we intend for it to continue to grow just as demand for our counseling program grows. But, none of it is possible without you!
If you’re not already part of this, I’d love to welcome you as the 160th Founding Member of The Fam!
If you’re interested in learning more about The Fam, click here!