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2013
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Family Outreach Corpus Christi, Inc., 35 years of improving the lives of children and families in the coastal bend area

Each day in the United States, four children die as a direct result of child abuse.
 
Since 1977, Family Outreach Corpus Christi (FOCC), Inc. has offered hope to families in need by providing education, support and counseling in a safe environment based on the example of Christ.
 
Originally formed as a joint venture between Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Corpus Christi chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, FOCC’s goal was to prevent child abuse by offering services to parents voluntarily seeking help. The ultimate goal, though, was to strengthen these families with hopes of preventing them from entering the CPS system.
 

Now an independent 501(c)(3) and a charter member of Family Outreach of America, FOCC has expanded their services to provide play therapy, support groups and psycho-educational classes. All services are offered free to the families of Nueces County and the surrounding area.

“When the things that have happened to you become the things you are doing, there is a problem. I used to say I would roll over dead before I became ‘her’, but I caught myself in the middle of a whirlwind of anger hollering at my children about laundry.  I used to stare at myself in the mirror and ask ‘who am I?’  …thankfully, I found the answer—I’m not alone.  FOCC has given me so much." – FOCC client

Through Community Grants, MHM is able to strengthen other organizations’ capacity to provide care, as well as improve health outcomes for those served. FOCC joined MHM’s family of partners in 2008.
 
To date, MHM has provided over $350,000 in funding to support FOCC.
 
To learn more about FOCC, visit http://www.familyoutreach-cc.org/.