June 2022
Project Protect Newsletter
When bad things – unimaginable things – happen, we often feel helpless. What can be done? What can we do to effect real and meaningful change, to save people's lives and protect them from harm?

The answer is rarely as straightforward as we would like.

At Family Services, planning for the safety of people in our community has been a part of our mission for over 120 years. It's why we actively partner with schools, hospitals, law enforcement, other nonprofits, businesses, the United Way, and our local community foundations to make sure that every person who needs help in Northeast Wisconsin can access the right services with fewer barriers to care.

With the support of individuals like yourself, we take action so that each person and family can build the kinds of caring connections that are needed to drive away isolation and mistrust while they develop healthy ways of coping with whatever challenges they are facing – whether it be mental health, behavior, stressful life changes, or a traumatic experience.

It's not the whole solution; but, with your support, we are doing everything within our control to address these complex problems.

Good things are happening here. We see it every day in the people who open their hearts and homes to us, and in the people who give back generously to our mission and others, as well as to their communities.

Together, we'll continue to take the necessary steps to keep our communities safe and individuals healthy.

With hope and determination,
IMPACT: Mental Health Awareness Month
May was Mental Health Awareness Month. We used this as a time to raise awareness for our services and encourage community members to seek care for whatever issues they may be struggling with.

In that one month, we answered 1,700 Crisis Calls to our Brown County Crisis Center and provided in-person support to 363 people in crisis – including 121 people who utilized these services for the first time due to thoughts of self-harm, suicide, or acute emotional distress.

Also in May, our team of professional therapists in Green Bay and Menasha provided outpatient therapy to 771 children and adults, 96 of whom were new.

Through these mental health services, individuals and families were able to get the help they need to cope with life's stressors. In situations where there were concerns about potential harm to self or others, we helped that person and their support system make a plan for safety and set up more long-term care.

We could not do this important work without our incredible community of supporters. Thank you!
Join Us: 34th Annual Green & Gold Gala
Registration Open
Ticket sales are NOW OPEN to our biggest fundraiser of the year – the Green & Gold Gala, presented by Green Bay Packers Give Back!

This year's Gala will be held Friday, September 16 at the Lambeau Field Atrium. Join us to mix and mingle with Packers Alumni while supporting our efforts to Protect, Heal, and Care for the people of Northeast Wisconsin!
Support Our Cause:
Auction Items Needed
Each year, the Green & Gold Gala provides unique opportunities for businesses to support our cause while exposing their products and/or services to more than 800 guests and online auction bidders. Show off the best your business has to offer by donating sought-after items and experiences to our silent or live auction. Learn More
At Family Services, we have a number of therapists on staff who specialize in helping individuals cope with issues that are specific to the LGBTQ+ community and gender identity. We pride ourselves in providing safe spaces and an accepting, respectful environment for every person and family who comes to us for help.

For appointments or to be matched with a therapist, call (920) 436-6800 or Click Here to Learn More About Our Therapists
Additional Supportive Resources in the Community:
Appleton - Diverse & Resilient

Welcome to Diverse and Resilient's Appleton location! We are the home to the Room to Be Safe program and we take pride in everything we do. We have advocates available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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We're here to serve you!

Positive Voice strives to strengthen and advance the LGBTQ+ community through funding, partnerships, and impact initiatives in the Brown County area so that all LGBTQ+ individuals may thrive. Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us...

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For a full listing of resources specific to the LGBTQ+ community and support for LGBTQ+ youth, please visit https://gsafewi.org/links/#statewide
LISTEN & LEARN: Mental Wellness
Supporting the Supportive:
Featuring Sophie Hipke, Women's Recovery Journey
Family Services' therapist Sophie Hipke joined The Morning Show on WPR for a meaningful one-hour conversation and live Q & A about addiction, recovery and its impact on families. This was a great conversation that we don't want you to miss! Listen Now
Weekend Focus: Mental Health Awareness Month
Weekend Focus is a Public Affairs program that airs each Saturday Morning on the Cumulus Media Stations in Green Bay. Family Services' Clinical Director Katie Rappel joined host Bill Rabeor on May 14th to speak about Mental Health and the services available in our area. Listen Now
FOR PARENTS: Summer Workshops
Are you or is someone you know in a tough phase of parenting? Our parenting workshops may be able to help! Registration is now open for all Summer offerings, including:

  • Potty Training
  • 123 Magic
  • Autism 2.0
  • Anger Management for Parents
  • Positive Discipline
  • Supporting Youth with Challenging Pasts

New and Recent Graduates Wanted
Family Services has several current job openings suited for recent college and high school graduates.

Graduates who are pursuing their licensure in the human services field will find a multitude of training opportunities in a variety of settings. Our agency is also proud to offer competitive benefits and flexible scheduling! Apply Now