Haven Center, a non-profit, faith-based counseling service that has an office in North Branch, has seen substantial growth in the amount of people using its counseling services over the past two years.
During that time frame, there has been a 178 percent increase in the amount of clients visiting Haven Center for basic counseling, financial coaching, grief counseling and other services.
Haven Center Executive Director Bill Koski said in the four years the center has been open, 6,800 client visits took place.
Koski attributes the increase to the fact that Haven Center accepts most forms of insurance, it works closely with the Minnesota Veteran’s Affairs Office to offer post-traumatic stress counseling and it sometimes works with clients who don’t have the resources to pay.
In an effort to better serve Chisago County and surrounding counties, Haven Center has announced a two-year capital campaign.
During the capital campaign from now until 2014, Haven Center hopes to raise $250,000, which it will use to retire the startup costs of building the counseling center.
Koski said the center would also like to raise enough money to expand its counseling services.
“We are looking at a situation where we might be able to increase our counseling offices and reach out to members of the community more,” he said.
Those who would like to donate to Haven Center’s capital campaign can visit the organization’s website.
Koski said he and others from Haven Center also plan to be out in the community as much as possible, striking up conversations with community leaders about how the center can better serve Chisago County and surrounding areas.
“We want to let people know we’re here and talk to them one-on-one so they can share in the vision of Haven Center,” he said.