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Methodist Justice Ministry provides new counseling services with new grant funds

Written by Mindia Whittier

The program serves families impacted by domestic violence.

Methodist Justice Ministry (MJM) has established a new partnership with Wellness Counseling and Consulting, LLC to help provide life-changing counseling services to help victims of abuse and neglect overcome past trauma and break the generational cycle of abuse by learning new coping skills and healthy behaviors.

Methodist Justice Ministry supports families who have experienced neglect and domestic violence by providing free legal representation and ongoing support to ensure that the children are with a caring and protective caregiver and the women can lead a life without the fear of violence and abuse.

The counseling sessions are offered to MJM families at no cost to the clients.

Wellness Counseling and Consulting, LLC was founded by Mirna Cano, MA, LPC in 2019 and provides therapy to English and Spanish-speaking families. Mirna and her fellow coworker,  Jenifer Ortiz, LMSW, have 24 years of experience in helping families and victims of domestic violence. 

“Our vision is to restore hope by making counseling services accessible to those that need it the most and break the stigma surrounding mental health issues,” Cano said.

Supporters of the initiative include the United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church (UMW) and a Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® (HKHF) grant by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). The HKHF funding supports BCBSTX’s commitment to community-based organizations supporting children and families that focus on health and wellness and target impacts of socio-economic and social determinants of health, as well as economic opportunity.

“We are happy to award these grants that will support and nurture meaningful and transformational projects across Texas,” said Sheena Payne, BCBSTX’s director of Community Investments. “Strategically, it is also important that we continue to aid community-based organizations that are directly supporting children and families with health and wellness equity as well as building foundations for economic opportunity.”

The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church is a community of women that is a faith-based organization with a long history of supporting women, youth, and children in the Fort Worth community while gaining inspiration of their own faith journeys.

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