By Kristen Tribe | Wise County Messenger
For 10 years, Wise County Christian Counseling (WCCC) and founder Beverly Ross have been a lifeline for those suffering emotional pain.
The non-profit agency offers professional counseling services on a sliding scale basis in an effort to light the path of those traveling a dark road.
Its annual fundraiser is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the Decatur Civic Center.
“We are all here licensed to be in private practice,” Ross said, “but my heart is that emotional pain, life pain, the hard road does not know economic boundaries.
“We don’t want anybody to not be able to get help.”
Due to the generosity of underwriters, the fundraising event is free. All donations made that night will go directly to WCCC.
Ross began offering services in 2006 as Wise County Christian Counseling, a ministry of the Tommy Maddox Foundation and then began operating independently in 2007.
She started adding counselors in 2010, and the staff now includes six therapists in addition to herself.
They include Heather Bedinger, a play therapist; Laura Landis, youth director at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur who specializes in teen counseling; Angie Conway who also focuses on teens; Abby McCrary who counsels adolescents; Le Shepard, who teaches psychology at Weatherford College Wise County and counsels adults, focusing on marriage; and Jana Bearden, who also counsels adults.
Ross said WCCC helped 600 family units in 2015, and they’re on track to exceed that in 2016.
“We are shining the light of hope,” Ross said. “That’s really what our emphasis is. We want to help people, whatever that looks like.”
Ross, who is also a well-known speaker in the area, said local business owners are partnering with WCCC to provide counseling for their employees. In exchange for monthly financial support, their employees can receive services for a predetermined, low-cost fee, regardless of their income level.
“We are arm-in-arm on this road,” she said. “Sometimes we are laying down and encouraging each other to get back up, and other times we’re limping along.
But we’re walking arm-in-arm toward the light of heaven.
“We help the broad spectrum of anxiety and depression,” she said. “There’s nothing we don’t see someone for.”
Ross said she and her staff are dedicated to the people of Wise County and reaching out to those in need, wherever they might be on their journey.
“We have fallen in love with Wise County,” she said. “We love being here.”
WCCC board members include Derek Boyd, Jeff Jones, Dan Mallory, Jeff McCain, Candy Burden and Susan Parks.
To attend next week’s fundraiser, RSVP by calling 940-627-1618 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Original Wise County Messenger Article.