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Washburn Center for Children

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Mental Health Centers, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health Disorders, Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Washburn Center for Children's mission is to help children with social, emotional and behavioral problems, and their families, lead successful lives.

Target demographics: Washburn Center serves children, ages birth to 17, who struggle with challenges such as: anxiety, trauma, depression, attention deficit disorder, behavioral problems, loss or grief.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 2,700 children and approximately 8,100 families

Programs: Outpatient Therapy, School-based Therapy, Outreach, Intensive In-Home, Case Management, Crisis Stabilization, Family Focused and Day Treatment

Community Stories

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Ros B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at Washburn made the quality of life for my child eons better. Our case manager Jane A goes above and beyond the call of duty. We are always treated in a respectful way! I don't want to think about what we would do with out the outstanding staff at Washburn!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has worked at different non-profits throughout the years. She did an internship at Washburn & was ecstatic to be hired on permanently! Her work (crisis/trauma therapy) is challenging, to say the least, but she thoroughly enjoys the organization & the teamwork & support of her co-workers. Finally getting through to a client, or having one huge success story, recharges her drive & stamina so she can dedicate 110% to every child or family. Washburn provides a tight-knit structure of dedicated professionals who take pride in themselves, each other, & their jobs in the organization they represent.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son was constantly setting small fire and burning things up. He was about 6-7years old. We were afraid he would do some very serious things if he was not stopped. We were so lucky to find a wonderful therapist who had a whole program for young children who were fascinated by fire. After finishing the program, he lost his focus on fire. This was priceless to us!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter works at Washburn and is always telling me what a great company she works for. On top of her great coworkers she feels that the work that she does, even though she doesn't actually work with the children, makes her feel likes she is helping kids in need.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We gladly provide ongoing support to Washburn with our time and resources! My sister works as a School-based Mental Health Program Supervisor/Therapist. She and her colleagues do amazing work helping kids who have been dealt some pretty tough hands. Washburn staff are so competent and caring, and they work tirelessly to address the needs of kids with serious emotional and behavioral problems. Many of these kids will stave off significant, chronic problems later in life, because of efforts of Washburn during their childhood years. Keep up the great work Washburn!!

2

Former staff

Rating: 5

While at Washburn, I worked with talented colleagues who were committed to providing high quality mental health, consultation and training services to all members of our community who wished to obtain those services.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The very professional work of the Washburn staff with our Early Childhood Center at Westwood Lutheran Church has been exceptional. Over the last year the Washburn team has supported our work with young children and their parents with multiple observations and conferences. Services offered have been invaluable to our teaching staff and to the parents of our children. Unique opportunities included “office hours and drop-in services for parents’, the development of a unique series of classroom observations aimed not only at supporting children with challenges, but also on concrete teacher training including the use of student trainees.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The counselors from Washburn who have worked in our school devote an incredible amount of time and energy to their jobs. They are effective at reaching our students and their families. They are an extremely valuable resource to our community.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have a Washburn Mental Health Therapist at our elementary school. With her expertise and dedicated time to our students, they have found ways to cope with difficult situations and make positive changes in the school environment. Washburn provides professional, consistent and caring service to children and their families.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have had two staff members of Washburn work with our students. They both were invaluable members of our staff. They extended beyond the school and supported students, families and staff. They do amazing work with students to help them reach their true potiental.

4

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

My internship with Washburn provided me the opportunity to experience collaboration with individuals who are both professionally and personally committed to the well being of children and their families. It is quickly evident that this unique organization continues to be invested in most effectively identifying and addressing needs while respecting the rights and cultural desires of clients.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

When I worked at St. Joseph's Home for Children I became aware of the many children in the community that suffer from mental health. During this time it also became apparent how complicated children's mental health is. Recently an employee at Washburn explained the in depth training required to work at Washburn. Tell your story here and help others understand this charity

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In a world where increased demand for services is often met with decreased funding, thus leading to lack of availability of services, it is refreshing to see Washburn providing these vital interventions for the most vulnerable members of our society. Washburn's mission gives confidence to children, hope to their parents, and enables all of them to give back to society more effectively in the long-run. The Twin Cities are so blessed to have these services available to their citizens.

Review from Guidestar

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with a great staff. They use effective trtreatent models that focus on many facets of a child's life.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Washburn does amazing work with children and families who otherwise most likely would not get their mental health needs met. I especially appreciate their culturally relevant services for families of color when most other counseling services do not have this expertise.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bloomington Public Schools in collaboration with Fairview, Children's Dental Services, and Washburn Center for Children has opened a clinic in one of the District's Early Chilhdood Family Center site which I am coordinator. Washburn has a psychologist on site serving children 0 to 5. The psychologist has been wonderful in her involvement with our students and families including being open and effective with referrals made by teachers or through our early childhood screening process. Parents and staff have expressed many times how much help they have received from asking questions of the psychologist, having her visit their classrooms to do observations, talking to parents, and advising. Before when a concern about a child arised we had only early childhood special education for support which did not always meet the particular emotional/social needs of certain children. Now ECSE and Washburn work very close together in meeting needs for the very young children and thier parents. On behalf of staff and parents we applaud Washburn!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Washburn Center for Children is an amazing resource in our community. They have helped so many children and families and deserve our continuing support.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was the first year that I volunteered at a Washburn event and I was so impressed with the level of professionalism of the staff and the exceptional organization of the event. Not to mention the enthusiasm of the other volunteers and their ability to raise additional money at the event through fun and rewarding activities (live auction, skills contests, etc) If Washburn needs volunteers at any of their events - I will be there!

4

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the best internship at this amazing organization and am very thankful for the experience. Washburn provides high quality services for children and families. It was clear that the staff are passionate about their work. For the staff, Washburn provides great supervision, a happy and healthy atmosphere, and top notch on-going professional training.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our school has developed a collaboration with Washburn Child Guidance Center. This collaborative partnership allows several of our school families to have access to the guidance, therapy, and resources that they can benefit from in leading a healthier life. Students often make gains academically at school which we feel comes as a result of them receiving the outside support that they need. The support continues for our school families through the summer so that students do not loose this valuable connection.