The CarMax Foundation awarded UMFS’ Leland House in Centerville, VA a $10,000 grant. Leland House staff will use the money to provide therapeutic services, Spanish-speaking interpreters and to purchase special workbooks, as well as other tools and toys to use in therapy sessions. The money covers a minimum of 60 workbooks and language services for the 30 percent of their clients whose primary language is Spanish.
“We use workbooks regularly to help the kids in therapy learn to externalize struggles and help them with self-awareness,” said Kristina Kallini, director of Leland House. “They are used between therapy sessions for practice and kids are able to take them home to help them transition out of our program and keep them focused on the future.
The grant is part of the CarMax Foundation’s Regional Giving Program. A CarMax store in northern Virginia originally nominated Leland House for the grant. The CarMax Foundation awards its Regional Giving grant to a nonprofit organization that has been nominated and meets a need that relates to children’s education, healthy living, or youth leadership
Leland House, in Centerville, VA, works with high-risk youth in crisis situations, providing individual, group and family therapy, education and recreational opportunities. It provides short-term (up to 45 days) intervention and stabilization for children ages 12 to 17 who live in Fairfax county. Those children receive clinical case management with the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices in a structured, therapeutic environment.
More information about Leland House is available on our website here.