Olivet Boys & Girls Club received a grant in the amount of $607,267 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).
The award was among a number of grants announced Wednesday by PCCD to fund a wide range of programs that address community violence and prevention efforts.
Entitled Olivet Boys & Girls Club Safe Haven Project, Olivet will utilize funding to support enhancing and expanding social-emotional and mental health programming for at-risk youth using a holistic, multipronged approach including specialized staff support, professional development for all staff, family engagement, youth advocacy, and community resources.
Through this project, Olivet will further expand its capacity as an organization to address the growing mental health crisis and empower youth to succeed in the local community.
“Olivet Boys & Girls Club is incredibly excited for this grant from PCCD to implement the ‘Safe Haven Project’ to expand and enhance our current abilities to positively impact youth and families of Reading and Berks County” said Chris Winters, President and CEO.
“Through this project, Olivet will build the capacity of our team to better support club members and promote a club experience and culture focused on the mental wellness and the safety and security of the youth that call Olivet their “Safe Haven”. We extend our thanks to our dedicated community partners and our elected officials for their unwavering support of this project and the Olivet organization as a whole.”