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YMCA awarded grant to expand mental health resources


YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties was awarded a $25,000 grant by the local nonprofit Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) on April 10 at the Doylestown branch.

The operational grant recognizes the Y’s strategic initiatives that focus on community mental health in its summer camps and Healthy Horizons Pathway program.

The grant award will support the Y’s goals to further mental health components that are integrated into Bucks County pathway, child care and summer camp programs. Since the end of 2022, the Y has been engaged in a comprehensive mental health program development process, “Positive Mental Health,” under the guidance of a unique task force of 20 professionals from mental health organizations, community volunteers and Y staff.

Healthy Horizons is a free, donor-funded 12-week health and wellness program for qualifying individuals in, or following, mental health treatment. The program provides participants with instruction and coaching for sustained mind, body and spirit health, and includes a free, six-month membership to the YMCA for program graduates. Since its inception in 2021, Healthy Horizons has served over 140 participants. The class is currently offered at the Y’s Doylestown, Fairless Hills and Quakertown branches.

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