WESTFIELD, NJ — Last week, Mayor Shelley Brindle and the Westfield Town Council recognized Youth and Family Counseling Service of Westfield for its contributions to the community in honor of its 100th anniversary.

"The town of Westfield would like to recognize Youth and Family Service for its contribution to the mental well-being of the Westfield community," Mayor Brindle said, reading from the official proclamation presented to YFCS at that night’s town council meeting. "We … express gratitude to its past and present board members, professionals, staff and supporters who provide crucial and affordable mental health care to the Westfield community."

“Making a difference in people’s lives is humbling and rewarding. This wonderful proclamation makes it even more gratifying,” Carol Pedro, executive director of YFCS, told TAPinto Westfield. Pedro accepted the proclamation from the town council alongside YFCS board president Alex Williams. 

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Founded in 1918, YFCS is a private, non-profit agency that has served thousands of people in the Westfield area. According to its website, the organization's mission is to provide affordable professional counseling to members of the community regardless of ability to pay. In 2015, YFCS expanded its services to provide free counseling to active military and veterans.

Learn more at yfcsnj.org.