As a nonprofit community based counseling center located in St. Charles Parish, Creative Family Solutions empowers individuals to make good choices, reclaim self-esteem, trust others, achieve goals in the home and in the educational and judicial systems.
At the 20th anniversary program, Dwayne LaGrange, executive director of Community Affairs for St. Charles Parish, remarked on the positive impact the counseling center is making in the community.
Judge Emile R. St. Pierre reflected on how The Center for Family and Youth Services now DBA Creative Family Solutions began in 1999, including the impact of Dr.Danny Roussel, a longtime counselor in St. Charles Parish. Thanks to Judge St. Pierre’s original influence, the 29th Judicial Court has supported CFS throughout its entire 20-year existence.
Additionally, the United Way of St. Charles has provided enormous support over the last two decades.
John Dias, UW executive director, utilized the biblical story of the Good Samaritan to emphasize how CFS is “a kind neighbor that provides mercy to hurting families” in the parish. Whereas St. Pierre emphasized the past original leadership of Danny Roussel, Dias emphasized the current ongoing leadership of Eric Dishongh, CFS executive director.
Dishongh concluded the program by looking forward to the next 20 years and beyond.
“At Creative Family Solutions, we want to help anyone at anytime with any problem they are experiencing,” he said. “In the schools, students dream about getting all As. But at Creative Family Solutions, we’re dealing with all As as well, just a different kind, including anger, anxiety, abuse, addiction, and adjustment. These As can very quickly turn dreams into nightmares.
“That’s why we are ‘Building Hope Together.’ I’m thankful to all of our supporters and also to our outstanding staff of licensed professional counselors, including Ashley Trosclair, Sara Lyon, Brianne Cortez and Sara Lyon.