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Counseling office finds new home

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, January 13, 2018

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NEW SPACE – Beverly Ross shows off the new office space of Wise County Christian Counseling and Jenny’s Hope. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Just before Christmas, Wise County Christian Counseling received the best gift – a new home.

The counseling office and its new grief center, Jenny’s Hope, will move in to the former Gift Shop on Farm Road 51 in Decatur this year. The grief center is especially close to founder Beverly Ross’ heart, as it’s named after her daughter, Jenny Ross Bizaillion, who died following a sudden illness in 2010.

“I wanted to do it to honor Jenny,” Ross said. “It’s for people who are learning to carry the pain of the death of people that they love.”

When the Gift Shop is remodeled into WCCC, the downstairs area will be the grief center, complete with rooms for group therapy for all age groups.

“The premise behind our grief center will be that there are no more powerful words than, ‘Me too,'” Ross said. “We are not going for like events, but like emotions.”

Jenny’s Hope will focus on counseling for the death of loved ones first, before adding other types of grief counseling. Ross would like to eventualy include divorce, counseling for children with incarcerated or addicted parents and anticipatory grief counseling for those with poor health diagnosis.

All grief services will be free of charge, so no one will be turned down. There’s no waiting period required after the death of a loved one – counselors will see those in mourning whenever they’re ready.

“We want to give breath to people’s spirits as they learn to grieve,” Ross said. “I don’t believe you ever heal from grief. You learn to carry the pain, you learn to live with it, to know what to expect.”

WCCC will continue offering its other counseling services, including play therapy. The second story of their new office will be devoted to one-on-one counseling, which is paid for by sliding scale. There will also be a room for art and music therapy.

The new office will honor not only Jenny, but also Josh Wood, the son of James and Shirley Wood, who died in 2010. The Wood family brought the Gift Shop to Ross’ attention when she was looking for more space to serve more people.

“Our main goal when it was the Gift Shop was to be a blessing to someone,” Pam Wood said. “And I still feel that way about the building. I think it will be good for the town, good for the whole county.”

Out of her own grief, Ross believes good things will come.

“It’s part of the experience of life, death. The Lord is using it to pour out hope,” Ross said. “Joy and grief hold hands. It took a long time for me to feel joy. It takes great courage to recognize joy, to know joy. And that’s what the counseling will be about.”

INTERESTED IN DONATING?

The new Wise County Christian Counseling and Jenny’s Hope offices still need to be remodeled, and WCCC is currently accepting donations to support their ministry. Donate at wccc.org. WCCC also needs volunteers to serve with children and to make snacks for classes. Call 940-627-1618 if you’d like to volunteer.

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