Legacy of Hope

PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Amanda W. Ragland, Executive Director, The Vine,
256-426-0199, amanda@vinepcc.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Donor Response to Vine Capital Campaign Ensures Future of Hope

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama, June 16, 2022: The Vine Pastoral Counseling Center announced at their annual fundraiser that they are purchasing 608 Church Street to be their forever home in downtown Huntsville giving a legacy of hope to future generations. This is possible because the organization raised $1,928,600 (out of goal of $2,500,000) through the outpouring of support from the community with over 60 donors. The Vine is now entering the public phase of the campaign to raise $571,400 over the next 4 months.

During this time of COVID recovery and cultural upheaval, now more than ever mental health is important. New CDC analysis shows that in 2021, more than 37% of high school students reported they experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 44% reported they persistently felt sad or hopeless during the past year. More than half (55%) reported they experienced emotional abuse by a parent or another adult.
Research by Legal Templates, a company that provides legal documents, showed that 31% of couples responding admitted the lockdown has caused irreparable damage to their relationships. The Vine is currently providing an average of 500 sessions a month. (84,520 sessions between 1999 and 2021, with $1,020,199 of Scholarship Assistance). “The Vine offers quality counseling services by professional therapists who incorporate two very important things: Jesus and mental health care. That’s a powerful and necessary combination. We need to normalize mental health care and reduce the stigma because our community is stronger when we are taking care of everyone. I am proud to contribute financially so that these services provided by The Vine are prominently available here in Huntsville”, said Bob Broadway. The new office location will allow more therapy offices, handicap accessibility, more parking, space for on-site workshops, programs for the community and the completion of a Healing and Prayer Garden that will be available to clients and to the public.

The Vine is proud that the lobby will be named by the Doris Burwell Foundation. The Community Room will be named by Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Brock, III. One counseling room will be named by Bill and Judy Case, and another will be named by Newell and Mary Witherspoon. Contributors to the Campaign include: Bob and Julie Broadway, Ken and Lea Ann Barnett, Buck and Nancy Brock, The Doris Burwell Foundation, Pam Barratt White, Newell and Mary Witherspoon, Bill and Judy Case, Mr. Don Wolfe and Mrs. Sarah Curtis, Lou and Joanne Horn Foundation, A Donor Advised Fund of the U.S. Charitable Gift Trust, Dr. and Mrs. William C. Stone, Drs. Ike and Rebecca Nelson, Drs. Amanda and Jack Ragland, Scott and Susan Booth, David and Amy Harbarger, Bill and Maureen Lokken, Tom and Donna Coon, Doug and Karen Madison, Pattie and John Cline, Dennis and Rosemary McMahan, Dr. Ralph and Rev. Kimberly A. Mitchel, Mr. Scott and Rev. Margaret Ames, David and Angela McKenzie, Elaine and Brian Leffel, Carol T. Mebane and John S. Mebane, Joanna Antonios, Kevin and Connie Wilson, Worth Stuart, Cheryl Johnson, Brenda McGhee, and 11 Anonymous Donors.

The Vine is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to provide services for individuals, couples, families and congregations that will facilitate healing and wholeness in human life and relationships. Services will be
provided to any person regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status or faith perspective. The fees for services range from $5 to $135 a session, based on ability to pay.