July 18, 2022 | Local News

Jeannie Howard of Mary Kendall joins Counseling Assistance Program with Catholic Charities

BY SARA LEWIS, SPECIAL TO THE WESTERN KENTUCKY CATHOLIC

The Diocese of Owensboro is excited to welcome Jeannie Howard to the CAP (Counseling Assistance Program) program through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Owensboro.

Jeannie Howard recently joined the list of counselors available through CAP (Counseling Assistance Program) of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Owensboro. COURTESY OF MARY KENDALL CAMPUS

Howard is an active member of Precious Blood Parish in Owensboro, which she joined five years ago after growing up at Immaculate Parish in Owensboro. Howard is currently the committee chair for Precious Blood’s family and social life committee.  A licensed professional clinical counselor, Howard is also trained in “Love and Logic” parenting. Howard is the adoption services director for the Mary Kendall adoption program, where she has worked for the past 20 years.

While Howard’s caseload currently only consists of children, she is able to accept CAP clients of all ages.

CAP is a network of counselors in the Diocese of Owensboro who are available to see clients at a reduced rate through collaboration between the diocese, parishes and clients. Any parishioner in the Diocese of Owensboro can see any counselor on the CAP list at a reduced rate. However, even if a parishioner does not qualify for CAP because they have insurance or health benefits through an employer that pays for mental health therapy or counseling, the CAP list is a good place to check for anyone in the diocese who is looking for counseling services.

“We are always thrilled to announce new CAP counselors, and we couldn’t be more excited to have Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Home as a community partner in our CAP program,” said Susan Montalvo-Gesser, director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Owensboro. “They have been serving families and children for decades and have such a great presence and reputation in our community. We look forward to working together.”

The Mary Kendall Home in Owensboro was opened in 1904 by the Women’s Christian Association (WCA), led by Mrs. Mary Kendall. The home was opened as a rescue for women and children. The Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes acquired The Mary Kendall Home in 1984, renaming it the Mary Kendall Campus of the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth. The home continues to serve women, youth, and children in the Kentucky area today.

For more information about CAP, or to find a list of counselors, visit owensborodiocese.org/counseling.

Sara Lewis is the administrative assistant for the Diocese of Owensboro’s Office of Evangelization & Discipleship, Office of Marriage & Family Life, and Office for Ongoing Formation for Priests.

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