PITTSBURG — A grant from the Leon  V. and Dorothy M. Skubitz Foundation is bringing counseling from Wichita to southeast Kansas via telecommunication.

The grant was given to the Catholic Charities Diocese of Wichita Southeast Kansas Services which is located at Wesley House.

“We had an opportunity all year long to attend community events with the Chamber, read newspaper to learn about program and projects that we see are improving Crawford County, improving the City of Pittsburg, Girard, Frontenac, McCune — wherever that is where we feel we can make an impact with almost $50,000,” Skubitz Foundation Committee Chairman Frances Mitchelson said. “And now to think we’ve almost given away $500,000 in a few short years.”

After looking at several nominations and interviews the charity was granted $47,058, approved by Skubitz Foundation Advisory Committee and the BMO Trust and Custody Services which gave the final approval.

“Going into that conference call there was one theme and that theme was ‘when you dream, dream big,’” Catholic Charities of Diocese of Wichita Executive Director Wendy Glick said regarding the interviews. “We came up with the idea of how can we bring our expertise and our scope of skills that we have mainly in our Wichita office and bring it to southeast Kansas to make an impact on the southeast Kansas area.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to do just that, to give back to the good folks in southeast Kansas who need a lot of resources to really change their lives and have long-term impact.”

The money will be used to purchase telecommunication equipment to help bring the services the charity has in Wichita to southeast Kansas.

“The grant will allow services in Wichita to tie in with our programs in Crawford County and southeast Kansas,” Southeast Kansas Service Program Director Casey Brown said.

Brown said the telecommunication is HIPPA compliant and counselors from their Wichita location will speak directly with the client through a monitor.

Services include Cana Counseling for family and marriages, Supportive Services for Veteran Families which help keep veterans and their families housed, and a program for people who are victims of abuse called the SAFE Project which include safety planning and responsible parenting and healthy relationships. Other services include mental health counseling and financial literacy across the board.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.