Pine Meadow Counseling helps bring families together

Trying to raise money to buy ranch for program

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The mission of a local counseling center is to use specific therapy methods to help bring Kern County families together during uncertain times.

The Pine Meadow Counseling Center has an intensive outpatient program with group classes aimed at getting to the heart of the problem.

The program has really made a difference in Vincent Lester and his daughter Meagan's lives. After moving across the country, Vincent says he saw a change in his daughter. She became withdrawn at school and lost confidence in herself.

"She felt very overwhelmed, coming from a little kid to a teenager, that's a big step in life," said Vincent.

"My grades were dropping and I just didn't care," said Meagan.

President and Founder of Pine Meadow Counseling, Steven Crouch, says they focus on three principles -- mind, thought and consciousness. This is a method he says creates feelings of hope and happiness, and it helps to break old habits.

This focus is making a big difference in the Lester family.

"It's a good feeling knowing my daughter asked for help and we got it for her and now she's happy," said Vincent.

Pine Meadow Counseling is holding a fundraiser event on May 3 to help raise money to buy a working horse and cattle ranch that will provide students a rare opportunity to work daily on the ranch.

The event will be located at 327 Garnsey Avenue and will have food, wine, a vendor's marketplace, auctions, games and music.

The gates will open at 5 p.m. with the silent auction winners announced at 7:30 p.m. A live auction will start at 8 p.m. and the dance floor opens at 9 p.m.

Individual tickets are $50. Couple tickets are $75. Small tables are $475 and large tables are $575. 

To purchase tickets or to get more information you can call Tricia at (661) 633-2561.

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