Korean families struggling with domestic violence, mental illness, and other difficulties will be able to receive free counseling with Korean American Family Services (KFAM) once again this year.
The non-profit began a free counseling service from a fund called the ‘R.O.C.K.’ (Resilience to Overcome Challenges for Korean families) fund in 2015 when it received a $50,000 donation from an anonymous benefactor who wanted to help Korean families who are undocumented or are not financially able to afford counseling to be able to receive the help that they need. 77 Korean individuals were able to receive free counseling through the R.O.C.K. fund in 2015, which made up some 33 percent of all families that received counseling through KFAM that year. The non-profit once again secured a $50,000 donation for 2016, allowing KFAM to continue the R.O.C.K. services.
“Many of those who once struggled with depression, anxiety, various trauma, and other difficulties and received free counseling through the R.O.C.K. fund say that they now live happier lives as they go out and meet with friends,” said KFAM executive director Connie Chung Joe. “We are thankful to the benefactor who gave such a large donation to help form healthy Korean families, and we hope that those who were hurt and are hurting would be able to recover through the counseling services that KFAM offers.”
Meanwhile, KFAM offers various services for Korean immigrant families, such as mental health workshops, and placing Korean children in the foster care system with Korean families, among others.