Join us for the 2021 Brandon's House Counseling Center Walkathon. Walk 5k to support free counseling for teens and families. This is a virtual event taking place May 16th. Join friends and family on social media during the walkathon. Participants are encouraged to use individual fundraiser tools to raise money toward the walkathon goal. Prizes are available for most money raised by an individual and most money raised by a group, so be creative!
Brandon’s House is a free counseling center inspired by two special young men. While the founder, Susan Parr, was completing requirements for her Master’s degree in counseling, she worked with a teenage boy who had witnessed his father murder his mother. Due to restrictions put in place by his health insurance, this teen had only limited access to the mental health care he desperately needed to help him face this trauma. As a result, his healing was impacted by the barriers of insurance and cost.
Mrs. Parr was required to write a proposal to complete her degree, and she made the radical proposition that her church, DePauw Memorial United Methodist Church, remodel the old home behind the church to create a counseling center for teenagers - A place where teenagers could come for help for as long as they needed to do so without ever having to pay. The services would be free. While Mrs. Parr was completing the proposal, Brandon Dukes, a 17-year-old member of her church, died unexpectedly from a heart attack. His parents, Larry and Sharon Dukes, graciously allowed the new center to be named after their son.
From the beginning, Brandon’s House has been a local, grassroots agency that focuses on giving back to the people that keep it going. The center is 100% supported by the local community through individual donations, fundraisers, and small local grants. The vision of Mrs. Parr has grown into a counseling center that services about 100 families a year, with no one ever receiving a bill. The center does not bill any insurances or take state or federal funds. The focus is on the people of the community taking care of the families and youth within their area who need help.