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On Mission: Flowing Brook supports local children

When schools closed statewide due to the coronavirus, there was a short span when schools were not feeding lunches to the kids.

Flowing  Brook, Inc. and Sonic of Troy responded by coming together to provide lunch for 330 kids in Troy Public Housing on March 18.

Shabrell Reynolds, founder of Flowing Brook, Inc., a non-profit organization, said there was a need and an opportunity and filling needs is the purpose and goal of Flowing Brook Inc.

“Our mission is to ensure youth growth and development through a comprehensive family and community initiative,” Reynolds said. “We wanted to show our support of these kids and their parents and let them know how important they are and that they will be cared for during these very difficult times.”

Reynolds, formerly of Troy, operates Flowing Brook out of the Montgomery area but its reaches also extend throughout the Wiregrass area and into West Alabama.

Flowing Brook provides a variety of services for ages two through 21. The services provided include individual and family counseling, group therapy, retreats, workshops, college preparation and career enrichment.

Flowing Brook also offers a variety of specialty services that include anxiety, trauma, depression, eating disorders, family and friend loss, adolescent issues and spirit counseling.

“Flowing Brook provides a Christ-centered approach to service,” Reynolds said. “Flowing Brook uses the practicality of spirituality to help individuals and families and members of the community achieve wholeness in their lives. We meet people where they are and provide the services they need.”

Referrals come to Flowing Brook from a variety of resources including Child Advocacy Centers, the Department of Human Resources, schools, churches and, at times from individuals who recognize a need and from word of mouth.

Flowing Brook provides a comprehensive family and community approach to its services.

“We offer programs and resources where youth and their families grow and develop,” Reynolds said.

Flowing Brook’s staff of three and volunteers go into the homes of those they serve to meet the needs where they exist.

“We work with at-risk individuals and the families that are affected,” Reynolds said. “We serve them where they are most comfortable and most receptive. Most often we meet individually and once or twice a month in groups.”

The services of Flowing Brook also include services from renovating houses, to buying groceries, to taking kids to dinner so they can learn to order from a menu.

“Life skills are very important and teaching kids those skills is also a focus of what we do,” Reynolds said. “We are excited that residential housing for at-risk adolescents is coming soon. At Flowing Brook, we continue to search for and find ways to help individuals, families and communities.”

Donations are always needed and appreciated. For more information, visit the Flowing Brook, Inc. website.