Through the generosity of grants and donations like the one we recently received from The Venice Golf & Country Club, Women’s Resource Center has been able to grow our counseling and emotional well-being programs in our Venice office. As a comparison, we included the number of hours of counseling we were able to provide in 2017 and a year-to-date number (it’s only June!) for 2018. THANK YOU for your support, YOU are making a difference in the lives of our clients!

The Venice office started offering counseling services on Thursday, June 1, 2017 with Dr. Jerry Fennell. On Saturday, July 15, 2017, we added an additional counselor, Deana Gozder, LCSW. Offering counseling on Saturday allowed the Venice office accommodate clients who worked Monday through Friday.

On August 17, 2017, we started a new program called “You are Worthy – Raise Your Own Bar” with Chris Florand and Denise Whalin. This program is a support group that helps women with self-esteem issues. The group meets every other Thursday. Please note, there are no group sessions in June and July 2018.

The following is a client story we wanted to share:

In the beginning of March, we received a call from Andy who was concerned about his wife’s depression. He asked if we would reach out to her and see if she would be open to visit WRC to discuss the various programs that could help her move forward from a major lifestyle change in their family. I met with Denise and we discussed how her life moved from affluence to despair. Although she was defensive and sad, she was willing to make an appointment for counseling. After her first session with Dr. Jerry, we could already see the sparkle return to her eyes.  


She also meet with Deborah, our Career Advisor, to discuss her resume. Between her sessions with Dr. Jerry and her meeting with Deborah, Denise procured a fabulous high paying job in Fort Myers. She is extremely grateful for the services (both counseling and employment) she received at The Women’s Resource Center Venice office. We are grateful to her husband Andy for reaching out when he saw troubling signs from his wife.