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VBEC spotlight business: Gulf Bend Center

July 28, 2012 at 2:28 a.m.

The Gulf Bend Center has served the city of Victoria for the past 42 years by specializing in mental health care.

The Victoria Business and Education Coalition is recognizing businesses that have shown a commitment to volunteering in Victoria schools.

The Gulf Bend Center has been around since 1970 and employs 155 people. Specializing in mental illnesses, the center services people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, as well as the needs of persons with intellectual functioning and developmental disabilities.

The center provides speakers at local schools and counseling services when needed. The center has also worked with schools on grants that support behavioral health services to at risk students.

The center explains why the organization wants to give back:

Why do you feel it is important to be involved in our educational system?

Early intervention with children to improve their overall mental health can best be achieved through partnerships with our local education systems.

How has being an active volunteer in the educational community helped your business or yourself, if any?

By helping others, we are able to help ourselves. We are able to learn more about what the education system needs from us and how we can help them serve the needs of the students.

How could a partnership between the businesses and educational community help Victoria?

We cannot and should not depend entirely on government to help address our local needs. It's through partnerships between businesses and the educational community that we can better plan to meet the future community business and education needs.

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