Befriend Mentoring Program

June 22, 2017

CAFF Priorities met: Expanding Community Philanthropy; Engaging Youth and Young People


Oasis Counseling International received a $1,500 grant from the Columbus Area Future Fund for their Befriend Mentoring Program. Befriend is a family-to-family mentoring program currently operating in Columbus and Norfolk. The program provides a mentoring service for at-risk families with volunteer mentor families. It is unique because it serves the entire family unit, specifically: children at risk because of current or possible abuse and neglect; teen parents and single parents; parents with a history of alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, psychiatric conditions or physical illness; and parents needing improved child management practices.


The purpose of Befriend is to create a community of healing; to provide critical support, encouragement and accountability to vulnerable people; to connect them with community resources they are unaware of or unable to access on their own; to reduce child abuse and neglect; to decrease substance abuse and violence; to increase parenting skills; to develop and strengthen protective factors; and to promote the social-emotional well-being of the entire family. Befriend is a bridge that brings hurting and healthy people together.


The Befriend Mentoring Program is making a difference one family at a time. The Columbus Area Future Fund is proud to offer support of this much-needed resource in our community.



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The Columbus Area Future Fund (formerly Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund) is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation and strives to build a community endowment to promote local leadership development, entrepreneurship, youth engagement and community philanthropy.  Your gift will be used to advance those efforts and ensure dollars are available locally for use in determining our region’s future.

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P.O. Box 1734
Columbus, NE 68602

The Columbus Area Future Fund is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charitable non-profit corporation. 

The Columbus Area Future Fund is a founding member of the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council.

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