KTTU "In Focus," Sunday, 8/29/10, 10:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Sue Krahe, Executive Director, Our Family.

Economic challenges are causing many issues for families, such as stress, anxiety, anger, substance abuse, child neglect and abuse and concern about the future.  Krahe says there are more “middle class” people seeking services right now, especially food, shelter and child-care.  She says child care services are almost non-existent in Tucson.

Krahe says the agency offers therapy groups on anger management and domestic violence.  She says marriage, parenting and family counseling is also offered.  She says parents of teenagers in particular call seeking assistance on “what to do” with the teen.  She says many young people are “content” surviving “on the street.”  She says a “crisis,” such as a pregnancy, or being beat up, will cause them to seek help.  She says community mediation services have been provided for 50 years, going back to when the agency was known as “Family Counseling Agency.”  She says volunteers help people work through their own solutions in a variety of disputes, from landlord-tenant to neighbor-related issues and more.  She says elder-care decisions also often result in the need for mediation between family members. 

Krahe says volunteers provide many of the services offered.  She says that includes the “senior companion” program, which offers support and assistance to people over the age of 60.