TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Programs designed to help youth at the Vigo County Juvenile Justice Center will continue after the United Way of the Wabash Valley’s Substance Use Disorders Council delivered a grant of $8,000 to help cover a funding gap.

Center Director Norm Loudermilk explained that the headcount in the center was lowered due to COVID-19 protocols, which resulted in less money coming in for the 2021-2022 school year.

“The funding source used to pay for group therapy and counseling was reduced significantly. Without the generosity of the United Way we would not be able to continue to help the children that are housed here,” Loudermilk said.

Beyond that, Loudermilk added that the money will allow the programs to be built up further to hopefully give positive results to area youth.

“This is a great example of how the vital work being done in the Juvenile Justice Center is able to continue because our volunteer impact council recognized the need. This grant will be able to provide help for vulnerable juveniles in an effort to prevent them from facing an adult court system in the future,” Executive Director of the United Way of the Wabash Valley Richard Payonk said.