The Friends of Southern Hills, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 1985 with the initial goal of raising community funds in support of the Southern Hills Counseling Center facility in Jasper. Following that successful campaign, the Friends has also raised funds from the local communities for the Rockport, Paoli, and Tell City office buildings. The Friends' assistance has made it possible for Southern Hills Counseling Center to obtain ownership of its facilities, thus saving a substantial amount of money in rental expenses.
The Friends of Southern Hills also co-sponsors with Southern Hills Counseling Center an annual writing contest for middle and high school students in the Southern Hills service area (Crawford, Dubois, Orange, Perry, and Spencer Counties in southern Indiana). The purpose of the writing contest is to encourage students to become more aware of mental health and to consider a profession in the mental health field. Winners in the writing contest receive cash prizes and the top four entries are posted on the Southern Hills web site.
The Friends of Southern Hills awards a $1000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who is a dependent child of a Southern Hills Counseling Center employee. The scholarship is to be used for education beyond high school at an approved college or vocational school. Selection criteria include the applicant’s academic performance, extra-curricular activities, SAT or ACT test scores, references, and an application essay.
The Board of Directors of The Friends of Southern Hills, Inc. is a volunteer board made up of individuals from the Southern Hills service area. Two of these members are also members of the Board of Directors of the Southern Hills Counseling Center.