Watercourse Counseling has grown to serve nine Minneapolis schools, and its footprint inside a house on Bryant is slated for expansion.
The center will double its clinical space by replacing a garage with a one-story addition at the southwest corner of the property. Renovations will convert a porch into a play therapy room. A former library will become a new therapy room, a dining room will become a patient counseling room, and a new meeting room will allow for group therapy. A new entrance will provide better accessibility to the house.
If funding allows, the center plans to add an accessible green roof. They’re also planning a Little Free Library; space for bikes; and the continuation of a garden plot maintained in collaboration with the Southwest Senior Center, where seniors plant produce to pass out during the summer. (Volunteers are planting in the front yard while the house is under construction.)
Watercourse has operated at 3548 Bryant Ave. S. since 2000, and serves 1,000 clients each year.
Development Specialist Melissa Philibert said Watercourse sends more therapists to schools as funding becomes available.
“The demand far outweighs how many therapists are actually in schools,” she said.
The center also works with adults, couples and families to address general mental health issues including depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, self-care, self-esteem and stress management. Services are available in Spanish and Somali.
The center is raising $15,000 in donations to help support the renovation.