HEADLAND, AL - At first glance, Living Waters simply looks like a nice place to spend the afternoon in Headlad, but behind its walls licensed counselors are volunteering their services for free.
“These are things we believe we’ve been called to do,” said Ginger Mayer, counselor.
Her vision was born eight years ago. What started in a small office space has expanded to 32 acres complete with a chapel, pond, and counseling center.
“The scope is long. We see ages from 4 to seniors. On a given day we can see kids with adhd to adults with depression,” Mayer said.
Through donations, Living Waters has been able to expand their reach.
Cabins and an activity barn are under construction.
Living Waters also launched the Wiregrass Warm Line this year. Unlike a crisis line, this is for people who are having a difficult time or just need to talk.
“These are volunteers from any walk of life. They’re not necessarily counselors. Just someone that is willing to listen and be a friendly voice to someone in need,” said Teresa Farkus, volunteer.
Funding cuts and the closure of Alabama’s mental health hospitals will put more pressure on local counseling centers and services, and the volunteers here are prepared.
“I believe it’s going to take lots and lots of folks standing together to help support this type of situation so that everybody can get the help they need,” said Mayer.
Anyone is welcome to enjoy the pond out at the center. They are open every day.
Living Waters Counseling
Wiregrass Warm Line
Monday - Friday 5pm - 9pm
Saturday - Sunday 1pm - 9pm