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Can Comedy Help Improve Family Relationships? This Funny Fundraiser at The Carnegie Hopes So

Over the past several months, issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, and the heroin epidemic have dominated national, regional, and local news headlines alike. While there are many agencies looking to combat these concerns using more conventional methods, one local non-profit is taking a different approach to solving these and many other societal problems.   

Families Matter, Inc. is a social service organization whose mission is to help people of all walks of life solve problems. Rather than providing traditional means of treatment such as counseling or therapy, Families Matter, Inc. uses a solution-oriented, cognitive behavioral technique that is effective, inexpensive, and accessible.   

According to Executive Director Thomas Cox, Families Matter, Inc." operates from a basic premise that everybody has problems but every problem has a solution." Cox, who has over 30 years experience working in the field, says that Families Matter, Inc. is unique and takes a collaborative approach when helping an individual solve his or her problems.  

"We aren't competing (with other agencies)," said Cox. "We are constantly in collaborative mode. Our chief product is strategic problem solving or solutions with a plan. If we can't help you solve your problem, we can help you find a path to a solution."  

Cox says the organization works with the state's Department for Community Based Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice and other providers including school counselors, therapists, doctors, and others to offer alternative care to children, adults, and families.   

Leading up to the launch of Families Matter, Inc., Cox operated a program called Family Day Camp for three years. The program, which was originally created as an alternative to juvenile detention, is held on the third Saturday of every month and gives families an outlet to discuss problems and work out solutions in a group setting. Cox says the response has been very good and no one has ever been turnedaway for any reason. One of the goals of Families Matter, Inc. is to expand the day camp's programming and begin problem solving in other areas with other relationships.  

Although the organization does receive a small amount of funding from both Boone and Kenton counties, additional resources are necessary as the new non-profit continues to grow. To help raise money, the organization is holding a fundraiser on Thursday, October 16 at The Carnegie in Covington. The event, Kids Today, will provide an entertaining look at the real world kids are growing up in today.   

"There will be comedy and dramedy and a lot of audience interaction," Cox said. "This show will depict many of the problems today's families deal with each day. It will be realistic." 

Tickets for Kids Today are $10 and can be purchased by calling The Carnegie at 859-957-1940 or at the door on Thursday evening. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.  

For more information on Families Matter, Inc. call 859-431-7747 or visit familiesmatterky.org.

-Jerod Theobald, managing editor