WINONA, Minn. (WKBT)- One of the region’s largest social service agencies is expanding its home visiting program thanks to a large state grant.

The Minnesota Department of Health is giving Winona’s Family and Children Center $1.25 million over five years to bring the Healthy Families Program to Winona.

The program conducts early intervention and prevention services for young children facing difficult home situations.

Their goal is to intervene as early as possible to help children and families, and their president says these resources are coming at a time when Winona County needs them most.

“Winona County is one of the 12 at-risk communities in the state of Minnesota, so it’s really important that it comes here,” said Tita Yutuc, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Center. “This program and the expansion of this program will help 40 families.”

Family and Children’s Center is based out of La Crosse but also has centers in Winona, Black River Falls, Sparta, and Viroqua.

Article originally appeared on on September 6, 2022.