Tulare’s ‘Connections Center’ to Offer Array of Services to Youth, Families and Probationers

Tulare County’s probation department has unveiled a new program for youth, families, and the previously incarcerated who are facing a number of social or economic challenges. The new Connections Center will offer mental health, education, vocational, and addiction recovery services under one roof. The facility is located in Visalia.

“We created this with (the community) in mind," said Chief Probation Officer Michelle Bonwell. "We really wanted them to walk through the door and know that our partners are here to serve, and they are here to help."

Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Amy Shuklian called Connections “the upper echelon of community service organizations in Tulare County,” adding that the work of Bonwell and her department has been “just incredible."

The department partnered with a number of businesses, agencies, and nonprofits including Alliant International University; the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias; the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency; the Tulare County Office of Education; Visalia Adult School; Visalia Youth Services, and many more.


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