Nancy and David Iben have been longtime supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

David is a member of the board of directors, and is currently the treasurer. Nancy’s involvement has come through her career work as a counselor and her passion for helping children. She originally worked for the club as a counselor and helped establish the current counseling program.

The club celebrated the couple’s commitment at a dedication ceremony Thursday, May 10th, to rename its family support center the Iben Family Support Center. Nancy and David Iben recently established an endowment to maintain the counseling program and services on an annual basis.

The designated endowment funds will underwrite the annual cost of services provided by licensed counselors to club members and their families free of charge. Currently, Airport Marina Counseling Services operates the counseling center at the club.

The Iben Family Support Center offers some of the help that used to come from extended family and community. This program aims to keep families healthy and intact through a broad range of preventive and support services delivered with flexibility, personalized attention and cultural sensitivity. The Iben Family Support Center fills an empty niche in the continuum of club and community services.

The Iben Family Support Center of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice represents an acknowledgement of the power and significance of families. This program seeks to provide broad- based support to empower and strengthen adults in their roles as parents, nurturers and providers; enhance family stability; develop parental competencies; and promote the healthy development of children.

Professional counseling is free to club members by licensed marriage and family therapists and supervised interns from local universities through a partnership with Airport Marina Counseling Service.

Participants are self-referred, or referred by staff, a parent or caretaker, or school or law enforcement personnel.

Brief individual, family or group counseling is offered and enhanced by classes in parenting (in English and Spanish), anger management, sibling relations, conflict resolution, and coping with divorce, among others. Referrals to outside service providers are made in cases where continuing counseling is warranted.

Information on the club, (310) 390-4477, or www.bgcv.org/.

Erikk Aldridge is the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, which is at 2232 Lincoln Blvd.

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