FRESNO–The Fresno Family Counseling Center at Fresno State, U.S received a gift of $200,000 from alumnus and retired dentist Dr. Harry Moordigian to help expand mental health service in the Central Valley.
The center, ran by Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and human Development, will used the gift to expand metal health counseling programs that target the Hmong community in partnership with Fresno Community benefit organization Stone Soup.
Some of the money will also go toward reinstating the “Placticas” program, which provides mental health outreach at food distributions in rural Fresno and Madera counties.
Moordigian, 75, has been supporting Fresno State since the 1970s when he joined the Bulldog Foundation.
In 2007, for instance he honored the memory of his late parents Harry and Nevart Moordigian by establishing an endowment to support the Department of Viticulture and Enology. The scholarship now stands at nearly $250,000.
He also donated to the Armenian Studies Department and athletics program back in 1993.
His latest gift stems from a letter he discovered three years ago written by his mother, who had likely suffered from depression after escaping the Armenian Genocide that took his father’s life.
Private support like Moordigian’s is deemed critical for the Fresno Family Counseling Center, which relies on Fresno State faculty and graduate students to provide clinical help for those in need of marriage, family and child counseling.