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Fox Valley Hands of Hope announces New Manager of Bereavement Services

Apr 23, 2019 03:14PM ● By Hannah Ott
Geneva Fox Valley Hands of Hope announced the addition of Erik Meeks, MA, LCPC as the Manager of Bereavement Services. Erik comes to the organization with over a decade of professional helping experience as a counselor and therapist.

Erik is Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois and has received his Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida and Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University in Psychology.

Through a diverse background in the mental health field, counseling adults, children and families, Erik brings specializations and expertise in addictions counseling along with effective treatments of grief, loss and trauma to the FVHH Bereavement team.

“Erik is a great addition the FVHH Team. His background and experience will be a tremendous asset as we continue to provide the best in compassionate care to the community,” said Greg Weider, Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s Executive Director.
Erik is Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois with a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. 

Meeks brings his history of experiences working for not-for-profit Mental Health agencies in Aurora and most recently as Coordinator of the Addictions program with Pillars Community Health. 

Erik has been responsible for making critical and difficult treatment decisions and collaborating with staff to help the programs he’s served run as smoothly and as efficiently as possible, while also providing exceptional care to the clients he worked with focusing on substance abuse as well as other vocational, lifestyle, psychological and trauma related concerns. 

In addition to individual counseling, Erik has a deep knowledge of the variety of levels of care having worked clinically in both inpatient and outpatient settings; facilitating groups, assessment of clients and maintaining referrals to community resources.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to come to work for an organization making the type of impact they are having with individuals who are going through some of the most difficult parts of their lives. I cherish the opportunity to come alongside those who are grieving and play a part in facilitating their healing journey. I look forward to investing in FVHH and helping it continue to grow and succeed to reach those in need of support after experiencing a loss,” said Erik.

About Fox Valley Hands of Hope: The mission of Fox Valley Hands of Hope is to enhance the quality of life and to provide HOPE for those experiencing grief or life-threatening illness. The professional staff and trained volunteers are community-funded, allowing the center to provide the best in compassionate care, free of charge. The programs are designed to provide support for adults, children and families, regardless of age, income level, race or religious beliefs. FVHH is supported entirely by the community, and all services are available without charge. "We believe that every person in need should be given hope." #GiveMoreHope
For more information regarding Fox Valley Hands of Hope, please contact the organization’s Director of Development, Gayle Deja-Schultz at 630-232-2233 x221 or

Source: Jessica Lamb, Development Coordinator