Kids-TALK CAC Campaign Contribution
The Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is a program of The Guidance Center that provides children and their families dealing with the unimaginable pain of sexual or physical abuse, neglect, or trauma, protection from being further traumatized and the opportunity to begin healing. Since 2001, our program has worked as part of a dynamic team of specialized professionals to meet the needs of the maltreated children of Wayne County.
In 2016 the agency celebrated the formal completion of the $2 million major gift campaign to benefit the agency’s Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC).
The program, operated by The Guidance Center (TGC) with physical locations in both Midtown Detroit and Southgate, helps children up to the age of 17 (and their families) who are victims of sexual or physical abuse, severe trauma, or neglect, or who have witnessed a violent crime. Approximately 1,600 children are served each year by this critical program in Wayne County.
In 2014 TGC set its sights on purchasing the historic home and carriage house at 40 E. Ferry Street in Detroit to create a permanent home for the program. It launched Phase I of a major gift campaign where $1.1 million was quickly secured from a group of generous individuals, foundations and community leaders to make that a reality.
Once the buildings were purchased by the agency, Phase II of the campaign was launched to raise an additional $900,000 to enhance the operations of the program, both in Southgate and Detroit, and to complete important renovations to the Midtown facility just a block north of the Detroit Institute of Arts to make it accessible to all in the community.
The additional funds provide evidence-based, trauma-focused mental health services to all children and families seeking help in Wayne County. Of the 1,587 children who received forensic interviews last year at the Kids-TALK CAC, 79 percent experienced sexual abuse, 25 percent experienced physical abuse, nine percent experienced severe neglect, and 12 percent experienced another form of trauma. Because these children often have experienced multiple traumas the total is greater than 100 percent.
Last year, the Kids-TALK CAC mental health staff served 333 children, providing comprehensive therapy and other programming designed to address the multiple traumas these children have experienced.
“The Guidance Center is greatly humbled to work with such a dedicated group of donors who have created more and sustainable opportunity for our agency to help children and their families dealing with unimaginable pain,” said Kari D. Walker, president and CEO of the agency. “Our work through the Kids-TALK CAC helps to protect children from being further traumatized and provides the opportunity to begin to heal. I am grateful to those donors who have provided such significant gifts to make this possible, as well as to the leaders in our community who served on the Steering Committee to help us achieve this monumental goal.”
NOTE: While this campaign has concluded there are many ongoing uncovered annual costs (approximately $250,000 every year) for the Kids-TALK CAC, so additional contributions to the program are needed and greatly appreciated.
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