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APRIL 2020
Volume 1 | Issue 3
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
In what seems like a whirlwind of change over the last several weeks, I am humbled by the dedication of our staff, board, and community who, without hesitation, have stepped up to help us find new ways of providing our seamless array of services to children and families in this rapidly evolving environment.    

I would like to thank our business partners, including Snider Technology Services, who immediately assisted us in transitioning all parenting support, specialized therapy, case management, advocacy, and education services to a secure online platform. I would also like to thank Ener-tel for donating masks to the Hope House forensic interviewers, the Hope House Multidisciplinary Team, and countless front-liners so we, as a community, can continue to provide a safety net for the most at-risk children - ensuring no child slips through the cracks during this time. As we continue to navigate this unprecedented time, let us remember it is temporary and we must rely upon each other for support, innovation, and opportunities that will ultimately lead us to a stronger, more resilient community.  

During April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month, we ask that you remember the vulnerable children and families in our community. In this newsletter you will find a synopsis of where we are headed as an organization and numerous ways you can participate in the mission. With your help, we will continue to provide children and families the utmost in care and do whatever it takes to ensure every child in our community has a safe and nurturing home. 

Stay well, 


Heather Ward
Chief Executive Officer
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout the month of April, Children's Advocacy Center of Greater West Texas, Inc. hosts numerous events, all with the purpose of spreading awareness and preventing child abuse.
 
All of April
Pinwheels for Prevention
Pinwheels represent the happy and carefree childhood all children deserve. Pinwheels will be placed on the court house lawn during the month of April to raise awareness and show we stand against child abuse.

 
All of April
Blue Friday
Every Friday in April, wear blue, snap a picture of you or with your family at home, and post on social media using #cacbluefriday to raise awareness and for a chance to be featured on our social media!

All of April
The Race to 100
We are racing against the clock to recruit 100 CASA Volunteers in 100 days! Will you change a child's story? We need your help!


April 26
Blue Sunday
National day of prayer for children that have experienced abuse or neglect. Join churches across America and take a stand against child abuse.

Follow us on social media for more information on our other events in April! 
HOW CAN YOU HELP PREVENT CHILD ABUSE?
 GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
On Monday, February 24,  the next chapter started for Children’s Advocacy Center of Greater West Texas, Inc. as staff, board members, philanthropists, foundations, volunteers, and community members joined to witness the groundbreaking for the Center for Children & Families, the new campus for CAC.

Guests of honor were the local philanthropists, donors, and foundations who supported the $6.9 million dollar campaign, which began in the spring of 2019 and concluded in November of 2019. Town & Country Plaza, the existing building on the property, will be remodeled this spring to house CASA, Family Enrichment Services, Junior League of San Angelo Resource Center, Community Engagement, and Administration offices. Town & Country Plaza will open in the Fall of 2020. New construction will begin later this spring on the Hope House facility, which provides free services to victims of child abuse and neglect, including forensic interviews, case coordination, and therapy services, and will also house partners from San Angelo Police Department Child Crime Detectives, Homeland Security, Child Protective Services, and Shannon Medical Center. This building is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2021. For more information on ways to get involved in the capital campaign, contact Justin DeLoach at jdeloach@cacgreaterwtx.org. 
THE RACE TO 100
The Race To 100 continues! Until April 30, we are racing against the clock to recruit 100 CASA Volunteers in 100 days. Sounds crazy? We think so too. We also think that our community has the opportunity to make a huge impact on the lives of children in the Concho Valley that have experienced abuse and neglect.

If you want to be a part of this movement, here's how you can help:

1. Become a CASA Volunteer! CASA Volunteers speak for the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected and whose home will be determined by a court of law. CASA Volunteers provide stability, love, and guidance for the children they serve. You can help change a child's story!
 
2. If you know someone who you believe has the qualities to give children a voice in court, send us their name, email, and phone number and we’ll send them information on becoming a CASA Volunteer and let them know you think so highly of them.
 
3. Spread the word about CASA! Share about CASA through social media, at your work place, or by hosting a CASA presentation. 
 
For more information on joining The Race to 100, contact Rebekah Beltran at  rbeltran@cacgreaterwtx.org.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU
We’d like to say a special thank you to our community partner, Ener-Tel, for donating thousands of masks to hospitals, first responders, and nursing homes throughout the Concho Valley amid the COVID-19 crisis. With Ener-Tel supplying all masks and CAC helping coordinate, fire departments, local physicians and nurses, rural hospitals, sheriff’s offices, police departments, EMTs and others working tirelessly on the front lines were able to do their jobs safely with access to the masks. Thank you, Ener-Tel, for helping keep our community partners healthy and safe.
WOMEN OF HOPE
On Thursday, February 20, Women of Hope met at In Vino Veritas for their annual membership drive to hear about CAC upcoming events and select their projects for the year. The group heard about upcoming CAC outreach efforts and were encouraged to invite their friends to become Women of Hope members. Women of Hope help raise awareness, promote child abuse prevention, and financially strengthen Children's Advocacy Center of Greater West Texas, Inc. The Women of Hope membership is $500 annually and includes recognition on the CAC website and marketing materials,  exclusive events hosted by CAC, and the opportunity to make a life-changing impact for children in our community.

For more information on becoming a Woman of Hope, contact Justin DeLoach at jdeloach@cacgreaterwtx.org.
CHAMPAGNE & DIAMONDS
Champagne & Diamonds sparkled and shined on the evening of February 14th as CAC hosted the 19th annual gala at the Cactus Hotel in San Angelo. Underwriters for the event were Legend Jewelers, Sharanda & Basil ElMasri, Tres Amigos Convenience Stores, and Jean Ann & Dr. Robert LeGrand. The evening featured special guest speaker Kevin Mulcahy, Assistant District Attorney in Detroit, Michigan, who is a survivor of child abuse and spoke about connecting his personal experience with his profession today. In addition, the evening consisted of a meal from TexiCajun Catering, live & silent auctions, champagne glass diamond drop where one lucky winner won a 1K diamond, and a dance featuring the Rita Capuchina Band to end the night. The night grossed over $111,000 for CAC and plans are already in the works for 2021!  
 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
      Become a CASA Volunteer

      Host a Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse Training for your
             school, church, or group, or take the training online

       Sponsor a child for Christmas

      Become a trained facilitator for Circle of Parents

      Raise awareness, promote prevention, and financially strengthen CAC
             by becoming a Woman of Hope
CASA VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT
It is an honor for CAC to be entrusted with recruiting, training, and retaining CASA Volunteers for the 10-county region of the Concho Valley. Over the years, we have had phenomenal CASA Volunteers that we want to introduce to the community. This edition, meet Argentina Barron.
ARGENTINA BARRON
   
I grew up in Acuna, Mexico, but have made San Angelo, Texas my home since 2001. I am a mom of three and have two dogs, a sugar glider, a rabbit, and fish! I am an Early Head Start Teacher at Day Head Start, working with and preparing children for kindergarten. 

I became a CASA Volunteer in August 2019. When I attended a court hearing for the first time, I heard about different cases and realized many of them did not have a CASA advocating on their behalf. I have a desire to speak up for children and make a difference in their lives. I am passionate about learning all I can so I am prepared to properly advocate and being there for the child through the entire duration of the case - from start to finish.
Argentina’s desire is to help children, and her drive to learn is so evident in everything she does. She wants to ensure she is looking into various resources and tools that can help the children she serves. Not only through her work as a Head Start teacher, but also through her volunteer work with the CASA program, she is a strong advocate for children and a voice for the voiceless.
UPCOMING EVENTS
CASA Volunteer Training
Ongoing
Recognizing and Reporting
Child Abuse Training
Ongoing
Blue Sunday
April 26, 2020 
Virtual Family Support
Ongoing
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