One of the perks - and privileges - of working at SHARE Charlotte is the opportunity to meet with local organizations who are truly making a difference in our community. Last week, Brigitte and I visited Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center.
This is a safe place where children who are suspected victims of sexual abuse get the support and treatment they need. Standing in the lobby, you are surrounded by colorful furniture filling several waiting areas where children and their families can comfortably spend the several hours it often takes for a child to go through the necessary interview, medical evaluation, etc.This bright space is cheerful and comforting - an important atmosphere for confused and hurting kids and families.
Beyond the waiting area there are interview rooms and all the kid-friendly spaces necessary to help children through the process. Every detail is aimed at reducing trauma and promoting healing. The staff at Pat’s Place is warm and caring; the children’s well-being is obviously at the core of all they do.
Yet it was here in the heart of the center that my own heart started to ache. So grateful for the work being done by Pat’s Place, we found ourselves overwhelmed by the numbers of children served each year - over 3,000 since the center opened in 2005 (keep in mind that about 30% of child victims tell no one about their abuse).
We left Pat’s Place deeply grateful for the role they play in our community.
Will you take a few minutes to get a sense of the difference Pat’s Place is making in our community, one child at a time? Get to know them by checking our their profile or scheduling a short tour (contact Penelope Wilson). They are also an excellent resource for expert information on keeping kids safe. Want a little more info? You can also read more in this recent Smarty SHARE on the Charlotte Smarty Pants blog. --- Kimberly