FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tammy Hetmaniak, Outreach Coordinator
December 16, 2013
Houston Endowment Awards $4 Million to The Children’s Assessment Center to Better Prevent and Treat Child Sexual Abuse in Harris County
Houston, Texas – Houston Endowment recently awarded $4 million to The Children’s Assessment Center’s Restoring Hope Rebuilding Lives Capital Campaign. The Children’s Assessment Center (CAC) is expanding its current facility in the Rice Village to better advocate for all children in Harris County through the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. They plan to add approximately 77,000 square feet to their current building.
A vital component of the expanded campus will include a larger training center. This new training center will be a place to train and educate first responders and the community at large on the signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse. The CAC will also expand outreach programs to include classes on internet safety and overall childhood protection.
The expansion will also provide the necessary space for the growing number of agencies housed at The CAC that work on cases involving child sexual abuse. Since building its current campus in 1998, the number of partner agencies has quadrupled, growing from ten to forty-five. Today, partners include Texas Children’s Hospital, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the FBI, Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Houston Police Department, Texas Center for the Missing, among others. The CAC serves nearly 5,000 Harris County children each year.
“The Children’s Assessment Center is extremely grateful for the incredible gift from Houston Endowment for our capital campaign. Our vision for a brighter future for children who have been sexually abused is one step closer to becoming a reality,” said CAC Executive Director, Elaine Stolte. “These funds will allow us to expand our facility to house our entire multidisciplinary team and provide for a larger training center to educate teachers and other mandated reporters. Childhood is a special time and every child deserves a life full of promise and possibility. Houston Endowment understands our mission and the impact this gift will make for thousands of innocent children in our community.”
The CAC’s capital campaign goal is $30 million and they have raised over $22 million to date. They need to raise the remaining $8 million to begin construction on Phase II of their expansion.
About The Children’s Assessment Center
The mission of The Children’s Assessment Center is to provide a professional, compassionate and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and to serve as an advocate for all children in our community. As a collaboration of Harris County Commissioners Court and The Children’s Assessment Center Foundation, The CAC represents a true partnership between the public and private sectors for the most effective service delivery to children and families.
The Children’s Assessment Center is the only advocacy center in Harris County providing services to child victims of sexual abuse and they are a proven leader in this movement. In the last nine years, The CAC has assisted Advocacy Centers from 31 states across the country and 13 child welfare programs in foreign countries. For more information, please visit http://cachouston.org.
About Houston Endowment
Houston Endowment - a philanthropic foundation established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937 - improves life for the people of greater Houston through its grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. The foundation donates approximately $75 million each year to organizations that support and promote arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services. For more information, please visit http://www.houstonendowment.org