The Child Advocate provided over 5,400 services last year to residential and non-residential children that included child specific safety planning, educational assistance, school clothes and supplies, support groups, recreational activities, and referrals to therapy and other essential services. The Family Crisis Center continues to be committed to offering family oriented, positive activities and events for victims and their families. The Child Advocate plays a key role in developing, organizing, and running the activities, as well as helping the families build rapport, resulting in a unification of the families that last well beyond the Family Crisis Center’s events.
At the beginning of each school year, shelter and non-residential children are assisted with school supplies, backpacks, clothing, and school uniforms. Last year, the agency participated in the Junior League of Lufkin’s “Back to School Bonanza,” and offered transportation to the event for clients to ensure they received back-to-school assistance.
In February, the Family Crisis Center held a Valentine’s Party with family photos, craft booths, snacks and prizes. The agency then held our Third Annual “Easter Eggstravaganza,” which included an Easter egg hunt, Easter photos, cake walk, games, snacks and prizes. During the summer, the Child Advocate took shelter children to participate in recreational activities across Angelina County. In the fall, the Child Advocate organized our annual “Spooktacular,” where the families that we serve were invited to dress in costumes and join in our administrative offices for door-to-door trick-or-treating. In the winter, the agency provided Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance, which included food and holiday gifts for non-residential and shelter families, as well as a Christmas celebration including pictures with Santa and Santa’s workshop.
In addition to the holiday events, shelter children receive a birthday party with gifts and a cake or cupcakes made especially for them through the donation program “Cake Angel.”