To the editor:
When I started the Center a little over five years ago, I would have never predicted that we would providing services to our most vulnerable children during a pandemic. However, despite changing needs of the community, one thing that has stayed consistent is the support the Center receives from the community.
In the past five years, we have expanded the services of the Center to include therapy, medical services and, most recently, a 24 hour call-out team to respond to the immediate needs of victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Additionally, we have opened a satellite office in Iosco, and now respond the needs of abused children in five Northern Michigan Counties.
We were able to accomplish all of this because of the support we received from our community partners and donors. Here again, we reached out to the community to ask for support during this pandemic so we could continue to provide services to our most vulnerable and again the community stepped up. During this most difficult time we have continued to interview children who are alleged to have been abused, provide advocacy and therapy and meet their medical needs.
It is with humble hearts that myself and the staff at the Center THANK YOU for your support and for taking a stand with us that we are not going to live in a community where children are abused. Together, we can create an environment where children do not have to live in fear, and know they have a voice and our support.
Thank you again for your previous support and for your continued and future support of the children in our community. We are forever grateful at NMCAC, because with your support you are allowing us to respond and meet the needs of the most precious population in our community, our children.
Director of the Michigan Children’s Assessment Center