Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children
Throughout the year, CAC Lapeer educated the Lapeer Community on the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse. Through the Darkness to Light training, adults were educated about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Thank you to Rainbow Child Care Center, Lapeer County's C.E.R.T., Oakland University, Central Michigan University, Head Start, and additional community members for particitpating in this training! In total, this year, 127 adults participated in the Darkness to Light training and were educated on the role adults play in preventing, recognizing and reacting responsibly to child abuse.
Child Abuse Prevention Month
On April 5th, in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County held a pinwheel garden planting day at the Lapeer ELGA Credit Union. The pinwheel is the nationally recognized symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. CAC Lapeer’s Multidisciplinary team, including Lapeer County’s Prosecutor’s Office, CAC staff, Lapeer County Sheriff's Department, Lapeer City Police Department, Michgian State Police Department, and community members gathered at Lapeer Elga Credit Union for the Pin Wheel Planting Ceremony in hopes of spreading awareness about child abuse. Also, during the month of April local business owners, community groups, and faith groups helped raise funds and awareness through the CAC’s “Coins for Kids” Campaign. The goal was to raise funds through the collection of small change and to provide education on the statistics and warning signs of child abuse.
In addition, CAC Lapeer held an open house to all community members and provided tours of our child-friendly building while educating community members on how our Multidisciplinary Team works together to investigate disclosures of abuse and help children and their families heal.
Lastly, CAC Lapeer partnered with the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 8th-14th). CAC Lapeer and the Prosecutor’s Office highlighted local programs, and celebrated progress achievements by honoring victims and the professionals who serve them.
Eighth Annual Cheers for Children Fundraiser
On April 27th, The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County hosted our 8th Annual CHEERS for Children fundraiser (formerly knowns as Corkscrews and Brews). As a staff, we are so appreciative of everyone who came out to make this night such a big success! The night was filled with silent auctions, music, wine and beer tasting, live auctions, and community members coming together to support our cause. From beginning to end, we had so many people volunteering their time and efforts to bring it all together! Thank you to each and every one of you who attended our CHEERS for Children 2018 event. Your generosity is what makes all the work we do at the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County each day possible!
Also, this year at CHEERS for Children, the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County announced the launch of our NEW logo! After 10 years of serving a vital need in the community, we felt it was time to refresh our logo and brand to reflect who we are today and to symbolize our dynamic future.The new logo includes the colors blue and gold. Blue is said to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, and truth. Gold is said to symbolize love, compassion, and courage. The new logo also utilizes the pinwheel, a longstanding symbol for child abuse prevention.Thank you, Emily Caswell, brand manager and her team at the VIEW Group for making our vision a reality. Check out our new logo above!
YAC Grant and Renovations
The Child Advocacy Center received a grant for $7,100.00 from the Lapeer County Community Foundation YAC which is a parent group to the Lapeer County Community Foundation. Our Center and staff feel extremely humbled that this grant was selected to be reviewed by the youth committee who looked closely at our mission, asked meaningful questions and recognized our need. These funds have had an incredible impact on our Center and the families we serve. With these funds, the CAC was able to renovate our lower level and Family Living Room to include updated furniture, paint, and therapeutic toys. Thank you again to the YAC for making a difference and lighting the way for a child's future!
We would also like to thank, The Home Depot of Lapeer for donating the supplies! A huge thank you to Geordi from Home Depot and volunteers for volunteering your time. It was a fun day!
Nationals 99’ Travel Soccer Team Donates to CAC
Nationals 99’ travel soccer team coached by Bob Jannuzzi donated $300.00 to the Center. Thank you for this generous donation. CAC Lapeer’s gratitude to these young ladies is beyond words - thank you so much for lighting the way for a child’s future!
Second Annual Charity Bike Run
On July 28th, The Lapeer Chapter of the Exiled Saints M/C held its Second Annual Charity Bike Run where all proceeds were donated to the CAC and directly impacted the children and families that we serve. The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County would like to send a big thank you to The Lapeer Chapter of the Exiled Saints M/C for their generous donation. The proceeds will directly help the children and families that we serve. Thank you again Cevin Brown for all of your efforts in helping the CAC!
Lost in the Woods Music Festival
On August 4th, the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer participated in the Lost in the Woods Music Festival event located at Torzewski County Park. There was free games and activities including:
a bounce house, yoga demonstrations, lawn bowling, jewelry making, Emergency Response Team demos, puppies to pet, duck pond and jeopardy wheel to win prizes, and a chance to visit the City of Lapeer fire truck, Lapeer County EMS ambulance, and Michigan State Police black cruiser. and Music performed by many local bands!
100% of donations and money raised was used to support non-profit charitable groups in Lapeer County. CAC Lapeer would like to thank our Multidisciplinary Team Member and Board Member, Detective Wells from the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department and co-founder of the Lost In the Woods Music Festival for thinking of the CAC.
The generous donation raised by this event has directly impacted the children and families that we see through our doors!
CAC staff visit Dallas, Texas for the Crimes Against Children Conference
During the week of August 13th-16th, CAC staff had the opportunity to travel to Dallas, Texas for the 30th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference. Internationally recognized, the Crimes Against Children Conference is the premier conference of its kind providing practical and interactive instruction to those fighting crimes against children and helping children heal. There were more than 4,300 attendees from across the globe in 2017! Through the conference, CAC staff members were able to parake in various seminars geared specifically to their role and had the amazing opportunity to meet outstanding individuals in the field, including the two women who paved the way for the prosecution of Larry Nassar. It was incredible to learn how Angela Povilaitis, the lead prosecutor, and Andrea Munford, the lead investigator, used a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to empower hundreds of women to come forward and speak their truth.
Fifth Annual Golf Classic
Our 5th Annual Golf Classic was held on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 at Metamora Golf & Country Club! It was an outstanding and beautiful day with food, golf, and many prizes! We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out to support the Center; it was even more successful than the last! This year’s tournament was once again fully embraced by the community, and we could not be more pleased. It was great to see so many familiar faces and to meet some new faces too. Your support helps those we serve to find hope for a bright future, strength to overcome challenges, and the courage to find happiness in life once again. So, to all of you that donated, sponsored, golfed, volunteered, or just came out to help for the day, we thank you!
Nationals Soccer Select Lapeer Donates to CAC Lapeer
We are so grateful for the donation from Nationals Soccer Select Lapeer. The soccer club chose the Center to be the recipients from their bottle drive. Eight teams participated, and collectively they raised $870.00!
The Nationals Lapeer Select 05 boys black team presented the check to Executive Director Heather Frayer. The team took a tour of the Center and learned first hand how they are helping children in Lapeer County!
Thank you to all the team's that participated.
CAC Lapeer’s Leadership Club
This year, CAC Lapeer's Leadership Club students made court kits with empowering bookmarks and bracelets for the children and families we see through our doors, decorated the CAC for the holiday season, created therapeutic stress balls for CAC clients, created therapeutic sensory bottles for CAC clients, and created therapeutic "worry stones" for CAC clients,
The Leadership Club is geared toward enhancing civic engagement and leadership development through diverse educational and volunteer opportunities for students throughout the Lapeer County area.
Thank you Leadership students for all of your help!!
Fall Festival with Central Michigan University Students
Over the weekend of November 3rd & 4th, a group of ten college students from Central Michigan University's Alternative Breaks Program (CMU) volunteered at the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County (CAC Lapeer) marking the third year in which we have partnered with the University. This year, the CMU students were also able to participate in our Fall Festival! The students helped Lapeer County children paint pumpkins, create bracelets and necklaces, color festive coloring sheets, play games, watch festive movies, and more! The children seemed to have a blast with the students and Super Susan the clown! A huge thank you to these CMU students, to Erica Akers (Super Susan the Clown), and to Kevin Daley for State Senate and Davlin Farms for donating pumpkins for the festival!
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer held its 2nd Ugly Christmas Sweater Party event at Louie’s Sports Tavern. There was great food, live music, 50/50 raffle, and ugly Christmas sweaters! The talented Untamed Beauty featuring Deb and Emily Barber spread holiday cheer with christams carols and live music! A huge thank you to Louie's Sports Tavern and The View Newspaper Group, for sponsoring the Ugly Christmas Sweater event again this year!!
All services provided to victims and their families are free of charge. In 2019, we expect to serve more children and families across our programs.