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Center for Children and Families, Inc.
April 20, 2011

I volunteer for CCFI because I have seen what can happen when a family is broken and lost and then restored by this agency in less than six months. I know that families that need a fresh start can get the encouragement they need to succeed from CCFI. Families are able to learn in a safe and caring environment. These parents are very brave to admit they need help and to seek this help. CCFI gives them the confidence and knowledge needed to improve. One of the smallest things this agency does is provide diapers to new families in need in our community. This is such a small way of showing they care, but to the family that is hurting emotionally, it is an extreme gift.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

First, I was a client as a teenage parent. I know first hand how CCFI taught me to become a great parent and an active community member. Second, I worked there as an Office Manager/Bookkeeper. I now volunteer to pay it forward. I personally witnessed numerous families that have emotionally recovered from domestic violence. The violence was so bad, the children were acting like their abusive parent. I was cursed out by a five year old. CCFI was able to restore this child and family.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it GLOBAL. It is sad that they only have the resources for the Norman, Oklahoma community.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & As a volunteer, I help with the Parents Assistance support groups held weekly. The parents need someone to watch their children while they are in the group session. I get to play with thier children! This gives the parent support to know they can count .