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sacred-Sexually Abused Children's Relief Endeavor

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Philanthropy, Victims Services

Mission:  

sacred provides immediate assistance to families experiencing hardship due to the sexual abuse of a child. Our goal is that financial concerns not be an impediment to the successful completion of the legal process.

Results: In 2017, we have granted over $88,400 to 45 families with a total of 113 children.

Target demographics: Families with child sexual abuse victims

Direct beneficiaries per year: 45 familes with grants in excess of $88,400

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: We provide grants to Child Advocate approved families in need of immediate financial aid due to the sexual abuse of a child.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

SACRED is my personal favorite charity to donate to. My money goes immediately to help people get away from the abusive situation which is such a great feeling to know what you are giving Immediately impacts those that need the help. SACRED also does an amazing job of educating to help prevent abuse. I'm proud to support SACRED and will continue to do such!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I didn't know about SACRED until I happen to meet Carol and John D'Attoma. I learned of their non-profit organization and heard their passion about SACRED in telling of their personal story. It is run by tremendously caring and compassionate volunteers who are dedicated to helping children who have been victims of sexual abuse and their families. The funds go directly to support these victims and their families in their immediate time of crisis as well as supporting afterwards, education and prevention. Supporting SACRED is a great way to help in our community!

Donor

Rating: 5

There is simply no organization the fills this need for child victims and their families. Providing immediate assistance takes one less thing off their minds and enables the focus to be on starting the healing process. Even better, all donations go to the children. There is no organizational overhead. This nonprofit is run with love by John and Carol and generous volunteers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sacred is a phenomenal organization that helps families in what is otherwise an extraordinarily dark time. Where many are afraid to even speak about child sex abuse, Sacred and its team of wonderful volunteers step in and provide support for families dealing with the unthinkable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization! sacred helps so many families in crisis.

John D.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful and serves a much needed role. It’s run by amazing people who care about others.

1 Jerry D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An under publicized issue brought to light by people who care.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am very particular on the Charities that I donate to. I try and make sure the funds go directly to the people who need it. With Sacred, I know all the funds are going to the people who need them fast. This is truly a caring organization who wants to help families.

1 Amy D'Attoma M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization!! SACRED has made a huge difference for so many families! Proud to be a part!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

SACRED is my personal favorite charity to donate to. My money goes immediately to help people get away from the abusive situation which is such a great feeling to know what you are giving Immediately impacts those that need the help. SACRED also does an amazing job of educating to help prevent abuse. I'm proud to support SACRED and will continue to do such!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love to help and donate to charities and desperately have been seeking one I could trust to ensure the money and support goes where it directly should.

I have found that in sacred. John and Carol D'Attoma are incredibly dedicated and passionate people that ensure that the money and support DOES go where it is most needed.

Listening to them tell their personal story is a powerful and eye opening experience. As heartbreaking as their story is it has to be told and they always find the strength to tell it.

They educate, raise awareness and truly live and breathe this charity.

Just an amazing couple working together to make a difference in so many lives of so many people.

Their work is so important and needs more support so they can do more good.

I am proud supporter of sacred and hope you will become one as well.

Sincerely,

Joe Foster

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization provides immediate temporary assistance to families of abuse. It’s a way for these families to catch a breath, and get back on their feet. Many times the breadwinner is the abuser, which makes it difficult for the family to leave the abuser. Our small staff is all volunteer and funds raised go directly to those in need

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Donor

Rating: 5

John and Carol D'Attoma are two people who are passionate about Sacred and genuinely care about people. The idea of providing financial support in a terrible situation is more than words can say. It is wonderful that they had the courage to share their story and do something to help others in need. Sacred is a top notch organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love working with sacred! The mission of this group comes from personal experience and from the heart. How do you heal from such a devastating event? Carol and John are there to provide a bridge and to give real support. I also love that they are linked in with all the larger agencies in the city, because it truly does take a village to make change happen!

1 Michelle S.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of this organization four years ago when I learned of how the organization came into existence back in 2006 and what they were doing to assist children who are victims of child sexual abuse whose family has been impacted financially. The founders and officers are passionate about the cause of helping these children and families transition out of their harmful situations. The founders, who themselves were affected by sexual abuse of a grand-daughter, have been effective in garnering help and support from their friends and other supporters to understand the importance of moving quickly and deliberately to help families in their time of desperation. The board works with Certified Child Advocacy Centers to provide help within 24 hours of a request because they belief that financial concern should not get in the way of protecting children. The board has also made it fun and satisfying for people to dig into their pockets and donate to the cause. Because most of the proceeds go directly to the affected families, supporters feel comfortable donating and knowing that their donations will not be used for operational expenses or wasted. Their largest fund raising event is their annual wine auction for which all the wine and other products for the auction are donated. The organization does not spend money putting on the event. Supporters provide the space, supplies and their services for this event. This is a fun event, which is usually a themed event during which attendees get into and stay in character. It can be funny seeing serious and professional people dress up and act otherwise. I would encourage anyone who is serious about protecting children to support this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Since 2009, sacred has granted over $200,000 to families with sexual abused children to help with their immediate financial needs when they suffer a loss of income due to the sexual abuse of a child. Checks are sent within 24hrs of an approved application so funds can be of immediate help to support housing, food, clothing, counseling, utilities and other necessities. No other agency does this. It has been the most rewarding work we do. Thanks for all the support

Board Member

Rating: 5

sacred is a one of a kind agency, non-salaried and founded to help families whose child or children have been sexually abused. sacred receives applications through Certified Child Advocacy Centers, it is reviewed and then sent to the Board for a vote. When approved the funds are sent directly to the referring agency and that agency uses sacred's funds to provide financial assistance within 24 hours of approval to relieve the financial burden of the affected family. Our family's personal story is attached.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't think of a charitable effort that is more needed than Sacred. I am proud and honored to help contribute to all that John and Carol do for these families. It is subject matter that nobody wants to admit is real. The sad truth is that it is very real and likely much closer to all of us than we can fathom.

As a father of three young girls I cannot imagine living through the pain these families endure. The fact that an organization was created to help these families in soma way is incredible.

Troy Keenan

Leonard S.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to 'sacred' through a fundraising event. When I looked at the purpose of 'sacred', I was surprised that such an organization was needed. The number of sex abuse cases of children and young people as well as the fear that victims experience in hiding the abuses are overwhelming. 'sacred' enables victims and victim families to get transitional support so they can possibly start the healing process and get back to a "normal" life. As an attorney, one of the ways I wanted to help was to help 'sacred' get their trademarks registered without any cost to them. My law firm was 100% behind the effort. Not too long ago, we were able to get the trademarks registered. Additionally, I was invited to join the board of directors, and I can honestly say this has been a worthwhile endeavor. Every case is heartbreaking, but we know that we are doing our best to help victims and families in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

John & Carol D'Attoma have done an exceptional job making their cause noticed and understood. It is more commonplace than many would think (an abuser being the bread winner for a family, and their incarceration adds even more trouble and financial strife for a family). Their firsthand experience and positive action has made a difference. Each year, their efforts have made an impact. I will continue to support their efforts via financial and volunteer means.

2 Jody A.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is life changing. All fundraising efforts only benefit people in need. Our non paid staff and board of directors work tirelessly to make impact for victims and their families.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sacred offers a much needed service providing immediate financial assistance to families going through the unthinkable - caring for a sexually abused child. It can take several months to be approved for longer term assistance, Sacred's help allows the family to focus on the child and not have the stress of burdensome financial obligations during this difficult time. They have an all volunteer staff dedicated to the cause and very little overhead expenses. Your donation goes directly to the clients they serve. A top notch organization.