I feel so fortunate to have been chosen as a “lobby greeter/ puppy chaperone” in 2016. Despite the fact that children and families are coming to CAC during a stressful time in their lives, I have witnessed so much joy here. Almost every child (and many adults) who come in with any apprehension immediately brighten when they spot the puppy. Our four-legged volunteers from Gulf Coast Humane Society are the greatest icebreakers! People stop staring at their cell phones and start watching the puppy, smiling, asking questions, and engaging in dog talk. I get to hear about their animal friends at home, and about pets they have loved and lost. It is so rewarding to play a small role in a puppy’s socialization and training. Sometimes the little one’s visit to CAC is its first time away from its mother and littermates. In addition to the puppies, I have met some of the most amazing therapy dogs and their human partners, who work in individual therapy sessions, literacy programs, and dependency court. So much good work is being done by the ever growing team of four-legged volunteers!
I can think of no better cause to serve than the safety and welfare of children, our most vulnerable members of society. As a donor, I receive regular updates about the great work of the Children's Advocacy Center. I was most impressed with an illustration showing that abused children served by CAC do not have to tell their stories many times over to numerous professionals, because the CAC coordinates services and delivers them as a team. To me, this says that the CAC thinks first about what is in the best interest of the child, while at the same time including family as appropriate. It is all the more impressive that the CAC offers preventive services and parenting classes as well as treatment. I never have to wonder if my donation is well spent. The CAC improves lives!
This agency is a wonderful organization with dedicated staff who are committed to serving the children of SW Florida. They provide excellent services to all clients and work with one of our most vulnerable client populations--young children who have been abused or neglected.
The staff is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to their clients. They provide an incredibly valuable service to this community and their clients!
They also are dedicated to training others about the need of these clients and work to educate the community about the issues and problems faced by these children, youth, and families.