I began at CALM in 1999 as a Home Visitor in the Great Beginnings Program.
I have several roles at CALM; I run and teach the School Safety Program for grades Pre-K through 6th grade, to teach child abuse prevention to the children. I teach parenting classes. I run our Volunteer Program and Community Outreach. I also serve on the Marketing Committee.
One family I worked with several years ago due to familial abuse were the recipients of presents at Christmas through the Adopt A Family Program. A couple of years after they had finished treatment at CALM they decided to donate gifts to other families through Adopt A Family. The mom and children arrived with bags of gifts to donate, and the child said to me ‘ You saved my family and we wanted to pay it forward to all the other kids that are hurting.‘
If I could do one thing to make kids’ lives better I would educate every grade level about child abuse and bullying.
I wish people knew how committed we are to our mission of healing trauma in families, and all the ways we are working to prevent abuse from ever occurring.