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.