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The center’s history

The Gingerbread House saw its inception in 1998, when its board was formed. The center opened for services in December 1999 in office space at the Texas Baptist Home. John Wyckoff was named executive director in May 2001 and, in 2004, with the need for additional room, the Gingerbread House relocated to an office suite at the Comerica Bank building.

A capital campaign was launched, with the center moving into its own building at the corner of Ross and Farley streets in December 2007. A counseling program for the children it serves was implemented in October 2010, with a play therapy room completed in May 2013. The center added a family advocate/forensic interviewer position in December 2015.

Copies of our Form 990s (IRS reports) are available online at GuideStar. Search term is Ellis County Childrens Advocacy Center.