Dallas Children’s Charities awards grant to the Gingerbread House

Dallas Children’s Charities Director Richard Whitman presents a $1,000 grant to the Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center, also known as the Gingerbread House, to Board President Brad Shotts, Executive Director John Wyckoff and Treasurer Mike Navarro.

Dallas Children’s Charities awarded the Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center a grant in October for a $1,000 to help them continue their work with children in the community.

The center works with local law enforcement agencies to provide a safe place where young victims that are involved in cases of child abuse, sexual abuse, homicide or even a child death can be interviewed once and not have to re-live the experience though multiple interviews.

Executive Director John Wyckoff said interviews are conducted with a forensic interviewer for the child victims and their non-offending family members. The center’s goal is to optimize the investigative and prosecution process; provide quality legal, psychological, social and medical services for abused children and to heighten community awareness.

The center also provides counseling services to victims from a licensed therapist.  Each year the center sees 230-240 children.

The Dallas Children’s Charities was founded in 1977 and has raised about $1 million in toys, gifts and contributions this past year.

“I think that this past year we donated to about 40 charities and all those charities were reviewed. They submit an application for a grant and go through a review to see if they meet our mission, which is enriching the lives of children in the community,” Dallas Children’s Charities Director Richard Whitman said. “Those that meet the criteria are selected for grants of various sizes depending on their request, need and availability of funds.”

The grant that was awarded to the Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center will be used to help with operating costs. Wyckoff said he appreciates the support from organizations like the Dallas Children’s Charities who help to support the center’s mission.

For more information about the center, contact Wyckoff at john.eccac@ectisp.net or 972-937-1870 or go online to www.elliscountygingerbreadhouse.org.

Reprinted with permission from the Waxahachie Daily Light.

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