Final Stretch Social Media Fundraiser: Help us complete funding for our new building!
Your support will continue to protect children from abuse and trauma
Donate to complete our funding efforts for the new Joy Rose Center building. Our mission is to protect abused children from further trauma and reach as many as 800 more families in Elkhart County each year! With your help, we can complete the final phase of building playground areas for our preschool students, landscaping, and pay the final amount for our facility.
What does the new CAPS Joy Rose center offer Elkhart County?
The new CAPS Joy Rose Center is 27,000 sq. ft and has over two floors. The new building also has multi-purpose meeting spaces to enhance training and education with each program at CAPS; creating opportunities to reach more families. CAPS Joy Rose Center also has a welcoming environment, that provides privacy, peace, and space necessary for children and families in our programs.
Allie is a sweet, lovable 4-year-old little girl with an awful secret. Her uncle touched her in a way that didn’t feel right, and suddenly her world has become a confusing, unsettling place.
Following normal protocol, detectives arranged for an interview at the Child And Family Advocacy Center at CAPS. Allie arrived at CAPS in the evening just as parent education classes were beginning. This place was another new and unusual experience for her, and what she really wanted was a quiet place where she could feel safe and shielded from bad things. The hustle and bustle of families coming and going, the sound of babies crying, and the crowded hallway all made her hold even tighter to her mother’s hand.
What Allie and hundreds of little girls and boys like her who will suffer child sexual abuse this year in Elkhart County really need is a better, quieter space: A calm, secure place away from the busy traffic of other families and strangers where they can begin to feel safe again.
Help CAPS provide a better space for children like Allie – where a private entrance to the building shields them from the busy everyday traffic and helps them on their road to a brighter, happier tomorrow.
A crying shame
Some children haven’t developed the skills to regulate their own behavior, sometimes to the point that their behavior is unmanageable. The Building Blocks Preschool at CAPS works with those types of children.
Once enrolled in the Preschool, children often display tantrums and loud outbursts as they adjust to the routines of the program. This adjustment period is necessary for children to learn that their behavior doesn’t get them what they want, and they learn better ways to get their needs met. As they learn to regulate their behavior, over time their tantrums are replaced with fresh ways of dealing with their frustrations. During those first several weeks of adjustment, those tantrums and outbursts can be unsettling to other children who overhear the cries and distress of another frustrated child.
Recently, 6-year-old Jayden (who was in the building for a different program) heard the cries of one of these children. Jayden, thinking he was at a doctor’s office, thought the other child was receiving a shot and was afraid he’d be given a shot to make him cry too. That’s a fear no child should experience, especially in a in a place where the motto is Happy Families, Healthy Kids.
Help CAPS provide a better space for children like Jayden – where program spaces can be positioned so that ALL children feel safe when they come to CAPS.
Building a stronger family
For 1-year-old Alexander, 2-1/2-year-old Amanda, 4-year-old Samantha, and 6-year-old Justin, family time is one evening a week they spend with their mom in a supervised visit at CAPS. Mom is overwhelmed by the complexities of life and struggling to put her own life back together, and her struggles have affected the children. The court system mandates she can only visit her children with supervision, away from home.
This evening is family time, but there’s no living room, no dinner table, no game room. In fact, tonight family time will be spent in a hallway at CAPS. With the other programs in progress at the same time, other space is simply not available. This evening, the distractions, the tiny space and the “make-do” arrangement add to the frustrations and disappointment everyone feels.
For this family, a judge has determined family visits are important. The children sense it too, and, given an opportunity and the right space, mom can take big steps toward a healthy, happy family.
Help CAPS provide the right space for families to learn how to be the best family they can be.