Ticket & Tables on sale now for Justice Is Served!

Tickets and tables are on sale now for the 17th Annual Justice Is Served.  This dinner and auction event will benefit the Fannin County Children’s Center and provide critical support services to children, youth and families recovering from abuse and neglect.

The in-person event will be a Masquerade Ball at the MultiPurpose Complex in Bonham on Saturday, Nov. 13, starting at 6 pm.  Ticket prices include dinner, drinks, desserts and an evening of fun.  Fannin County Game Warden Randolph McGee will be the auctioneer for the Live Auction.  Bidding in the live auction will be in-person only.  Dinner will be made by Feast on This and served up buffet style by local judges, police chiefs, sheriff, DA and others in the justice system.  Guests are encouraged to dress up for an elegant evening out and wear masquerade masks.

The Baked Goods Auction and Silent Auction will be on-line and anyone with access to the internet can participate without purchasing a ticket.

The Baked Goods Auction will be on Wednesday, Nov. 10.  Bidding will open at 9:00 am and end at 5:15 pm.  Winners can pick up their items at the Children’s Center the same day until 7 pm or on Thursday or Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Bidding for the Silent Auction will start online at 7 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 10 and end at 9 pm on Saturday, Nov. 13.  The silent auction items will be on display at the in-person event at the Complex on Saturday night.  Winners who are present at the Complex can take their items homes that Saturday evening.  Winners who do not attend the in-person event can pick up their items at the Children’s Center on Sunday between 2-4 pm or during normal business hours Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm.  There will also be options to mail most items to the winners too.

Auction items will include many homemade baked goods, jewelry, home furnishings, hand crafted items, gift cards and gift baskets.  Rick Bankston donated a beautiful hand carved eagle made of oak.  Jason and Kelly Royse donated a hand-crafted picnic table made of wood and steel made by Andrew Kopf. Sunshine Dental is giving a trip to Broken Bow and Hot 107.3 FM is giving a two night stay at Tanglewood.  L4 Construction and Manufacturing is donating a load of rock, sand or dirt, valued at $900.  The auction website is up and everyone can preview items now.  More auction items are being added regularly.

First United Bank is the presenting Diamond Sponsor of the event.  Organizers are still seeking event sponsors and donations of auction items.  Proceeds from the event will provide services to children and youth including counseling, advocacy, forensic interviews and more.  Go to  www.fanninccc.org for more event info, auction preview, ticket purchases and more!

 

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State Farm Helping Kids

State Farm 2021 SS“Growing up my family always had a passion for helping underprivileged kids,” said Jake Shockley, a local State Farm agent. “So this is a cause that is really close to my heart.”

“Jake and his team from State Farm were a huge help with our 25th Annual School Supply Drive,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Fannin County Children’s Center. “Not only did they donate boxes and boxes full of backpacks filled with supplies, they helped a lot on the day of the big drive thru giveaway. They braved the heat to help get paperwork completed, filled orders and carried backpacks full of supplies to the cars.”

“There are too many children in Fannin County that lack the basic necessities,” said Shockley. “Anything we can do to help those kids have the same opportunities that we were so blessed to have growing up is something we want to be a part of! If a new backpack and some new school supplies helps them feel proud and gets their year kicked off to a good start, maybe that will be a start to making a difference in their lives.”

In all, 617 kids got backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to Shockley and many other generous donors and dedicated volunteers.

“It was great event that the Children’s Center put on,” said Shockley. “We were proud to be a part of it.”

“We are grateful for the partnership we have formed with Jake and his team,” said Barber. “Looking ahead, they have also already pledged to be a sponsor for Justice Is Served and volunteer with our Christmas Drive. It’s folks like them who give and help how they can that make our work possible.”

The Children’s Center is currently seeking sponsors and auction items for their big fundraising event called Justice Is Served. The Center is also seeking volunteers to help in a variety of roles. To learn more about the Children’s Center, go to www.FanninCCC.org or call (903) 583-4339.

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4 New CASA Advocates

Fall 2021 new CASA 1Four local people recently completed training and were sworn-in to become volunteer CASA advocates for children in foster care. The Honorable Judge Lauri Blake of the 336th District Court administered the oath to the new volunteers. New child advocates include Carol Swanson, Steve Arthur, Erika Gonzalez and Kimberly Tillett-Poole.

“We are so excited to have these four join our CASA team,” said Amanda McDonald, CASA Program Director with the Fannin County Children’s Center, which includes the local CASA program. “Their dedication to the Advocate training will carry over to their work advocating for children in foster care. All four of them have been appointed to a case and have already started meeting with staff to begin the next steps in their journey as a CASA volunteer advocate.”

In the year ending August 31, 2021, CASA served 107 children. During the same year, CASA closed out cases on 55 children. Most notably, 45 of those 55 children (82%) either returned home or went to stay permanently with relatives.

All volunteers completed an intensive training class which prepares them to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children who have been removed from their home due to abuse and neglect. The district judge appoints CASA volunteers to serve as the Guardian ad Litem for each child who has been placed in the state’s custody. In that role, CASA advocates investigate the child’s situation, prepare written reports to the court and advocate for the child’s best interest in court hearings and other settings. CASA also advocates and monitors to ensure that all educational, medical, mental health and other needs are met.

Fall 2021 new CASA 2CASA is one program of several programs for abused and neglected children that are operated by the Fannin County Children’s Center. The next new CASA volunteer training will likely be in January or February 2022. Other volunteer opportunities are available now at the Children’s Center. For more information call (903) 583-4339 or visit www.fanninccc.org.

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Justice Is Served

Justice Is Served will be a hybrid fundraising event this year with both in-person and online elements to it. The event will benefit the Fannin County Children’s Center and provide critical support services to children, youth and families recovering from abuse and neglect.

First United Bank is the presenting Diamond Sponsor of the event. “It’s our pleasure to sponsor Fannin County Children’s Center’s Justice is Served,” said Alan McDonald with First United. “The volunteers, staff, and Board that serve children in need are unsung heroes. The Children’s Center’s mission aligns with First United Bank’s values of faith and family, as well as seeking to elevate the lives of others. In this case, there are many Fannin County children that can’t protect themselves or care for themselves and so need the center’s services to help them find a loving, safe and healthy place to live at a difficult time in their lives.”

The in-person event will be a Masquerade Ball at the MultiPurpose Complex in Bonham on Saturday, Nov. 13, starting at 6 pm. Tickets and tables are on sale now at the Children’s Center and on their website. Ticket prices include dinner, drinks, desserts and an evening of fun. Fannin County Game Warden Randolph McGee will be the auctioneer for the Live Auction. Bidding in the live auction will be in-person only. Dinner will be served up buffet style by local judges, police chiefs, sheriff, DA and others in the justice system. Guests are encouraged to dress up and wear masquerade masks.

The Baked Goods Auction and Silent Auction will be on-line and anyone with access to the internet can participate without purchasing a ticket.

The Baked Goods Auction will be on Wednesday, Nov. 10. Bidding will open at 7:00 am and end at 5:15 pm. Winners can pick up their items at the Children’s Center the same day until 7 pm or on Thursday or Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Bidding for the Silent Auction will start online at 7 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 10 and end at 9 pm on Saturday, Nov. 13. The online bidding software has many features similar to eBay. Bidders can place a single bid and get text and email alerts when they are outbid. An auto-bid feature allows bidders to place their initial bid and maximum bid and let the software take care of bidding for them. The silent auction items will be on display at the in-person event on Saturday night. Winners who are present can take their items homes that Saturday evening. Winners who do not attend the in-person event can pick up their items at the Children’s Center on Sunday between 2-4 pm or during normal business hours Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm. There will also be options to mail most items to the winners too.

eagleAuction items will include many homemade baked goods, jewelry, home furnishings, hand crafted items, gift cards and gift baskets. Rick Bankston donated a beautiful hand carved eagle (pictured at right) made of oak. Organizers are still seeking auction items to be donated.

Proceeds from the event will provide services to children and youth including counseling, advocacy, forensic interviews and more. There is still time to become a sponsor of the event. Sponsorship and other event information is available at www.fanninccc.org or by calling Andrea or Sandy at (903) 583-4339.

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North Texas Giving Day!

North Texas Giving Day is coming up soon on September 23, 2021. This year marks the 13th year of this community wide fundraising event hosted by Communities Foundation of Texas. It is the fourth year for the event to include Fannin County and a few other counties surrounding Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

More than 3,350 nonprofits are participating in North Texas Giving Day this year, including 11 nonprofits in Fannin County:  Bonham Education Foundation, Creative Arts Center, Fannin County Children’s Center, Fannin County Family Crisis Center, Fannin Health Clinic, Fannin County Food Pantry, Feeding Fannin, Getting Ahead, Kool Lunches Program, Lucky and Sadie’s Place and Open Arms Shelter.

Early giving is open now. Community members can go to www.northtexasgivingday.org and make donations to many of their favorite charities in one place anytime between now and midnight on Sept 23. Gifts will support local causes and help build a stronger and more vibrant community. Contributions will also give the participating nonprofits the chances to win prizes and earn bonus funds. Some nonprofits have also secured 1:1 matching funds to make donations stretch even farther.

For example, the Fannin County Children’s Center has secured $25,000 in matching funds from the Glaser Family Charitable Foundation, Bonnie Donaghey, Warrior Tire, Toyo Tire and Farm Bureau. Funds raised by the Children’s Center will be used to build a new, larger facility that will help children, youth and families for years to come.

North Texas Giving Day provides an opportunity for everyone to be a philanthropist. Every gift, no matter what size matters. When many people give together, the impact is even greater.

North Texas Giving Day is a community-wide celebration and an event that promotes giving by engaging the entire community to support local nonprofits, celebrating their important role in strengthening the region. It is also an efficient way for charitable organizations to raise funding for critical services to support North Texans. To give or learn more about North Texas Giving Day, go to www.northtexasgivingday.org.

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Funding Cuts

A local non-profit serving victims of child abuse and neglect in Fannin County has received word in recent weeks that grant funding is being cut.  The Fannin County Children’s Center did not receive one state grant. Four other state and federal grants are being decreased for the new fiscal year too. All the cuts added up to about $68,000 in all.

“Fortunately, we will be able to avoid any lay-offs by not filling a current vacancy,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director. “We have been working on restructuring our organization and shifting some job duties around to minimize disruption of services to the children, youth and families we serve.”

“The Children’s Center has been blessed with strong community support since we started serving children in 1993.  We are asking our community to help us get through this challenging time,” said Barber.

“One way that individuals can help is by becoming a monthly donor,” said Barber.  “The easiest way to do this is to donate on our website and set your gift to be automatically reoccurring. Many people giving monthly gifts of $10, $25 or more add up quickly.”

The Center has also started seeking sponsors and auction items for their annual gala fundraiser called “Justice Is Served.”  This year’s event will be a hybrid event Nov 10-13, with options to attend in-person at the Complex on Saturday night and participate virtually online.  Event details are available on their website, including sponsorship levels and auction items donation forms.

“In 2007, we experienced a similar challenge when we lost a major grant,” said Barber.  “Fortunately, this community responded generously and we were able to weather that storm.  We are hopeful we can do that again. Whether you donate a baked good or other item for our auction, increase your sponsorship level of Justice Is Served, become a monthly donor, or make a one-time gift, your help is needed and will be appreciated.”

Barber recounted a story of how in 2007, Nobles Resources, a local company providing pest control services to the center heard of their situation and pledged to provide their services for free for one year.  At the end of that year, they decided to continue that contribution and have been doing that ever since.

The mission of the Fannin County Children’s Center is promoting safety and improving the lives of abused and neglected children.  The center’s programs include CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center.  Services include advocacy, forensic interviews, counseling, court accompaniment and other support to help victims of child abuse heal, grow and thrive.

For more information or to make an online donation, go to www.FanninCCC.org or call (903) 583-4339.

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Employment Opportunity for Mental Health Professional

Fannin County Children’s Center is seeking full time mental health professional to provide crisis counseling, as well as individual, group and family therapy for victims of physical and sexual abuse/assault.

Candidates must be licensed in the State of Texas as an LPC, LPC Associate, LCSW or LMFT.

Prefer experience and training in working with trauma, especially with children, teens and parents. Excellent verbal & written communication skills are needed. Ability to work well with children, families and other professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team.  We are seeking a dedicated, dependable, organized and flexible team player.  Must have clear background checks.

Flexible scheduling options and the ability to work in evenings.  Must adhere to Code of Ethics and maintain confidentiality. Must be computer proficient and able to administer and score assessments. Must be willing to testify in court. Must have TF-CBT training or be able to complete. Experience in play therapy, EMDR, CPT, or DBT a plus.

Salary range $40,000 – $47,000, depending on experience. Free Supervision by LPC-S if needed. Paid sick, vacation, and holiday time. Health and dental insurance after 30 days of employment. Retirement benefit after one year of employment.

Submit resume and application to michelle@fanninccc.org.

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Render Retires

Birthday Boy 2017Congratulations to Render, our first facility dog, on his retirement! Render’s handler Mandi has resigned from her position at our center to pursue other opportunities. Render’s retirement means he gets to stay with the family that has been his home for the last four years.  He will still be living in Fannin County, so you never know when you might see him around.

We remain grateful to Canine Companions for Independence, his puppy raisers and his handlers Mandi and Kassi, for all they did to  give Render his job of helping kids from hard places.

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25th Annual School Supply Drive

More than 600 students from all over Fannin County received free school supplies on August 7 to start the new school year, thanks to a generous community. This year marked the 25th year that the Fannin County Children’s Center has provided school supplies to local children and youth.

The exact number of students served on Saturday was 587. Organizers expect the number to grow over the next few days as additional students will be served with the remaining supplies.  (UPDATE: 614 students have been served) Red River Gypsies provided free haircuts to 28 students too.

“Once again, we are very grateful to our generous donors and hard-working volunteers and staff who make this happen every year,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center.

This year’s event ran similar to last year because of the pandemic. The drive thru event had families drive up and stay in their vehicles in front of the center while staff and volunteers brought supplies out to them.

The mission of the Children’s Center is promoting safety and improving the lives of abused and neglected children. In addition to the annual school supply drive, the center operates CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center and child abuse prevention programs. The next CASA volunteer training class starts soon. The deadline to apply online to become a CASA is Aug 17. For more information, call (903) 583-4339 or go to www.fanninccc.org.

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School Supply Fair on Aug 7

The 25th annual School Supply Drive and Fair hosted by the Fannin County Children’s Center will be Saturday, Aug 7 from 9 am to noon. Given the recent changes in guidelines from the CDC, organizers are kindly asking everyone to wear masks at this event. The Children’s Center will gladly provide masks to any attendees who need one.

This year’s event will include a Back-to-School Fair, similar to what was done two years ago. The street in front of the center at 112 W 5th in Bonham will be blocked off to allow churches, non-profits, local businesses and other organizations to set up tents to give away free food, resources or information. Free haircuts will be provided.

Parents or other guardians should bring a social security card for each child and some proof of need, such as a food stamp card, Medicaid card, pay stub or unemployment check stub.

In all, the agency has given out free school supplies to more than 11,000 students in the last 24 years. Organizers expect to serve 500-700 students again this year. This effort depends on contributions from many generous individuals, churches, businesses and other local organizations. Last minute donations of school supplies and cash are still being accepted. The most needed items are notebook paper, folders, composition books, spiral notebooks and pencil boxes.

Donations can be dropped off at the center at 112 West Fifth Street, Bonham, TX anytime they are open from Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Checks can be made out to FCCC and should include a brief notation that the gift is for school supplies. Donations can also be made on-line at www.fanninccc.org. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information, call (903) 583-4339 or go to www.fanninccc.org.

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