The Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center received a $ 6,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The funds will be used to provide therapy to children who have suffered abuse to help them begin the healing process.
“We will help children heal from trauma, with the support of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee,” said Joyce Prusak, executive director of Coffee County CAC. “The funds come from the Lillian Ashley Fund, which makes the award ceremony even more special. Lillian was born in Manchester and wanted to give back to her community. Lillian wanted her estate to be used, in part, to support the children of Coffee County. “
A licensed therapist, specially trained to work with children and families who have experienced trauma, will work to support children and treat the results of the trauma. With the help of the therapist, children will recognize that the abuse is not their fault and that only the abuser is to blame. Therapy helps children develop effective coping skills, which are beneficial for the healing process and can be used throughout life.
“Our therapist teaches children to better manage their emotions and behaviors,” said Prusak. “They learn to use their coping skills to deal with negative emotions effectively and positively. And one of the most essential aspects of therapy is allowing children to tell their stories, which is an integral part of the healing process.
In addition, therapy services help the child through the investigation and prosecution process.
“The work of our nonprofit partners has never been more important as we observe the emerging and changing needs in this community,” said Ellen Lehman, president of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “The Community Foundation is honored to link generosity and need through these annual grants and other means throughout the year, but we could not have an impact without the range of nonprofit organizations from quality offering solutions to the needs of our community and vital services to our neighbors. “
The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted funds and within its area of interest through an application process open to nonprofits in Middle Tennessee serving community needs and benefiting well-being. of citizens through valuable programs and innovative services.
To learn more about preventing child abuse, follow Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center on social media and visit coffeecountycac.org.