It’s been an incredibly challenging month. All of us at Voices for Children hope that you are finding ways to cope and to support those you love.
During this unsettling time, we have made the difficult, but responsible decision to temporarily pause our Capital Campaign, launched in February 2020 for our Flint building expansion. We remain 100% committed to playing an instrumental front line role, continuing to provide our vital services to child survivors of abuse, neglect, and maltreatment.
We know that with the COVID 19 pandemic conditions, needs, and safety recommendations are changing daily. It is important for organizations, and individuals, to remain resilient. There are many urgent and pressing needs right now. So, while this campaign is extremely important and our future as an organization depends on it, we don't feel that we can, responsibly, continue raising toward our building expansion while there are other much more pressing needs.
We will continue to reassess, and relaunch the Capital Campaign in the near future; it is still vital that we expand our space in order to meet the increasing need for our crucial services. However, for the time being, we are wanting to be responsive to our communities’ immediate needs and we will do our best to continue providing services, even with our current space challenges. We are anticipating a critically high caseload over the summer and, especially, when school resumes in September.
Voices for Children has already raised nearly 90% of the necessary $1 Million dollars needed to expand. When completed, the Child Advocacy Center will have a second forensic interview room, expanded therapy and waiting room space, and meeting space for support groups, families, and the community. Voices for Children is the only Child Advocacy Center serving Genesee and Shiawassee counties.
We welcome input from community members. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.