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2022 | January

Message from Sherry, President/CEO

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2022 from the Child Advocacy Center (CAC)!  

I hope this newsletter reminds you of the good being done in our community every day.  The CAC served 2,101 children and 1,710 caregivers in 2021, more that we have ever served before in a single year. The CAC was available because of YOUR support. 

December was a special time for donors and families. Donors from all over the community brought smiles to the faces of children across our community during Help for the Holidays. 

Thank you all for your support in so many ways throughout the year. I hope you will join us for our events and activities in 2022 to continue to break the cycle of child abuse.


Sherry Kitchens, President/CEO

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Thank YOU for Your Holiday Help!

A special part of the happiness of the holidays is seeing a child's face light up when they open the gift they've been wishing and dreaming of. Thanks to your support, 54 families in our community were able to experience the joy of 146 children's wishes being granted!

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Colleen Trojbom, CAC Therapist Affirms Statewide Training Efforts in Featured Article

Take a moment to read this story of hope featured in the most recent newsletter from the Florida Network of Children's Advocacy Centers.

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More information from the FNCAC

Meet Our New Staff

As we enter a new year, the the CAC is happy to welcome three new smiling faces excited to be on the team!


Amanda Hall, Advocate/Case Manager

Amanda is a recent UF graduate passionate about helping others who is eager to join the Victim Services Team!

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Shelby Sapp, Development Coordinator

Shelby is a Gainesville native happy to become a part of the CAC family. She looks forward to helping you meet your goals to support children through the CAC.


Lakesha Bowie, Staff Therapist

Lakesha is joining the CAC as a staff therapist. She works hard to support survivors of trauma and providing a space for healing.

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Helping to Find a Safe Place

The CAC works with many survivors of human trafficking. One incredible therapy client has been engaged with our therapy program for the last few months.

After working collaboratively with other community partners, she was able to arrive at her Safe Harbor placement this week. She will be able to continue working with her CAC therapist and is already feeling a sense of safety and happiness at her new placement.

Safe Harbor placements are specifically utilized for survivors of sexual exploitation and provides opportunities for safe housing, education, job skills training, medical care, and so much more.

Learn More about Human Trafficking Prevention

How to Help

Interested in being a part of our mission to #breakthecycle? There are several ways you can contribute!

  • Child Life Volunteers help out at the center and spend time with children in the waiting area before or after therapy sessions. This weekly commitment is a great way to see the impact CAC services has on children and families.
  • Special Events Volunteers help with CAC events through out the year. You can help in advance or day of!
Visit our Website to Sign Up Today
  • Donations of individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, and school supplies are always appreciated!
  • Your financial support helps us continue to provide services to children who have experienced abuse or neglect!
Give Now


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Valentine's at Vecinos

Hosted by Zoma de las Estrellas

benefitting the Child Advocacy Center

Visit Vecinos February 11th to celebrate Valentine's Day with a night of karaoke, dance lessons from local salsa instructors, and much more! Tickets will be available soon - don't wait to make you're Valentines plans - join us!


Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Foundation's Wild Game Feast | March 3rd, 2022

The Amazing Give | April 21st, 2022 | Virtual Event

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