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 525 N. State Street · Suite 4 · Alma, MI 48801 
(989) 463-1422

Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing.

-Quincy Jones
In This Issue
About Us 

Child Advocacy is a non-profit agency with a mission to improve the welfare of children and their families through education, training, and support for the prevention of substance abuse and child abuse and neglect.

 Our Staff
Audra Stahl 
President & CEO 
Pam Mahin
Office Manager
Ty Warczinsky 
GCSAC Program Director
Sara Krebs 
Coalition Coordinator 
 Richelle Davis 
Prevention Educator
Michelle Zombeck 
 CASA Program Director    
Heather Therrien  
CAC Program Director
Nicole Showers
CAC Case Manager

Mallory Harrier
CAC Intake Coordinator
Staci Bigelow
Event/Volunteer Coordinator

Morgan Rooy
CAN Program Director 
Board of Directors  

Carolyn Studley
Community Represenative
Vice President 
Matt Schooley
City of Alma Transportation
Jennifer Stambaugh
DeafBlind Central
Sara Bonacci
Sara Bonacci Photography
Steve Benn
MI State Police

Wendy Currie 
Mid MI District Health Dept

Colleen Davis
Prosecuting Attorney's Office 
Jim Dubey
Garr Tool

Rob DuHadway
DuHadway Dance Dimensions 

Tammy Halfmann
Mercantile Bank

David Justin
 Alma School Board
Jennifer Leppien

John Morey

Mike Morris
Detective/Sgt. Gratiot Co. Sheriff's Dept. 
Alison Morrison
Dept. of Health and Human Services 
Jamie Richardson
Doehring Schultz Insurance Agency

Jennifer Siefker
Tri Lakes Petroleum
Steve Vernon
 Gratiot Integrated Health Network

Wes Wickes
Central MI Youth for Christ

Mark Williams
Alma Police Depart.

Joe Yourchock
Community Representative


Seat Safety


Did you know that at Child Advocacy we can install and provide a safety inspection for your child safety seat?  Child Advocacy has a nationally certified safety seat technician available!
To make an appointment call
 or 800-552-4489
Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Off
Gratiot Co. Sheriff
226 E. Center
open 24 hrs./day
7 days/week
Alma Police Dept.
525 E. Superior St.
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Breckenridge Police Dept.
 104 E. Saginaw St.
8:00 a.m.- 5:00  p.m.
Monday - Friday
St. Louis Police Dept.
108 W. Saginaw St.
Mon. 7 - 3 
Tues. - Fri. 8 - 4 
These sites accept
prescription pills and patches.
Program Needs

Gas Cards 
to help cover the cost for medical travel to Grand Rapids or help with transportation of foster children.

Gift Cards to Walmart and Meijer to purchase the specific needs of a child. 
Drawing Paper


New Children's Books


Games for younger children to play

Capri Sun Juice Box's

Bottled Water

Community donations help the quality of our programs and are greatly appreciated. Donations can be made directly at Child Advocacy or by contacting our office. (989) 463-1422

Your Feedback!

The presenter Mrs. Davis is AMAZING!
My personal kids had the program this year, and I'm thankful he talked about it at home.

Teacher from a local elementary school who had our Protect Yourself Program in her classroom.

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Happy Fourth of July! 
Child Advocacy is excited to announce we are taking over the Red Cross Baby Pantry. See details below.
We also have informative program articles, upcoming meeting schedules, and summer hours listed below.

Child Advocacy Staff
Check out our website .
Summer Hours
Starting the week of June 13  
Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Limited staff on Fridays, please call ahead.

CAC Welcomed Their
 First Intern!
By: Mallory Harrier
CAC Intake Coordinator

The Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) recently welcomed our first ever student intern. For the months of May and June Shelby Flores, a student at Central Michigan University joined us to fulfill 60 hours of field work toward her Bachelor's Degree in Applied Science. 

While at the CAC, Shelby reviewed protocols, observed and supported Victim/Family Advocates during client visits, assisted with Caregiver Support Group, researched resources for supporting victims and families and completed various day to day tasks. When asked what she found most interesting about her internship, she stated it was sitting with the families during the interview process. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree, Shelby plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Social Work. We enjoyed working with Shelby and we wish her well in her future endeavors! 
Our New Baby- The Baby Pantry!
If you've been following our Facebook page, you may have seen a picture of this guy along with the words, "we're expecting!" We can now officially share our big news.
As of July 1st 2017, Child Advocacy has taken over the Red Cross Baby Pantry. The Baby Pantry has served Gratiot County residents since 1999, and we are proud to continue to serve families and children as part of our Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Prevention Programming. The Baby Pantry is still open each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Wilcox Non-Profit Center, but expect to see some changes. Changes include education of infant safe sleep, shaken baby syndrome and positive parenting techniques; an overall reorganization of the area; and more of a "shopping" experience for parents.
To learn more about the pantry, schedule a tour, sign up as a volunteer, or schedule a donation, contact Morgan Rooy at (989) 463-1422.  
Prescription Medication Disposal
By: Sara Krebs
Coalition Coordinator

Most people have an old medication in their medicine cabinet, whether it was from that wisdom tooth extraction you had 2 years ago, a knee surgery last fall, or a broken arm 5 years ago. Many medications that are prescribed do not get used, so they end up sitting in a medicine cabinet, these unused prescription medications need to be properly disposed of. 
Proper disposal of unused medications helps to not only keep our water sources clean, but helps to keep our friends and family members safe, as more than 25,000 Americans overdosed on prescription drugs last year. Prescription medication abuse in the United States is a growing problem. One way to be a part of the solution is by properly disposing of old medications that you may have in your home.

Not sure how to get rid of these old medications? 
Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition, together with local law enforcement offices, provide prescription medication drop boxes throughout Gratiot County. All you need to do is bring in unused or outdated prescription medications to one of the following locations:
Alma Police Department 
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Accepted Medications: Pills, capsules, patches, and liquids.
Breckenridge police department
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Accepted Medications: Pills and capsules.
Ithaca Sheriff's department
7 days a week 24 hours a day
Accepted Medications: Pills and capsules.

St. Louis Police Department
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Accepted Medications: Pills, capsules, patches, and liquids

New Lending Library Tote  for Parents and Teenagers

Need some fun ideas for you and your teen this summer? Our newest Lending Library tote is full of activities to meet the interests of any teen. You'll find adult coloring pages, as well as information on the benefits of coloring. You and your teen can choose to watch one of our life-lesson movies, or play the Game of Life which comes with a set of "life" questions for parents and teens to ask. Maybe you'll want to toss around the football or put together the candy skull puzzle. You'll be surprised how much teens share when you're doing the simplest of activities together. All of our Lending Library Totes and Bags can be checked out up to 2 weeks at a time. Contact our office or stop in to get yours today! 
Scheduled Classes

Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group
Tuesday, July 11
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
East Superior Christian Church - Alma
Please call our office at (989) 463-1422 to register for the class.
Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition Meeting
Monday, July 10
1:00 p.m.
YFC - Alma , MI 
Please call Sara at 989-463-1422 with any questions
The Baby Pantry
Every Wednesday
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wilcox Non-Profit Building - Alma
For more information about the Baby Pantry please contact Morgan Rooy at (989)463-1422.

Nurturing Parenting Program
For Parents of Teenagers
Mondays & Wednesdays
July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, & 26
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wilcox Non-Profit Center Room 119
To register for the Nurturing Parenting Program contact Morgan Rooy at (989)463-1422.
Happy Independence Day!

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. As you can see we have some new and exciting  things happening here at Child Advocacy. We are excited to bring the already successful Baby Pantry on  as one of our programs. We hope you will join us for the Baby Pantry open house in August.

Enjoy your summer,

Audra Stahl
President & CEO