At the 16th annual Citizens Against Domestic Violence brunch held October 17th, the board of directors released a bold new strategic plan to increase community programs and resources to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
CADV board president Trish Creach made the announcement to more than 450 people in attendance.
“The rewards that will be reaped by our community once this strategic plan is fulfilled will be endless,” she stated.
The three-year mission includes: the creation of outreach offices in Miller and Morgan counties; expanding staffing to teach domestic, sexual and teen dating violence prevention in schools; working with area businesses and pooling resources with other community organizations to strengthen transportation and childcare services for victims; forming a task force to address the underpinnings that contribute to domestic violence and sexual assault; expanding the facility to provide more room for victims; increasing staffing to focus on helping victims after they leave the shelter; and adding new board members.
“Victims come to us pretty hopeless – they have walked away from everything they have known to escape violence,” CADV executive director Sheree Keely said. “The CADV strategic plan will remove barriers that prohibit victims for achieving their goal of creating a violence-free home for themselves and their families. Advocacy always calls for boldness and the CADV Board of Directors has acted accordingly.”
The implementation of the strategic plan will require CADV to increase the existing number of volunteers and board members. Anyone interested in volunteering or serving on the board, can contact CADV for more information.
CADV is making great strides to become more proactive by targeting the underlying issues of domestic violence and sexual assault head-on. The number of victims that seek out services provided by CADV continues to grow. Last year CADV provided assistance to 363 victims of domestic violence and 56 victims of sexual assault. Services include emergency shelter at their facility in Camdenton, counseling, legal advocacy and other programs for residents of Camden, Miller and Morgan counties.
To become more present in the community and spread awareness, CADV recently launched several billboard campaigns with the help of Lamar Advertising and DeGraf + Design. A thank-you campaign to the community is the first of three currently running on electronic billboards in the Lake area. The other billboards will address sexual assault and target the growing Spanish-speaking population in the Lake area.
CADV’s mission is to cultivate a culture of resiliency in which individuals experiencing abuse are empowered to thrive. Through advocacy services and community engagement we will pursue an end to violence in the lake area.
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16th annual CADV Brunch
A record number of attendees and restaurants participated in the 16th annual CADV Brunch held October 17 at the Lodge of Four Seasons. More than $35,000 was raised, making it the largest brunch for CADV on record.
New this year was a live auction with items donated by local businesses. Mike Clayton, of Mike & Stacy in The Morning on Mix 92.7, was the EMCEE.
The year’s theme was “Favorite Sports Team.” Many sponsors and individuals decorated tables, and themselves, to a sports theme.
CADV would like to thank the many sponsors, restaurants and volunteers who made this event a success. Visit CADV Voc on Facebook for more information.
More information on the 2018 brunch will be released soon.