Our main focus is on outreach and referral services, as well as education awareness in our schools on topics ranging from dating violence, conflict resolution skills and cyber stalking. Included in our mission is the ability to provide financial assistance to children who have been impacted by violence, including domestic violence homicide and homeless youth.
How does a financial contribution benefit a child in need? Your donation can help in the following ways:
Who decides what child or family will get financial aid? The Board of Directors meets quarterly and reviews the grants/requests from children or families in need. Each application is assessed a rating so that children in immediate need of help are prioritized.
The Board has decided that at no time will there be a direct cash outlay given to the victim or their families, rather, the money can be set up in an established trust, college fund or paid directly to a service provider, like a counselor for therapy or a tutor for school. The foundation is managed by Catherine Stahl Schueber, of Paine Webber, Inc., who set-up the trust on November 1, 2000 .
How much of my donation will go to the children? This organization raises money annually through many different avenues. The Board has recommended that .80 of every dollar raised in the Teddy Bear Project and the HeArt Through A Child’s Eyes Auction, will go towards the direct needs of a child. In addition, after initial modest operating expenses are met, 100% of the monies received are placed in the foundation trust for disbursement.
How do the children in need find you? How can people find you if they need help? One way people can here about us is through our communication channel with the media. Stations 2, 4, 7 and 9 post-ongoing events that CRF is sponsoring. Another method is through the relationships we have with the District Attorney’s Office and Victims Advocate office. Many of our Board members also sit on other Boards and Chairs that directly coincide with the issues of children in crisis. Once individuals are identified as having needs, they will be carefully screened through a grant process, which will be the forum to explain the following: 1) their need 2) background information, 3) the incident(s) and 4) detailed information of the child’s guardian et. lietum, attorney, victim’s advocate and/or current therapist. A thorough review of each case/court documentation and the urgency for help will be assessed by the Board of Directors and awards will be granted after the assessment is completed. In 2003, we have “adopted” Cole Middle School and DP)S, which is currently servicing over 900 homeless children.
Bringing the awareness of this effort to the community is crucial to its success. We are committed to…
“One child at a time. One family at a time.”