This year has presented new challenges for us all, but probably none so much as the child abuse victims we serve at Hope House. Most of these children have experienced unfathomable sexual abuse, physical abuse, trafficking, or extreme neglect. The COVID-19 crisis has only amplified our national and local child abuse epidemic. As a united community, we can heal those emotional wounds, get justice for children, and restore faith in families, communities, and institutions.
That’s why I’m writing to ask you to support our shared mission with a tax-deductible, year-end gift.
So far in 2020, Hope House has served nearly 350 child abuse victims right here in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. That’s more children than any preceding year in our organization’s 26-year history. As you already know, we provide:
Forensic interviews, which help local law enforcement bring child abusers to justice
Ongoing trauma-focused therapy and advocacy for victims and their non-offending caregivers
And abuse prevention education to adults and children throughout our community.
Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we have been able to provide all of these services free of charge, making the Northshore a safer place for children and families. Here’s a glimpse at the real-world impact of your investment:
$2,000 covers the cost of a forensic interview, and comprehensive care and services for one child abuse survivor.
$1,000 covers the cost of a child’s entire therapy journey following abuse and trauma.
$250 covers training to a group of 20 adults to better protect children through our Stewards of Children abuse prevention program.
$50 covers the cost of a specialized counseling session for a child abuse survivor.
If you believe, as we do, that the foundation of a strong community starts with the health and wellbeing of our children, please consider making an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation to Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House. Or take your commitment one step further and become a community partner. Your donation is critical to ending the cycle of child abuse.
Please visit CAChopehouse.org or contact me directly to your donation or learn more about how you can provide hope, healing and justice to our community’s most vulnerable children.
Merry Christmas, and God bless you and your family.
November is traditionally a month of giving, and many in our community have suffered hardships this year. Thankfully there are a number of organizations in our area designed to help our local neighbors.
Donate Food & Gently Used Household Items to the Northshore Food Bank
The Northshore Food Bank and it’s Resale Shop have undergone some changes in the past year, both expanding to larger locations to meet the demands of our growing community and outer areas. Each year, the Northshore Food Bank distributes over 1 million pounds of food to the residents of St. Tammany and Washington parishes. This year the Food Bank saw an increase of more than 110% in the number of individuals and families they serve due to COVID.
Want to help? You can donate food directly to to Food Bank at their new location, 125 W 30th Ave, Covington, LA. Donation hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9a-12p at the Community Donations door, facing W 29th Ave. You, your business or place of work can also host a Food Drive! Learn more here: https://northshorefoodbank.org/donate-food
Our local Knights of Columbus are collecting small children’s (toddler – 12 years old) coats for distribution to those in need. Jackets in good shape may be dropped off at the collection box at Acquistapace’s Grocery or the Children’s Dental Cottage in Madisonville.
Covington Police Department Toy Drive
The Caroline Darby’s Christmas Wish, formerly known as Covington Police Toys for Tots was started in 1995 by Sgt. Wayne Mayberry and the Marines along with a host of CovPD employees, mainly Caroline Darby.
An average of 500 children attend this event annually. It takes about 6 to 8 thousand dollars plus a host of volunteers to provide this special experience for our children.
CovPD is asking for help to keep this program thriving and continuing to put smiles on children’s faces. If so inclined, please mail your donation to:
Caroline Darby’s Christmas Wish PO Box 4074, Covington LA 70434 Questions: Contact Tammy Bushnell @ 985-892-8500 Opt 2
Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana – Covington Unit
For the past 50 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana has been a leading provider of afterschool and summer enrichment programs for at-risk youth. As an independent local 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana depends on the generosity of local partners, supporters and investors. Each is vital to the organization’s continued ability to save the lives of at-risk kids across southeast Louisiana.
This year the Boys & Girls Club of Covington has made adjustments and offered additional support to the community with financial relief to families in need, meals, well-being checks and virtual learning for the children. To learn more about how you can donate, sponsor or volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcsela.org or follow them on Facebook.
Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse in our community.
This week is the last chance to support Hope House by donating toward your favorite Men Who Cook celebrity/restaurant team! Men Who Cook, sponsored by Cintas and the Brooke It Forward Foundation, is the primary annual fundraiser for Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House. Campaign ends Sunday, November 8th. You could win a Dinsey getaway! All donations help CAC-Hope House fight child abuse and trafficking on the Northshore. Learn more here: https://www.cachopehouse.org/events/
Covington Rotary Club’s Feeding the Needy
Feeding the Needy was founded in 2002 by John Baldwin and Craig Babylon to provide food on Christmas day for families in need on the Northshore. The Covington Rotary Club was approached for support and special focus was put on providing food for the school children who, during the holidays, do not receive the meals they receive at school and depend on as their main source of nutrition.
Each year on December 23 and 24, volunteers from all over the area come together to prepare Christmas boxes that include a 14 to 16 pound cooked turkey with numerous side dishes and dessert. Each box has enough food to feed a family of four to five with larger families receiving additional boxes. Deliveries are made to families throughout the Northshore area including St. Tammany, Washington and Tangipahoa parishes. On Christmas morning, Rotarians and other community volunteers hand deliver the boxes to the homes of the identified families.
Besides the fundraising luncheon which is held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the Briggs Assembly Center on St. Paul’s School campus, FTN relies heavily on financial donations. Because of the support from so many generous volunteers and strong partnerships, FTN is able to operate with minimal administrative costs. Donations for FTN are accepted year round. Learn more at the Covington Rotary Foundation’s website.
Northshore Humane Society – Adopt & Donate
Northshore Humane Society rescues thousands of neglected and abandoned animals each year. But we can’t do it alone. Together we can save even more!
For the price of a movie ticket, $13.90, you can provide food to an animal in need for an entire month. Together we can make Thanksgiving Day special for a homeless dog or cat. Your special gift will give an innocent animal the second chance and loving family they have always deserved.
The St. Tammany Council On Aging hosts the inaugural Recipe Rumble Friday, November 4, 2016, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Bogue Falaya Hall in Covington, located on Jefferson Street in the City Hall complex. Proceeds to benefit COAST’s Safe at Home program. For more information, call Janet Grouchy at 985-635-8062, or find the event on FB for tickets! coastseniors.org
The fourth annual Men Who Cook! Event takes place Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 4 p.m. To 7 p.m., to benefit Children’s Advocacy Center/Hope House. Call 985-892-3885 or visit cachopehouse.org for tickets.
“I’m in it to win it!” is the statement made by many of the “celebrity” cooks and partner restaurants who are participating in this year’s Men Who Cook! event, a fundraiser for the Children’s Advocacy Center / Hope House. The event will be held from 4 p.m. -7 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2016, on the top level of the Justice Center Parking Garage. Visit cachopehouse.org
CPD Chief Tim Lentz, pictured with Laura and Steve Ahrons of Columbia Street Tap Room at Men Who Cook 2015.
The 3rd Annual Men Who Cook will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 4 p.m. -7 p.m. on the top level of the Justice Center Parking Garage. Local “celebrity” cooks will partner with local restaurants to prepare tastings of their favorite dishes in a competitive cook-off. And you choose the winners! Winners will be chosen in two of the categories by you! Purchase “tip tickets” and award them to your favorite cook/restaurant team. Prizes will go to… Most Money Raised for Hope House: (pre-event tip ticket purchased added to event tip tickets) People’s Choice: (most event tip tickets awarded) Judge’s Choice: Our celebrity judges Tom Fitzmorris and Trey Folse will taste each cook/restaurant team’s items and choose a winner. Event tickets and pre-event tip tickets are on sale now at cachopehouse.org.
We’ll be rooting for Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz and his team from Columbia Street Tap Room, Steve and Laura Ahrons! www.menwhocookevent.org
Thank you, Covington, for Generously Supporting the CovLuv Power Fundraiser for Hope House! Hope House Children’s Advocacy Center is a local, independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse in our community. They provide a path to recovery and a bridge to justice for victims of abuse. Currently, they are holding a fundraising drive called, “500 Women for Hope House.” The goal is to encourage 500 women to each raise $100 to help fund Hope House’s free services for abused children, which include forensic interviews and specialized therapy and counseling. Hope house also provides sexual abuse prevention training and educational workshops on child-focused topics like bullying and self-esteem to the community.
Reina Solano of Shop Soul Boutique and Liz Bragdon of Our Place Studio recently held a raffle fundraiser for Hope House as part of the 500 Women campaign. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, artists and craftspeople who donated goods and services and our amazing Covington community who purchased hundreds of raffle tickets, they were able to raise $1,442.00 for Hope House!
A huge, heartfelt thank you to all of our friends and to our community from Reina, Liz and the folks at Hope House for purchasing tickets and donating raffle items! A special shout-out to our generous donors of goods and services: Lola Restaurant, Oxlot 9, DeCoeur, Shoeffle, Shop Soul Boutique, Covington Massage & Wellness Center, Kombucha Girl, Our Place Studio, Rebecca Authement, Move with Me, Small Change Finery, J. DeVun Art, Soul’s Journey Massage Therapy, The English Tea Room, St. John’s Coffeehouse, Hemp for Victory, Amber Damare Art, Wino’s & Taco’s, Brooks’ Bike Shop, Zingara Jewels, Pandorium Bellydance Co., Kenny Passauer, Abita Roasting Co., Seiler Bar, Northshore Roller Derby, Robin Hurston, Tripolo Gallery, Danny Saladino, Once Upon a Child, Style Encore, Tiger Bait Raw Pet Food, Jeanette B. Kelly, Brightly Wound, Metal and Earth Designs, Jeanette Kelland, of course, Covington Weekly.
To take part in the 500 Women Campaign or learn more about Hope House’s services, visit www.cachopehouse.org
Liz Bragdon (Our Place Studio) & Reina Solano (Shop Soul Boutique) will be participating in the 500 Women for Hope House Campaign, which aims to raise $500,000 for the organization.
Liz Bragdon of Our Place Studio and Reina Solano of Shop Soul Boutique have joined forces to take part in the “500 Women for Hope House” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise $100 (or more) from 500 women to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House. The independent, non-profit organization is dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse in our community.
Liz and Reina are collecting items from local craftspeople, artists and businesses in the community that they will raffle off to raise their funds. “We are the organizers, but our creative and generous Covington community is providing the fuel and fire. So for us this is truly a community-driven “CovLuv” campaign!” says Liz.
Raffle tickets may be bought at Our Place Studio (338 N Vermont) and Shop Soul Boutique (529 E Boston) starting this Friday. Tickets will also be available at the Kombucha Girl table at the Covington Farmer’s Market Saturday. If you would like to donate an item for the raffle, call Liz at Our Place – 985.875.1182 or Reina at Shop Soul – 985.258.4080. For more info visit www.cachopehouse.org