Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
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  • The Crisis Center of Dodge City has been extremely busy this summer in community outreach and serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. CCDC continues to see an increase in requests for support as victims seek assistance from the courts in obtaining Protection from Abuse and Stalking Orders. The safe shelter...
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  • The Crisis Center of Dodge City has been extremely busy this summer in community outreach and serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  CCDC continues to see an increase in requests for support as victims seek assistance from the courts in obtaining Protection from Abuse and Stalking Orders. The safe shelter remains close or at capacity. Despite the short term loss of our Child Advocacy Coordinator, Stephanie Fuhrmann at Meadowlark House due to maternity leave, the dedicated team consisting of community partners did not miss a beat and participated in the investigation of several cases of alleged child sexual abuse.
    During Dodge Days the staff at CCDC made appearances at numerous events.  The ladies enjoyed networking and socializing at the kickoff event.  For the first time CCDC participated in the Tryke race where the all-female team, including two gals over fifty, made a decent challenge managing to make it to the top eight.  Fortunately everyone was able to return to the office in one piece.  CCDC’s next showing was at the Kid’s Fest where the agency distributed coloring sheets about bullying and informational materials to adults on signs of child sexual assault and prevention.  Of course the part the kids liked best was the temporarytattoos they sported as they left the booth.
    This summer CCDC has begun support groups for survivors, their friends and families.  In Dodge City the meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Senior Center starting at 5:30.  The Dodge City program is available in English and Spanish.  For those not wanting to travel to Dodge City from the counties of Clark, Gray, Hodgeman, and Meade a support group is held once a month on Thursday’s in each of the localities. Anyone is welcome to any of the groups, prior contact with CCDC is not required and attendance is confidential.  Now that school is back in session civic organizations are getting back to their regular meeting schedules.  CCDC is ready to meet with local groups and provide educational programs to students.  For the adults we are available to speak about our agency and services as well as provide information on many topics related to domestic violence, adult and child sexual abuse, and human trafficking.
    For the younger ones, CCDC welcomes the opportunity to discuss teen dating relationships, stranger danger, good touch/bad touch and we will even have Happy Bear come visit.  For those interested, please call the main office to schedule a date and time.  Clark, Gray, Hodgeman, and Meade Counties, CCDC is your agency too.  
    While Rural Advocate Tina Gerber has been busy in your communities we know that we are not reaching as many as we could, please help us do that.  Tell us what you need, how can we serve you better, and have us come speak with your adult and school programs.  Tina is available to assist with Protective Orders, to provide advocacy, assist with transportation to shelter and court if needed.  CCDC also have specially trained advocates to work with survivors of sexual assault both adult and children in your area.
    Page 2 of 2 - CCDC has had its first Adopt-A-Room participant at the shelter.  A grateful thank you goes out to Family Practice and Associates of Dodge City for the assume job they did on the handicapped room.  The area was outdated, dingy, and depressing until they came in and made it bright, welcoming and lively.  Who is up next to take on the challenge?  We are looking for groups from churches, businesses, civic organizations, schools, families, etc. who are interested in adopting one of the shelter rooms for redecorating or renovation.  The minimum we ask is fresh paint and some decorating; from there let your inspiration guide you.  
    Summer slowed our volunteer program down a bit but CCDC is ready to leap forward.  We need volunteers who are able to help with lawn maintenance, organize the donations, move furniture, do office work, child care, transportation,fund raise, etc.  For those who are willing to undergo additional training CCDC is desperately in need of volunteers to work in the shelter with clients, to answer hotline calls, and to respond to those in need in the outlying counties.  Students seeking internships are also encouraged to contact the agency.  The next volunteer training and group meeting will be Saturday October 5, 2013.  CCDC, like most non-profits, continues to do more with less money including the loss of financial support from United Way.  If it were not for community donations, the agency could not provide the services we now do including the operation of the safe house.  With this in mindCCDC would like to recognize a few of our commercial supporters:  The Globe, Zach Devos Construction, Wal-Mart, Dillion’s, Meade Lumber, Water’s True Value Hardware, Family Dollar, General Dollar Store, Family Practice Associates, U.S. Postal Service, Dodge City Community College, National Beef, Dodge City Chamber of Commerce, J.C. Penny, Village Square Mall, Vision Center, and many others.  CCDC would also like to thank all the individuals who have provided donations and support.  
    Currently CCDC is in need of newspaper subscription to local papers, WalMart and Dillon’s gift cards, fast food gift cards, lockers, a multi-line phone system with voice mail, surveillance system, dishwasher (ours broke), boxedfrozen-canned food, deodorant, suitcases, gently used pot/pans/dishes/flatware/plastic drink glass, someone to repair basement wall from a summer rain leak, used dependable car for transporting clients, diaper wipes, cleaning supplies, and cash contributions.
    The Crisis Center of Dodge City can be contacted Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 605 Central Ave, Dodge City, KS 67801 or by phone at (620) 225-6987.  The 24-hotline can be reached at 620-225-6510 or 866-270-2270.
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