Helping kids deal with their abuse
Employees and volunteers at the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center are turning the most important meal of the day into a fundraiser for their most important little clients.
The center’s Children’s Breakfast is coming up Thursday, November 14 from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at the Holmes Theatre Ballroom.
The event is designed to raise funds for youth programming aimed at helping children who have or are dealing with physical, mental or sexual abuse, as well as children who are at-risk.
The breakfast will be catered by LaBarista and will feature the high school’s Laker singers.
One of the center’s on-staff psychologists, Dr. Renee Lateral, will be speaking about the local need for the programs that not only help the children who walk through the shelter’s doors, but also those in the schools.
“We have support groups in the schools so that kids who are at-risk and needs support have somebody to talk to and listen to them about the challenges that they may be facing at home,” said Anna Sellin, development director for the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center.
Members of the center’s staff spent over 500 hours last year in the schools providing support for students and spoke to roughly 300 students about topics that tend to dance fairly closely around abuse.
“We talk to them about topics like what is a healthy relationship and what is not, anger, bullying…” said Sellin.
Funds raised from the breakfast also go towards proving one-on-one advocacy for the children staying at the shelter.
“Our advocates can help them with activities and determining the effects of trauma and abuse and decide what course of action should be taken with each child,” said Shelter Director Jan Logan, who says shelter children are sometimes not from the area and often need help transitioning into the local school system.
One of the presenters at the breakfast will be a local teenager who received services from the center who can speak first-hand on the values of the youth programs.
“No one can tell someone that’s supporting our agency better than a recipient of our services just how much the services are worth,” said Logan. “Some of these kids come into our support groups suicidal; they’ve had traumatic experiences happen to them and may never have had the chance to really talk to somebody who can listen and who has the expertise to help support them.
Local residents have come together to help enhance fundraising efforts at the breakfast, as several donated Christmas items will be on display and on sale there.
Tickets to the Children’s Breakfast are $40 and can be purchased either by calling the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center at 847-8572 or at the door — although because it’s a catered event, planners encourage people to buy the tickets in advance.
Give to the Max Day
For those who can’t make it to the breakfast but would still like to support the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center, Give to the Max Day is also just around the corner.
This is a 24-hour state-wide opportunity for people to donate online to their favorite non-profit by logging on to a website that lists them by name or zip code.
The Lakes Crisis Center is one of them, and one, easy click makes it convenient for people to help no matter where they are or how much time they have.
“And then every hour there will be a drawing for $1,000 that non-profits can win,” said Sellin, “as well as five different ‘power hours’ where the non-profits raising the most money throughout that day can win prizes.”
Sellin says they would love to be able to find a local business or organization that would be willing to “match” those donation dollars on Give to the Max Day.
People interested in donating can either log onto www.givemn.org and search for the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center or by logging onto the center’s own site: www.lakescrisis.com.