Over 200 guests joined us Monday afternoon, June 10, for our Grand Opening Celebration. We cut the ceremonial ribbon after a brief program on the front porch of our East Building. Board Chair Lori M. Patton introduced the speakers who included David K. Dunning, Director and CEO Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Nancy Williams, former Executive Director Memphis CAC, and Virginia Stallworth, Executive Director Memphis CAC. Guests enjoyed kid-themed refreshments and were inspired by the self-guided tour of the enhanced and expanded campus. Many attendees took the opportunity to send a special message to the kids we serve.
We’re all about helping kids find hope and healing after the trauma of sexual or physical abuse. The Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team (CPIT) is headquartered at the Memphis CAC. Made up of 15 agencies, CPIT is responsible for the investigation and response to reported sexual and physical child abuse. The CAC supports children and families through advocacy, therapy, forensic interviewing, and team coordination. That’s a lot of people looking out for our kids.
We’ve come a long way. We opened our doors in 1992 in the Victorian home that once housed the Four Flames Restaurant. In 2001, we added over 10,000 square feet with our Prentiss House addition. In 2013, we added a reception area and playroom. And now, through a long-term lease with the Veteran’s Administration, we have added another historic building to our campus.
Our expansion has made room for additional partner agency staff to move onsite, including a medical clinic operated by the Shelby County Crime Victims and Rape Crisis Center. Our increased capacity to serve kids was made possible by a host of generous foundations, companies and individual donors.
See the all the event photos on our Facebook page.