Rainbow Girls Donate To Children’s Advocacy Center Of Brevard

By  //  October 23, 2012

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Toys, Books, Supplies Assist Abused Kids

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – The Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard was presented with a variety of items ranging from clothing to children’s books and toys to office supplies that were collected over the past few months as part of a Rainbow Girls service project spearheaded by Tressa McCurdy from the Space Coast Assembly #99 in Titusville.

A Rainbow Girls service project collected toys and children’s books for the Children’s Advocacy Center. Shown are Jennifer Carter and Tressa McCurdy of Rainbow Girls Space Coast Assembly #99 in Titusville and Barbara Carter, Mother Advisor, Space Coast Assembly, Gayna Hansen, LMHC, Clinical Intervention Program Coordinator at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard; and Denise Tysor, Assistant Mother Advisor, Space Coast Assembly.

“We do multiple projects throughout the year,” McCurdy said. “For this charity project, I researched different organizations serving children and I liked what the Children’s Advocacy Center does in Brevard.  I presented the project concept to the local assembly of girls and they voted to support what I wanted to do for the Advocacy Center.”

The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls has as one of its basic teachings to give back to the community, what they refer to as charity to others. Similar to a sorority in its structure, Rainbow Girls brings young women together in a safe, fun and caring environment where girls are given the tools, training and encouragement to gain self-confidence, learn leadership principles and to practice good citizenship.

The colors in the organization’s icon, a rainbow, reflect seven different principles of what members learn as members of Rainbow Girls. The violet color is for service, which ties all the other colors and lessons together.

It was this service principal that fostered the connection between the girls and the Children’s Advocacy Center.

Established in 1996, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard (CACB) is a multi-agency collaboration that intervenes in the most severe cases of child abuse in Brevard County, including all cases of child sexual abuse.

CACB partners include the Child Protection Team, the Florida Department of Children and Families, both of which are onsite at the Advocacy Center; the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and municipal law enforcement agencies, the Office of the State Attorney and community mental health professionals.

In addition to other services provided at the CACB by its partner agencies, there is also the Clinical Intervention Program, a free, evidence-based therapeutic counseling program specifically for child victims and their non-offending caregivers.

The CACB is a program of the Space Coast Health Foundation.

For more information, call 321-637-7652, or visit www.cacbrevard.org.