Saturday, December 06, 2008

Verizon Wireless Awards Grant to CARE House of Oakland County

DETROIT — Verizon Wireless has awarded CARE House of Oakland County (Michigan) a $5,000 grant. The money will be used to implement the “Stewards of Children” program, which was developed by the national Darkness To Light organization to provide education and training about child sexual abuse.

CARE House serves the immediate needs of neglected and abused children in the Oakland County community, while also reaching out with advocacy and prevention programs aimed at breaking the cycles of abuse and neglect.

Stewards of Children applies an innovative approach to address the issue of child sexual abuse.

“Stewards of Children is different from other programs. It puts the responsibility for protecting children squarely on the shoulders of adults in the community," said Miriana Milo, community outreach manager at CARE House. "This presentation helps adults to recognize and respond appropriately to suspicions of abuse, as well as providing them with steps they can take to prevent children from being abused.”

Stewards of Children is an interactive program conducted by a trained facilitator using a workbook, a video and discussion. It encourages a “call to action” for all participants to become involved and to develop a plan within their respective organizations and communities to address the complex issues related to child sexual abuse. The program also provides opportunities for volunteers to become trained facilitators.

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 70.8 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 71,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone.

The mission of CARE House of Oakland County is to be an advocate for the safety of all children and a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and the protection of children through education, intervention, treatment and research, in collaboration with the community. The programs are housed at 44675 S. Woodward, Pontiac, Mich.

CARE House focuses on an underserved area of need in Oakland County. Its Stewards of Children program is unique because it trains volunteers to become trained facilitators and in turn to give back and benefit more children.

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