Mary Lou Wickwire from the Irene Hanley Circle delivers our fall grant check to Ellen Hegenauer of Pregnancy & Parenting Support (PrePS) – CCS Seattle. Through grants from ACC, Pregnancy Support can provides comprehensive services that assist with the many difficulties clients face during their pregnancy and while parenting an infant. PPS also offers counseling; prenatal, parenting, and life skills education; and comprehensive case management assistance. Funding will also support the purchase of vital maternal supplies such as diapers, wipes and formula.
Judy Schroeder and Pat Freund of Fr. Thomas Lane Circle donate ACC's support of funding allows CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers to continue to advocate for those children who have the greatest need. Half of the children served are under age five. The typical family has low to moderate income, with allegations of substance abuse, domestic violence or mental health issues. CASA volunteers are dedicated to helping ensure a safe, nurturing environment for children in high risk custody cases. They focus on the needs of the child, while striving to strengthen family relationships and parenting skills
Deirdre Brownlow presents CCS's Youth Tutoring Program with a grant to help them in their mission to provide after-school and evening educational enrichment for at-risk elementary, middle and high school children who live in six Seattle public/affordable housing communities. At the tutoring centers, students build skills in reading and math, get help with homework, and strengthen their sense of self-esteem and self-respect. YTP students are wonderfully diverse, representing many nationalities, cultures, languages and religions.
Deirdre Brownlow is the Office Coordinator for ACC and writes about current weekly events here at the organization.