This Group Creates a Safe Haven for Kids Who Need It the Most
Being a kid is tough enough — juggling school work, making friends, and figuring out all of life’s stuff is hard. For children who don’t have a steady home, who’ve been placed in foster care because their parents either abused or neglected them, all of these things are even harder.
Child abuse and neglect plagues every country in the world — including 3.4 million in the US. Often, this abuse occurs in the place a child should feel the most safe — his or her own own homes.
The best way to help a child who has suffered from abuse is to give them a safe space where they can start to heal. That’s where the Cherokee Children’s Haven in Canton, Georgia, comes in.
For decades, the center has provided programs that bring health, happiness, and hope to children impacted by abuse. They put the children first, and work tirelessly to meet their needs. They offer programs like safe, supervised visits with their families, advocacy for children going through the court system, and social, emotional and education support.
The people at Cherokee Children’s Haven wouldn’t be able to give each child as much care and attention as they do if it weren’t for their volunteers who step up to help with projects around the center.
Last year, as part of Comcast Cares Day, Comcast NBCUniversal volunteers built new shelves so the Haven has more room for donations. Volunteers also built picnic tables for the campus, so children and families can spend time outside. They also performed light landscaping to spruce up the grounds for the children.
The work of these volunteers in past years and this coming year, when Comcast returns, is just another way for the center to show the children that no matter what they’ve been through, people still care.