Healing Families, Changing Lives Upcoming Events Annual Campaign

200 Highland Drive Medina, Ohio 44256
Healing Families, Changing Lives
Quarterly Newsletter
Upcoming Events
Annual Campaign
Did you know that as many as 400,000 babies born in the U.S. this year will be sexually
abused before their 18th birthday? Imagine being one of those abused children and
not having a safe place to tell your story or receive the medical attention you need.
The Children’s Center helps children of all ages and their families recover from the
devastation of child sexual abuse and neglect by providing forensically-sound interviews,
medical examinations, crisis intervention, follow up services and referrals for long-term
counseling. All of these services are provided to the child and the non-offending family
members at no cost because of the Center’s generous donors.
Please consider joining The Children’s Center of Medina County’s Protectors’ Circle.
Your gift will directly impact local children and families who depend on caring adults for
Last years donations allowed the Children’s Center to help 111 abused and/or neglected
children in Medina County to begin healing from abuse. Without your support, this
would not have been possible.
If you have any questions or would like to talk about other ways you can join us in
protecting our children, please feel free to contact Rhonda Wurgler, Executive Director,
at 330-764-8891 ext.214 or at [email protected]
The children are our future — Together we can make a difference!
Grocery Giveaway Drawing has MOVED!
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July - September 2013
Community Outreach 1183
Children referred for sex
abuse 40
Foster Care Visits 474
Prevention Training 13
Inside this issue:
Prevention Training
We have moved our annual grocery giveaway from Spring to Fall and is now called Annual Gift Card Giveaway. Winners will receive gift cards of their choice from many
different stores in Medina County such as Buehler’s, Giant Eagle, Target, Marc’s & WalMart. The drawing for the big event will be held on November 24, 2013.
Please note: winners do not need to be present.
Volunteer Appreciation
Tickets are NOW on sale and for added convenience, Buehler’s Doug
Turnbaugh has generously agreed to give us time to sell tickets at their
River Styx store on Sunday, Nov. 10th, Saturday, Nov. 16th & Sunday,
Nov. 17th
Community Involvement
Corporate Sponsors
Protector’s Circle
Items Needed
Children’s Center Contact
Our Mission is to nurture abused and neglected children through collaboration, advocacy, treatment, and prevention.
Upcoming Events
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Snowmen Markers
These friendly snowmen are a great way to help lighten the mood while keeping your property protected.
Snowmen Driveway Markers will be for sale in the upcoming weeks with all proceeds benefitting The
Children’s Center. Please contact Rhonda with inquires at 330-764-8891 ext 214. Snowmen Driveway
Markers will also be available for purchase on Nov. 29th, 30th, & Dec. 1st at Christmas Around the World.
Tis the season to Adopt-a-Family!
We are seeking additional businesses, individuals, and community groups to help make a child’s holiday wishes come true by
becoming a sponsor. Last year with sponsors help, we gave 760 children Christmas gifts.
Wish lists go out starting November 1st and gifts will be received at the Children’s Center the first two weeks of December.
Please contact Trudy at 330-764-8891 ext 215 or [email protected]
Whether you want to adopt a single child or siblings, any size sponsorship will help give a child have a
happier holiday season.
Prevention - Protection - Prosecution - Partnership
On August 6, 2013, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced that the Kasich administration has
taken another positive step towards fighting human trafficking. Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) within the state of Ohio are now
first responders for minor victims of human trafficking.
The Children’s Center of Medina County will train multi-disciplinary team members to provide direct services to minor victims
of human trafficking, develop and identify important community resources and provide community workshops on human
trafficking responses protocol.
Human trafficking for minor victims includes trafficking a minor for the purpose of sexual exploitation, exploiting a minor
through prostitution and exploiting a minor through survival sex.
Even though this act of “modern day slavery” has recently had a great deal of attention, it is crucial for our community to
understand that human trafficking is deeply rooted in every city, metropolitan area and in every state in America, big or small.
It is not just a problem in foreign countries - it impacts all of us.
To read more, please visit this link http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocomm/index.stm
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Prevention Training Program
We currently have openings for groups, parents, and professionals for the
Darkness to Light Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program.
Stewards of Children is a training program that teaches adults how to
prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Please call Kim Brightbill 330-764-8891 ext.212
today to schedule a training session!
Protect their only Childhood!
“As a parent or as someone who works with children, this program is essential to protect them.”
Thank You
Making a Difference
Volunteer Appreciation
Involvement is one of the best ways to feel connected and has a meaningful, positive impact on the community.
Volunteers have always been the cornerstone of The Children’s Center and our ability to be successful rests in large
part on our volunteer generosity.
To show appreciation for our volunteers energy, hard work and dedication, we held our first Annual Volunteer
Appreciation Picnic on September 1st at Huffman Park. Marco’s Pizza in Medina generously provided pizza which
helped make it a fun and successful event. Together we are making a huge difference in the lives of children.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. --Aesop
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Community Involvement
The Children’s Center was proud to attend the 2013 Back to School Rallies in Brunswick, Wadsworth
and Medina. These one day events provided backpacks and school supplies for children in need.
Along with school supplies, families also had the opportunity to receive free items and information
from community organizations. Local dentists provided children with an oral hygiene kit and PJs
from Grandma was on hand with new pajamas for children to choose from and we provided books.
The Children’s Center would like to thank those who donated to the Stuff the Bus campaign, without these donations, the Back to School Rally would not have be successful.
The Children’s Center was thrilled to be a part of this year’s Walk with your Best
Friend Against Abuse to benefit the Battered Women’s Shelter of Medina County.
We had a booth at the event which included a one-mile walk, dog costume contest,
doggy demo, music, information tables, refreshments and more!
To learn more about why we walk, visit
Youth Making a Difference
No matter what anyone says, young people can and will continue to make a
difference and help influence events in the community.
Heather Roberts has three giving daughters that have contributed to the
Children’s Center mission. The girls sold bracelets and with the proceeds,
donated wish list items.
We are very grateful to be part of a community that has such awesome
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July - September 2013
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2013 Corporate Sponsors, Thank You!
Johnston, Ltd.
315 West Liberty Ave.
Medina, OH 44256
Tunes for All Times
Ryan Stuff
D.J. / Master of Ceremonies
[email protected]
The Protector’s Circle
Thank you Medina County.
We truly appreciate your support!!!
Listed are the 3nd quarter 2013 Protector’s Circle members by level:
In Memory: Ann Keith
Champions ($2000 and Greater): IBEW #306/JWD
Advocates ($1,000-$1,999):
Defenders ($500-$999): Linda & Craig Riley,
Guardians ($250-$499):
Angels ($100-$249): Valspar Corporation, Jen Graham
Friends ($50-$99):
Other: Donna & David Irwin, Carolyn Virzi, Lisa Claus, Mary Stupar, Kerry Birth, PJs from Grandma,
Marco’s Pizza—Medina, Heather Roberts and family, Kaci Church, Debbie Cooper, Trudy Rasmuseen, Juliana Klien, Christine Hiebert, Sheila Jacobsen, Lauren Hakos Checci, Sheila Noel
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Qu ar t er ly N ew sl et t er
Our Mission is to nurture abused and neglected children through
collaboration, advocacy, treatment, and prevention.
The Children’s Center of Medina County
200 Highland Drive
Medina, Ohio 44256
Phone: 330-764-8891
Our goals are: to provide consistent and compassionate care; to reduce
the number of needed interviews; to ensure the childs entire physical
health with a timely medical evaluation; to promote healing; to increase
the prosecution of those who sexually abuse children; to provide a family
friendly place; to increase public awareness; and to provide prevention
strategies and programming to prevent child abuse.
We are an Associate Level Member of the National Children’s Alliance.
We are a 501 ( C ) (3 )Non-Profit Charitable Organization.
We are a member of the Ohio Network of Child Advocacy Centers.
Fax: 330-764-8893
healing families, changing lives
Y o u r c o n ti n u ed su pp o r t t r ul y h el p s c h i l d r en i n n eed
We are in NEED of support!
Currently we are looking for COMMITTEE MEMBERS for the
following fundraisers: Children’s Cup, Gift card Giveaway and
Blue Jeans to Work.
MONETARY donations are needed to keep our doors open and to
provide services.
A wish list is available at our website
www.MedinaCountyChildrensCenter.org or for more information
please call 330-764-8891 ext. 214.
Board of Directors
Louise Brown, President
Kathryn Warner, Vice President
Toula Barlow, Secretary
Mike Warner, Treasurer
Beth Beal
Sarah Toops
Kim Wilson
John Ross
Jennifer Graham
Robin Massaro
Sarah Toman
Executive Director
Rhonda Wurgler, MPA
Case Manager
Kim Brightbill
Karen Fitzgerald, MSN, BNP-BC
Robyn Silves, LPN
We have PayPal
on our website to
make donating
Mental Health
Barbara Michelson, Ph.D.
Debbie Cooper, Bookkeeper
Trudy Rasmussen, Adopt-a-Family
Linda Riley, Administrative
Sheila Noel, Communications
Jen Mussen, Beautification