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One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.
- Forest E. Witcraft
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Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center now has board, and logo

  • Original Publication Date: September 15, 2005
The children’s advocacy center that will serve abused children in the 4th Judicial District of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier Counties, is even closer to becoming a reality as it now has a board of directors, a name, a logo and an official charter by the State of Tennessee.

The CAC Board of Directors, with Donna Koester as its president, decided on the name Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc., (SHCAC) August 12.  The logo, suggested by Barry Fain, was designed by Dave Barnhart of Creative Touch Graphics in Sevier County.  The logo depicts a lighthouse shining a beam of light into darkness to guide the lost to safety.  The SafeHarbor board envisioned something that conveys the core of their mission to serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse and neglect.

“It is a dark time in anyone’s life when they have been victimized by abuse, but it is an especially dark time for children who have been victimized by sexual abuse, physical abuse and/or neglect.  And they need someone to help them understand how to get past that point,” said Fain.

SafeHarbor received its official charter from the state on September 1.  It has also applied for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and will become an established nonprofit youth organization as soon as approval is forthcoming by the IRS, making it eligible for several government grants and private foundation funding.  Directors have already met with the Grainger County Commission, not necessarily for purpose of making a financial plea, but to ask for the support of citizens and leaders in the county.

It is well on its way, but SafeHarbor still needs help from caring citizens of all four counties.  If you are interested in helping this organization, please contact either Donna Koester at (865) 453-2638, or Barry Fain at (865) 471-1898; or log on to www.SafeHarborCAC.com.

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