This is the time of year where all of us at Community Partners of Dallas breathe a sigh of relief.
And no, it's not because our bi-annual board retreat was held last night (although that is a load off my mind as well). The board retreat was great!
NOTE: Who knew one of our board member's first job was making pinatas and another made cold calls to people to sell burial plots? Love our board!
We are relieved that kids are back in school, because for most abused and neglected kids being in school is safer than being at home.
When kids are in school a teacher is watching over them. She sees that Nathan is limping a little. That Jessica's clothes are dirty. That Cruz is spending a lot of time acting out sexually.
And that teacher, nurse, counselor, principal will call in a report to CPS. That's why I'm letting my breath out.
NOTE: You can call in a report of child abuse in Texas 24 hours a day to 1-800-252-5400. You are required by law to do so -- even if you just suspect it.
Thank you to the hundreds of you who donated to our Back-to-School Drive at CPD -- because of you, more than 2,600 children in Dallas County received the supplies and uniforms to go back to school and feel safe. We're still receiving supplies -- I see the Wisteria Catalog truck pulling up now -- so keep dropping off supplies at The Container Store until August 31st and at our offices at 1215 Skiles Street in September.
We'll keep receiving them as long as you'll keep giving. The kids are relying on it.
And I like breathing easier too.