CACDC Breaks Ground on Lewisville Expansion Project
Capital Project to Double Direct Service Space
Over 100 supporters attended CACDC’s groundbreaking event. Since 2014, the Center has worked to fundraise to double the direct service space at the Lewisville location in order to keep up with the fast growth of the county. The atmosphere was one of celebration as this major project finally became reality, but it was also marked by seriousness.
Kristen Howell, who came aboard as CEO in November of 2017, said of that seriousness, “Imagine the call that brings so many people here. ‘Ma’am, this is a detective. A crime has been committed against your child. Please meet us at the Advocacy Center.’
Today, we begin to build a building where people go when they get that call. In these walls, tragedies will be revealed. But also in this building, children will discover they are not invisible or damaged; they will discover they are seen and heard, and will be whole. They will find that this is a building where they reclaim their power.”
State Senator Jane Nelson, a long-time advocate for CACDC and member of the Advisory Board, spoke of the power of the community in coming together to do what is right by children. “I wish it were a perfect world, where no one would ever hurt a child … but violence and abuse remain a fact of life for too many children.” She added, “It is very rewarding to be here today as we break ground on this expansion here in Lewisville. The need is there. And I have no doubt it will continue to help many children in need.
Multidisciplinary Team member Joe Adcock, a Police Detective in Flower Mound, praised the impact of CACDC on law enforcement. The Center will increase the amount of space for team collaboration in the new building, which brings together law enforcement officers, assistant district attorneys, nurses, Department of Family and Protective Services investigators, and more to focus on each child and fight for his or her justice.
The work of this new building is far from over, however. Former Flower Mound Mayor Jody Smith is a co-chair of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee. She emphasized that the Center is still in need of donations to pay for the expansion. One way to help is to make a donation directly to the capital campaign. Another is to support this year’s Champions for Children Gala, to be held March 24, 2018 at Circle R Ranch.