Feeling Grateful and Proud!

A Message from the Executive Director

This was a year to remember for the Our Kids family. We faced both challenges and opportunities with resourcefulness and imagination. The biggest challenge was the extreme water damage from the flood of 2010 which affected the entire lower level of the 1804 Hayes Street building.

Thankfully, patient care was never disrupted. Many volunteers performed dry wall tear out and assisted in other ways. After five months of construction to rebuild by using equipment such as lifts and custom conveyor systems from California Industrial Rubber, I am happy to say, the building is better than ever!

I am deeply thankful for the many loyal supporters who have generously contributed to help us reach our financial goals. Also, this year was the 6th year of the Sophie Society, the program that encourages multi-year financial commitments. Many members ended 2010 by recommitting to a multi-year pledge to support Our Kids. Thank you for creating greater sustainability and allowing Our Kids to grow in appropriate and important ways.

Our Kids Board and Staff are proud of a year that exemplifies mission driven momentum. Some of the highlights include:

  • 812 children were evaluated by Our Kids clinical staff last year. Over half of these children were 7 years of age or younger.
  • Located in Cookeville, Lawrenceburg and Clarksville, all three satellite clinics are thriving.
  • 30% of the children were evaluated in a satellite clinic.
  • The fourth and final satellite clinic in Coffee County will be established this year thanks to the commitment of Coffee County stakeholders and to a grant for the medical equipment from the Pickle Foundation.
  • We established an Outreach to Spanish-Speaking Families Pilot with the leadership of Sandra Gonzalez and a grant from the Shearwater Foundation.
  • Received a $34,600 grant from Baptist Healing Trust.
  • Hosted the “Founder’s Day Celebration” to honor the Junior League of Nashville.

Child sexual abuse is a difficult topic to consider and discuss. National statistics continue to reveal that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys will experience some form of child sexual abuse before they reach age 18. Surely it is time that we find greater courage within ourselves to discuss this topic and explore what more needs to happen so that more families in need are able to receive our critical services.

On behalf of the 18,000 children evaluated by Our Kids in the last 23 years, thank you for ensuring that help, hope and healing are available for the children and families struggling with child sexual abuse.

Bless, keep and protect,
Sue Fort White