Mike Apfelberg spoke on behalf of UWGN work done with GSCA: “The United Way funding of $9,200 per year for the CAC helps make it possible for the incredibly difficult and important work of intervention in child abuse cases to go forward without need for payment by families. The program does its work independent of need and provides some of the best support for some of our communities’ youngest and most vulnerable citizens. We are very proud of our partnership with the Granite State Children’s Alliance.”
According to Joy Barrett, Executive Director of Granite State Children Alliance, “The Nashua Child Advocacy Center coordinates child physical and sexual abuse investigations by bringing together professionals and agencies as a multidisciplinary team responding to the needs of their own communities and better advocating for the welfare of children. Thanks in part to United Way, services are provided to children and families free-of-charge, regardless of income.”
The Children’s Advocacy Center’s service delivery model saves court, child protection, and investigative dollars, which average $1,300 per child abuse case, and has resulted in increased prosecutions of child abuse perpetrators. More important are the savings that the CAC strives for by reducing the trauma suffered by child victims of abuse by creating a friendly, safe place for children to disclose their abuse with a qualified forensic interviewer. The CAC recognizes and responds to the need for specialized trauma informed care for child abuse victims. Children who receive services at the CAC are more likely to receive forensic medical exams, and increased referrals for mental health treatments.
More information about CAC and Granite State Children’s Alliance can be found online at http://cac- nh.org/
United Way of Greater Nashua provides program funding for 29 different programs in 17 different agencies throughout the greater Nashua area. This area encompasses 11 communities, including Nashua, Hudson, Merrimack, Milford, and the surrounding towns. United Way partners with individuals, companies, and thousands of company employees to raise these funds, primarily through payroll giving. In addition to supporting critical needs in our community, United Way also plays a leading role in youth substance abuse prevention through the “Nashua Prevention Coalition” and is deeply involved in immigrant-integration issues through the One Greater Nashua initiative.
If you are interested in learning more about United Way of Greater Nashua and becoming a partner company or agency, please visit them up on-line at www.unitedwaynashua.org or call (603)882-4011.