B&GH's C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope receives Governor's Crime Commission grant

July 31, 2020

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina’s C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope program has received a grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission (GCC).

The $491,897 grant supports the program designed to provide youth victims of crimes to receive counseling and advocacy services in southeastern NC.

“We developed C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope with financial support from the GCC in 2018 to meet a need in the community,” said Vice President for Community Based Services Donna Yalch. “Children are being exposed to violent crime. Child victims need weekly therapy and advocacy support to remain stable, heal from the past, access needed services, understand legal options and function successfully in the community, school and home. That is what C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope is about.”

In the first year, C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope treated 96 victims and conducted 562 therapy sessions. This new funding will allow the program to continue at no cost to the families and expand services through the work of a Clinical Director and four full time licensed clinician/advocates trained in trauma informed interventions. In addition to the Lake Waccamaw location, clinician services are also available in Hampstead. A new clinician will be starting in Kinston in order to increase the service area for families.

“Partnering with the Governor’s Crime Commission is helping B&GH provide desperately needed programs of support for very deserving children,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “The C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope program with this support from GCC is truly making a difference in the futures of these children. We are blessed to have this program under the direction of Anna Miller.”

Miller is grateful to be able to provide these services to those children and families who might face barriers otherwise.

“Our program focuses on providing services to underserved children and their families, especially in rural communities where services may be limited and families may have increased barriers to receiving the services they need,” said Miller. “C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope doesn’t bill insurance and there are no income eligibility requirements, so we can provide services for kids who may not qualify for other therapeutic services.”

As the director, Miller maintains a small caseload while also coordinating all activities and reports.

“We’re passionate about serving our community and want to get the word out to those who might benefit from C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope,” said Miller. “With this program, we can be creative, meet these children and families where they are, and treat the whole person. We really devote our time to looking out for the best interest of our kids and meeting the needs of families we serve. It’s rewarding to see the positive impact we’re having on these kids, and to see parents feel supported and hopeful about the future.”

About C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope

Funded through a grant received from the Governor’s Crime Commission, the program provides treatment and advocacy services for child victims of crime or witnesses to crime and their non-offending caregivers free of charge. Children who are victims of crime or who have witnessed violence are at increased risk of academic struggles, chronic illnesses and self-destructive behaviors. The goal of C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope is to reduce those impacts. The program’s C.R.E.A.T.E. in the name comes from the words:  Collaboration, Resiliency, Education, Advocacy, Therapy and Empowerment. The program currently serves youth and families in Columbus, Pender, Bladen, Brunswick, and surrounding counties with office locations in Lake Waccamaw and Hampstead with an additional location opening soon in Kinston. For more information, call 910-646-3083 ext. 232.

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.