Over the past year, the C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope program has expanded the services offered by Boys and Girls Homes as part of an ongoing effort to make futures brighter for children and families.Chanté Clark

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.

Program Director Chanté Clark is grateful for the opportunity to return to her home community to make a difference in such a special program.

“I grew up less than 15 minutes from here,” said Clark. “I went to school, became friends with, and remain friends with, people who were residents at Boys and Girls Homes.”

Clark, who originally wanted to be an attorney, changed her mind during orientation at Campbell University.

“I was praying about wanting to help people,” she recalls. “Social work felt like the better fit beyond going to court.”

Clark would go on to receive a B.S.W. from Campbell before going on to complete her Master’s in Social Work in 2014 at the University of South Carolina. After working for the Department of Social Services in Columbus County, Clark began work on her clinical licensure in 2016.

“I saw that Columbus County needed more services,” said Clark. “When this opportunity arose, it was an ideal way to serve children and help people from the area. I wanted the opportunity to join an established organization and help create a program from the ground up.

“We can be creative and it is rewarding to see the impact we are having for these children and their families.”

The program currently serves youth and families in Columbus, Pender, Bladen, Brunswick and surrounding counties.

Referrals for services can come from medical professionals, social workers, teachers and law enforcement personnel for children ages 4 to 18 years old.

“We want to get out in the community more and make sure that people know that we are here to help,” said Clark.

For more information about C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope, contact Chanté Clark at chante.clark@bghnc.org.

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