C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope continues expansion of service area

March 3, 2021

The C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope program through Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina has continued expanding its service area with a newly opened location in Kinston.

Funded through a grant received from the Governor’s Crime Commission, C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope provides treatment and advocacy services for child victims of crime or witnesses to crime and their non-offending caregivers free of charge.

“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 C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope Director Anna Miller. “With this new office location in Kinston, we are able to add Lenoir, Greene, Pitt, Duplin, and Wayne counties to our service area.”

Leading the Kinston office is C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope Clinician Advocate DeVoncia Mickens.

“Vonci has been a great addition to our C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope efforts,” said Miller. “She previously served with our foster care program and has a way of interacting with the community that helps bring visibility to our program.”

Miller has helped increased the visibility of the program by being rostered in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) through the North Carolina Child Treatment Program (NC CTP).

According to the NC Children Treatment Program website, the roster is “a searchable list of NC CTP and Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH) trained providers in North Carolina currently accepting referrals.” The NC CTP is a statewide effort to train mental health providers in evidence-based treatment models addressing childhood trauma, behavior and attachment.

“Having Anna on this roster demonstrates the commitment of C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope and Boys and Girls Homes to evidence-based treatment for our children and families,” said B&GH President/CEO Ricky Creech. “Being able to provide these outpatient therapeutic services at no charge is another way we are able to meet a growing need in the community.”

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.

“With this program, we can be creative, meet these children and families where they are, and treat the whole person,” said Miller. “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, Lenoir, Greene, Pitt, Duplin, and Wayne counties with office locations in Lake Waccamaw, Hampstead, and Kinston. For more information, call 910-646-3083 ext. 232.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-VA-GX-0050 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication, program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

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 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.