Officers Participate In ‘No Shave for The Brave’
For the month of November, the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Department and supporters of the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center grew out their beards for a great cause.
Usually required to be clean shaven, Sheriff Mike Koontz allowed the officers who participated to break the rules for what he said he believes is a good cause.
“The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center is such a tremendous resource for our community’s children. No Shave for the Brave draws attention to the officers who are normally clean shaven, allowing them to strike up a conversation and let people know about the fundraiser and the CAC.”
Funds were raised by each participant paying a $25 entry fee as well as donations from their friends, family, and community.
“Every dollar donated goes directly back to supporting child victims in Wetzel and Tyler Counties – helping promote justice for them, connecting them to healing services, and breaking the cycle of abuse. Bringing in $540 in donations, participants raised more than money – they also raised awareness” said Susan Scharf, Executive Director of the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center.
“It was a fun celebration of law enforcement, CAC supporters, and the work of CAC’s to bring hope and healing to kids in our community. We are looking forward to doing it again next year.”
The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center is a child-friendly facility with staff that works to provide children and families professional, compassionate care in order to reduce the trauma often experienced by children that are victims of abuse. Rather than having a child taken from agency to agency to endure multiple interviews, the CAC model brings the systems to the child for an effective, child-centered, healing process.
The CAC works within a multidisciplinary model that includes child protection, law enforcement, prosecution, and other treatment professionals with the goal of holding offenders accountable and facilitating healing for the child.
A huge supporter of the CAC and internationally known speaker, Jim Holler, posted this on his Facebook: “Every year, children and families come to The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center in the aftermath of an allegation of abuse or a violent crime. For some, the path to healing is clear, and for others, the obstacles may seem insurmountable. Regardless of their trauma, their level of need, or their ability to pay, The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center is here to help! I’m growing out my beard to help these kids!”
“We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who donated, especially Sheriff Mike Koontz, Corporal Spragg, Deputy Daugherty, Deputy Bordenkircher, Deputy Placer, Deputy Bickerstaff, Deputy Daniels, Jim Holler, and Terry Long, Investigator at the Wetzel County Prosecutors office,” Scharf said.
While the beards are now gone, donations to the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center are always accepted and appreciated to help local children. If you would like to donate, you can do so by mailing a check or money order to: The Lighthouse CAC, 102 West Main Street, Paden City, WV 26159 or by calling 304-337-2120.
If you suspect abuse or neglect, please call the West Virginia Child Abuse hotline at 1-800-352-6513. Reports can be made anonymously.