Realities For Children offers several programs and direct services for children who have suffered abuse, neglect or are at-risk.
Realities For Children offers 6 core services to the children we serve and our 39 Partner Agencies:
Emergency Funding is provided for services and immediate needs for children who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk, and are requested by Partner Agencies. This emergency resource is accessible when all other resources have been exhausted, or are unavailable, and is available within 60 minutes of the request, creating a true county-wide safety net so no child in need is forgotten.
Youth Activities and Special Programs
Youth Activities are organized, run and sponsored by Realities For Children every month to provide fun and sometimes therapeutic opportunities that can allow a child to be a child during a difficult time. This past year over 1,000 children attended these free monthly activities that also provide food for all in attendance.
Special Programs that better the healing process and help break the cycle for a better tomorrow include: Keeping Dreams Alive, providing dream grants to encourage youth to follow their dreams of a better tomorrow, and the Triumph Awards, providing collegiate scholarships for youth emancipating from the system to pursue their dreams of higher education.
Keeping Dreams Alive Awards
Dedicated to inspiring young children still involved in the social services system to identify and follow their dreams. Children ages 6-14 are nominated by our Partner Agencies and asked what their dream is for the future as well as for today. At the Gala, we grant their “today” dreams while encouraging them to believe in their future dreams.
Honoring young adults who have triumphed over childhood adversity. These exceptional youth are nominated by our Partner Agencies and honored for not only surviving the hardships of abuse, but triumphing over them personally, socially and academically. Winners are not only recognized for their achievement, but provided opportunities for further education and post-emancipation support.
Realities For Children is dedicated to educating our community about the problems of child abuse, local service organizations, and ways to be involved to help a child in need. Community awareness campaigns include print media, social media, premier events, website visibility, and two annual Partner Agency Expos.
Realities For Children helps promote and sponsor Partner Agency fundraising events. Each year Realities For Children helps to sponsor over 30 Partner Agency events with a collective net return of over one million dollars. In 2019 we helped to raise a net $1,443,368.42 at Partner Agency events attended by 13,001 community members.
The Realities For Children Homebase Facility & Youth Activities Campus is a 4 acre, centrally located facility, park and playground that is easily accessible to the youth, families, and Partner Agencies we serve. The Homebase Campus hosts youth activities, item distributions and provides free facilities space to all Partner Agencies. In 2020, the Realities For Children Homebase Facility & Youth Activities Campus hosted 3,831 agency leaders, children, and guests of our Partner Agencies, booked for a total of 1,219 hours.
Item Distributions are managed throughout the year based on specific youth needs as they are requested on a case by case basis for the children we serve. Our KindConnect program provides needed household items to our children and their families. In addition, Realities For Children manages several organized collection and distribution programs throughout the year.