Crystal Charity Grant Recipient

Funding allows for 2014 program expansion

New Friends New Life is honored to be named a beneficiary by this year’s Crystal Charity Ball committee.  The funding will expand and develop the Juvenile Detention Sexual Abuse Recovery Program and the NFNL Children and Youth Program from 2014-2017. The funds will enhance the work for youth who are equally affected by the pain that follows abuse and sex trafficking.

A portion of the Crystal Charity grant will fund the Juvenile Detention Sexual Abuse Recovery Program at the Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center and expand the program to the Letot Girls Center. Specifically the financial aid will provide salaries of licensed professional counselors and co-counselors as well as provide resources to bring rehabilitation and restoration to girls ages 11-17 who have been or are at high-risk of being trafficked.

“If we help young girls therapeutically process through their childhood sexual abuse, they can become resilient and less susceptible to being re-victimized. In addition, this decreases their chances of being re-victimized. We have seen success through our work at the Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center and are grateful to offer healing to more teens through the Crystal Charity funding,”  said New Friends New Life Counseling Coordinator, Stephanie Clanton, LPC.

In the sexual abuse recovery groups, counselors educate the teens on common characteristics of an abuser and help them recognize the current unhealthy coping behaviors common to develop in response to abuse. The new counselors will help the teens establish new coping behaviors to use when they are in triggering situations. Those involved see the youth create a new definition of their worth and sexuality by offering a safe environment for them to have voice and receive validation from a support group.

The additional yearly funding will further develop the Wednesday night children’s program  by hiring a full-time children’s advocate/counselor and three specialists. “The specialists’ role will be to plan and implement activities in the Preschool, Elementary and Youth departments. This will expand the number of professionals serving the children and youth from one part-time staff to a team focused on meeting the needs of the children and youth,” said New Friends New Life Children’s Advocate, Roxanne Wright, LPC. 

In 2012, one part-time NFNL staff and a cadre of volunteers served 155 children of the women seeking new life through our programs. The new specialists will assess the needs of the children and empower the mothers to meet the particular needs of the children. The curriculum will include small groups, individualized education, and social activities; while also monitoring development milestones, identifying areas of delay, and providing proper intervention. This intervention is essential as it improves a child’s life dramatically as his or her mother’s life stabilizes as well.

In the past Crystal Charity Ball contributed to the Letot’s building capital campaign and now they have finished the circle of support by funding services offered to the sexual abuse victims in that building and at the Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center. “New Friends New Life is excited about the restoration the teens and children will experience through the programs made possible by the Crystal Charity Ball funding,” said Katie Pedigo, New Friends New Life Executive Director.

Thanks to the generosity of The Rees-Jones Foundation, New Friends New Life is able to begin the expansion of the sexual abuse recovery groups in 2013. This allows the agency to prepare for the growth when the Crystal Charity Ball funds are granted in 2014.

The 2013 Crystal Charity Ball will be Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.  The Crystal Charity Ball Committee has raised more than $110 million for children’s charities in Dallas County since 1952.  New Friends New Life is grateful to be named a 2013 beneficiary.