Stockton’s Tyler’s Justice Center plans new building

STOCKTON, Ill.—Tyler’s Justice Center for Children, a child abuse agency serving Stephenson, Carroll and Jo Daviess counties in Illinois, hosted a public reception to announce and explain their plans to build a new facility to continue to help local victims.

The campaign kickoff presentation, held April 18 at the Stewart Centre/US Bank in Freeport, recognized existing donors and highlighted their fund-raising accomplishments thus far.

Dozens of guests attended the event, either out of curiosity or support for the cause.

“Once you get involved with Tyler’s, you can’t walk away,” said Clarence Grant, a long-time supporter and volunteer for the Center.

Even though the organization has not publicly announced their plans to build before this event, fund-raising for the project began quietly in September 2006. Now, with more than $450,000 raised in donations, pledges and in-kind services, the capital campaign has reached more than 50 percent of its goal amount of $895,000.

Tyler’s Justice Center Development Coordinator Nicole Haas said: “We are very excited to announce to the community that we are actively campaigning for a new building. The donations and support we have received in the last six months since our fund-raising began astounds me, and I couldn’t be more proud of the volunteers and contributors who are helping us reach this goal.”

Stephenson County Campaign Chairman Chuck Grunder announced the next fund-raising opportunity for residents and businesses to show their support. The group will host a “Casino Night” fund-raiser at the Eagles Club in Freeport Aug. 3, which will include Vegas-style games and a reverse auction.

Tyler’s Justice Center is a non-profit children’s advocacy center that serves the Stephenson, Carroll and Jo Daviess counties. The purpose of the center is to lessen the effect of trauma to child abuse victims by providing a multi-disciplinary, coordinated approach to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse cases. In FY 2006, Tyler’s Justice Center served 630 victims and their family members in the tri-county area.

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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