Children's Homes of Cleveland County publicly announced the 2016 Right of Passage campaign on September 22.  The funds raised will build a new facility to enlarge and enhance current programs and implement one new program. 

  •  Beginning October 24, 2016 the CHCC Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapists will join the Partnering  for Excellence pilot project by accepting referrals for even more children for assessment and treatment of traumatic events.  More children, more therapists, more space. 
  • Supervised visitation has been in place since 2000 but there is not enough space for much needed privacy when the social workers meet with the parents concerning the "teaching moment" which takes place in each visit.
  • There simply is no more space to grow into at the current administrative offices.
  • It has been a dream for about eight years that CHCC would have an independent living program for youth that are aging out of the foster care program.  Now that a new facility is on the horizon, a residential component can be added to that dream.  There will be transitional living apartments for young people to try out their independent living skills while they still have a safety net.  

It is for all of the above listed reasons that a new facility is needed to provide services in the best possible way. 

Working with Sam Avery, Consultant, for about eight months, a plan is in place to reach the citizens of Cleveland County to ask for support in this campaign.   We have in hand about $373,000 with a goal of $1.9M.  There is a lot of work to be done.  Please join us as we strive to grow opportunities for young people in foster care. 

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Don and Carla Beam of Cherryville recently made a $100,000 pledge to the Right of Passage Campaign.  In making this pledge Mr. and Mrs. Beam talked about how important it is to have this new Independent Living program for young people so they will have the opportunity to live on their own with a safety net in the transitional living apartments and the opportunity to expand their potential through education.  Mr. Beam expressed his hope that the young people in the Independent Living program would take advantage of enrolling in Cleveland Community College.  

There are many benefits to the new facility CHCC is planning to build: the Out patient therapy department will increase in staff and space to accommodate the work being done in trauma, especially the work in the new Partnering for Excellence program; the enhancement of the Supervised Visitation program and, of course, the new Independent Living program which includes the transitional apartments for those young people aging out of foster care.  

This gift is a big boost to the Double the Money Challenge established by The Dover Foundation and brings the campaign total for the first week of December to over $813,000.  We are very grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Beam and hope that this gift will inspire others to make donations for the Double the Money Challenge before December 16.   

Donations can be completed on the Home page of this website by using PayPal or can be sent to Right of Passage Campaign,  P O Box 2053, Shelby, NC  28151.

Lets Play Golf

​It is with.joy and a deep sense of gratitude that we announce the gift of $300,000 from The Dover Foundation to The Right of Passage Campaign.  In addition to the gift the Foundation has challenged the community to match this amount before December 16 so that Children's Homes will become eligible for additional statewide grants.  Kathy Wilson, Dover Foundation President, said, "We believe in the mission of Children's Homes and support its longstanding, superior leadership.  CHCC has a proud history of generating innovative programs and being a constant, active and strong voice for the well being of children and families in in our county."

Every gift is appreciated and helps us move toward our goal.   Right of Passage Campaign Co-Chair Jay Gragg says, "We thank the Dover Foundation for this generous gift and motivating challenge opportunity which is a game changer to this Campaign.  More importantly, we thank them on behalf of the deserving kids and families that will benefit because of the Dover Foundation's generosity."  

YOU too can invest in a child's future by making a contribution to the campaign.  Use PayPal which is located on the Home Page of this secure website or send a check to :  Right of Passage Campaign,

​P O Box 2053, Shelby, NC  28151.  The young people are counting on your support!

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