11.3.2015 – Last week my step-daughter’s teacher suggested I check out the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center in West Jordan. I’d driven by the little building on Sugar Factory Road thousands of times, but never knew what went on inside. I arrived at 3pm and was greeted by a very friendly, Susanne Mitchell. She gave me a tour, showing me the waiting room, interview rooms, video viewing rooms, their offices and kitchen all the while telling me about the children they serve. It was heartbreaking and I mean heartbreaking. I even got to read some of the thank you notes from children who have been there and I cannot imagine. Here is a little info from their website about what they do:
To provide a comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere where children receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process.
Who We Are
Child abuse is a traumatic and devastating experience for both children and their families. Victims are often confused and blame themselves. The Children’s Justice Center (CJC) is a home-like, child-friendly facility where children receive coordinated services during the child abuse investigative process by decreasing secondary trauma that may be caused by the criminal justice and child protection systems. The CJC is a Salt Lake County government program administered by the District Attorney.
Who We Help
1,600 Children and teens that were victimized by another person and need support
300 Witnesses who saw or knew what happened
1,700 Parents and guardians who need solutions for their child
Types of Crimes Needing Our Help
80% Sexual abuse, rape, molestation, sexual exploitation, Internet crime, lewdness, trafficking
15% Physical abuse, non-accidental burns, broken bones, contusions, head injuries, internal injuries
5% Witness to domestic violence or homicide, abduction, kidnapping, drug endangerment, harmful materials to minors”
Sippy Cups & Chardonnay is all about getting out and giving back in our community and Children’s Justice Center is now officially added to our list of organizations we will be supporting however we can. If you would like to help, here are a few things they could really use:
- Court Bags for Kids
- Volunteers for their Teddy Bear 1K in April
- Volunteers for their Day of Hope Car Show in West Jordan in -August
- Crayons and Coloring/Activity Books
- Wal-Mart, Target or Smith’s Gift Cards for sexual assault victims to buy new clothes after they are taken during an investigation
- 3 Treasure Chests filled with treasures for toddlers, elementary age children and teens with a mirror inside that says You Are Special!
- Snacks – Large Costco sized snacks such as fruit snacks, granola bars, crackers, chips and cookies
Please email Susanne Mitchell (CJC Donations Director) at Sfmitchell@slco.org or give her a call at 385-468-4591 with any questions you may have.
Link to CJC: http://www.cjcslc.org/