Each year, the Carmage and Martha Ann Walls Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the 16 communities the publications owned by Southern Newspapers serves.
Each publisher is asked to submit a recommendation and the board of directors meets to assign and distribute the grants.
For my first year as general manager of the Seguin Gazette, I nominated the Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center.
They were selected as a recipient this year and received a $10,000 grant from the Walls Foundation.
I was out on vacation when the letters arrived, but what an amazing thing to return to work to.
I have always been proud of the community support and involvement this company emphasizes, but to see it firsthand is absolutely incredible. The Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center is truly deserving of this donation.
I had a chance to meet with Executive Director, Christy Williams last week and tour their facility located on N. River Street in Seguin.
The Children’s Advocacy Center was established in September 2003 to serve children who have been sexually or physically abused. They operate in a tiny 2,100 square foot rented space where at least 3 to 4 people are sharing an office and have to shuffle around when clients are present for their appointments.
The Advocacy Center works with law enforcement, child protective services and prosecutors. They have five distinct roles in meeting their mission: forensic interviews coordinate investigations, medical accompaniment, victim assistance (counseling and referrals) and community education.
In a nutshell, they are seen by children as a “safe place” when being questioned about allegations of abuse and/or neglect. To say that they are crowded is an understatement. They are using every inch of space possible.
In addition to employees, therapist and interns, they also have volunteers in the community that assist in various tasks. So it couldn’t happen at a better time that they are building a new 10,000 square-foot facility with much more space to operate, allowing them to increase their services.
They also have an office located in Cibolo to serve the western side of Guadalupe County. These are all amazing people that have one of the hardest jobs.
And they do it around the clock. They are available as needed, especially in order to get information from the victims as soon as it’s reported. I am thankful that we are able to help them invest in their future and continue serving Guadalupe County.
The Carmage and Martha Ann Walls Foundation was created in 2000. Carmage Walls (1908-1998) and Martha Ann Walls (1927-2014) founded Southern Newspapers, which owns 16 newspapers in Texas, Alabama and Oklahoma.