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Beanie Babies in a pile at Susie's Place

A child named Kaylee

A child we’ll call Kaylee attends a Susie’s Place-facilitated body safety program at school. She grows uncomfortable and checks yes for a follow-up conversation.

Inside the Terre Haute construction

Why the move in Terre Haute?

What’s so necessary about “more space”? Room to breathe matters. The basics of a Child Advocacy Center doesn’t sound like it requires much to operate. A few comfy chairs, some discreet recording equipment, and a couple of meeting rooms and offices and work can get underway. Back in 2017 when we scoped out the current location for our Terre Haute center, this was all we needed. Up until last year, Terre Haute technically functioned as a “Satellite CAC” with the Avon location of Susie’s Place acting as the hub. But Susie’s Place has grown in both depth and breadth of services in the past six years. In Terre Haute, and at our two other locations in Avon and Bloomington, we include Child and Family Advocacy professionals, more forensic interviewers, and an aggressive prevention program to teach adults and children how to prevent child abuse. These services need attention and space to meet demand not just from Vigo County, but neighboring counties, too. More families come to Susie’s Place in Terre Haute and the resulting overlap of multiple families receiving our services can be a challenge for privacy and scheduling. Forensic interviews rarely wrap up neatly like a television drama – …

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A mom and daughter on a couch

Victims of Crime Act funding is 10% less this year, or about $25,000 a month

Vital services for children, schools, and families near you are at risk We’ve been told by our fund administrators at the U.S. Department of Justice to expect a 10% cut in Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA) funds. Despite a last-minute fix by Congress to plug the gap, the demand for VOCA funds is so great that every organization nationwide that relies on this funding is receiving less, including Susie’s Place. About 50% of Susie’s Place’s annual budget relies on VOCA funding. That’s across all three of our locations in Avon, Bloomington, and Terre Haute. A 10% cut in VOCA means $25,000 less each month, or $300,000 this year, to Susie’s Place and our community. Donations are processed through our partners at Network for Good. Everyone receives help when a child comes to Susie’s Place When children come to Susie’s Place after an informed report of violence, abuse, or sexual assault, they and their non-offending caregivers receive caring, professional help. Your donation has a huge impact on the lives of children and families in our community Whether you’ve donated to Susie’s Place in the past or not, now is the time to help. Your donations ensure these vital services continue in …

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We Will Step Up

We will step up—and you can help

We appreciate you more than you can know.  We have received nearly $3,000,000 in support from our community since we opened our doors in 2009.

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