DETCOG grants $62,500 to Kalin’s Center
Houston County Courier
Kalin’s Center has been awarded $62,500 of grant funding by the Deep East Texas Council of Govern-ments. This grant will enable the center to address the increasing number of victims of child abuse and their families in Houston and Trinity Counties. This grant will help fund Kalin’s Center continued growth and success in two areas. Staff member Meg Brown is a trained forensic interviewer who has been able to connect with the abused children. Brown enables them to tell their story in the safe environment provided by Kalin’s Center. Kalin’s Cen-ter will be applying the remainder of the funds to provide on-site counseling. Since its inception, Kalin’s Center has referred abused children to outside counseling services. This process has presented several challenges including some children not being able to receive counseling services for reasons such as a lack of insurance coverage or being unable to arrange transportation. With this grant, Kalin’s Center should be able to alleviate those obstacles and offer counseling to those who would otherwise be unable to receive it. “Debbie McCall and the staff of Kalin's Center are to be commended for their tireless efforts on behalf of the children of Houston and Trinity Counties. This grant request was not going to be funded originally, but Debbie never gave up. Thanks to her determination, and the support of the DETCOG staff, our children will now benefit from these new services,” said Houston County Judge Lonnie Hunt. “Kalin’ Center is dedicated to child victims. Many thanks to DETCOG’s trusting the Kalin’s Center in their service to victims. This grant will allow Kalin’s Center to provide additional services to child victims and their families,” Daphne Session, Houston County Attorney. “The Kalin’s Center supplies children with the specialized treatment to move beyond the role of victim and lead a healthy and happy life,” Houston County Commis-sioner Willie Kitchen. Debbie McCall and Meg Brown would like to recognize and thank these Houston County DETCOG represen-tatives, Kalin’s Center Board of Director President, Houston County District Attorney Donna Kaspar, as well as the DETCOG staff, for their support, leadership and advocacy of programs and services that support abused children and their families. Kalin’s Center is a non-profit organization that is funded solely by grants, fundraisers and donations which serves both Houston and Trinity Counties.