Baton Rouge Area Credit Unions Raise More Than $45,000 For Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center
Jan 22, 2024 - Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Telco Federal Credit Union, Campus Federal Credit Union, EFCU Financial, La Capitol Federal Credit Union, Neighbors Federal Credit Union, and Pelican State Credit Union joined together again to host the 19th Annual Baton Rouge Area Credit Union Charity Golf Tournament at Santa Maria Golf Course on November 6, 2023. This event raised $45,598.82, which is an increase of 36% from the prior year for the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center (BRCAC) to help children who are victims of trauma. With funds raised, the Advocacy Center was able to hire two additional full-time therapists, including one bilingual, which has reduced their waitlist from 100 children per month down to only five per month.
“The BRCAC is extremely grateful for the continuous support from the Baton Rouge Area Credit Union Charity Golf Tournament which helps us to provide direct services to child victims at no cost to their families,” said Tanya Haase, BRCAC Executive Director. “With the funds received over the last two years the BRCAC has been able to expand our mental health services and cut down the wait for a child to receive individual therapy services,” continued Haase.
Each year, the tournament exemplifies to the cooperative spirit of credit unions and aligns with the industry’s philosophy of ‘people helping people.’ Credit unions are not-for-profit financial institutions that focus on giving back to their communities and partners while returning their earnings to members in the form of lower loan rates, higher dividends, and financial education resources.
Thank you to all our generous sponsors! Lamar Advertising was the platinum sponsor of the event, and over 150 professionals from credit unions and local businesses supported this great cause.
Photo caption: (L to R) Tanya Haase, Executive Director BRCAC; Darryl Long, President & CEO at Baton Rouge Telco Federal Credit Union; Michael Hooper, President & CEO at La Capitol Federal Credit Union; Steve Webb, President & CEO at Neighbors Federal Credit Union; Jane Verret, President & CEO Campus Federal Credit Union; Jeffery Conrad, President & CEO at Pelican State Credit Union; Greg Lacour, BRCAC Board Member; Tom Kuslikis, President & CEO at EFCU Financial (not pictured)
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The mission of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center (BRCAC) is to set child victims on a solid path to healing and justice by providing trauma-informed, coordinated child-focused services in the aftermath of physical abuse, sexual abuse or if the child is a victim or witness to a violent crime. The BRCAC opened its doors in 2002 and has been providing hope for 20 years. The BRACAC is the sole agency providing immediate interventions to over 550 child victims and their families in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Pointe Coupee. The main building for BRCAC is called the “Yellow House” which provides a safe home-like atmosphere for traumatized children in the aftermath of the traumatic event. This is where the specialized trained BRCAC staff conduct forensic interviews and provide family advocacy services for the child and the non-offending caregiver. Our on-site mental health program is housed in the “Annex” building. The BRCAC is one of the very few CACs in the state of Louisiana to have an on-site mental health program. We offer individual therapy for the child victim and group therapy sessions for both the child and the non-offending caregiver. All services are provided at no cost to the child or their families.