Child rights center builds Safe Harbor to prevent child abuse


ALLEGAN, Mich. — The Children’s Advocacy Center recently awarded Leslie Fitzell of The Laffing Glass a Company of the year award for his work in the community and for bringing to life the symbol of hope for children.

Last year, we spoke to ACE Executive Director Lori Antkoviak about their efforts to build a new facility called Safe Harbor. And thanks to the generosity of West Michigan, they’re closer than ever to making that dream a reality.

The CACs light the way raised nearly $1.7 million, or 72% of its goal of $2.3 million.

Safe Harbor will be on Sherman Street in Allegan, near LE White Middle School. It will have counseling rooms for children, a medical suite, spaces dedicated to community education and play/art therapy areas.

Here’s where you can still help.

Fitzell’s design of a glass windmill – the national symbol for the prevention of child abuse – will line the path leading to the building. Each reel is made of glass with moving parts.

Organizations, families and even individuals can sponsor a pinwheel to add to the path, helping to light the way to what ACC members say is a new home for healing and empowering children.

If you would like to sponsor a reel or find out more about how to help, Click here.


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