A local child advocacy group hosted their annual breakfast on Wednesday morning to introduce board members and elected officials to the facility and services.
Harmony House is a group dedicated to ensuring no child is further victimized following an allegation of abuse. On Wednesday, they said their grateful goodbyes to former board members and welcomed new ones.
During the breakfast, members of the board and staff described the mission and services provided by the organization, showing videos to help illustrate exactly how they step into help when a child says they have been abused.
Another topic discussed during the event is the concern regarding budget cuts that affect these types of organizations, and state and local legislators on-hand said groups like these are a necessity. “We act as a community source for prevention, education, intervention and treatment,” said executive director Leslie Vassilaros.
“This past year when budgets were tightening across our state, at one point the governor had reduced the funding for these programs and its just something I don’t think we can do without,” said Senator Elect Ryan Ferns.
At the conclusion of the event, guests were taken on a tour of their Ohio County facility to show exactly how and where their work takes place in helping children through traumatic experiences.
Some in attendance said with new leadership in Charleston they believe there is a renewed commitment to improving the overall economy in the mountain state and with a stronger economy, facilities such as Harmony House won’t have to worry about those budget cuts as often.