Our New Home
Just For Kids Child Advocacy Center is relocating to the historic Ambrosia Inn in Beckley, WV in February 2022. The location will be named “Trudy’s House” in honor and memory of the legacy of Trudy Laurenson who was a pioneer of the child advocacy movement in West Virginia.
“We were privileged to have her work with us to offer guidance and insight for abused children.” says Scott Miller, Executive Director of Just For Kids Child Advocacy Center. “Trudy knew, and studies show, that one way of helping to reduce trauma for the children we serve is to have them come to a comfortable home-like setting.” Prior to Trudy’s House, we worked from a commercial space requiring the use of an elevator which, we have recently learned may be an additional trauma for a child who has been abused.
We believe Just For Kids has found the ideal setting for this work that we hope will be a model for Child Advocacy Centers across West Virginia and the rest of the country. In these changing times, having outdoor space and open airy rooms is vital to our safe and healthy response for the children and families we serve. The property is located minutes away from our partners in uptown Beckley. The large story-book house sits on top of a hill surrounded by two acres of land that will afford a therapeutic setting for the children and families that visit. The space provides ample room for all of the staff with some room to grow when needed.
Board President, Marcy Nolan says, “Our hope is that this new home will be a shining, beacon of hope for children who have been abused and by establishing the presence of Just for Kids in an identifiable and known, location, we hope to change the conversation about child sexual abuse in our community. We took a financial risk to acquire this property, but we believe that if the kids are brave enough to come to us, we must be brave enough as well. ”
Just For Kids is launching Trudy’s House Capital Campaign. Click on the button below to so that you can give and become part of the New Future for Kids! Download our Brick and Pinwheel order form here!Trudy's House Campaign