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Students to share their success, art projects in gratitude for staff and volunteers
Katy, Texas – Oct. 28, 2014 – On Nov. 7, dozens of formerly abused and neglected girls now living at Krause Children’s Center in Katy will open their home and school to the public, hosting an open house to thank the volunteers, teachers and staff who are helping them change their lives. The girls attend Trinity Charter School, which together with Krause Children’s Center, are both Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS) programs. The open house will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Krause Children’s Center, located at 25752 Kingsland Blvd. in Katy.
Krause – a residential treatment center for severely troubled girls ages 12-17 – addresses treatment for emotional disorders due to abuse and neglect. These children arrive at Krause with serious emotional and behavioral disorders stemming from past trauma. Beyond the basic needs of shelter, clothing and food, Krause gives them a safe place to heal, personalized therapy and on-campus education.
“Girls who come to Krause often have given up hope for a happy future and frequently see themselves as being unwanted and unlovable, feeling responsible for their abuse,” explains Steven Lancaster, Krause CEO. “Our hope, and our goal, is to help them on their journey to overcome these feelings and to begin to see themselves in a different light with a different future.”
In addition to preparing to serve as student ambassadors during the open house, the girls also completed an art project. The assignment directed the girls to research successful women who represented what they would like to become someday, and use that research for artistic inspiration. The students’ final pieces will be on display at the open house, and in the spring, will go on sale via silent auction at an LSS fundraising event.
Together, the Krause Children’s Shelter and Trinity Charter Schools (TCS) help neglected and abused girls regain their footing, both emotionally and scholastically.
“By the time they arrive, many have fallen behind in school,” said Jacqueline Piar-Thomas, TCS Superintendent. “At Trinity Charter Schools, the girls catch up by an average of two to three grade levels, and through a credit recovery program, they can recover school credits where they have incomplete or failed classes.”
“When many of these girls first arrive at Krause, they have few goals and little motivation or belief that their life will turn out any differently than it has thus far,” continued Lancaster. “Being at Krause and Trinity Charter Schools may be the first time they have experienced unconditional support from adults who are invested solely in their success and their education. The resiliency of these girls is amazing, and with the right support and hard work, they are discovering strengths, hope, and a future they never thought would have.”
Anyone curious about Krause Children’s Center or Trinity Charter Schools should come to the open house to learn more about volunteer and donation opportunities.
About Lutheran Social Services of the South
Lutheran Social Services of the South is committed to breaking the cycle of child abuse in Texas through innovative children’s services, including foster care, adoption, education and residential treatment. LSS is a 501(c)(3) faith-based nonprofit organization that currently serves more than 32,000 individuals in need annually, including children, the elderly, the disadvantaged and those affected by disasters in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Contact: Jennifer Schattle, Vice President Marketing and Communications, Lutheran Social Services :: 512.545.3965 :: [email protected]