The Child Crisis Center of El Paso (CCCEP), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, began in 1980 with a heartbreaking story continues to be seen in children at our shelter today.
On October 13th, 1973, a two-year-old boy was taken to William Beaumont Army Hospital. He was crying with pain, vomiting, was malnourished, and unable to walk. Doctors soon discovered that he had had a fractured skull only one month before. The child’s parents couldn’t explain any of the injuries. The boy recovered from a coma that he fell into, but had lost his sight and is blind to this day. That little boy was the grandson of our founders, George and Mary Russell. Our founders’ tragic experience of child abuse in her family led her to be determined to prevent other children from suffering such unnecessary harm. That same determination is found within our staff and has led our agency to develop a comprehensive approach in preventing child abuse and neglect.
The Child Crisis Center now has a long history of providing crisis shelter care to young children, newborn through 13 years in our Circle of Love Nursery and Children’s Shelter. The Center continues to develop progressive and innovative approaches to working with families and children. Other communities in Texas have called upon the Center, requesting advice and assistance in establishing similar programs.
Services are provided to families throughout the El Paso community, regardless of residency, income, age, ethnicity or culture. The range of services runs from immediate crisis intervention when a family is facing an emergency to longer-term education. Homeless families, families facing medical emergencies, long-term chronic health problems, substance abuse issues and families with incarcerated persons are all served on a daily basis.
In addition to the shelter, the Child Crisis Center has a menu of programs that aim to proactively curb the proliferation of child abuse and neglect.
The Military Families and Veterans Prevention Program, or MFVPP, was launched in 2016. They employ prior enlisted and/or spouses of active duty soldiers who are better able to assist the unique needs of our country’s military service members. They provide parenting classes through the S.T.E.P. Parenting program and offer case management services. The center is assisted by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso who provide mentoring for the children of the service members. The MFVPP is funded through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ Prevention and Early Intervention initiative. The Child Crisis Center is the host agency and is expected to be funded through 2021.
The Circle of Love Nursery and Children’s Shelter, which provides 24/7 emergency shelter for up to 31 children, ages newborn through 13 years for families experiencing a crisis (may include critical need for parental stress relief, parent/sibling hospitalization, an incarcerated parent, a parent being admitted into an alcohol/drug rehabilitation program, homelessness, deportation, a temporary Child Protective Placement (CPS), and/or utilities disconnect). We offer families the support needed to stabilize their immediate situation, as well as their lives as a whole to prevent the situation from occurring again
Military service can bring unique challenges to raising a family.
The Service Members, Veterans, and Families (SMVF) program is designed to strengthen and support military and veteran families who have served our country and the local community. It is our promise to serve any active duty personnel of any branch of service; National Guard, Reserve, Veteran, Military retiree and their dependents who have a child 0-17 years of age, including expectant mothers. All services and screenings with SMVF are voluntary and completely confidential. The SMVF uses the following evidence-based and promising practice programs to meet the needs of military families in El Paso County and on Ft. Bliss.
Lydia Ceniceros, CTP
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