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A. Fern Norville Children's Center
ABOUT THE SHELTER
The Children’s Shelter is known by two different names by many people. Built and opened in 1984 as The Kaufman County Children’s Emergency Shelter and later renamed the A. Fern Norville Center in honor of its founder. Fern was a great lady who had the vision and drive to establish a place of refuge for the abused child. The Shelter, a labor of love for many, in Kaufman and surrounding counties
has been in operation since then.
The Thrift Center is a fund raising entity of the A. Fern Norville Shelter
foundation which was put in place as a non profit group to raise the funds to build the shelter and has maintained its place along with the shelter as its non-profit 5013C tax deductible organization. The Shelter Foundation has continued through out the years to provide support for the shelter through its fundraising efforts.
The above video is a perfect example of the trauma a child goes through to get to the Norville Center. They use this video as a training tool to help the incoming staff understand that simple things can trigger a reaction that only the child understands.
( all behavior has a meaning )
This is true in all children. The Center teaches that as caregivers it is our job to find the triggers and make sense of it. So we can help the child learn to cope with trauma.
What makes the Norville Center different from other Shelters in the State of Texas is the fact that they are not age specific. It is their mission to not only provide a stable environment for the children they service, but to make sure the children are not split up. So many times like the family portrayed in the video. The older sibling is the caregiver.
Shortly after coming to the Shelter in 1996 the Williams discovered that most of the bad behaviour that is displayed by the older child was stopped when they were united with their younger siblings. The Shelter which was licensed for birth to seventeen years of age was catering to priminarly a population of teenagers. The older children were very distrustful of the Shelter staff.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
If you have a group or a program that wants to be involved in making a difference in the life of and abused child. The Norville Children's Center is the perfect place to spend your valuable time and efforts.
The feeling and satisfaction of helping these children will build a bond and a memory that will last a life time. Take the opportunity to make a difference.
CVTC / STOREHOUSE MINISTRIES works to enhance the quality of children who have been displaced from their families. Children that are in foster system due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
Storehouse feeds the hungry clothes the naked and lifts up the downcast.