NEW BRAUNFELS — Children’s Advocacy Center of Comal County’s new building is well into construction, and, from the looks of recent spikes in services the non-profit provides, it appears to be happening none too soon.
CACCC executive director Trendy Sharp said the organization finished its fundraising efforts in January for the building, which is being built at 1168 Pride Drive in New Braunfels. She said the 6,500-square-foot edifice is scheduled for completion this autumn.
“It looks like we’re projected for Oct. 17 to have construction done,” Sharp said. “That’s hopeful, depending on the weather. If we have horrible winds or rains, they would need more time.”
CACCC operates out of a rented home too small to provide adequate counseling services and forensic examinations. That shall soon end, thanks to a capital campaign that garnered about $1,042,500.
Sharp said the non-profit organization started raising building funds about three years ago. Through a Community Development Block Grant, the agency bought the land in September 2010, she said.
Sizable donations from charitable organizations, including McKenna Legacy Foundation, Kronkoski Foundation and Meadows Foundation, as well in-kind donations from local builder Jimmy Jacobs and private funds, allowed CACCC to complete its fund-raising campaign in January, she added.
CACCC held a ground-breaking ceremony March 8, and the organization is on track to provide more services at its new site. Sharp said with the new facility, CACCC will be able to provide specialized services for victims of child abuse in Comal County, who number about 1,000 annually.
She said CACCC has provided assistance to more children in recent months than it normally does.
“It’s just been a huge increase in the numbers of interviews,” Sharp said. “We’re really glad to have the new building and looking to expand and ... keep up with all the growth.”
On a recent visit to the site, workers had already built the elevator shaft and were busy erecting the frame on the two-story building. Mitch Jaffuel, construction supervisor, proudly announced that much of the work at the site is being donated.
He said landscaping, some of the contractor work and some of the building are being done for free.
“We are building a thing for people who are going to do for kids,” Jaffuel said. “It’s righteous. This is like gold to me.”
Larry Ingram, vice president of Jimmy Jacobs Construction in Georgetown, said the company is donating all of the supervision and design work at the building.
“We’re not making a dime,” Ingram said. “We just believe in the cause.”
The building wouldn’t be possible without donations, Sharp said. Jimmy Jacobs and McKenna are two huge supporters of the organization.
Alice Jewel, McKenna program director, said McKenna gave CACCC funds on top of the $150,000 grant for the building project.
“Last year, we also gave them a grant for their operations of $20,000,” Jewel said. “Because of the magnitude of the project and the potential impact it would make on children who have been abused and neglected in our area, we wanted to support their efforts.”
Still more support will always be necessary and accepted, Sharp said.
She said CACCC is selling donor bricks that will be built into new center. The bricks, which cost $50, will include inscriptions of names of donor companies and individuals, and/or personal messages, Sharp said.
Contact the Children’s Advocacy Center of Comal County at (830) 626-2543.