“ Comtrea's mission is to be an innovative, effective, and responsive comprehensive health center which exists to serve those in need; we believe that our clients are entitled to the best professional care, in the most comfortable surroundings, at the most reasonable price possible. This we pledge to do. ”
The Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Missouri invites you to celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month 2013!
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Our goal is to increase community awareness of child abuse issues and engage businesses and individuals in the prevention of child abuse. Prevention of child abuse and neglect is a focus on actions that protect children right from the start so that child abuse and neglect never occur.
In celebration of this month, the CAC is selling t-shirts to help raise community awareness. The shirts are navy blue and have “Child Abuse Prevention” with a handprint within a handprint on the front (on the left side of the shirt) and on the back there is a large circle of handprints with the following quote in the middle of the circle: “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” -John Fitzgerald Kennedy
This year we will have youth sizes available. They run: small (6-8), medium (10-12), and large (14-16). All adult shirts will be men’s sizes. They run: small to 5xl. All t-shirts are made pre-shrunk, 100% cotton.
All shirt sizes are available for $15 and all proceeds will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Missouri. These shirts are great not only to wear during the month of April, but throughout the year.
If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, please email Pam Musgrave at
with the number you would like to purchase and size(s) by March 14th, 2013. Below you will find a pre-order form for your large orders. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone else who may be interested!
Thank you for helping us spread the work and increase community awareness of child abuse… and for helping us make a difference in the lives of children!
Noting COMTREA’s “outstanding efforts and commitment in promoting economic and civic progress in Jefferson County,” the Jefferson County Growth Association presented Dr. Huss with the 2012 Jeffersonian Award for Large Businesses in the county after the County Chief Executive, Ken Waller and COMTREA Board President Mark Mertens addressed the crowd via a video prepared by Jefferson College.
Dr. Huss accepted the award on behalf of the staff, board, and clients of COMTREA noting that the agency has grown over the past forty years because of its community origin and continuous support from the people of the county. He also noted that success came and continues to result from the staff and board’s commitment to be an innovative, effective, and responsive community treatment center.
In kind of a “double recognition,” COMTREA’s Board Treasurer, Ann Portell was given the Jefferson Award for Individual Contribution. Video and on site speakers noted her selflessness, and committed dedication to serving the people of Jefferson County at COMTREA, Lion’s Club, Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson County Growth Association and other organizations and causes. Mike Walsh, the President of Eagle Bank noted that he had learned much from her and continued to support her community involvement. Ann told the crowd of her appreciation for the recognition and of her continuing resolve to give to others.
The award is on display in the display case in the reception area of the Anderson Building in Arnold.
TruGreen Gives Domestic Shelter, A Safe Place, A 25th Birthday Makeover
TruGreen volunteers took a day out of their schedules to create a serenity garden in recognition of 25 years of A Safe Place providing women and their young children a refuge and assistance in overcoming domestic abuse. The volunteers donated their time and labor, along with $2500 worth of materials. The result was the transformation of a rough area of ground into a beautiful garden.