By Alicia Lacy

The Cove Herald

And the winner is…Coryell County Child Protective Services caseworker and supervisor Rene Davis and the Coryell County Rainbow Room. Davis received the Emy Lou Baldrige Partnership Award in October at the Greater Texas Community Partners 12th Annual Conference. The award included a $500 check she could present to a charity of her choice.

“I was flattered and humbled. I never lose the feeling of wanting to help,” Davis said.

She said the award belongs to every CPS worker in Texas. “I’m just the person who gets to put it in my office.”

She was selected among CPS caseworkers across Texas as the outstanding caseworker of the year.

Davis presented the check to the Rainbow Room Chair Gloria Schmitz and other board members.

“I work for CPS and children in foster care. When children are picked up it’s in an emergency situation without any clothes or their teddy bears,” Davis said as her reason for choosing the Rainbow Room.

“It is near and dear to my heart.”

Coryell County Child Welfare Board Chair Marty Smith said, “She is a very enthusiastic person who cares deeply for people.”

The Emy Lou Baldridge Partnership Award was established in 1997 to honor the co-founder of GTCP. The award provides a format in which to recognize a deserving adult individual, youth individual, group, CPS caseworker and corporation each year who, by working through their local GTCP sites, make a significant difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.

The Rainbow Room is a 24-hour, non-profit resource center that is available to Child Protective Service caseworkers and run solely on volunteers.

Rainbow Rooms are designed as an emergency resource center to provide the most basic needs of abused and neglected children. There are more than 120 Rainbow Rooms, divided into 11 regions in the state of Texas. The Coryell County Rainbow Room is served by the state’s region 7.

Each Rainbow Room is stocked with new items, providing clothes, shoes, formula, school supplies, safety gates, cribs, car seats and hygiene items to children entering foster or relative care and children whose families live below the poverty line.

“Donations are always welcome. We take new stuff and monetary donations,” Davis said.

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