The Noon Exchange Club of Copperas Cove hosted a guest speaker from Families in Crisis on April 12 in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“We’re trying to get people to stand as one in the effort to stop and prevent all types of child abuse,” said Rose Marie Amian, Families in Crisis case manager and volunteer coordinator.

Families in Crisis is a local nonprofit organization that supports and assists victims of family violence and sexual assault. It provides outreach support, emergency shelter, provisions and many other services to abuse victims in Bell, Coryell and Hamilton counties, including Fort Hood.

They also operate two shelters — one in Killeen that houses up to 65 people and a smaller one in Temple for women and children only.

“We always have more children than adults in our shelters,” Amian said, adding they also aim to educate children on the negative realities of family violence, so the cycle doesn’t continue. “A lot of the time, people who’ve grown up around family violence think that it’s normal and OK.”

Amian said the Exchange Club is one of the organization’s greatest supporters.

“They get word out in the community and help enhance the impact of our services.”

The club will host a community 5K Volksmarch dedicated to the prevention of child abuse at 8 a.m. May 25 at Ogletree Gap Park. Organizers are still deliberating the price of registration, keeping in mind the need to accommodate families.

“The money we raise will go to organizations with a primary goal of preventing child abuse,” said Exchange President-elect Dennis Ayres.

President Mike Blount urged local businesses to sponsor the event.

“It’s a way to help a good cause while also bringing customers through your doors,” he said.

For more information, call Blount at (254) 547-6706.

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