Scotty's House names a new director
Mar 16, 2013 (The Eagle - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
After 18 months of serving as program director for the Sexual Assault Resource Center in Bryan, Carry Haynes had been named executive director for Scotty's House, a nonprofit that provides services to abused children and their families.
Haynes, who holds a bachelor's degree in community health and a master's in public health, said she's ready to "jump in."
"Scotty's House has a wonderful reputation in this community," Haynes said. "When I heard the executive director position came open I knew I wanted to toss my hat in the ring because the services are so important and so needed."
The organization was founded in 1995 to provide a safe and comfortable environment for children who are victims of abuse.
Children are referred to Scotty's House by law enforcement officials and Child Protective Services investigators.
"I think people in the community would be really surprised that we have 350 child clients a year," Haynes said. "We conduct medical assessments and counsel clients to continue the healing process. These children are victims, but so are their family members. It's also to help heal the family unit."
If law enforcement agencies require an interview with a child for an abuse case, the child is paired with a trained interviewer so the child can have a comfortable one-on-one interaction in a friendly environment that isn't a police department or hospital.
The interviews are taped and observed by law enforcement, who can feed questions to the interviewer.
Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk, who serves as president of the board of directors for the non-profit, said Scotty's House is a needed resource in the community.
"It saves children from suffering through environments that are unfamiliar to them," Kirk said. "Scotty's House takes care of forensic examination which would have to be done at the hospital. All the photographs and forensic elements are taken care of by a nurse practitioner there."
Out of fourteen applicants, Haynes was top pick, Kirk said.
"It was her personal commitment to the non-profit organization she was already working for and the energy and vision that she had for the future of Scotty's House that helped us to make selection," he said.
Haynes, who began her new job Monday, said she intends to make sure there are no disruptions in services to the seven counties Scotty's House serves.
"I also want to work to promote the center," she said. "There are a lot of people who do not like to think about child abuse. We hope they never need our services, but we are here for them when they do," she said.
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