Sexually Abused Children's Relief Endeavor dba SACRED
PO Box 23805
Overland Park KS 66283
President/Executive Director
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 850-4550
Mission Statement
Mission: ‘SACRED’ provides transitional assistance to families experiencing economic hardship due to the reporting of child sexual abuse. That all families, with a child who has been sexually abused and impacted by a loss of  income, have transitional financial support and counseling. We wish to eliminate temporary financial hardship as one of the obstacles to reporting the abuse.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Carol D'Attoma
Board Chair Mr. John J. D'Attoma
Board Chair Company Affiliation Southern Glazers
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Mission: ‘SACRED’ provides transitional assistance to families experiencing economic hardship due to the reporting of child sexual abuse. That all families, with a child who has been sexually abused and impacted by a loss of  income, have transitional financial support and counseling. We wish to eliminate temporary financial hardship as one of the obstacles to reporting the abuse.
Background Statement
Sexually Abused Children’s Relief Endeavor was founded after our 6 year old granddaughter was sexually abused by her father. Our daughter’s journey through the investigation and prosecution process educated us to the severe shortfall of immediate financial assistance for families whose child had reported sexual abuse. The non-offending parent can be faced with the loss of income, their home, health benefits and other financial needs that were previously supported or partly supported by the abuser. sacred’s goal is to relieve some of these financial fears and support the non-offending parent and children.
 
The struggle of caring for the victims, the pain and suffering experienced as the legal process evolves, and the fear of financial survival became our inspiration for ‘SACRED.’
 
 
 
 
 
 
Impact Statement
ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
  1. sacred  produced  an 'in-kind'  YouTube training video for all the CAC's advocates  in Missouri and Kansas.
  2. The year of 2016 we developed our first YouTube video for the public showing the reenactment of the day Carol received the call from our daughter, that our 6 year old granddaughter had just reported her sexual abuse by her father.  Here is that link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rp7k3ow.
  3. Now in 2017 we have just completed the two final YouTube videos explaining how sacred assists Child Advocacy Centers and our mission.  Those are not yet ready to view, but we are hopeful they will be ready by the end of 2017.
  4. Our goals continue to be to educate the public to the prevalence of child sexual abuse and the lack of immediate financial assistance to the victims of child sexual abuse.
 
GOALS for 2017:
 
 sacred is in the process of developing the final two YouTube videos featuring the vision and our mission in supporting families whose child or children have been impacted by child sexual abuse.  We hope to create a "Friends of sacred" group who will support and promote sacred and how sacred impacts the community and also will help with fundraising.Our fund raising goal is  $1100,000 with $80,000 from fundraising,  $10,000 from grants from agencies, with a carry over from 2016 of $20,608.  We plan to increase our grant applications significantly.  sacred has held three fund raisers this year, our annual April Event, Kendra Scott event, and our 1st Golf Tournament, in October we will be hosting our 2nd "Spooky5K run/walk.  And as always we want to continue to develop more local community relationships to sacred and meet the needs of more children and Child Advocacy Centers (CAC's). 
  1. Continue to increase revenue through individual and corporate donors, event sponsors, grants and fundraising for the financial support of these victims/families.
  2. Continue to increase funds awarded to CAC's for the transitional financial support of their clients who are victims of child sexual abuse.
  3. To raise awareness about the problem of child sexual abuse in our communities, and the challenges faced by families whose children fall victim to this horrific violation.
Needs Statement
 
Our most urgent and only need is for financial contributions.  Our sole focus is to provide funds to CAC's requesting financial assistance for the families they serve who desperately need transitional monies as a result of a child's sexual victimization, whereby the family has suffered financially.  NOTE:  100% of funds raised are used to support families.. There is no paid staff at sacred.
  1. Increase revenue for sacred through individual and corporate donors.
  2. Increase awareness of the prevalence of sexual abuse within the community.
  3. Increase the awareness of financial needs of victim's families resulting from the reporting of sexual abuse when their has been a loss of financial income..
  4. Increase education and promotion of sacred to Child Advocacy Centers (CAC's) so that an application on behalf of CAC clients to sacred is a "first response" by advocates.
  5. Increase the promotion and utilization by CAC's so that more families experiencing a financial crisis as a result of child sexual abuse, will have immediate access to emergency funding.
Service Categories
Victims' Services
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
KS
MO
IA
National
SD
We currently serve primarily all of Missouri and Kansas, we are available to any State Certified Child Advocacy Center, however as stated above, some CAC's are not free standing and fall under the guidelines of another entity that will not accept 'sacred' as a resource to their state CAC's.  Also if we served all of the United States, we would quickly deplete our ability to provide funding.  
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
My husband and I co-founded Sexually Abused Children’s Relief Endeavor after witnessing the struggle faced by our daughter after reporting the sexual abuse of our granddaughter by her father.
 
I received a call from our daughter on June 7, 2006 telling me that our  granddaughter Sarah had just told her that her daddy had been sexually abusing her. The local authorities came immediately after a call to law enforcement, and he was arrested. My husband happened to be in the same state due to the birth of our first grandson that morning. He immediately left the hospital to go to be with our daughter and 3 granddaughters, ages 6, 4, and 2.  The physical nightmare ended that day for Sarah, but so much more was ahead. Our daughter, unaware of the true financial status of her home, was forced to sell her home, many belongings and moved to a new community. It has been a continuing journey for her and is true for so many families whose child(ren) have been impacted by sexual abuse. When one child has become a victim from child sexual abuse, the entire family is also a victim.
 
 
 
Our challenge for ‘sacred’ financially is that the topic becomes relevent as well as shocking.  Many people are eager to donate to animal shelters and rescue abused and abandoned pets, but we do not have the same empathy when it comes to our children. 1 in 10 childlren are sexually abused before the age of 18.
 
sacred is now becoming much more widely known and CAC's are reaching out more to apply for funds to assist clients.  We now serve all of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and South Dakota, but there are many still needing to learn about sacred. I want to be able to go speak and offer our services wherever we can make a difference. Once we receive an application it is answered and money is sent within 24 hours to the Child Advocate, I don’t believe there is another agency that is able to offer this service.
 
Our biggest obstacle in assisting some of these agencies is if they under the "umbrella" of another entity, parts of St Louis, Iowa and South Dakota fall into this category and their "entities" do not allow them to accept the funding that sacred can provide for the children we serve.  We need "these entities" primarily hospitals to allow sacred to work alongside with their CAC's to provide the immediate financial assistance that these families so desperately need. 
 
 
 
 
 
Programs
Description When a report/hotline of child sexual abuse has been made to Child Protective Services and/or law enforcement, the child/family are referred to their local Child Advocacy Center for a forensic interview and related services (advocacy, counseling, medical). Advocates from the CAC inquire about immediate needs, including financial. These financial needs are requested of sacred through an application process. sacred awards documented transitional financial support to the CAC for the family's expenses.  This financial support is generally for a 30-day period, and can be renewed but not exceed 60 days. Funds may be requested for food, medical expenses, housing and other needs that meet the criteria set by the board. All monies are sent to the requesting CAC which pays the bills directly to the utility, mortgage, etc. All receipts are sent back to sacred with a case number to verify that the requests have been appropriately paid. A CAC may reapply 1 time for a specific family should additional assistance be needed.
Category Human Services, General/Other Temporary Financial Aid
Population Served Victims, ,
Short-Term Success The non-offending parent or relative is able to concentrate and provide the emotional stability that the child needs to begin to heal. This also provides the time for the CACs’ to be able to guide the family to the appropriate agencies for additional assistance. The timing for these agency connections can be 30-60 days.
Long-Term Success
Our ultimate goal is that financial concerns will not be an impediment to the reporting of child sexual abuse. That the families immediate financial needs can be met until the victims are connected with appropriate agencies to provide additional assistance when needed and allow the non-offending parent to deal with the emotional and physical impact of the abuse without the worry of the immediate financial obligations.
Program Success Monitored By We receive the paid receipts for utilities, rent, groceries, etc so that we know the financial burden has been lifted. That is our goal – to help initiate healing and adjustment time for the victims without the worry of their immediate financial situation.
Examples of Program Success Success for our victims is strictly through our advocates and the sharing that the family is able to proceed through the legal process, provide safety for their children and that they are able to start rebuilding a new life. We recently received a thank you note from a member of a family that sacred assisted she stated “mere words cannot thank you enough for providing an emergency grant to my sister and her children during this horrific family ordeal…I never thought this could happen within my family…..thank you for making sure my sister and her kids have a place to call home during this unsettling period of time.”
Description Nationally 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before the age of 18 - that is 20% of our population.  This is a subject that is not openly discussed.  sacred is attempting to educate the public to the urgency and necessity of assisting these victims and their families.  It takes, on average 30-60 days, after a report of child sexual abuse for the proper agencies to be put in place to assist these families.  sacred is available at the moment of a child's report of sexual abuse.  sacred works with its Board of Directors and by-laws, which require a report of child sexual abuse to be reported to the authorities, a Child Advocacy Center, (CAC) then interviews the child and the family and the advocate can immediately request funds for the family through an application to sacred for immediate transitional financial assistance.  Funding for the family is sent to the CAC within 24 hours from board approval of the application.
Program Budget $98,190.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Our victims are given a reprieve in knowing that their children will have what they need immediately and that they can focus on moving forward to help the healing of the child victim and the family unit.
Long-Term Success
Long term success for sacred is that we are able to continue to provide transitional assistance to more families experiencing economic hardship due to the reporting of child sexual abuse. We hope to be able to reach more agencies and more children as our finances will allow.
Program Success Monitored By The measure for success is that sacred is being contacted by businesses and individuals wanting to contribute financially to sacred to continue our mission. We have had received more financial support through our immediate and extended communities that have granted sacred monies and more individual businesses provide benefits and funding  for sacred, all while more CAC’s are contacting us to become a part of our mission to serve the victims of child sexual abuse.
Examples of Program Success
sacred has received thank you notes from the victims or a family member stating "Thank you for making sure my sister and kids have a place to call home during this unsettling period of time."  Another mom broke down in tears, saying "I can't believe there is someone out there to help me today"  Just recently sacred assisted a CAC help provide Christmas for several victims and their children, and again one particular mom said " I just can't believe it, now my children will have a Christmas, thank you so much!"
 
These are the comments that let us know that sacred is making a difference in a victim and their family's life.  New CAC's are submitting requests for assistance.   The word is spreading that sacred is here for sexually abused children and now more people are becoming engaged and excited to help with our endeavor. 
 
Description
In 2017, sacred is now involved with MO, KS, IA, and SD and continuing to reach out to all states. In order to help expand sacred's program and mission, we have produced  the first of three YouTube video's. The  first segment tells the story of "the phone call" to myself from our daughter, sharing that Sarah our then 6 year old granddaughter reported her father's sexual abuse, and my immediate reactions.I have shared that link earlier in our information.  The second segment, will be the story of how our daughter and granddaughter's lives were impacted and the reason for 'sacred's founding.  Our final segment will be a discussion of our work and why it is so very important that "child sexual abuse" become an open topic of discussion on the prevalence of child sexual abuse and how we can all make a difference in the lives impacted by this act. These videos have now been made but are in the editing stage.   We are also now a supporting member of the National Children's Alliance. We continue to reach out to our communities but are hopeful that when our YouTube series is completed that we will be able to reach out to national CAC's, and offer our help.
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Children's Rights
Population Served Families, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Our short term success is the launching of the first part of our three part series on You Tube. And the continuation of developing the rest of the series.  Which is now complete as of August 2017, now we wait for the editing and then we will post on FB and our website www.kidsaresacred.org
 
Our belief that once people view these videos they will understand that child sexual abuse holds no boundaries in race, socio-economic, or location. .  Sexual abuse has no boundaries! 
Long-Term Success The long term success of this program will be measured by the completion and posting of the complete three part YouTube series and the response that we hope to receive nationally for the prevalence of child sexual abuse and then the responses from Child Advocacy Centers across our country to reach out to sacred to assist the victims of child sexual abuse that they serve.  We expect the three videos to be completed by year end.  We continue to reach out to communities and states to offer 'sacred's' assistance to any certified Child Advocacy Center.  Our success is measured only by those we serve - our mission is also our life passion because it is our privilege to serve the children who are victims of child sexual abuse.
Program Success Monitored By The success of this program, the three part series on You Tube will be monitored and measured by the reaction of Child Advocacy Centers throughout the United States.  And the interactions and development of relationships with more CAC's in assisting the victims that they serve.
Examples of Program Success
  1. Increased communication nationally of sacred and our mission
  2. Increased applications for children impacted financially by the reporting of child sexual abuse.
  3. Increased donations to help support the growth of sacred serving more children. 
CEO Comments
One of our biggest challenges we face is educating the public of the frequency and circumstances that surround child sexual abuse, this is an ongoing struggle for all agencies who serve victims of child sexual abuse.  Thus far in 2017 sacred has served  45 families, impacting 45 children and have given out over $35,000.   Since 2015 we have given over $178,000 to families whose children have been sexually abused. 
 
We are excited to see that sacred is impacting the welfare of our victims and have now decided that we are going to reach out nationally to offer assistance to any Child Advocacy Center that needs financial assistance for children whose family has suffered a financial loss due to the reporting of child sexual abuse.  sacred is also now a supporting member of the National Children's Alliance which is the organization that serves and certifies Child Advocacy Centers.
 
We have increased our fund raising efforts from one annual event to four this year.  We continue to reach out to our communities and foundations for donations and support and rely tremendously on our dedicated supporters.
 
A challenge for sacred and CAC's is a turnover in advocates, this is a highly stressful job for which the pay is small.   sacred is a non-salaried organization, with our funding, other than operating expenses, all going to the victims and their families of child sexual abuse.  But it is difficult to keep agencies aware of sacred, our mission and our assistance with the turnover of advocates and in smaller communities, where their resources are limited.  We continue to work throughout Kansas and Missouri, recently met with Iowa and South Dakota as well; but with the development of our YouTube series which we will send out to all advocates we look forward to providing more services to more children and to be able to raise awareness through our personal family experience and to raise more funding for the children that sacred serves.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Carol D'Attoma
Term Start Sept 2013
Compensation N/A
Experience
I am a former Special Education teacher who has worked with children who are mentally disabled, in all aspects of disabilities.  I taught incarcerated youth and monitored academically challenged students who needed extra assistance in becoming academically successful.   While living in New Jersey I taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at the Bergen County Community College which led to becoming a corporate trainer for Non-English speaking workers on their job sites.  I have spent my career and even as a high school and college student advocating for children.
 
After my 6 year old granddaughter was sexually abused by her father, the desire to turn a tragedy into something positive became my mantra.  I truly believe that all life experiences lead us to where we can make a difference for others.
 
For me, the goal is to help victims in their quest to become survivors.  Just that extra little bit of financial assistance during the middle of the storm of a child sexual abuse report, gives a parent just a moment to know that for now they can focus on their child and not worry about their immediate finances, because that concern has been removed for now.  This gives the parent time to focus on the needs of the child and the family. That is the goal for sacred because "all kids are sacred".
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 5
Paid Contractors 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
We are also associated with The National Children's Alliance, Kansas Chapter of Child Advocacy Center, and Missouri Kid's First, the Missouri Chapter of Child Advocacy Centers as well as, MOCSA, Sunflower House, Synergy, Child Protective Services and many rural Child Advocacy Centers throughout Missouri and Kansas.
 
We have collaborated with local Art Galleries who have provided fundraising in their galleries, We have had local artists, Mike Savage, Bob Byerley contribute to our Annual Art & Wine Auction as well as many community leaders involved in our Annual Art & Wine Auction.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Children's Alliance - Associate Member2016
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Grant awardSky Ranch Foundation0
Grant Award SponsorshipFifth Generation Inc0
Grant Award SponsorshipTeva Pharmaceuticals2017
KC Royals CharitiesKC Royals0
Community GrantBrown Forman0
Richmond Rotary ClubRichmond Rotary Club2015
Fund-In-NeedLeawood Rotary Club0
Future of HopeLeawood South Rotary Club2014
Richmond Rotary ClubRichmond Rotary Club2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments
sacred has several agencies that we have become aligned with: National Association for Professional Women, NP Connect, Guidestar and we continue to develop more relationships within the community.
 
We are planning to apply for more grants and have increased our fund raising from 1 primary fundraiser to 4 fundraisers for the 2016 and 2017 year. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John J. D'Attoma
Company Affiliation Southern Glazers
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2017
Email johnd@kidsaresacred.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Jody Albers Reece Nichols
Mr. Stephen A. Bellini Sidney Frank Imports
Mrs. Carol L D'Attoma SACRED
Mr. John J. D'Attoma Glazer's
Mrs. Dawn Iddings Community Volunteer
Ms. Jennifer Johnson
Mr. Leonard Searcy
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 80%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
CEO Comments
Opportunities:
sacred currently has relationships with The Child Protection Center, The Sunflower House, Synergy House, MOCSA many rural Child Advocacy Centers.   sacred has received assistance from Sky Ranch, the Junior League of KC, multiple Rotary Clubs and has been presented  to several other organizations throughout the Kansas City area.
 
Challenges:
Our challenge continues in educating the public of the prevalence of child sexual abuse and its frequency.  Also financial loss is an incredible detriment for the non- offending parent, fear of loss of income can keep a report from being filed.  sacred hopes to alleviate that fear.  We need to continue to increase revenue for sacred through individual and corporate donors.  
  1. Increase awareness of the prevalence of sexual abuse within the community. 
  2. Increase the awareness of financial needs of victims' families resulting from the reporting of sexual abuse when the perpetrator has been a financial contributor to the family.
  3. Increase education and promotion of sacred to Child Advocacy Centers (CAC's) so that an application on behalf of CAC clients to sacred is a "first response" by advocates.
  4. Increase the promotion and utilization by CAC's so that more families experiencing a financial crisis as a result of child sexual abuse, will have immediate access to emergency funding.
  5. Increase the promotion and utilization by CAC's so that more families experiencing a financial crisis as a result of child sexual abuse will have immediate access to emergency funding. 
We continue to seek donors and grant opportunities in addition to offering fundraising events in an effort to raise both revenue for victims of sexual abuse and awareness of this societal problem. 
 
Carol, our CEO, continues to speak to various groups and organizations about the problem of child sexual abuse and about sacred as an emergency financial resource for families. She has brought much awareness to this topic. 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $97,840
Projected Expenses $15,340
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • FY 2014: Financial data reported using Internal Financials. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$52,427$56,678$29,324
Administration Expense$26,892$12,749$4,994
Fundraising Expense$0$0$6,924
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.991.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses66%82%71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$24,276$21,176$21,986
Current Assets$21,049$18,486$19,295
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$24,276$21,176$21,986
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Sexually Abused Children's Relief Endeavor dba SACRED
Address PO Box 23805
Overland Park, KS 66283
Primary Phone (913) 850-4550
Contact Email carold@kidsaresacred.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Carol D'Attoma
Board Chair Mr. John J. D'Attoma
Board Chair Company Affiliation Southern Glazers
Year of Incorporation 2009