By Jennifer Harjo, CFCA marketing manager
It was a day of bright colors and laughter as CFCA staff members spent a morning playing games and visiting with mothers and their children at the Rose Brooks Center in Kansas City, Mo.
The center serves women and children in Kansas City who are affected by domestic violence.
CFCA works in 22 developing countries around the world to bring education, joy and empowerment to families. Staffers were honored to be afforded the opportunity to have a similar impact in their home base of Kansas City through the Rose Brooks event.
The group from CFCA came prepared to entertain, complete with a cupcake-decorating station, face-painting, ladder ball, fishing, an art table and other games.
The activities were part of the annual Rose Brooks Resource Fair, offering school supplies, backpacks, medical checkups and other community resources to those staying at the center.
CFCA partners with Rose Brooks Center through our support of Project SAFE, the center’s school-based violence prevention and intervention program.
As the room where the activities were held began to fill up, it became clear that the mothers were just as interested in playing games as their children were. As a table of bingo players formed, mothers around the table were laughing and sharing in friendly competition.
Throughout the morning dreams were shared and children left with the kind of school supplies every child hopes to start the year with: bright folders, fresh crayons, and colorful pencils and erasers.
Sarah North, director of marketing and communication at the Rose Brooks Center, said staff members commented that the activities brought happiness to those staying at the shelter.
“All the staff said it was the best resource fair they have had because the families were happy and entertained,” she said. “We were all impressed with how much work the CFCA team put in to making this event memorable for our residents.”
CFCA staff members, however, said they felt that the families at Rose Brooks Center provided them with more joy than they thought possible.