Children’s Hope Alliance is pleased to announce that it has received a $30,000 grant from The Leon Levine Foundation to expand its Treatment Alternatives for Sexualized Kids (TASK) Program by opening a second three-person office in Mecklenburg County. The new TASK office will serve youth from Charlotte and nearby communities, adding much needed capacity in North Carolina’s most populous city.

Developed in 1997 and refined nearly two decades, the TASK Program is a specialized treatment intervention for youth ages 8-20 who are overcoming offenses of a sexual nature. Focusing on existing trauma and ways to prevent future offenses, the program facilitates the youth’s acceptance of responsibility for their behavior, recovery, and reparation for their actions with hope for a brighter future.

Although treatment is catered to meet the needs of individual children, each child in the TASK Program receives intensive therapy for an extended period of time. Most children can be served in their homes, helping avoid detention or residential placements.  Some children require a higher level of care. In those cases, a child is brought to a psychiatric treatment facility, group home or therapeutic foster care – all services available through Children’s Hope Alliance.

TASK is proving to be an effective rehabilitation model, with the number of youth who sexually re-offend during the time period they are in the program reduced by 97.5%. Based on completion of assignments and adherence to his/her comprehensive safety plan, 86% of youth show improvement in clinical functioning while in treatment.  “The TASK program is just one service in our full array of mental health services used in our commitment to provide a safe, healing journey for hurting children with the most complex challenges and their families – creating hope now and in the future,” said Children’s Hope Alliance’s President and CEO, John Koppelmeyer.

 

About Children’s Hope Alliance

Children’s Hope Alliance is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a long history of child advocacy and welfare dating back to 1891. The mission of Children’s Hope Alliance is to provide a safe healing journey for hurting children and families – creating hope now and in the future. In 2014 Children’s Hope Alliance helped over 3,600 children in almost 70 counties through their more than 20 specialized service programs.  All of services provided by Children’s Hope Alliance create hope for hurting children and families in three ways – healing the hurt for children and families that are troubled, abused or neglected; providing a safe home for children through group homes, therapeutic foster care and adoption; and encouraging a healthy start through educational, prevention and developmental programs.

About The Leon Levine Foundation

The Leon Levine Foundation’s mission is to improve the human condition by creating permanent, measurable and life-changing impact. The organization invests in nonprofits with a successful track record and a focus on sustainability in the areas of healthcare, education, Jewish values and/or human services.

Started by Leon Levine, the creator of the first Family Dollar Store in Charlotte, N.C., in 1980, the foundation has grown into one of the country’s largest and most impactful philanthropic organizations. For more information, please visit www.leonlevinefoundation.org.