Where We Serve
Child Crisis Center (CCC) – Mesa, AZ
Children are placed in the shelter either through Child Protective Services or by their families as a Community Placement. They may stay from several days to many months, depending upon their circumstances. The staff and volunteers at CCC create an atmosphere of security, acceptance and encouragement where children can heal from trauma, build their self-esteem and have the positive experiences of childhood.
Since the doors opened in 1981, 12,500 children have lived at the shelter. The shelter provides a homelike environment dedicated to meeting the needs of children ages 0-11 who have been abused, neglected, or whose well-being is in jeopardy.
The shelter program has three “homes” with a total capacity to shelter up to 42 children per night. Children are housed by ages: the Tiny Tots unit (birth-3 years), Middlers (4-7 years) and Big Kids unit (8-11 years). Children may be placed at the Shelter either by a parent or guardian as a Community Placement or by Child Protective Services (CPS).
To the Center, volunteers are priceless because the shelter would not work without them. Without their constant steady help they would not be able to provide so many of the quality extra-curricular and enrichment activities they have for the children at the Center.
“Always remember, you are the Voice for the child who cannot speak. So Speak, if no one else hears you, the child will hear you, and in hearing you, the CHILD will have HOPE. And in giving the gift of HOPE, we have given that CHILD a light that will last forever.” ~Terri McGhee, Child Crisis Center, Residential Shelter Director.