Safe Passage and TESSA

September 15th, 2011

9-15-11 A9-15-11 BIt was a very busy day for The Kindness Bicycle/Bus Tour, as I visited the Mayor’s office of Colorado Springs, The President’s office of Colorado College, Safe Passage Child Advocacy Center, TESSA Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center and Kindness Bicycle rides in between all these visits.
A tour of Safe Passage by Interim Executive Director, Tammi Pitzen gave me great insight on the services they provide the 2 counties in their jurisdiction. They are busy beyond belief, over 950 victims were brought through their doors last year alone. A backpack project helps kids who need foster care, a quilting guild provides quilts for children who come to the facility, and a Fill the Gap program as well. They work with local law enforcement and the FBI on issues of national jurisdiction. They are the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, providing training to CACs throughout the western US with close associations with the National Children’s Alliance.
What an unbelievable visit this afternoon to TESSA. I was given a complete tour of their facility by Executive Director, Connie Brachtenbach. This very focused woman proudly showed every area of the building and told me of the great successes which are borne out of the many programs they offer to the community.
This facility is incredible, so many ┬áneeds are addressed, all under one roof. The dedicated staff of 40 individuals and 185 volunteers offer Victim Advocacy, Safehouse, Crisis Lines, Children’s Programs, Counseling Programs, Domestic Violence Awareness, Community Outreach and so much more. These individuals are so busy and work with a passion. It obviously comes right from the top down.
At the end of my tour, I was invited by Connie to address the staff during their meeting. Their interest and kind words were very inspiring to me. Thank you to everyone for making my day a very special one.

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