Grant to Help Protect Children from Abuse and Neglect

Published on December 04, 2017

Sexual Assault Services Receives Grant from Michigan’s Children’s Trust Fund

Image of Children's Trust Fund logo.Sexual Assault Services (SAS) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Children’s Trust Fund, Michigan’s only statewide nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. As part of the grant, the SAS advisory board now serves as the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Calhoun County.

Of the $10,000 grant, 85 percent will support existing child sexual abuse prevention education and community awareness programming. Through a community educator, SAS provides school-based prevention education to students in preschool through college. In addition, the community educator provides adult presentations to professionals, caregivers, parents and community organizations. 

“This grant and the opportunity to be our county’s child abuse and neglect prevention council provides much needed support for our sexual assault prevention program,” says Joyce Siegel, SAS system manager. “More children and adults in our community will be aware of SAS services and ways to prevent sexual violence. SAS is here to help.”

The remaining $1,500 of the grant will be given to the Calhoun County Safe Sleep Coalition. The money will be used to purchase fitted sheets, pack and play cribs and education for families in need of safe sleep resources.

Calhoun County has a strong history of providing child abuse prevention support in the community. SAS recognizes the dedicated service of the previous Calhoun County Child Abuse and Neglect Council and is honored to continue this work to keep our children safe.

Members of the SAS advisory board and Calhoun County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council:

  • Trooper Kristi Angelo, Michigan State Police
  • Cathy Brown, YWCA of Kalamazoo
  • Betty Christ, community member
  • Nikki Clemens, SAS volunteer advocate
  • Michelle Datema, Calhoun County Public Health Department
  • Nora Geiger, Calhoun County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Pat Graw, former SAS volunteer advocate
  • Melanie Hooker, Domestic Violence Coalition, Inc. in Van Buren County
  • Larry Juday, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
  • Pastor Clare Loughrige, Crossroads Church & Ministries
  • Bill McClure, Child Protective Services, Calhoun County Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Sheila Matthews, Kellogg Community College
  • Katy Reed, Legal Services of South Central MI
  • Timeaka Reese, Kellogg Community College
  • Megan Reynolds, 37th Circuit Court in Calhoun County
  • Martha Thawnghmung, Burma Center
  • Inspector Brad Wise, Battle Creek Police Department        
  • Chandra Youngblood, Battle Creek Public Schools

If you or someone you care about needs help after sexual assault, call our 24-hour crisis line at (888) 383-3192 or our business office at (269) 245-3925.

About Sexual Assault Services

Sexual Assault Services (SAS) is a grant-funded department of Bronson Battle Creek Hospital and Bronson Healthcare. SAS is committed to providing empathic, non-judgmental, comprehensive services, support and advocacy for survivors and others affected by sexual assault or abuse; raising awareness of sexual assault; and engaging others to help in holding offenders accountable and to achieve a community free of sexual violence. For more information on SAS, visit