According to Soroptimist South Central Governor Elect and Rockwall resident Cindy Lindley, the Club is providing the 4,000 sq. ft. home the Club originally moved from Dallas to Rockwall in 1985 to become a children’s shelter. It is located near Harry Myers Park and already houses a satellite office for the Greenville-based Women In Need women’s shelter.
After it opens, Lindley said, it will be free for the CAC to use during the first year. The second year the CAC will pay for a portion of the utilities. From then on the CAC will pay just $500 for rent and utilities.
Since the home arrived in Rockwall, it has served as a Child and Family Guidance Center, the County Juvenile Probation Office and County Ag Extension Office.
Lindley explained Soroptimists learned about the need for a CAC building in December, 2014, when Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper told County Clerk and Club member Shelly Miller that a building was needed to house a new CAC. Miller then informed the Club about the need and, before long, Soroptimists agreed to provide the home since it fulfilled their mission statement.
“Rockwall Soroptimists don’t think small,” Lindley explained, smiling.
Soroptimist is an international women’s organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects that benefit women and girls.
Lindley explained that a great deal of remodeling has been necessary to get the home in shape.
“The community has been absolutely fantastic,” she added. “A Boy Scout remodeled a room, students have raised money and performed a variety of tasks. Dozens of volunteers have painted and decorated.”
During the past few months, Leadership Rockwall raised $25,000 and completed building a backyard patio and fence.
The non-profit Human Kindness organized a Bunco tournament in April from which they have donated $12,034.
June 4th Rockwall Soroptimists held their second annual Country Fair which raised over $27,000 for the CAC.
Many other organizations throughout the community are currently raising funds. Donations are also bring sought.
To donate or for more info, contact Rockwall County District Attorney Kenda Culpepper at (972) 204-6800.