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Coffee County CAC, United Way of Highway 55 aim to provide Bright Future for Children

Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center is thankful for the support of United Way of Highway 55.

“We wouldn’t be able to help provide hope and healing to children and families who experience severe child abuse without donations, the support of community members and organizations such as United Way of Highway 55,” said Joyce Prusak, executive director of Coffee County CAC.

Coffee County CAC serves children who are victims of abuse through prevention, education and intervention. The center strives to reduce trauma and provide healing to children and families.

“Child abuse is a serious problem in Coffee County,” Prusak said. “Last year, there were 347 referrals received for services in Coffee County.”

In 2020, there were: 333 total severe child abuse investigations; 4 investigations involving the death of a child; 244 investigations involving sexual abuse allegations.

“Think about these children and the trauma and sadness they have experienced,” Prusak said. “I see the grief in children’s eyes when they enter the center, and it’s devastating. But what makes our job rewarding is the notion we can make a positive impact. The children we serve heal and have a chance for a bright and happy future.”

Fortunately, child abuse can be fought and prevented. With the help of community members, Coffee County can become a community free of child abuse. You can help by learning to spot red flags, supporting Coffee County CAC’s programs, and donating to the center. For more information, visit www.coffeecountycac.org

For more information about United Way of Hwy 55 or to Donate visit www.highway55unitedway.org or email Director Ashley Abraham at Director@highway55unitedway.org.

Photo: (L-R) Ashley Abraham Director of United Way of Hwy 55 and Joyce Prusak Executive Director of Coffee County CAC.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,500 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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