Open house at renovated Foothills Child Advocacy Center

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Foothills Child Advocacy Center is inviting members of the community to visit its newly expanded and renovated location.

As part of the open house and reception, some local artists will have their works on display, including Jennifer Esser, Bolanle Adeboye, Sarah Boyts Yoder and Cary Olivia.

This open house is to celebrate the support of the community, according to a release from the center.

“We are so grateful for everyone who provides support to help child victims of abuse,” said Lisa Brook, chair of the FCAC's Board of Directors. “Thanks to many generous people and organizations, we are able to provide much-needed services to some 350 children and families a year and to welcome them to a beautiful, newly-renovated space.”

“It takes a community effort to stop child abuse and to help abused children to heal and recover,” said Cathee Johnson Phillip, Foothill's executive director. “None of this would be possible without the generous gifts of time, talent and treasure from our community and the dedication of our partners on the area child abuse multidisciplinary teams.”

Several organizations assisted with the renovations, including Building Goodness Foundation, Engineering Solutions and Construction Management, Inc., Robin Joslin with Granville Construction Co., Henningsen Kestner Architects, High Street, LLC, Perry Foundation, Inc., Ray Snably with Sanger Carpentry, LLC, University of Virginia Reuse Store, UVA Women in Trades and many others.

The Charlottesville/Albemarle Multidisciplinary Team is made up of organizations that work to prevent child abuse, including Foothills, the Albemarle County and Charlottesville police departments, Child Protective Services, Piedmont Court-Appointed Special Advocates, ReadyKids, Region Ten Community Services Board, and the Sexual Assault Resource Agency.

The open house will take place on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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