After a year and a half in existence, the Cherish Center honored partners from the community that helped the child and family advocacy group grow from its humble beginning with successful teamwork.
“The honors event comes as a result of three years of collaboration and partnering to promote the coordinated efforts to address issues of child abuse and neglect cases,” said Doug Carter, former Hamilton County sheriff who helped form the organization.
“I never imagined the journey would come in such a short period of time,” added Cherish Center Executive Director Wendy Rayburn. “We want to recognize the leaders who have been part of making this happen.
Eight excellence awards were presented to Riverview Hospital, Union Savings Bank, the Noblesville Police Dept., Prevail Inc., Dept. of Family and Children’s Services agents Michelle Burns and Christi Tucker, Deborah Keaton and Dan Claassen of MyCyberGuardian.”
Riverview Hospital provided Cherish Center with its location behind the county hospital, 493 Westfield Rd., Suite C, Noblesville.
“We were in awe. Riverview said we want to be a part in doing something in the county. It’s amazing what Riverview chose to do,” Rayburn said.
Union Savings Bank’s Don Allen helped procure recording and video equipment, TVs and furniture for the center.
“That was our first lesson in learning people wanted to help,” Rayburn said.
Police Chief Kevin Jowitt accepted the award on behalf of the NPD. Its officers conducted the first interview at the center when “the paint was still wet on the walls.” Thirty-four percent of the cases brought to Cherish Center are from the NPD.
“They’ve been here from day one,” explained Rayburn. “Noblesville has been one of the agencies that we feel at home when they are here.”
Rayburn said Brittany Winebar of Prevail Inc. has been an excellent servant leader with Cherish. No matter the time – 1 or 3 a.m. – Winebar answers the center’s call for assistance.
“Every weekend, we call Brittany. She does anything and everything for those kids,” Rayburn said.