$2 million grant awarded for new child advocacy and resource center in Onslow County

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The State Employees Credit Union Foundation has given a $2 million check to One Place, an Onslow County non-profit dedicated to protecting children and families.

The SECU Foundation says One Place also supports healthy child development and connects families in need with supportive resources.

WITN is told that One Place will use the grant to help with the construction of a new child advocacy and resource facility to be called the SECU Hope Center.

“We are so pleased to be part of this organization’s incredible journey to open a new child advocacy and resource center,” Bob Brinson, SECU Foundation board chair said. “One Place has been serving families in this region for over 20 years, and their passion, determination, and hard work has earned them well-deserved recognition. Their programs and services are invaluable to the community – the Foundation’s support and the support from so many others will ensure their mission to help those in need will continue for years to come.”

The foundation says the future SECU Hope Center will include a mental health clinic with onsite medical services to help victims of physical and sexual abuse and human trafficking. It will also increase the organization’s capacity by 50% to serve 600 children and families per year.

The SECU Foundation adds that they awarded this grant just over a year after giving One Place a mission development grant to create financial strategies for facility expansion and sustainability.

“This is truly historic as we have been on the journey to our forever home. When we think about what is needed in this community, we know that we need expanded mental health services for children, we know that we need expanded capacity to support victims of child abuse, and we also know that we need more preventative services,” Dawn Rochelle, One Place CEO said.

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