REDDING, Calif. - The Redding Rancheria donated $15,000 to Pathways to Hope. The money will go towards the organization’s Camp Hope program.
Camp Hope is a week-long program for kids between the ages of 7 to 17. The money donated by the Rancheria will help fund activities, food, and other program events.
There are about 24 counselors who help kids work through their trauma. Pathways to Hope says during the pandemic it saw increased calls for service.
“Coming out of the pandemic, children are going to need our community more than ever,” said Michael Burke, the Executive Director of Pathways to Hope. “They're going to need a way to process what they've been through. All of us worldwide have had trauma because of the pandemic.”
Due to the pandemic last year, instead of being an overnight week-long camp, Pathways to Hope had to switch Camp Hope into a day camp. The organization said Camp Hope helps kids process the trauma they’ve been through.
“With a time where everything is so uncertain and disconnected these kids really, really need to have something that's going to make them feel whole and help them feel connected again,” said Jennifer Ely, a Camp Hope Coordinator.
Data from U.C. Berkeley shows that in 2019 there were 753 substantiated reports of child abuse in Shasta County.
April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month.