Amy Thompson, Outreach Coordinator for Citizens Against Domestic Violence in Camdenton

As the Outreach Coordinator for Citizens Against Domestic Violence in Camdenton, Amy Thompson has seen hundreds of victims walk through the doors. Almost every day a new client comes to CADV after becoming a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. Sometimes they have a few trash bags full of possessions. Other times they arrive empty handed, having only enough time to grab their children before fleeing.

CADV serves men, women and children from Miller, Morgan and Camden counties who come to them in need of help. In addition to a 28-bed shelter in Camdenton, the organization offers support such as counseling, group therapy, legal advocacy, and other services for free.

Thompson began working at CADV more than a year ago. In October she was promoted to the position of outreach coordinator where she manages various programs, volunteers, community resources and fundraisers. One of the biggest challenges this time of year is coordinating CADV’s Christmas Program. Community donors are paired with families who need to be “adopted” for the holidays and purchase requested gifts and other necessities to help spread Christmas cheer.

This year more than 170 individuals and over 50 families were served through the program.

“The CADV Christmas program wouldn’t be possible without the many individuals, businesses and groups who participate each and every year. Clients are so appreciative and grateful for everything,” Thompson said.

CADV would like to thank the following company donors who participated in the program this year: R&R Auto Transporting, the Kiwanis Club, Wood’s Supermarket in Osage Beach, New Home Baptist Church, ITW EAE, Bella Donna Salon, Staff for Life Helicopter Service, Marshalls/HomeGoods, Lake of the Ozarks Elks Lodge #2517, St. George Episcopal Church, Columbia College Lake of the Ozarks, Camdenton High School Honor Society, Kent Memorial Lutheran Church, Ireland Construction, LOZ Dance, Marine Corps League, Natural Family Living, Plaster Master, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and many more.

Thompson said she wants the community to know how much the clients at CADV are grateful for the community’s support. Not only are more new clients arriving at the shelter, CADV provides services to hundreds of on-going clients through their outreach programs.

“We are really making a difference in their lives by providing a continuum of services to support them while they move to a violent-free environment for themselves and their families,” Thompson said.

The heart and soul of CADV are the volunteers. Thompson said beginning January 1st, she will be reaching out to the community to build the pool of volunteers who help CADV serve victims of domestic and sexual violence. CADV’s needs are great and range from sorting donations a few hours a week, to transporting clients to appointments, to assisting a victim who has recently experienced a sexual assault. All volunteers receive training to prepare them for the work they will do with CADV. If you have any special interest or talents, please call CADV at 573-346-9630 or email amy@cadv-voc.org.

For more information about CADV, or to find out how YOU can make a difference, go to www.cadv.voc.org.