Chaucie's Place (Carmel, IN)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Toby Stark
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Chaucie's Place
  • Address:4607 E. 106th Street
    Carmel, IN 46033
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:317-759-8008
  • Main fax:317-844-5277

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General

  • Mission:
  • Chaucie's Place works passionately to ensure the welfare of children by offering evidence-based; high-quality prevention programs to end the cycle of abuse and to empower children and adults to ensure that children of central Indiana have the opportunity to live to their highest potential.

  • Overview:
  • In keeping with its mission, Chaucie’s Place believes in a comprehensive approach to ending child sexual abuse and youth suicide. As a result, the organization targets both children and adults with its child sexual abuse and youth suicide prevention programs, Body Safety, Stewards of Children® and Lifelines. The center staff works tirelessly to lower the incidences of child sexual abuse and youth suicide so that the children of central Indiana have the opportunity to live to their highest potential.

    Child abuse is currently a national media topic. Child sexual abuse allegations have people everywhere shaking their heads in disbelief. Anger and frustration fill the airwaves and news columns with questions like "How did this happen?" and "How did it go unreported for so long?” The nation is still appalled by the Penn State sex abuse scandal. As this story – and others like it – has unfolded it has become painfully obvious that children and adults have a lack of understanding and are ill-equipped to deal with the devastating realities of child sexual abuse.

    Studies show that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused by the age of 18, and the sad truth is that over 90% of child victims know their abuser. They are relatives, friends, neighbors, and, as proven in the Penn State case, a coach and the highest administrative authority who stood by and allowed the abuse to continue.

    Consequences of child sexual abuse begin affecting children and families immediately. They also affect society in innumerable negative ways. Nearly 50% of women in prison state that they were abused as children and over 75% of serial rapists report they were sexually abused as youngsters. These effects can continue throughout the life of the survivor so the impact on society for just one survivor continues over multiple generations. Try to imagine the impact of 42 million survivors…the number of child sexual abuse survivors in America. Chaucie’s Place deals with these issues on a daily basis. The staff is passionately committed to its work to end child sexual abuse through its child- and adult-focused prevention programs.

    Additionally, Chaucie’s Place knows all-too-well the correlation between child sexual abuse and youth suicide. The organization’s name-sake, Chaucie Quillen, was sexually abused for many years by her biological father and ultimately took her own life. And national statistics show that children who have been sexually abused are seven times more likely to commit suicide. Indiana’s suicide rate has been higher than the national average since 1999. According to the 2009 “Indiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey” 22% of girls and 12% of boys surveyed in grades 9-12 seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year.

    These are tragic statistics that Chaucie’s Place Board of Directors and staff are committed to lowering.
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  • History:
  • Chaucie’s Place is named in honor of Chaucie Quillen, a child sexual abuse victim from Hamilton County Indiana. After eight years of sexual abuse by her biological father, her father’s trial and a judicial outcome of probation, Chaucie took her own life. The professionals who worked Chaucie’s case knew there had to be a better way to minimize trauma to child abuse victims through a less invasive and more supportive process. Chaucie’s Place was founded in 1999 and after the extensive renovation of a 100 year-old farmhouse; Chaucie’s Place opened its doors in April 2001. With the opening, a new and innovative way of addressing sexual and physical abuse and neglect was established; since that time over 2,600 children alleging sexual and physical abuse and neglect have been interviewed through its child-focused forensic interviewing program.

    When opening in 2001, Chaucie’s Place became involved in the Body Safety Education & Prevention Program for elementary school children, a program being offered by Sgt. Nancy Zellers of the Carmel Police Department. The Body Safety program became too large a project for Sgt. Zellers to manage so in 2004 Chaucie’s Place agreed to take responsibility for the prevention program and set a goal to provide Body Safety countywide.

    Body Safety, a 30-minute interactive presentation taking place in the children’s classrooms, is designed to empower children to break the silence and cycle of sexual abuse. Chaucie’s Place staff and community volunteers offer Body Safety to elementary school students each school year, teaching them that it is okay to say “NO!” to unwanted touches, to tell a trusted adult when they feel uncomfortable about any touches they receive, and that abuse is never their fault. Staff and community volunteers work with a script that teaches students that body safety is much like safety rules they already know that protect their bodies: wearing a helmet when riding a bike or looking both ways before crossing the street. Almost 50,000 elementary school students have benefited from the Center's Body Safety Prevention & Education Program. This prevention program impacts these children directly, but also any friends or siblings who they share the message with or help with their knowledge.

    Though Chaucie’s Place had been in the same location since its inception, it relocated in December 2011 because of a state-wide road construction project through Hamilton County and resulting commercial development near the Center’s property. Chaucie's Place leadership took the opportunity to upgrade its facility, yet remained committed to a child-focused, welcoming location to those the Center serves.

    In 2010 Chaucie’s Place was affected by significant market changes and was faced with the prospect of closing or evolving to move beyond the challenges. The Board of Directors assessed the organization’s strengths, called upon community leaders for guidance, evaluated the needs of the community and honed the Center’s mission to focus on prevention and education. Because of an innovative spirit, the ability to calculate risk and act decisively, Chaucie’s Place has grown its Body Safety Prevention & Education Program, implemented Stewards of Children and introduced Lifelines into the community with incredible success.

    Stewards of Children, a nationally recognized program offered by the Chaucie’s Place staff, teaches parents and any adult who works with or cares about children to prevent, recognize and react appropriately to child sexual abuse. It empowers adults to overcome denial, fear and secrecy about this epidemic and allows them to create awareness and personal power. Since September 2010 nearly 1,050 adults have been trained.

    Lifelines is a national, evidence-based youth suicide prevention program designed to educate an entire school community and Chaucie’s Place hopes to offer the program to all middle and high schools in greater Indianapolis. In 2012 Sheridan Community and Westfield-Washington Schools began implementing the Lifelines program in partnership with Chaucie’s Place. Approximately 26,800 school administrators, faculty, staff, parents and students throughout Hamilton County will benefit from this program.

  • Year established:1999
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:3

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:352072683

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:352072683
  • Organization Name:HAMILTON COUNTY VESTA FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% TOBY STARK
  • Organization Address:4607 EST 106TH STREET
  • Organization City:CARMEL
  • Organization State:IN
  • Organization Zip:46033-0000
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 1999
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:O99
  • Asset Amount:$314,119
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$411,257
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$377,291
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 10:08:34 pm

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