Before there was a Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County (CAC), child victims of physical and sexual abuse were forced into the adult criminal justice system. Each child seeking help faced repeating their story of abuse through contact with different community professionals. Now, the CAC brings the child together with law enforcement, Child Protective Services investigators, and other professionals in one safe, child-friendly place where the children tell their stories only once. The CAC exists to minimize trauma and assist children and families as they take each step in the criminal justice process.
As Children’s Advocacy Center board members and co-chairs of the 2nd Annual Holiday Home Tour benefitting the CAC, Kathlyn Redmond and P. J. Hartley invite you to slow down this Christmas season and tour the six beautifully decorated homes, conveniently located in The Cascades in Tyler. The tour will take place on Sunday, December 4, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and offer the opportunity to view some of Tyler’s finest homes. From European eclectic to French modern, these homes reflect a lifestyle suited for both executive entertaining and family living. Each ticket to the Holiday Home Tour includes admission and an entry in a drawing for fabulous prizes.
Mrs. Redmond is also a board member for Tyler Sister Cities, Inc., and is a counselor for SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed. She has been a volunteer tutor for the Literacy Council of Tyler and serves as a counselor for People Attempting To Help (PATH). Mrs. Redmond holds her master of business administration degree in finance. She and her husband, Andy, have been married six years and are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.
“We all have a social responsibility to the community in which we live,” Mrs. Redmond said. “For me, the organization benefits from my expertise and enthusiasm, and I benefit from meeting other community members. I want to make a difference, no matter how small.”
Mrs. Hartley is a volunteer for both the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the East Texas Food Bank. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Mrs. Hartley and her husband, Larry, have been married 16 years and are the parents of Chelsi Cook, Quentin Hartley, and Jason Hartley.
“When it comes to volunteering, I always say, ‘Go where your heart is,’ ” Mrs. Hartley said. “You can’t be everywhere, so you have to choose. My choice has been to serve the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County.”
Both Mrs. Redmond and Mrs. Hartley agree that Tyler is a beautiful and thriving place to live and work. They are thankful to each of the families who have opened their homes for the Holiday Home Tour, and they hope the community will support this fundraising event and the CAC.
For more information about the Holiday Home Tour, please visit www.cacsmithcounty.org.