Not long after Charlie’s death, plans were underway to spread the lessons learned from his tragedy. Capitalizing on the heightened community awareness and the generosity of many, Charlie’s Safe Haven was established (since renamed Charlie’s House).
In its first full year, the organization was able to:
Riding the momentum of the previous year, Charlie’s House continued its fundraising efforts with the goal of building a real-life safety demonstration house. Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners, a continued supporter, made a generous donation in both 2008 and 2009.
In 2009, Charlie’s House hired a full-time Executive Director, Annette Teson.
2009 also featured the first Injury Prevention Day at the ‘K’ sponsored by Charlie’s House, to help spread the word and teach practical “how-to’s” for home safety.
Thanks to the generosity from the Royals Charities, Charlie’s House was able to distribute free furniture straps and safety checklists, as well as have experts on hand to address issues surrounding Home Safety topics.
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2011 allowed Charlie’s House to become truly hands-on with the support of James Engle Custom Homes. Through their generosity, Charlie’s House safety-proofed a model home in the Bluestem subdivision in Overland Park. This home, open to the public on a daily basis, provides true room-by-room instructions and examples of how to install safety techniques in the home.
Charlie’s House began the silent phase of a capital campaign to raise the $1.3 million needed to build the safety demonstration house. Although the capital campaign has not been publicly announced, nearly sixty percent of the total goal amount has been raised. This has been done through the leadership of an all-volunteer committee separate from the Charlie’s House Board of Directors.
2012 activities included:
On January 2, 2013, John McCarthy was hired as the new Executive Director for Charlie’s House. John brings with him years of experience in coaching, fundraising and education.
In addition to continuing many of the activities and programs from 2012, Charlie’s House is working with builders to develop a plan to move forward with construction of a permanent safety demonstration home, with an anticipated 2014 ground breaking.