Children’s Advocacy Center has two Job Openings

CACParisHeaderThe Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris (CAC) has two current job openings for a Counselor and an Administrative Assistant.  Interested candidates should contact Rebecca Peevy, Executive Director at 903-784-5787 or email

Below is a job description for each available position.

POSITION TITLE:                     Administrative Assistant

RESPONSIBLE TO:                   Executive Director

Purpose/Function:  The goal of the Administrative Assistant is to provide support to the overall CAC Program by assisting clients and families, by assisting CAC staff and performing duties necessary for the day to day operation of the CAC.  All staff will maintain strict confidentiality regarding all cases, clients, perpetrators, etc.


  • High school diploma or GED; prior experience or some college is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including grammar, punctuation, spelling, proofreading and telephone skills.
  • Must be organized, flexible and able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and various staff in a sometimes faced-paced environment.
  • Proficient in the use of a computer including typing, email, internet, websites, Microsoft Office including Word and Excel, and ability to learn other computer programs.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to work well with others, including children, youth and families and get along with a variety of people from various disciplines
  • Physical Requirements include being able to go up and down two flights of stairs and at times lift/carry up to 20 lbs.
  • Must be able to use personal vehicle in completing errands.
  • Must pass a thorough criminal & CPS background investigation


  1. Greet families and ensure they are comfortable.  Supervise children if needed during pre-interview meeting
  2. Complete general office needs such as answering the phones, fax, copy, etc.
  3. Complete errands such as making bank deposits, conduct business at the post office, Rainbow Room shopping and other local errands as assigned.
  4. Maintaining and ordering office supplies as needed
  5. Ensuring that office equipment is functioning properly
  6. File and file maintenance for accounting records and in-kind donations.
  7. Complete thank you notes, invoices and receipts to donors & fundraising sponsors.
  8. Maintain client database as needed, donor database and other databases/spreadsheets as needed.
  9. Assist Family Advocate in providing follow up letters and surveys to clients
  10. Preparation for multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings including:
    1. Arrange for lunch
    2. Assist Family Advocate with reports
  11. Keep records of all incoming/outgoing inventory
  12. Assisting clients & workers with Rainbow Room requests
  13. Complete newsletter and fundraiser mail outs
  14. Supervise and schedule volunteers  and community service workers
  15. Assist Executive Director in preparing written information, reports, fundraising materials, etc. for the Board of Directors.
  16. Assist Executive Director in maintaining and updating agency website.
  17. Assist Finance Director in grant and finance preparation.
  18. Maintain confidentiality of all client information and other agency information as required.
  19. Assist Executive Director with other duties in the areas of finances, board, programs and community as needed and assigned.
  20. Assist with maintaining a clean and safe work environment
  21. Coordinate meetings, make travel arrangements, and schedule appointments for staff as needed.
  22. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Job Description: Counselor

Reports to:  Executive Director

Purpose/Function:  The goal of the Counselor is to provide mental health and clinical treatment to Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris’ clientele.  Use individual, group, and family therapy in the provision of services.  Use knowledge of cross-cultural awareness in the performance of all responsibilities.


  • Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Master Social Worker
  • Prefer experience in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and/or experience in the field of child abuse and neglect.
  • Possesses tact, good judgment, flexibility, a positive attitude and maintain high professional standards and abide by Licensure code of ethics as well as state law.
  • Requires the ability to work with a team of professionals from collaborating agencies.
  • Ability to get along with a variety of people from various disciplines.
  • Conceptual understanding of the role to the Center.
  • Operates within Center policies and procedures; strict adherence to the confidentiality policy.
  • Must pass a thorough criminal background investigation
  • Be available to travel out-of-town for training 2-3 times a year
  • Be able to travel to area schools on a weekly basis or other work-related purposes.
  • Physical requirements include having an office on a second floor with stairs and at times lift up to 10 lbs.

Primary Duties:

  • Clinical assessment and diagnosis of child victim and non-offending family members
  • Treatment of child victim and non-offending family members through individual, family and group counseling services with evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment
  • Provide counseling services to clients at their school if requested
  • Provide crisis counseling and stabilization services when needed
  • Utilize clinical supervision when necessary to ensure effective treatment of child victim and non-offending family members
  • Provide consultation and regular communication with MDT agencies
  • Provide testimony for criminal and civil courts as needed
  • Clinical liaison to other treatment agencies
  • Coordinate with CPS and other service providers for additional, needed referrals
  • Coordinate multi-disciplinary counseling services
  • Participate in scheduled case staffings and those held on an as-needed bases
  • Responsible for timely case documentation, written reports, and retaining records
  • Participates in presentations/trainings to community and partner agencies.
  • Flexible work schedule to respond as needed
  • Evening and weekend on-call duty as required
  • Other Duties as assigned by the Executive Director

New Hope settling in at new location


New Hope Center Director Gay Ballew looks over the architectural plans for NHC’s new facility. (eParisExtra photo by Jeff Parish)

New Hope Center of Paris is settling into its new home.

“It was like a dream come true,” Executive Director Gay Ballew said. “When we walked in, we knew there a lot of work ahead of us, but we knew it would be phenomenal.”

The organization moved into its new office at 450 SW 4th St. about three weeks ago. An open house is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 29, including a ribbon cutting and Chamber of Commerce Live @ 5 event.

The former Department of Human Services building sat empty for more than a decade until the Ram Foundation purchased it for New Hope Center about a year ago and started renovations. The building had to be brought up to code, including handicap accessibility, sprinkler system, restrooms and alarms that will also alert the hearing and visually impaired.

“Nobody would realize where we’ve come from unless they’ve seen the old building,” Ballew said, referring to the former shelter at 777 Bonham St. “We actually have air and heat that work.”


New Hope Center’s new facility is a major improvement over the old one (below), the organization’s director says. (eParisExtra photo by Jeff Parish)

At 35,800 square feet, the space is much larger than the shelter needs, but the plan is to make it a revenue generator by leasing the extra space. Current tenants include the Paris-Lamar County Health Department, East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Flick Computers and a nutrition program through the University of Texas at Tyler.

One of the largest tenants will be the Paris Good Samaritan Clinic. Dr. Bert Strom will be the free clinic’s medical doctor, Ballew said, and the organization is still looking for volunteers. The plan is to be open one evening a week and gradually expand as volunteers and staff allow. Work is still under way in the clinic’s space. Furniture and cubicle dividers remain scattered, and masking tape and scraps of paper identify offices.

“We’ve got a few offices left,” Ballew said. “Maybe five are still available.”

Models 004New Hope’s side includes long-term and emergency shelters. The emergency shelter has room for eight, and offices can be converted if needed. The long-term shelter can hold up to 52 and will be open to families, single parents and individuals, including emancipated 17-year-olds and homeless veterans who are working or in school. As New Hope is a faith-based organization, couples who want to stay need proof of marriage, Ballew said. Clients could stay up to 24 months.

The center has become an internship site for Texas A&M University-Commerce’s social services program, and Ballew hopes to eventually include the counseling department.

The community stepped up to make the transition possible. Bobby Smallwood acted as contractor on the renovations, and Paul Denny did the architectural designs.

The Saint Joseph Foundation gave a grant for medical services. Another grant came from Hope Charitable Foundation. The United Way provided a computer lab and beds. A partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank in Dallas, Liberty National Bank and First Federal Community Bank purchased dining room furniture and appliances for the kitchen and laundry room.

The sheriff’s office and adult probation helped provide manual labor for the move, as did county commissioners Lonnie Layton and Lawrence Malone. Rocking E Storage provided a crew and truck, as well, Ballew said.

At the center, Josh Flick and Wes and Geri Chappell helped with setting up computers, phones and internet service.

Residents also like the new digs, Ballew said.

“Some miss the other place because it seemed like home, but once they adjust to it, they love it,” she said.

Habitat needs volunteers for A Brush With Kindness project Friday

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Paris/Lamar County Habitat for Humanity is looking for a few good hands to help with this weekend’s A Brush With Kindness event, particularly on Friday.

“We have plenty of help Saturday with 25 to 30 Texas A&M Commerce students, but we are very short on Friday,” Executive Director Judy Martin said in an email. “I would hate to have to cancel because we have no help.”

Volunteers are needed to scrape and prime a home at 2067 TX Highway 24 starting at 8 a.m. Friday. The home is past Chisum High School next to Team Richardson.

For more information, contact Judy Martin at 903-495-9091 or the Habitat office at 903-783-0599.

Scouts lend helping hands to Kiwanis

Scouts gather for a group photo while helping out at the 2014 Kiwanis Pancake Days. (Submitted photo)

Scouts gather for a group photo while helping out at the 2014 Kiwanis Pancake Days. (Submitted photo)

Boy scouts from Troop 11 and cub scouts from Pack 12, in an effort to continue their service to our community, volunteered to lend helping hands to the Kiwanis organization in early March at their annual — and very popular — Pancake Days fundraiser.

The scouts helped by clearing tables and making sure that there was enough syrup on each table for everyone to enjoy, and after all the pancakes were served, they helped the remaining Kiwanians break down the tables and fold all the chairs.

Troop 11 is comprised of local boy scouts between the ages 11-18, while Pack 12 is made up of cub scouts in the 1st-5th grades.

This year marked the 63rd year in a row for the Kiwanis Pancake Days fundraiser, which raises roughly $50,000 a year for local Kiwanis programs and activities.

The all-you-can-eat, 3-day event was first held in 1951 and served a few hundred people. Since then, the event has grown to serve thousands of pancake lovers.

Certainly the help from the scouts was very appreciated by Kiwanis members.

Batter up!


Thousands flocked to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds this weekend for pancakes served up by the Kiwanis Club of Paris for the 63rd year in a row.

The first event was held in 1951, serving 350 people and raising $235. Since then, Pancake Days has become a three-day event that raises roughly $50,000 a year. It starts Thursday with children coming from local schools, 1,600 in all. Friday, Kiwanis served about 3,044 hungry people. By 11 a.m. Saturday, 1,485 had come through the doors.

And it is an all-you-can-eat affair for just $6. The record so far is 22 pancakes for a single person.

That equals a lot of food: 2,400 pounds of pancake batter that has to be stirred with an industrial mixer, 2,304 pounds of sausage, 23,500 ounces of syrup, 240 gallons of milk, 285 gallons of juice, more than 3,500 cups of coffee and 27,000 ounces of soda. Those dining on pancakes clean up with 24,000 napkins.