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.
In 2010, Charlie’s House launched its redesigned Web site with the help of a grant from The Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, Kansas. This year also saw the securing of land for the real-life safety Demonstration House. If donation goals are hit, construction should begin in late 2011, with a completion date in 2012.Want to be a part of making sure the Demonstration House gets completed on time? Every dollar and helping hand makes a difference. Donate or Volunteer today.
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:
2013 served as a transition year in which John McCarthy became the Executive Director of Charlie’s House. Maggie Collins served as Chair of the Board, while Brendan McPherson was the Chair Elect.
A Volunteer Coordinator position was added to the organizational structure, and Lynne Bock assumed this role on behalf of Charlie’s House.
In addition to distributing furniture straps and Charlie’s Checklists, Charlie’s House increased their inventory by adding Home Safety Slides and generic business cards (created to drive people to the website and social media). All of these materials are distributed on a complimentary basis.
The Physicians Alliance program continued to grow with the addition of Shawnee Mission Medical Center being added to a distribution group (for the Charlie’s Checklists) that already includes Children’s Mercy, Cradle Connect and multiple pediatric offices in the greater Kansas City community.
The Education Committee began to add a monthly safety article, and each article is posted on the Charlie’s House website.
In 2013, the Charlie’s House website surpassed 6,900 users and 24,500 page views. On the website, Charlie’s House added a virtual house, which serves as an excellent resource for home
In 2013, Charlie’s House launched the Charlie’s House 5k (dubbed, “Home Run for Safety, since it was held at the T-Bones Baseball Stadium) to support the organization. The event was a tremendous success, with over 15 sponsors, 75+ volunteers and 300 participants.
In 2013, Fani Schifman represented Charlie’s House in the BMA Foundation’s Dance & Dine with the Stars event.
In 2014, Brendan McPherson became the Chair of the Board, while Cindy Mense was named Chair Elect.
The Education Committee added the role of Community liaison to help fulfill the many requests for community educational and distribution opportunities for Charlie’s House. Rynekah Barbour fulfilled this role.
Once again, the Physicians Alliance program continued to grow with the addition of North Kansas City Hospital and the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to a distribution group (of Charlie’s Checklists) that already includes Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Children’s Mercy, Cradle Connect and multiple pediatric offices in the greater Kansas City community.
The Charlie’s House website underwent a significant overhaul, adding a rotator, a link to order complimentary safety items, and additional content to the site. Through the link on the site (JUST through this link), over 800 furniture straps were distributed, while more than 1,000 Charlie’s Checklists and Home Safety Slides were distributed as well.
In 2014, the Charlie’s House Facebook page surpassed 1,000 “Likes” and the website surpassed 8,000 users and 25,700 page views. Charlie’s House became active with a YouTube channel in an effort to use the vehicle to educate audiences through seven new videos that were created specifically by – and for – Charlie’s House.
In 2014, Charlie’s House hosted the 2nd Annual Charlie’s House 5k (i.e. Home Run for Safety), and the event grew to over 25 sponsors, 80+ volunteers and over 350 participants registered.
Also, Charlie’s House launched the first Charlie’s House Golf Classic at Shoal Creek Golf Club. Like the Home Run for Safety event, the Golf Classic raised funds and awareness for Charlie’s House.
Dr. Tamara Peterson, a member of the Charlie’s House Board of Directors, was the dancer that represented Charlie’s House at the BMA Foundation’s Dance & Dine with the Stars event.
2014 also saw major contributions towards the capital campaign, as Children’s Mercy & H&R Bloch donated towards the creation of America’s first demonstration home for child safety.