Pictured above is Suzanne Tomerln, public relations director of Hill Country CARES and Scott Faber, Vice President of the Hill Country CARES Board of Directors.

Hill Country CARES: “Caring for Today’s Victims; Preventing Tomorrow’s Abuse”

Posted on

Featured in The Comfort News; Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pictured above is Suzanne Tomerln, public relations director of Hill Country CARES and Scott Faber, Vice President of the Hill Country CARES Board of Directors.
Pictured above is Suzanne Tomerln, public relations director of Hill Country CARES and Scott Faber, Vice President of the Hill Country CARES Board of Directors.

Hill Country CARES’ is a501(c)(3) Texas Corporation that has a mission to promote healthy individuals, healthy families and healthy communities by providing prevention, intervention and recovery services for domestic violence., sexual assault, abuse and neglect, chronic illnesses and self-destructive behaviors.

Hill Country CARES has a commitment to help victims of family violence and sexual assault put the pieces of their lives back together. CARES serves Kerr, Kendall, Bandera, Gillespie and Kimble Counties with funds made available by concerned citizens, grant funds and limited state and federal monies, CARES offers housing, counseling and legal advocacy to victims and their children.

In I recent interview with Scott Faber, he shared that this year will be his first term as vice president of the Board for CARES and his second year to co-chair the Women to Women fundraiser.

When asked why he is involved with CARES, Faber said, “donating time to Hill Country Cares is such a small thing to do in regard to all that this organization does. The mission, commitment, dedication and services that this organization provides in our community and others are why I am so passionate about participating.”

“My passion for this incredible cause is not only because I believe in this group, but because I was also a victim of abuse as a child. My mother was always the strong one who would try and control the abusive situation with my stepfather.”

“His mother once told me ‘he hits you because he was hit by his father.’ I believe no one has to follow that cycle and we all have choices in life regarding what is right and what is wrong. I understand that each person believes in their own form of discipline for their children. A swat on the behind or saying ‘Wait until we get home’ while pointing at their belt or just counting backwards from 10-1 is often enough. The horrific abuse some of these children and women suffer only deepens my commitment to help those in need.”

There is a hot line for anyone who has questions involving abuse, or who needs answers to questions about what to do if in a difficult situation at home, or wants advice on “what the next step is when they discover their child has been abused. CARES is there when these strong women pick up the phone to ask for help.

The organization provides legal assistance, counseling for women and children and the means to access the police department to be available to help them get out of out of abusive surroundings.

“Not only does the organization help in these ways, but the women and children are given hope, encouragement and love,” said Faber. “My mother has always shared those qualities with me and now I hope by being a part of this organization I can do the same for others.”

If you would like to help CARES continue to provide these life-saving services you can do so by donating, volunteering and serving. There is a thrift store in Kerrville called ReRuns, which is run by a small but passionate group of people in the community to raise money for CARES via donated items. ReRuns accepts donations of clothing, furniture, cookware, art, jewelry, books, household items and much more.

Faber has donated time there as well, sorting through clothes, pricing, stocking and helping out wherever they need him. For further information go to hccares.com, or call (830) 257- 7088, or send an email to info@hccares.com.

If you or a loved one is being abused, call the Hot Line for help at (830) 257-2400 or toll-free at (888) 621-0047. You will receive free, confidential counseling 24 hours a day.