(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) National Children’s Alliance recognizes the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center for its delivery of high quality and effective services to child abuse victims through accreditation Fredericksburg, VA, 02/08/2015 – The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center has been awarded accreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision.

The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center opened May 1, 2009 and serves the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. Since opening, the center has served over 900 child victims of abuse. As an Accredited Member of National Children’s Alliance, Safe Harbor is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.

National Children’s Alliance awards Accredited Membership based on a CAC’s compliance with 10 national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims. National Children’s Alliance updated these standards in 2010 to reflect the most recent evidence-based practices in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention. According to these standards, Accredited Members must utilize a functioning and effective Multidisciplinary Team approach to work collaboratively in child abuse investigation, prosecution, and treatment. National Children’s Alliance also considers standards regarding a center’s cultural competency and diversity, forensic interviews, victim support and advocacy, medical evaluation, therapeutic intervention, and child focused setting.

“As an organization/team of individuals dedicated to responding to child abuse, we recognize the importance of accreditation from National Children’s Alliance and supporting the Multidisciplinary Team approach. Accreditation not only validates our organization’s proven effective approach to responding to allegations of child abuse, but also provides consistency across the child advocacy center movement as a whole,” said Pamela Garrett, Executive Director.

“The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center is to be commended for its excellent work serving victims of child abuse. As the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration,” remarked Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance.

For more information about the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, visit The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center exists to strengthen the coordinated community response to situations of child maltreatment, including sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and severe neglect by integrating the existing resources of law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, medical and therapeutic agencies so that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions and children are not further traumatized by the investigative process.

National Children’s Alliance is the national association and accrediting body for the over 750 children’s advocacy centers serving each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first, National Children’s Alliance provides support and advocacy to its accredited membership, as well as numerous developing centers, multidisciplinary teams and child abuse professionals around the country, and the world. As the national authority on multidisciplinary approaches to supporting child victims of abuse, the purpose of National Children’s Alliance is to empower local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse. Founded in 1998, National Children’s Alliance provides accreditation opportunities, financial assistance, training, technical assistance, research and education to communities, child abuse professionals and children’s advocacy centers throughout the United States in support of child abuse intervention, advocacy and prevention.

Pamela Garrett, MSW, Executive Director, Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center
Pamela Garrett, MSW,
Executive Director,
Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center

Pamela Garrett

Myandi Peterson

MANARC Thrift Store Outgrows Space and Moves to 107 William Street December 19th

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) MANARC, Downtown Fredericksburg thrift store will move their location from 1108 Caroline St. to 107 William St. on December 19th.

“We have outgrown our space.” said Founder and CEO of MANARC, Deborah Franks. MANARC will continue to embrace the season of giving to offer active duty military and veterans a 20 percent off discount at their new location now till the end of December.

MANARC, Borne the Battle has been established as premier a non-profit organization operating on donations with the express purpose of providing funding to local established Veterans organizations to improve the level of Veterans support. MANARC stands for Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Reserve and Coast Guard. MANARC thrift store opened it’s doors in September of this year with a mission to support Veterans.

MANARC’s thrift store will now be located on 107 William Street. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Friday of each month open till 8 p.m. Donations are accepted all hours of operation. For more information on MANARC , visit

MANARC, Born The Battle
MANARC, Born The Battle

Deborah Franks

Myandi Peterson


Tracey graduated with a B.S. in Communications and a concentration in Media and Society from Christopher Newport University in 2012.  During her time at Christopher Newport University, Tracey was an intern with a non-profit organization that focused on bettering the environment by obtaining signatures for petitions and training volunteers.

After graduating, Tracey moved to New York where she was an intern with ZenithOptimedia, a media planning and buying company. Once Tracey’s internship ended, she traveled to Spain to be an Au Pair and lived with a Spanish family. Tracey had the opportunity to immerse herself into a new culture and learn a new language.  Tracey is always looking for opportunities to help.

In 2011, Tracey joined the Service Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega where she worked with various non-profit organizations to aid the Tidewater Community. Peterson Randall Public Relations (PRPR) recently hired Tracey on as a public relations intern and this position has given her the opportunity to utilize her education, experience and passion for working in the non-profit community.

Tracey will be working with various local Fredericksburg area non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness. These non-profits include Fredericksburg Dining For Smiles (FDFS), Fredericksburg Regional SPCA, Rappahannock Big Sister Big Brother and The Institute of the Performing Arts (IPA). Tracey will act as a Public Relations Coordinator and be in contact with the local media to help gain visibility for these various non-profits.

Tracey Reisch, New  Intern for PRPR
Tracey Reisch, New Intern for PRPR


Q: What is your favorite TV Show? A:  Grey’s Anatomy

Q: What is your favorite quote? A: “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”

Q: Where is your dream vacation? A: Traveling around Eastern Europe then ending in Bali

Q: Where have you traveled? A: I was an Au Pair in Spain for 3 months and spent 2 weeks in Germany.  I also have been up and down the east coast, but have only been as far west as Nevada.

Q: Do you have any pets? A: I have a dog named Sparky!

Q: What’s your creative outlet? A: I absolutely love to dance.  I have been dancing since I was 8 years old and danced throughout college where I performed both on the dance team and in the annual showcases.  I also minored in dance and fell in love with modern dance.

Q: What is your favorite song? A: I have so many!  One of my all time favorites is “Lie in our graves” by Dave Matthews Band Q: Places you have lived? A: Virginia, New York, Spain

Q: What schools did attend? A: Graduated from Christopher Newport University with a B.A. in Communications concentration in Media and Society

The Snows Host Their 9th Annual Toys For Tots Roundup at The Fredericksburg Fairgrounds Dec. 13th

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) The 9th annual Toys For Tots party will be at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds events building on Saturday, Dec. 13th at 7 p.m. Jan and David Snow of Stafford have given their annual party a roundup ho down theme this year. There is no cost to attend the party, the Snows request that each guest bring a new unwrapped toy for a boy or girl to donate to Toys For Toys.

The Snows encourage guests to wear their favorite western duds to boot stomp to the live entertainment line-up for the evening. The entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. with D.J., Eric Herod, followed by a rotation performance from local solo musician, Shannon Peterson, the band, Cool Breeze and the one and only Elvis.

The party will be catered by various local restaurants and a cash bar will be available to guests. The party is open to the community to attend, but space is limited. To receive an invitation and to be added to the guest list, email Jan Snow a request for an invite at

The Snows are anticipating the largest roundup of toys since their first party in December 2006. Community members who cannot be present at the party still have the opportunity be a part of the cause. Several local Fredericksburg area businesses are participating by hosting Toys for Tots boxes at their location of business. Anyone is welcome to donate a new unwrapped toy to any of the drop off locations listed below and their donation will go to benefit the Snows Toys For Tots roundup.

All donations from the drop off locations will be combined with the donations from the guests at the party. Several uniformed Marines will be present at the party and will collect all the toys to bring to the warehouse for local distribution. The Snows have created a donation page where the community can make a donation for the Marines to purchase a toy to be able to bring to the party so they can attend at no cost. For more information, visit

Hard Times Cafe Four Mile Fork
The Tavern (Lees Hill)
The Timbers (Ruther Glen)
Wilkerson Restaurant
Tatle Tales
Arista Real Estate
Hometown Garage
Walmart Vision Center Central Park
Honey Baked Ham
Simpsons Grocery Colonial Beach
5 & Below Stafford Market Place
5 & Below Central Park Fredericksburg
Century 21 Garrisonville Rd Stafford
UPS Store Courthouse Rd Spotsylvania
Beach Fries Located Thru out the area
Mainstreet Grill & Bar Stafford
Starbucks Garrisonville Rd Stafford
Starbucks Warrenton Rd Stafford
Starbucks Plank Rd Fredericksburg
Starbucks Cosners Corner Fredericksburg
Denson’s Grocery Colonial Beach

Jan & David Snow
Jan & David Snow
Toys For Tots
Toys For Tots

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. For more information, visit

Myandi Peterson

Jan Snow