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Children's Home CEO: Thank You, Toyota

What happened is difficult to forget. It was December 21, 2010 when thieves broke into Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, stealing copper plumbing (resulting in the flooding of the lower level of CHNK’s administration building), a TV from the recreation room, and Christmas presents intended for our residents.

After word of the crime spread, one of the first people to call us was Helen Carroll, manager of community relations at Toyota. She said simply, “What can we do?”

With all the recent publicity surrounding Toyota’s move to Texas, I’ve been happy to see equal coverage devoted to Toyota’s positive impact on the region. Toyota is moving, yes, but its footprint on this region isn’t going anywhere. The company and its employees have been a very good neighbor to many.

For CHNK, an agency devoted to treating abused, neglected and at-risk youth in both community- and residential-based lines of care, Toyota has been more than a neighbor; it’s been a community partner. Not only did Toyota present us with a major gift after the 2010 break-in, but its employees have also donated new bikes and personal care items for our youth in residence, as well as coordinated activities on campus for them. Toyota has served as a communications sponsor for CHNK since 2011, and it has been a long-running sponsor of our Junior Board Charity Ball, which raises funds for our residential treatment program. In addition, Carroll serves on our Board of Trustees.

These contributions from Toyota help us to continue to achieve our mission of providing children and families with opportunity and hope for better lives. When companies like Toyota invest in us, we’re able to bring to the community healthier kids who can grow to become contributing members of society and healthy, loving adults. This life-changing work at CHNK means not only happier and more fulfilled human beings but also fewer public funds going toward unpopular items such as incarceration, court involvement, and juvenile detention.

Toyota and its employees truly immersed themselves into the fabric of the Northern Kentucky community while they were here. They will be missed, but their investment in our community will bear fruit long after the company has relocated to its new home.

Thank you, Toyota, for building bridges to better futures with Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky.

Written by Rick Wurth, CEO of the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky
Photo: Toyota offices in Erlanger