By Sylvia Gonzalez
ODESSA - The Odessa Community Partners for Children is an organization that helps CPS ensuring they have the necessary items in stock to provide to a child who is removed from their home, that's when the "Rainbow Room" steps up to the plate.
With the Rainbow Room on their side, the child can make sure they will have their basic needs met.
When a child is removed from their home and placed in emergency care, not always can they take things with them. Sometimes they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their back.
The overall mission of the Rainbow Room is to provide resources to CPS case workers so they can give the best available help to children who find themselves in difficult circumstances.
"Our goal is to maintain, keep the "Rainbow Room" fully stocked and ready 24-7, it's always unlocked for our case workers and they can come in at anytime during the day or night that they need items for a child," Pam Hicks, Board President of Odessa Community Partners for Children, said.
Unlike other agencies, the "Rainbow Room" is committed to only giving out new items, but all with good reason.
"We only use new items because we want these children to feel like they're very special and that they are honored. We don't want to give them things that have been casted off by other people because often these children are feeling casted off themselves," Hicks said.
Hicks says no matter how bad or good the economy is, they're constantly stocking up the "Rainbow Room."
"There seems to be a constant level here in Odessa of many cases, it's a very constant need. Our items are going in and out of the "Rainbow Room" just as rapidly as we can purchase them," Hicks said.
If you would like to help this organization, you can begin by finding out what items are specifically needed. A good way to do that would be to contact them at 686-2246.