Soup Bowl luncheon attendees sipped soup and took home hand-painted ceramic bowls Thursday after the sold-out crowd was treated to a guest speaker’s inspirational story of beating addiction — and a surprise announcement by a Madera County agency.
Tina Figueroa-Rodriguez, the Community Action Partnership of Madera County’s Victim Services Coordinator, opened the noon event with news that five years of hard work by several local agencies had finally paid off.
“Before this luncheon something told me to check my email. I checked it at 11:30 this morning,” Figueroa-Rodriguez said. “I opened this email and ... the National Children’s Alliance has acknowledged us as an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center.”
The United Methodist Church, filled with dozens of city and county law enforcement, social services and behavioral health employees who had all worked toward this accreditation, erupted in cheers and applause at the announcement...