Welcome to REACH-A-Child™

“Helping First Responders Comfort Children-In-Crisis”

Vision Statement

“The first response is a book to comfort a child-in-crisis” Is REACH-A-Child™’s vision. Whether the children are in an automobile accident, victims of domestic disturbance or temporarily homeless, REACH-A-Child™ wants to help First Responders engage these children in a positive way through the power of a book.

“Due to the nature of our work, Wisconsin State Troopers are regularly tasked with assisting victims through extremely difficult situations. Often times, those victims include children. The REACH-A-Child™ initiative provides a valuable tool to help children during times of crisis. Providing a book and a backpack to a child in crisis diverts their attention from the tragic situation and allows the Trooper to comfort them. The mission of the Wisconsin State Patrol is to promote highway safety and enhance the quality of life for all Wisconsin citizens and visitors by providing and supporting professional, competent and compassionate law enforcement services. The REACH-A-Child™ organization provides a beneficial tool that allows us to accomplish our mission.”

– Captain Charles Teasdale (Wisconsin State Patrol – Southwest Region)

Recent News

Little Chute Fire Department receives REACH BAGs

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On October 12th, our Marketing Director, Eric Salzwedel, and Program Coordinator, Patricia Sugden, delivered 3 REACH BAGs to the Little Chute Fire Department. Some of you may remember the book drive that Katie Ann was doing to get our REACH BAG program into this department. Katie Ann is the daughter to Lieutenant Duane Nechodom who is a volunteer fire fighter in Little Chute. NBC 26 was there at the delivery to interview Eric, Duane and Katie Ann. We are very thankful to Katie Ann for her hard work getting our program into their department. These fire fighters will now have the right ‘tool’ to comfort 60 children-in-crisis over the course of a year.

Patricia Sugden with Lieutenant Duane Nechodom and Katie Ann.

Patricia Sugden with Lieutenant Duane Nechodom and Katie Ann.