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Meet Sheila Aron of The Thread Alliance

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheila Aron.

Aron is the founder of The Thread Alliance, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse. She continues to make a significant contribution to fight against child abuse and achieving the ultimate goal of eliminating child abuse. Aron is also author of “I’m Glad I’m Me: Weaving the Thread of Love From Generation to Generation” written with the conviction that how messages of love are communicated between parents and children can positively shape a child’s personality, self-esteem, and – in later years – their approach to their own children.

Aron’s advocacy for loving parent-child relationships reaches deep into her Houston community. She reads and donates copies of “I’m Glad I’m Me” to the children of local nonprofits such as ESCAPE and Childbuilders and many others. In addition to providing her book, Aron also provides BabyLovies to local organizations including BEAR.. BE A Resource for CPS Kids and Child Protective Services. Each BabyLovie is made with love and from many threads that are weaved into a baby blanket, which provide a safety net for children in foster care.

In 2013, Aron launched the Blue Plate Special, a citywide child abuse prevention awareness campaign encouraging Houstonians to take action against child abuse and toward healing. During the month of April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, local restaurants offer a “Blue Plate Special” and proceeds from each dish goes back to The Thread Alliance. In December 2016, with the overwhelming success from the Blue Plate Special, The Thread Alliance donated $10,000 in grants to eight local charities that address the issue of child abuse prevention, awareness, treatment and training.

In 2016, Aron was honored with the Neighborhood Center’s “Four. For. Good.” Award. Aron is on the forefront of child abuse prevention as an active board member of Harris County Protective Service. She is a former board member of ESCAPE, Family Resources Center and The Center for Hearing and Speech. H Texas magazine honored Aron among others for her dedication to helping others in a recent feature about 25 Beautiful Houstonians.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Ending the cycle of child abuse is the biggest obstacle and it’s The Thread Alliance’s mission to overcome it by providing comprehensive information about child abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment resources.

The Thread Alliance – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The Thread Alliance was founded with hope that that all children will know a childhood free of abuse. It began as an extension of Sheila Aron’s book; I’m Glad I’m Me, Weaving the Thread of Love From Generation to Generation. As Sheila provided her book to organizations working in the field of child abuse, she discovered there was no central entity providing easily accessible information to those seeking child abuse prevention, intervention, or treatment resources. Furthermore, although Sheila found many people were concerned about child abuse, most were unaware how they could personally contribute to ending the cycle.

The non-profit’s mission is to bring child abuse awareness to the forefront and provide a central registry of local, state, and national resources for those seeking child abuse prevention, intervention, or treatment information and services. By increasing awareness and volunteerism through individual and community participation, The Thread Alliance strives to protect every child from cruelty and neglect and make child abuse a thing of the past.

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