CULLMAN, Ala. – Executive Director of Cullman Caring for Kids (CCK) Nancy Bryant has recently said her goodbyes to the program she helped to build, as she is retiring after more than 20 years with the child advocacy group. She started out as a volunteer in 2000 to host the child abuse programs CCK held at county schools at the time. She did this for four years until she was hired as assistant director by then Executive Director Javon Daniel.
Daniel stated, “After I came to Cullman Caring for Kids in early 2001, I saw her value to come in and work as the assistant director.” Bryant worked at the position from 2005 until July 2021 when she took over as executive director.
Daniel said, “She has been very instrumental. We do a lot of events during April—child abuse awareness month. She coordinated all of our fundraisers, all of our events. As far as I’m concerned, she’s one of the most compassionate people about children that I’ve ever associated with. We do a radio program every week and she has signed off on that program for the last 18 years with the phrase, ‘Have you hugged your child today?’”
Bryant also served as co-director of CCK’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, which provides specially trained volunteers to look after the needs of children in the court system. She has participated in every program the agency offers, and even created programs to educate new parents, offer life coaching for teen girls and prepare female inmates at the Cullman County Detention Center for life after release.
CCK Food Bank Assistant Asia Nunnelley, who often worked with Bryant, said, “She was a joy to work with. She loved her job. She’s an excellent friend and coworker and she is definitely missed around here. I’ve known her for over 10 years—she holds a special place in my heart.”
In response to Bryant’s retirement CCK posted this statement to their social media:
“Your impact has been felt all across Cullman and the love you have shown to our people in our great county will never be forgotten. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians that ‘Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.’ These three things are a mark of your legacy. You’ve shown faith in Jesus, Hope for the People and Loved everyone who’s came through here needing help. We willall miss you greatly but will strive to carry on the passion you’ve had for helping people.
We wish you the best in your retirement and hope you spend every moment cherishing the time you have with the family you’ve sacrificed from. Now go hug your kids and grandkids and know that CCK is here and will always be your family. We Love You and will miss you.”
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