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					           2006-2007 Annual Report
          Including the Garden Place, Second Bloom
             and the Coalition for Family Peace




         Promoting peaceful homes,
        building safe communities and
empowering families and individuals to heal from
        domestic and sexual violence
  Contents
  1   Letter from the Co-Executive Directors
  2   Programs and Services
  4   FVRC at Work
  5   Mission and Values
  6   Highlights
  8   Statement of Finances




Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services
          Fiscal Year Annual Report
         June 30, 2006 to July 1, 2007
        and empowering families and individuals to heal from
        Promoting peaceful homes, building safe communities

                   domestic and sexual violence.


                                                               October 2007

                                                               Dear Friends,

                                                                        This is a milestone year for Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services (FVRC)—our 25th anniver-
                                                               sary. We are enjoying looking back on our history and are very mindful of the many people who have
                                                               been a part of our development. There are hundreds of you out there who have given your time and re-
                                                               sources to us as volunteers, donors, board members and staff. We are grateful for each of you, and we
                                                               hope you are proud of being a part of us. We take particular pride in being an agency that has always been
                                                               strongly grounded in our extraordinary Chatham community. In the same year that the citizens of Chat-
                                                               ham founded FVRC, they also started RAFI, the Haw River Assembly and the Chatham Arts Council.
                                                               This is a community that takes seriously its responsibility to improve the quality of life of its citizens.
                                                                        As we have grown since 1982 from a staff of one to a dynamic agency with 22 full and part-time
                                                               staff members today, our services have always been defined by client needs, not by the trends of funders
                                                               and grants makers. We have been skilled at finding the resources to accomplish what is needed for our
                                                               community, at framing what we need to do in ways that also fit grantors’ goals, and at convincing funders
                                                               to let us try innovative approaches. [See the highlights section of this report describing some of our current
                                                               innovative approaches, both old and new.] We have led the way in using collaborative partnerships to
                                                               strengthen our proposals. And we have never shrunk from fishing in big seas for federal and foundation
                                                               grants. But our community has remained the most important source of our support and funding.
                                                                        We are proud, too, to be recognized for our excellence across the state and beyond, such as: the 6-
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                                                               year CDC grant started in 1996 (one of six nationally) to develop a coordinated community response; the
                                                               NCCADV Program of Excellence Award for 2006; being a primary partner in developing the national
                                                               training manual produced by Alianza, the National Alliance to End Domestic Violence in the Latino Com-
                                                               munity in 2006; and the Mary Byron Award (one of four recipients nationally) in 2005 for our outreach to
para que sanen de los efectos de la violencia doméstica
salvo de todo peligro y habilitar individuos y familias
  Promover la paz en el hogar; crear comunidades a




                                                               the Latino Community, to name just a few. Our success in providing quality services is its own reward,
                                                               however, external awards not withstanding.
                                                                        Our comprehensive direct client services, such as 24-hour crisis intervention, shelter and counsel-
                                                               ing, will, unfortunately, be needed for the foreseeable future, but we also recognize the necessity of focus-
                                                               ing on preventing violence before it starts, also known as “primary prevention.” Our School Program, now
                                                               in its 23rd year, has focused us in this direction from the beginning. In recent years we have sought and
                                                               received funding to do this type of work in a more concentrated way. As we proceed into our next quarter
                                                               century, we hope to quell the tide of violence, shifting an even larger portion of our efforts into building
                                                               healthy family and intimate relationships from the start. Our mission statement, revised in 2005, makes
                                                               this vision explicit.
                                                                         In this annual report you will find information about some of our current program activities as
                                                               well as our current financial status. The good health of our agency is a result of the hard work and com-
                                                               mitment of our Chatham community over the last 25 years and must never be taken for granted. We in-
                                                               vite every one of you to join us in our mission and become part of our next quarter century of promoting
                                                               peace in Chatham County.

                                                               Sincerely,




                                                               Jo Sanders, MSW, LCSW                                      Kathy Hodges, MSW
                                                               Co-Executive Director                                      Co-Executive Director
Programs and Services
    2006-2007
 Board of Directors       Advocacy and Counseling
 Ms. Patricia Brown,      Agency advocates and counselors assisted 890 individuals. Our services
   Secretary              included: crisis intervention, emotional support, court advocacy, community
 Mr. Paul D’Angelo        outreach, interpreting, safety planning, short and long term counseling, sup-
 Mr. Jack Farley          port groups and advocacy with local agencies. We strive to provide survi-
 Mr. John Gabor           vors with options that empower them to heal and make decisions to be safe
 Ms. Marcia Jaquith,      and live free from violence.
   Treasurer
 Ms. Mary Linker,
                          Shelter
   President              The Garden Place provided safe, supportive emergency and long-term shel-
 Ms Kelly Ennslin         ter for women and their children fleeing domestic and sexual violence. We
 Mr. Paul Stiller         provided shelter to 30 women and 40 children for 2777 nights of safe refuge.
                          The shelter offers individual counseling and support groups for women and
   2007 Coalition for     children, parenting education, safety planning, and referrals. These services
                          give families and individuals safe options and support so that they can make
     Family Peace         plans for breaking the cycle of violence.
    Advisory Board
                          Programs for Children Exposed to Violence
 Ms. Kathy Davis
 Mr. Woody Hathaway       HOMES (Helping our Moms Experience Success) provided in-home par-
 Ms. Kathy Hodges,        enting education, play therapy, and counseling for 23 parents and children
    Secretary             who have experienced the trauma of domestic and/or sexual violence. At
 Mr. Sterlin Holt         our summer day camp 40 young people experienced a wonderful week of
                          activities in a safe nurturing environment.
 Sergeant Brad Johnson,
     Vice Chair           Prevention Programs
 Ms. Mary Linker
 Rev. Daniel Pantoja      Counselor/educators provided education sessions to every 4th, 7th, 8th, and 9th
 Capt. Bill Harman        grade class in the Chatham County Public Schools. 2339 students received
 Ms. Jo Sanders,          age-appropriate information about recognizing and preventing child abuse,
    Treasurer             sexual assault, peer sexual harassment, dating violence and date and ac-
 Mr. Gabriel Soltren,     quaintance rape. Individual follow up was provided for 158 students who
                          indicated a desire for further information and support. Community-based
    Chair
                          prevention efforts included engaging local congregations through Faith Part-
 Ms. Carol Straight       ners for Family Peace, working with men through Men for Family Peace,
                          and starting a teen-led prevention effort, Teens for Family Peace. These
                          efforts are aimed at preventing violence before it starts.




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                                                                                             FVRC Staff
                                                                                              June 30, 2007
Coalition For Family Peace
                                                                                       Kathy Hodges and Jo Sanders,
FVRC sponsors the Coalition for Family Peace, Chatham County's coordi-                    Co-Executive Directors
nated community response to domestic violence and sexual assault. More
than 100 members represent law enforcement, the justice system, health             Pittsboro Office
care, social services, churches, schools, businesses and community mem-              Alex Amorin
bers. This year we provided training to more than 650 community mem-                 April Colmer (VISTA)
bers, continued efforts to improve the justice system response in our commu-         Emme Fisher
nity and worked to increase community awareness about the issues of do-              Emma Griffis (AmeriCorps)
mestic and sexual violence                                                           Helen Hobson
                                                                                     Jean Kilpatrick
                                                                                     Margee Rife
PEACE (People Ending Abuse Through                                                   Andrea Redman
Counseling and Education)                                                            Gracie Robinson
                                                                                     Melody Troncale
This year our batterers intervention program for domestic violence abusers           Jane Allen Wilson
was re-certified under the state standards. This 26-week psycho-educational          Betsy Wing
program builds skills for establishing and maintaining non-violent rela-           Siler City Office
tionships. This year we received 45 English and Spanish speaking refer-              María Pavón
rals; 24 of whom successfully completed the program. Facilitators (Alan              Manuel Colorado
Brown, Andrea Redman, and Manuel Colorado ) provided skilled inter-                  Tracy Hernandez (AmeriCorps)
vention services focused on increasing safety for victims and accountability         Helen Hobson
for batterers.                                                                       Theresa Isley
                                                                                   Shelter
Second Bloom                                                                         Jessica Clark
                                                                                     Ophelia Francis
Our thrift boutique continued as a business venture that is helping support          Michelle Marlowe
FVRC’s services. We are indebted to community members who are making                 Ella Nelson
this effort possible, volunteering their time, donating their clothing and shop-     Juanita Reives
                                                                                     Kelly Shaban
ping at our store. Second Bloom continues to serve as a source of clothing
for shelter clients and as a point of community outreach.                          Second Bloom
                                                                                    Nan Baldauf
                                                                                    Jan Williams
Volunteers
Volunteers are a vital part of our services, providing after-hours coverage for     Interns
                                                                                    Ashley Fowler
our 24 hour crisis line and assisting in numerous ways at our offices, shelter,
                                                                                    Sarah Lundy
store, and special events. This past year 96 volunteers provided 3459 hours of      Amy Baker
volunteer service . Cathy Burnham was nominated as FVRC’s Volunteer
of the Year and her contributions were celebrated at the United
Way Volunteer Appreciation event in September 2007. She was
also nominated and acknowledged for her work statewide by
United Way.




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FVRC at Work

        The disruption and trauma caused by domestic violence and sexual assault have devastat-
ing personal and community consequences affecting the ability of victims to function and cope, the
stability of the family unit and the safety of the whole community. It is often hard for victims to seek
out services due to shame and fear.
        FVRC provides a safe place for victims to speak out against abuse that they have experi-
enced and a space for victims to find encouragement and help accessing the appropriate re-
sources necessary to be safe and to create lives free from violence for themselves and their chil-
dren.


Two Lives Saved: Rachel’s Story*

The call came in late on a Sunday evening. Rachel’s only surviving child was being held at gunpoint inside her home
by her estranged husband who was threatening to commit suicide in front of their daughter. Earlier that year Rachel
had lost her mother and son due to a fire set by the same man. He claimed it was an accident and was released. Now he
had their only remaining child, who Rachel said she could hear crying softly in the background.

Years of violence, terror and abuse had taken their toll on Rachel. She was too afraid to call 911 for fear of what he
would do. FVRC Advocate Jane Allen Wilson took the call and thought, “Now what do I do? How do I help this
woman and get the child out safely?”

    “Let me call 911 for you,”

“No, he will kill my baby.”

“We have to get law enforcement involved for the safety of your child.”

Terrifying moments went by as Jane Allen strove to convince the woman to let her call 911. Finally, with law enforce-
ment’s help the child was rescued. But the terror remained for Rachel and her child.

When Rachel started coming to FVRC for counseling after her husband’s suicide attempt, she could barely speak. Her
post traumatic stress was so great that a fast movement, a slammed door, or raised voice would freeze her. She was
incapable of communicating for very long periods of time.

After many sessions with our counselors and advocates, Rachel started a journey toward healing. Later she started col-
lege and is now enrolled and working on her social work degree.

If you saw her today, you would see a confident, articulate, beautiful, empowered woman whose whole future lies in
front of her; she takes strength from her past but has left behind the death, destruction, and disease that abuse caused in
her life behind. She is currently serving an internship working with domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

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                                                            Mission and Values

                                                                                     Mission
Freedom Restored for Shirley*                                                         Promoting peaceful homes, building
                                                                                     safe communities and empower ing
                                                                                     individuals and families to heal from
Shirley and her two young children were fleeing domestic violence in Texas. Af-      domestic and sexual violence.
ter years of violence, stalking and alcohol abuse by her mate, she had finally
managed to get herself and her children away from their abuser and to safety.
She moved to North Carolina to stay with a friend but was asked by the landlord      Values
to leave. That is when she came to our shelter.
                                                                                      Safety—We believe that safety in
Shirley was already employed when she came into our shelter and was close to         our homes and communities is a ba-
being able to afford a place of her own. Her main goal was to provide a safe place   sic, inherent right for all people re-
for herself and her children to live and save money to move into permanent hous-     gardless of race, gender, age, sexual
ing. The first thing Shirley did was to trade her new car (that she loved) for an    orientation or socio-economic status.
older model, because her payments were too high. She also applied for housing
in Chatham County.                                                                    Empowerment—We believe
                                                                                     that empowerment through educa-
Shirley attended our weekly support group, used our Displaced Homemakers’            tion, information and support is in-
program, and was involved in the Chatham Work First and Safe Start programs.         herently respectful of each individ-
She also received food stamps. She kept up with her chores at the shelter, even      ual’s unique experience and abilities
with working and taking care of her kids. She juggled the many demands of get-       and is the most effective tool for cre-
ting back on her feet.                                                               ating hope and change.

When she received her housing voucher she was very excited and eager to move          Innovation and Compe-
into a new place and start her new violence free life. She managed to get furni-
ture for her new home with little to no money. With the self confidence she
                                                                                     tency—We endeavor to do our
                                                                                     work in a creative, professional and
gained, Shirley got to the point that she realized that she and her children were
                                                                                     open manner that models shared
going to be safe and would be able to move forward in life.
                                                                                     leadership and cooperative decision-
                                                                                     making.
Recently shelter staff talked with Shirley and she is still doing great. She has a
new job, her children are doing well, and she feels empowered from the help she
                                                                                      Diversity and Collabora-
received from FVRC. The Garden Place staff is very proud of Shirley and confi-
dent that she will continue in her success.
                                                                                     tion—We are committed to inclu-
                                                                                     sive partnerships that value diversity
                                                                                     and the opportunity for meaningful
                                                                                     collaboration.
Editors note: Journeys to safety and healing can range from months to years. We
knew Shirley for several months. We have known Rachel for 15 years.                   Social Justice—We are com
                                                                                     mitted to fostering change in commu-
                                                                                     nity attitudes and responses sur-
                                                                                     rounding the difficult and complex
                                                                                     issues of domestic violence and sex-
                                                                                     ual assault.

         *Names have been changed to protect the confidentiality of our clients.




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Highlights
  Sgt. Brad Johnson                        Second Bloom
                                               Second Bloom, FVRC’s thrift boutique, continues to be a worthwhile business ven-
       2007                                ture that is helping FVRC support its domestic violence and sexual assault services.
 NCCADV Men for Change                     The store also serves as a method of outreach. When shopping at Second Bloom you
     Award                                 will not only find women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories, but also
We are proud to an-                        information about domestic violence and sexual assault. This past year has been suc-
nounce that Sgt. Brad                      cessful with new store manager Jan Williams and assistant manager Nan Baldauf turn-
Johnson of the Chat-                       ing the look and feel of the store in a new direction. We now carry a line of local de-
ham County Sheriff’s                       signers and select home hard goods that have added a new clientele to Second Bloom.
Office, one of our
key community part-                        FVRC Summer Camp
ners, was honored as a recipient of the
NC Coalition against Domestic Vio-            Summer camp celebrated its 11th anniversary and was quite a success this
lence Men for Change Award. Given          year. Forty children enjoyed Chatham County’s beautiful Jordan Lake for a
annually since 2005, this award honors     week in August under the leadership of Camp Director Leah Perkinson and
two men in the state who have been         other camp counselors. Key features distinguishing our camp include: lots of
instrumental in working to end domes-      one on one attention for positive skill building; daily visits from area artists to
tic violence. We are extremely proud       lead craft and performance activities; non-competitive group games and exer-
that Sgt Johnson has been recognized       cises; and LOTS of fun which, of course, includes swimming. Artist Janice
this year for his long term service.
                                           Rives, who helped them create special t-shirts, said, “The children were so
FVRC has worked with Brad since            great to work with; I always love to see what they will come up with!”
1995, and watched, through the years,
as he has gone above and beyond the        School Based Prevention Programs
call of duty to assist and support vic-
tims of domestic violence and their           With the new funding for sexual assault prevention received at the begin-
children.                                  ning of this year came a commitment to focus more closely on helping youth
                                           build healthy relationships and increased respect for each other by exploring
During his tenure at the Chatham
County Sheriff’s Office, Brad Johnson      the attitudes and behaviors that can lead to unhealthy and abusive relation-
has worked to expand their Domestic        ships. This focus will be reflected in a couple of changes to the school pro-
Violence unit from a single position to    gram for the 2007-2008 school year. The biggest change will be seen in the
a 3 person unit with 24 hour availabil-    9th grade program where we will be adding a third 90-minute session to the
ity. Brad is also the project manager      current two-session program. We will use this increased time with the stu-
for the electronic monitoring program      dents to engage them in interactive exercises and discussion to help them
in Chatham County that monitors bat-       more fully understand the connection between sexism, as a form of oppres-
terers on pretrial release. This project   sion, and sexual violence. Meanwhile, the first segment of the 7th grade pro-
is a collaboration with four other         gram, which had included a review of child sexual abuse prevention, has been
counties in NC and a national pilot
project.
                                           replaced with an interactive discussion and activity aimed at helping students
                                           understand gender stereotypes, the role they play in their own relationships,
In addition to his work as a law en-       and how they contribute to sexual harassment.
forcement officer, he is an integral
member of Men for Family Peace                 The 8th grade program will remain the same, with the emphasis on the ef-
which engages community men in             fects of sexual harassment on individuals and the school environment and
violence prevention. His work reflects     what students can do to create a harassment-free environment. The 4th grade
the belief that everyone can and           program will also remain the same in content and format, where the emphasis
should work together to end domestic       is on teaching students to recognize potentially abusive situations, to remove
violence and bring peace to our com-
munity.




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themselves from such situations, and to seek adult assistance with        Opening the Curtain
these experiences. We will also be developing new program at
Jordan Mathews & Northwood High School that focuses on                      We wanted to keep our community
healthy peer relationships and positive bystander interventions.      informed about the work that we are do-
We are working to develop a culture that does not support sexual      ing around issues of domestic and sexual
violence. Our school program is conducted by Betsy Wing and           violence. In 2005, FVRC began holding
Emma Griffis.                                                         one-hour, informal community awareness
                                                                      events. During each presentation staff and
                                                                      board members share information about
New Beginnings for Displaced                                          the agency’s mission, values, history and
Homemakers                                                            goals as well as information about our
    Becoming a displaced homemaker due to domestic violence           programs and services and some of our
or sudden change in life is difficult. Family Violence and Rape       clients.
Crisis Services is proud to work with the North Carolina Council            In 1874 the North Carolina Supreme
for Women in offering our new program: New Beginnings for             Court first ruled on domestic violence in
Displaced Homemakers. The purpose of this project is to help          our state saying “the husband has no right
displaced homemakers become self- sufficient and self-                to chastise his wife under any circum-
supporting.                                                           stance.” As NC was one of the first states
    Frequently the primary homemaker has been unemployed or           to make this type of ruling, this became a
taken lower responsibility, part-time jobs in an effort to balance    landmark domestic violence ruling in our
the demands of family and work, counting on the income of the         country.
partner to provide the bulk of the long term financial needs of the         The ruling goes on to say, however,
family. When that income is no longer available, these homemak-       “If no permanent injury has been inflicted
ers are at a disadvantage in being able to support themselves and
                                                                      nor malice, cruelty, or dangerous violence
their children.
                                                                      is shown by the husband, it is better to
   Project coordinator Theresa Isley focuses on the critical issue    draw the curtain, shut out the public gaze
of shelter first, then provides information, referrals, and educa-    and leave the parties to forget and for-
tional seminars on health issues, job hunting, and job search
skills, and provides counseling as needed. Participants do not
                                                                      give.” We have named the events
have to be victims in order to take advantage of this program.        “Opening the Curtain” because many of
                                                                      our community members are still faced
Men for Family Peace                                                  with domestic and sexual violence each
   Men for Family Peace, under coordinator Manuel Colorado,           day, and unlike the 1874 Supreme Court
continued their efforts to work with men to prevent domestic and      ruling, we do not believe that this violence
sexual violence. Last year they received a grant from the Ms.         is a private matter where the curtain
Foundation for Women to conduct planning and training for their       should be drawn.
membership. Their mission of redefining masculinity away from a             We are very excited about continuing
culture of male violence, has gained momentum over the past           these events into the coming year. If you
year. Activities included a third successful Men’s Gathering, the     would like to attend one of these regularly
white ribbon campaign, a two-session training seminar and             scheduled events, or have the event pre-
organizing their structure for the ongoing work of the                sented to your group please contact Mel-
group.                                                                ody Troncale at 542-5445.




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Unaudited Financial Statement 2006-2007
FVRC relies on grant funding
from federal, state and local or-    2006-2007 Funding Sources
ganizations, as well as funding
from private foundations, corpora-
tions, and individuals. We would
like to thank our 2006-2007 grant
funders:
   Private Funders
    -Altria Foundation
     -Bennett Foundation
    -Ms. Foundation for Women
    -Chapel Hill Service
             League
    -Sisters of Mercy
    - Sunshine Lady Foundation
    -Target Foundation
    -Stroud Roses
    -Hispanics in Philanthropy                      State & Federal
    - Z Smith Reynolds                              $602,233
    -Triangle Community
             Foundation                             Local Government &
    -Local Churches
                                                    United Way
    -Local Businesses
                                                    $85,089
    -Individuals

 State and Local Funders
    -N.C. Department of Health
                                                    Foundation & Corporation
      and Human Services                            $98,289
    -N.C. Governor’s Crime
     Commission
                                                    Donations, Events & Second Bloom
    -N.C. Council for Women
    -N.C. Coalition Against
                                                    $198,849
     Domestic Violence
    -Chatham Arts                                   Fees Contracts, & Others
    -Partnership for Children
                                                    $57,712
    -Chatham County
    -Chatham County Schools
    -United Way of Chatham
           County                            2006-2007 Income: $1,042,172
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                                          Thank you for your continued sup-
 2006-2007 Expenses                       port over the past year. Family
                                          Violence & Rape Crisis Services
                                          relies on contributions from indi-
                                          viduals, churches and synagogues,
                                          local businesses, and corporations
                                          to sustain our services for victims
                                          of domestic violence and sexual
                                          assault. Your cash, check, or credit
                                          card gifts to FVRC are always ap-
                                          preciated. You may also help
                                          FVRC by:

                                           -Donating online at our
                                               website www.fvrc.org.

           Victim Services & Prevention    -Remembering FVRC in your
           $623,127                            will and estate planning.

           Shelter                         -Filling out matching gift forms
           $ 161,778                             from your employer.

           General & Administrative        -Honoring family and friends
           $ 46,641                            with a gift in their name.

           Development & Second Bloom      -Donating a used car through
           $ 143,767
                                               www.donationline.com.

                                           -Donating used cell phones and
                                               fulfilling additional
                                               tangible needs from
                                                FVRC’s wishlist.
   2006-2007 Expenses: $975,313
Percent of budget in services: 80.5%

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   Sgt Brad Johnson and colleagues at NCCADV Men for Change
                     Awards Ceremony

Working Together to Create
                   Peace in Our Community




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               PO Box 1105 • 200 E S
           Pittsboro, NC 27312 • 919-542-5445
         PO Box 961 • 144 North Chatham Avenue
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           S City, NC 27344 • 919-742-7320
           24-Hour Crisis Line 919-545-0224
                       www.fvrc.org



                      FVRC is a Chatham County
                      United Way Member Agency.