Family Crisis Center is Thriving
Friday, October 02, 2015
The Family Crisis Center (FCC) is a non-profit corporation that provides education, awareness, and temporary housing for domestic violence and assault victims in Spink, Faulk, and Hand counties. Although the FCC provides a great service, they were lacking a facility to house victims. If there was a need, they had to hope the local hotel had vacancies.
An individual donated a home to the FCC to use for their services. Although this was a great gift, it also provided challenges to fundraise and finance the costs associated with moving the house and renovating it into a facility. The facility has six beds, two bathrooms, and two common areas.
Romelle, director of the FCC, then decided to contact GROW SD. “I have worked with GROW SD before on the emergency services program, so I knew how they operated” stated Romelle, “but it was a GROW SD board member that encouraged us to seek what financing packages they could offer us.” GROW SD provided an affordable financing package that was backed by funding from the USDA Rural Development Intermediary Relending Program. “Working with GROW SD was great. They made the process simple and worked in a timely manner” stated Romelle, “everyone was great.”
Since completion of the facility in August 2013, the center has helped served 157 women, 9 men, and 97 children. The facility has sheltered 45 adults for 2,215 days and 33 children for 1,322 days.
Other benefits also have come from having a facility: clients having the opportunity to bond and share experiences if they wish, there is an attached garage to hide their vehicle to keep identities confidential, and have the comforts of a home feel. Domestic abuse situations are indescribable, but knowing that the victims and their families will have a safe, comfortable facility to protect them makes a terrible situation better.
If you know of a non-profit organization that could benefit from GROW SD services or financing, visit www.growsd.org, www.facebook.com/growsouthdakota, or call (605) 698-7654. GROW South Dakota is an equal opportunity provider, lender and employer.
Category: Success Stories