STRENGTH IN COMMUNITY
100% of our funds come directly from people like you in our community.
Our primary mission is to help victims of domestic abuse and provide them with real solutions on a permanent level.
To this end, there are a number of ways we raise funds to provide the services we do. This includes selling items like magnets, live fundraising events, monthly office popcorn subscriptions, Bingo Nights, See’s candy, and obtaining corporate sponsorships.
These efforts are absolutely crucial for us; in most cases, DARS covers costs for our survivors front to back, from legal to housing, and more.
There are other ways to help, even if it’s not monetary. Check out our volunteer resources page below to learn more and amplify our message.
You can support us at our contribution portal here.
Phase 1: Necessities & Planning
Survivors who escape their abusive relationship must carry all the burden that once was shared between two people. In phase 1, we focus on finding affordable, independent housing, and the professional assistance needed to rebuild a healthy life.
We generally receive referrals from advocates employed by the city or state. We’re also happy to meet with those who proactively reach out to us.
Some of our most common goals during this phase are:
Finding a safe, comfortable home, and providing financial assistance with rent & moving costs.
This is crucial for effective trauma recovery, proving fitness for custody, and creating a space free of ties to abusive partners.
Retaining legal services when necessary.
Part of our funds go towards obtaining high-quality legal representation for civil suits, custody & divorce proceedings, and more.
Most survivors struggle to find immediate financial independence. We work with our internal team, as well as our partners, to plan for long-term financial success and provide credit & career counseling.
Phase 2: Transition
Ideas are great, but action is still crucial. In our second phase, we focus on setting our plans for financial, legal, and emotional support into motion. We aim to be a resource for the broad strokes AND the finer details.
The first few months after leaving an abusive home tends to reveal the “don’t know what you don’t know” of it all. Some of the specific things we do here include:
- Filing legal & financial paperwork.
- Creating routines that account for work, counseling, child care, etc.
- Assisting families with the transition into a new home.
- Education on ongoing resources that meet the needs of the survivor’s unique situation.
Phase 3: Sustainability
In our final phase, we work with our survivors to establish true independence.
Sometimes this involves covering ongoing financial costs. Other times, it’s all about establishing a network of people and resources to support the groundwork we’ve done in previous months.
While the details might be fluid, the goal remains the same: empower and encourage independence and recovery.