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Advocate Safehouse Project

At ASP each person deserves a healthy relationship free from violence. Every day we support the healing of domestic and/or sexual violence survivors as they transition from a life of fear to one filled with peace, confidence, and hope.

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24-hour Help Line

Class

General Code 

Beneficiaries

Crime/ Abuse Victims
Female Adults
Male Adults
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities

Description

Staffed by volunteer advocates, the 24-Hour Help Line offers survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence crisis intervention, survivor education, emotional support, safehousing, advocacy and information/referrals. In any given year the volunteer advocates cover the 24-Hour Help Line with over 5,500 hours of service to our community.

For each shift when volunteer advocates cover the 24-Hour Help Line, there are two ASP staff members who act in a back-up capacity. The first referred to as the "Staff Back-Up" is either a full-time staff member or a Relief Client Advocate who is available to support the volunteer advocate if they have questions or need assistance. The second staff member referred to as the "Spanish Back-Up" is a part-time staff member who is available to handle all Spanish-speaking callers after hours and on weekends.

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Evidence of Program's Success

ASP received 238 calls on its 24-hour Help Line during 2017.

Outreach Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Crime/ Abuse Victims
Females
Males
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities

Description

The Outreach (non-residential) Program offers support to survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence in the community. Legal support and court accompaniment in both the civil and criminal courts is provided to clients. Additionally, support and advocacy are provided in regards to safety planning, information/referrals, identifying resources, case management, survivor education, emotional support and working with other community resources to maximize benefits for mutual clients. The Outreach Program offers a free weekly support group for women with free child care.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Below is a note written on a "thank you" note card from a father who's daughter was provided services through Advocate Safehouse Project's Outreach Program. The note is written verbatim except for his name.

Julie

I will forever be grateful to your organization for saving my daughter when she needed it the most. I cannot begin to thank all of you ladies/guys ? for what you and your organization have done for her, my family and all the other persons who need help.

From the bottom to the top of my heart. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark

Safehouse Program

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Crime/ Abuse Victims
Families
Single Parents
Ethnic/Racial Minorities

Description

The Safehouse (residential) Program provides emergency shelter for survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence and their children. This program provides emotional support for the adults and children (if appropriate), crisis intervention, safety planning, support group, survivor education, case management, advocacy and information/referrals. The length of stay varies from one night up to eight plus weeks. A few families have resided for up to 16 - 20 weeks due to lack of resources.

ASP provides approximately 50% of the Safehouse Program residents' food while they reside at the Safehouse. Residents are encouraged to seek out other resources for food, but often it takes several weeks to over a month to receive these resources. Additionally, ASP often pays for residents' medications, diapers, etc. while they reside in the Safehouse Program.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This letter was written from a woman who resided in our Safehouse Program. The note is written verbatim except for her name.

Dear Glenda, Fani, & Others,

Thank you all so much for what an amazing place to have when in a time of despair & it really gave us hope!!

ASP Staff you all are amazing.

Be Blessed

Amelia

Latina Outreach Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Crime/Abuse Victims
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Males

Description

The Latina Outreach Program targets the Latino community in Garfield County regarding domestic and/or sexual violence and the agency's services. This program provides crisis intervention, case management, survivor education, emotional; support, safehousing, case management, advocacy, information/referrals for Latina survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. The Latina Outreach Program offers a Latina Support Groups that each meet once a month with free child care.

ASP has three staff members who are bi-lingual and bi-cultural that cover the agency's 24-hour Help Line as Spanish Back-Ups and two full-time Bi-lingual Client Advocates who are both bi-lingual and bi-cultural.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Advocate Safehouse Project completed a program evaluation conducted by Melissa DeHaan in 2014. Below is a brief summary of the program evaluation.

In summary, the data collected from 2012 and 2013 supports that Advocate Safehouse Project (ASP) programs and services are successful in helping their clients in Garfield County and surrounding areas.

The Latina Outreach Program reaches a historically underserved population. The success of the Latina Outreach Program is proven by the data highlights. Correlation statistics showed that those who participated in the Latina Outreach Program improved. As the Latina survivors went through the program they became even more aware of safety issues, and family emotional issues. There was a change in their focus. In time they became aware that their self-determination was related to their economic decisions and they set goals for economic independence. It is evident that energy and time has been spent to make this program successful. Both the survey and the evaluation data confirm that the Latina Outreach Program is successful without causing ASP's other programs and services to other ethnic groups to be negatively impacted.

Community Education Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Females, all ages or age unspecified
Males, all ages or age unspecified
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
General population

Description

The Community Education Program seeks to inform and educate students, professionals and community groups on the importance of "Healthy Relationships" through presentations and participating in health fairs and awareness events. All of the information is available in English and Spanish.

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Evidence of Program's Success

ASP's Community Education Advocate received the following note from a middle school counselor.

Dear Sarah -

Thank you for your help and presentation at CMC's (Colorado Mountain College) Orientation. We appreciate all the time and preparation that went into it.

You did a great job presenting to our students and keeping their attention.

See you in January!!

Thank you!!!

Lisa and Jennifer
CMC Spring Valley Campus' Counselors

Help Line (Volunteer) Advocate Program

Class

General Code 

Beneficiaries

Crime/ Abuse Victims
Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Females
Males

Description

Advocate Safehouse Project has had the Help Line (Volunteer) Advocate Program since its inception in 1987. The Help Line Advocates cover the 24-hour Help Line 365 days a year. Before a Help Line Advocate is able to provide services to clients, they must complete the 30+ hour training on domestic violence, sexual assault, crisis intervention, listening skills, legal system, community resources, advocacy, and Advocate Safehouse Project policy & procedures.

Additionally, each Help Line Advocate is interviewed prior to the training and once again after the training is completed to determine if they will actually become a Help Line Advocate. Advocate Safehouse Project staff members act in a back-up capacity for the Help Line Advocates during each shift if they need assistance or if they have questions. Both staff members and Help Line Advocates offer crisis intervention; survivor education, emotional support; safehousing which includes transportation, food, clothing, and personal supplies; advocacy; and information/referrals as appropriate.

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Evidence of Program's Success

During 2017 ASP Help Line Advocates (volunteers) covered 87% of all shifts for ASP's 24-hour Help Line.

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