Bright Future Foundation's mission is "Making Futures Bright: changing lives affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse." Bright Future empowers individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse to lead safe, productive lives through prevention services, advocacy, crisis intervention and long-term healing services in Eagle County.
Bright Future Foundation began as a grassroots organization, then known as The Resource Center of Eagle County. The mission of The Resource Center was to help women and children affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse. In November 1983, a nun from Minturn, Colorado ran a newspaper ad asking for help to support local women in crisis. In response, a small circle of women gathered at the chapel to discuss the issues, chart a course of action, and pass the hat to fund the first mailing of the new organization. The organization was incorporated and registered with the state of Colorado as a nonprofit in February 1984, and eventually became Bright Future Foundation (BFF).
Initially, BFF exclusively focused on crisis response and advocacy. Clients were often referred to outside community organizations for fundamental services, such as counseling or legal assistance. In 2008, BFF transformed into an organization providing professional-level services from individuals within the organization, including a child clinical psychologist and a family law attorney. Through this transformation, BFF began providing vital victim services "in-house" from professionals with the highest level of training in their field. In 2017, BFF created its "Ensuring Freedom" housing program, a 20-month project helping survivors increase access to and retain safe, long-term housing. The program also provides some of the supports survivors need to rebuild their lives.
Today, BFF offers a full complement of professional services that help to break the generational cycle of violence by providing immediate relief to families in need. BFF provides proactive and culturally sensitive programs that create sustainable emotional, behavioral, and community change.
"Thanks to the support of Bright Future Foundation, I know that I have the capacity to care for my family emotionally and financially" - Rapid Re-Housing Participant.
"I think our relationship allowed her to see a side of herself that she maybe didn't know about. It allowed her to be a kid for a little while" - Buddy Mentors Program Senior Buddy regarding her Junior Buddy
Domestic violence is a prevalent and devastating social issue that touches the lives of everyone in our community, leaving a negative impact on women, men, and children of every background and circumstance.
According to the most recent survey conducted by the Department of Justice
- 1.9 million women are assaulted annually, of which 68 percent are abused by an intimate partner.
- One in three adults have witnessed an act of domestic violence
- 50% of marriages exhibit some form of violence or abuse (ncadv.org).
While these statistics are staggering, domestic violence is chronically underreported or even unreported because of shame, stigma, and fear of further abuse. Even so, the incidence of domestic violence is sited as a primary cause of injury to women in the United States, and according to the National Institute of Justice, over one third (37%) of women admitted to an emergency room for violence-related injuries were abused by an intimate partner. Moreover, in Colorado, over 50% of all murders are committed by an intimate partner (ncadv.org). With a growing population in Eagle County of over 52,000, there is the potential for over one-third of these families to experience domestic violence. Consequently, continued comprehensive action and response is needed. It is vital that Bright Future Foundation continue to provide a continuum of high quality services to victims residing in Eagle County that promote recovery, self-sufficiency and self-efficacy.
Even though our organization has expanded over the years, volunteers still play a pivotal role in the success of Bright Future Foundation. Our volunteers provide over 15,000 hours of service to our organization. Currently, our organization relies on volunteers to staff our 24/7 Crisis Hotline (available in English & Spanish), which provides direct crisis support and intervention to victims of domestic violence throughout Eagle County. Volunteers also assist with Freedom Ranch Safehouse management, facility upkeep, and supportive services. Volunteers are directly involved with youth mentorship, transportation, supportive services, and child care. As mentioned in previous section, BFF currently has many Eagle County youth on the waitlist for our Buddy Mentor program. As such, responsible, caring volunteers are always in need!
Dear Bright Future Family,
We are proud to share with you our efforts to positively impact the lives of families affected by domestic and sexual abuse through Giving First. Contained herein are our client's stories - stories of hardship and hope, resiliency and perseverance. Sadly, another story of domestic abuse or sexual violence unfolds every day in our community. Sadder still, these stories belong to your friends and neighbors. Each day members of our community experience physical, verbal, sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of someone they know.
This past year, Bright Future Foundation provided support to 672 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault - 672 of your friends and neighbors. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence over their lifetime and 50% of marriages exhibit some form of violence or abuse. The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault estimates that in Colorado, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 17 men will be the victim of a sexual assault in their lifetime, a prevalence higher than the national average. Domestic violence and sexual assault know no socio-economic boundaries, touching fragile lives of all ages, races, religions and educational backgrounds.
At Bright Future, we believe that the home is the foundation of a stable society and should be the nexis of peace, comfort and love. However, a home can become a place of dread and fear when a woman is beaten by her partner or a child witnesses the battering of a parent. Family violence not only affects adults, but negatively impacts the children. Without intervention, such as that offered by Bright Future, children exposed to such violence can suffer serious long-term consequences that may include underachievement in school, post-traumatic stress reactions, future alcohol and drug abuse, and even juvenile delinquency.
Bright Future Foundation remains committed to helping victims and their families find healing, hope and opportunity.
Finally, as the critical needs of the underserved in our community grow, there is still so much work to be done. With your help, Bright Future can re-story the lives of your friends and neighbors affected by domestic violence and abuse, taking them from crisis to comfort. Thank you for your continued support of our work to ending domestic violence and abuse in our community.
Celebrating over 33 years as Eagle County's only domestic violence and sexual assault agency, we strive to break the generational cycle of violence by delivering services that provide immediate relief to families in need. Core programs include: 24/7 crisis hotline (English & Spanish), Freedom Ranch Safehouse/emergency shelter, Rapid-ReHousing/transitional housing, advocacy, psychological services, legal representation, financial literacy, youth advocacy and mentorship, and outreach education. Bright Future is dedicated to the prevention of interpersonal violence, including child abuse, teen dating violence, domestic abuse, and sexual assault. Annually, Bright Future Foundation serves almost 700 women and children with shelter and outreach services. Additionally, we engage Eagle County youth in anti-violence and healthy relationships programs.
Through careful strategic planning, our executive director and Board of Directors have assessed our strengths and developed strategies for future sustainability. Our greatest challenge remains to balance mission with money; to maintain the highest quality of services to those in need while ensuring that our organization remains fiscally sound.