The core of our mission is that all our services are provided at no cost to the client. Clients are able to access Bright Future Foundation's wraparound services without the fear and anxiety surrounding financial insecurity. This peace of mind is made possible through the generous support of donors.
"Thanks to the support of Bright Future Foundation, I know that I have the capacity to care for my family emotionally and financially" - Rapid ReHousing 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 under-reported 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 55,000, 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 BrightHouse 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,
During this time of celebration and gratitude, we reflect on what your support makes possible for Eagle County domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking survivors. Thanks to your generosity, Bright Future Foundation provided prevention, crisis intervention and long-term healing services to over 850 clients and their families in the last year.
This year, we continued to enhance our organizational capacity with the completion of the BrightHouse, our new emergency housing facility, and expanded community partnerships to ensure we are prepared to meet the growing needs of survivors through the pandemic and into the future. With your support, we were able to:
• Respond to 410 calls to our 24/7 crisis hotline, an increase of 20% since the pandemic started in early 2020. Hotline volunteers work day and night to ensure a victim has a place to turn in their time of need.
• Assist survivors with nearly $300,000 in rental assistance. 90% of the families we served remain in safe and permanent housing after experiencing abuse.
• Connect over 60 at-risk youths with caring and trusting adults through our Buddy Mentors program.
Finally, we are thrilled to share that our holistic, survivor-centered approach was again recognized by our community for our services. Bright Future Foundation was honored as Vail Valley Partnership's Organization of the Year for our mission delivery. This award, again, would not be possible without the generous support of donors like you. So, on behalf of the survivors and families that we serve, thank you for your continued support of survivors and their families.
As we approach 2023 and beyond, Bright Future Foundation, staff, volunteers and Board of Directors are committed to continued excellence as we strive to empower survivors with dignity. Together, we can make futures bright for the most vulnerable members of our community.