Help, Incorporated is currently embarking on an ambitious journey to become a Family Justice Center (FJC), and we need your help to get to SquareOne.
Here are the Who, What, Why, When and Hows of the project.
The team of professionals will work together, under one roof, to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence. Partners include: District Court Judges; Clerk of Court; health providers; District Attorney’s Office; Probation/Departments of Corrections; Eden, Madison, Mayodan, Reidsville and Stoneville Police Departments; Goodwill; Rockingham County Department of Health and Human Services; Rockingham County Partnership for Children; Youth Services; Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office; Legal Aid of Greensboro; Private Attorneys; and many other agencies. Also vital to SquareOne’s mission are funders, Rockingham County Board of Commissioners, and our town leaders.
SquareOne will be Rockingham County’s one stop shop facility for victims of violence. Our agency will continue to provide the advocacy, crisis intervention, shelter, therapy, which are currently offered. Additional services, as well as enhanced services, are part of the FJC model, and will allow clients to be served more efficiently and effectively than ever before.
For many victims, the journey of receiving services means they must tell their story several times, and receiving help often proves to be too burdensome and in the process many lose hope and return to their abusive situations. Family Justice Centers, and similar multi-agency, co-located service models, change the way the system works, simplifying and coordinating the web of service providers, so the system works more effectively for those in need. In rural Rockingham County, limited resources and geographical isolation further impact the provision of services, thus making the need for a FJC more pressing.
A Family Justice Center is the co-location of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who work together, under one roof, to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence. Family Violence includes: Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking.
Victim of violence can come to ONE PLACE to receive services. Every day victims of interpersonal violence, and their children, are forced to navigate complex systems to receive critical services while gripped by fear and heartbreak. They need agencies in the public and private sector to work together during the crisis and long after the crisis.
It is hoped that groundbreaking will happen before the close of 2017. Initial facility plans and funders inquiries are currently underway.
A parcel of land on Cherokee Camp Road in Wentworth has been selected for the SquareOne facility. The site is centrally located geographically, and is convenient for partners whose employers’ main offices are housed in the county seat.
Help, Incorporated received a two-year VOCA grant to develop and implement a FJC in Rockingham County totaling $400,000. These funds can be used for staff, equipment, furniture, and contractual services; but NOT to construct a facility. The Board of Directors have decided that all fundraising gains for the next two years will go for the facility. Foundation funding is being sought, as well as low interest loan options. Finally, Help, Incorporated will launch a capital campaign to make the construction a reality. Help support this project with a donation via the PayPal link below.