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The mission of the Women's Resource Center is to end domestic and sexual violence.
The Women's Resource Center ( WRC ) began in 1975 as a grassroots effort to serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, utilizing an all-volunteer staff. As client numbers increased, the WRC hired paid staff and opened its first emergency shelter in 1984. In 1993 the emergency shelter program moved into a larger facility, increasing capacity from 12 to 22 beds. In 1998 the WRC began its transitional housing program in Benzie County and added Grand Traverse County in 1999. Since 2001, the WRC has offered transitional housing throughout its service area through rental subsidies with third party landlords. In 2005 a group of local service providers recommended and supported the WRC as the lead agency to re-open Sara's House, which closed because of a lack of operational funding. The WRC obtained operational funding for Sara's House and re-opened the facility in February 2007. We are known as the area's primary service provider for domestic and sexual violence, assisting residential and non-residential clients with support, advocacy, and immediate crisis intervention. The agency is also the acknowledged area expert on domestic violence and sexual assault and annually provides approximately 150 public awareness and prevention presentations and trainings each year for other professionals and agencies, civic groups, schools, etc. The WRC 's primary service divisions are as follows: · Helen's House, an emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors and their children · Four non-residential service sites located in Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties
· Three agency owned and operated transitional housing sites located in Benzie and Grand Traverse counties, including Sara's House, a transition house for domestic violence survivors and their children when the adult survivor also has barriers related to substance abuse· A permanent supportive housing program that serves approximately 20 families each year through rental subsidies with third-party landlords · WRC Thrift Shop, which provides clients with clothing, furniture and other household goods free-of-charge and the proceeds of which help fund the organization's operations.
In 2007-08 the WRC served nearly 1800 individuals and families.
The WRC has a fifteen member, volunteer Board of Directors .
Women's Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area accepts donations. Donate Now.
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