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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: Domestic violence project, inc. Provides emergency and supportive services, including drug and alcohol treatment, to victims of domestic violence, and promotes increased public awareness of domestic violence issues.

Programs: Renew counseling and recovery center specializes in treating domestic violence, trauma experiences, and alcohol/drug addictions. All staff members are licensed and credentialed and provide treatment to adults and children. A certified art therapist provides childrens counseling and group treatment for at-risk teenagers. All staff members are trained in trauma-informed care and provide evidence-based treatment approaches. Renew is now carf accredited and certified for both substance abuse and mental health treatment by the ohio department of mental health and addiction services. During the fiscal year, 440 clients received counseling services.

the canton domestic violence shelter offers free housing on an emergency 24-hour daily basis to victims of domestic violence and their children. A client-centered continuum of care is provided through comprehensive services in a trauma-informed care environment. Case management services, including safety planning and linkage to community resources, are available and the shelter provides food, clothing, and limited child care and transportation services to residents. Eight rooms with private baths and two rooms with a shared bath are available, with a maximum of 32 beds. For the current fiscal year, the canton shelter provided safe refuge for 216 residents for a total of 6,760 nights of shelter. Dvpis 24-hour crisis hotline is housed in the canton shelter with 3,861 calls answered in the past year.

legal advocacy support services provides justice systems advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence. Clients are assisted through the court process and given safety planning and information about community resources, crime victims compensation, and the ohio victim information notification network (vine). Legal advocates help victims navigate civil and criminal courts and assist them in understanding legal rights, attending court hearings, filing criminal protection orders, speaking with the prosecutors and police, and reinforce safety planning with shelter residents as well as with clients who access services exclusively through the courts. A partnership with mercy medical center offers forensic evidence collection for clients, aiding in prosecution of abusers. During the fiscal year, 1,350 clients were served by legal advocacy staff.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After nearly 10 years in an abusive marriage, I left my home (at the advice of my counselor at Renew). I cannot even begin to tell you what it felt like to leave my home. Even more so, what it felt like that first night in the shelter to know that I was safe. I spent 5 months at the shelter due to court procedings and rulings. During this time, I recieved group and individual counseling. The staff became like family to my girls and I. When I first got there, I didn't believe in myself at all. Each of the staff members believed in me. They saw in me what I couldn't find in myself. With the help of counseling and support, I started to find myself and believe in myself. When I was able to leave the shelter, they helped with toiletries as well as food. They also gave me a gift card from furnishing a fresh start to purchase items for my home. I am still in counseling at renew. It has been two years since I left my home. Not a day goes by that I don't feel blessed by all they did for me. I am convinced that without renew and DVPI I would not be where I am today.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As current president of the Board of Trustees, I am empowered every month as we host a DVPI team member to share their life work. From their incredible stories of hope and second chances, I work to encourage our volunteer board members to work to secure additional funding and community support to make sure the valuable skills of our staff can be connected with women and families in need of counseling, shelter, support and love to build healthy relationships in the future.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In addition to having a wonderful mission, this program has caring and committed staff members. They work efficiently and effectively to serve their clients in the most challenging of circumstances. They engage in community education campaigns working to prevent family violence, and they are reliable community collaborators.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Domestic Violence Project for the last 4 years. This is a great organization and I am honored to be a part of this group. I am a huge advocate of what the organization is currently doing as well as their plans for the future.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began my involvement with the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI) in June, 2008 as an Advisory Board Member. I have been extremely impressed with the organizational goals that are set and the attainment of those goals. The organization works to support and empower women and is critical in to the Stark County Area. I have been involved in several events and believe that DVPI is a great asset to the local community. I have seen the gratitude from the clients at the center and found that volunteering at DVPI is very rewarding knowing they are helping the community and allowing me to help in some small way as well! I believe strongly in DVPI's mission and values. That is why I have supported this great non-profit, and will continue to do so in the years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began my involvement with the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI) in November of 2008 as an Advisory Board Member. I have been extremely impressed with the continuous attainment of the organization's goals. To quote Jennifer Gipp, Director, Marketing & Development for DVPI, "The work we do to support and empower women is critical in today’s society. •Gain recognition and improve community loyalty •Reach new partners and retain loyal donors •Strengthen communication for use in internal & external situations" I have been involved with a number of events to assist with reaching these goals, and believe this to be of great strength to the local community. I believe strongly in DVPI's mission and values. That is why I have supported this great non-profit, and will continue to do so in the years to come. Robert D. Blanc, MBA AultCare Corporation