FIRST STEP-WESTERN WAYNE COUNTY PROJECT ON DOMESTIC ASSULT

Rating: 4.79 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 44567 Pinetree Dr Plymouth MI 48170 USA

Mission: The mission of First Step is to reduce the incidence of domestic and sexual violence and to provide services to individuals affected by these crimes. The ultimate goal of First Step is the prevention of domestic and sexual violence through education, advocacy, appropriate intervention, and collaboration.

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Rating: 5 stars  

First Step is a wonderful place to volunteer. The staff are very supportive and you're never given a task until you are confident, through training, that you can handle it. I spent two years as an advocate and the care and concern the advocate team provides for volunteers is excellent. The volunteers are truly appreciated and respected. The variety of opportunities to provide support, care or talent is endless. I highly recommend First Step as a place to invest your volunteer hours. You will be helping people who truly need it and you will be supported and appreciated. Lastly, you will feel very good about your contribution. It's a great experience.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

In 2011, I visited the First Step facility and instantly fell in love with the people that ran the organization. The compassion the staff displays for victim's of domestic and sexual violence was humbling. They work tirelessly to create fundraising opportunities, complete grant submissions and manage their budget as if it was their own money in order to provide the best possible care for the special people that ask of First Step's assistance. I was honored to become a Board Member in January 2012. This organization is critically needed in this community and deserves the best possible chance to grow funding and gain increased support. This organization isn't trying to put a band-aid on the problem, they are attacking it at the root for long term change by providing counseling services, safe environments, education and victim advocacy.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 3 stars  

First Step is a wonderful organization filled with altruistic people who have changed our society by subtly educating communities on the negative effect of sexual violence and other types of intimate terrorism. Many of the counselors are gifted people in heart and counseling. However, the organization should see the protection of its volunteers as its number one priority. Perhaps the organization should align themselves with Attorneys who understand and defend victims. As First Step has already put forth the concept that Victims are often re-traumatized by the legal system and its processes and formal procedures. Advocacy groups should avoid permeating re-traumatization implicitly or explicitly through its processes and procedures respectively.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

becoming a thriver, paying it forward and moving on in my life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire employees that are intellectually diverse, even if they are all survivors, be sure at least half of them bring diverse skillsets such as legal expertise, spiritual principles or other asset-builders for the organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Be more community inclusive and adapt to professional levels of protection for volunteers as well as employees as they all represent the organization and can speak about the organization.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I learned many new skills and most important, I learned to have empathy for victims in place of sympathy. Victims are hurt people and tend to hurt others initially. I know this because I too am a survivor, but I learned that giving a person a resource like First Step, and letting them go, helps them more than anything else. Once they learn, if they choose to, about themselves and how to treat others, it may be safe to become friends in the future.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Effective.

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Rating: 5 stars  

First Step is a phenomenal organization with a dynamic staff. I am a surivor who now thrives as a result of this organization and the positive impact of the therapy I received from one of their incredible counselors. It has been a privilege to be a client, donor, and promoter of this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Counseling.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire intellectually diverse staff.

Rating: 5 stars  

First Step, has made an impact on domestic violence victims, that need assistants with intervention and prevention techiques. Staff and volunteers are eager to help! I wish First Step the best in future developments and advancements within the communities it services.
MIMI

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I assisted with clerical support. I found that First Step was truly committed with helping victims become victors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't make any changes the board of directors have done an excellent job on conducting business with ethical practices.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Good Morning!

I have been affiliated with Frist Step for six years. The organization is dedicated to assisting women and children during a most difficult time in their life and empowering them to a life of peace and independence.

I have visited the shelter many times and each time I am overwhelmed by the need in our communities. I am grateful that First Step is there, as it is often the only option for women to get out of an abusive situation and get the guidance and emotional support they need to change their lives.

First Step is a wonderful organization that has made a difference in the lives of many women and children.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Phillips



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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have witnessed the activty in the shelter.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the shelter and services to accommodate more women.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with First Step for nearly 5 years. This wonderful organization provides help to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and works to promote peaceful homes and families and healthy relationships. It is staffed with some of the most dedicated, caring individuals I have ever had the honor to meet. I cannot praise this organization, its people, or its vital work too highly.

First Step is tireless in supporting its mission. In addition to their "regular" work of running a 24-hour help-line for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, counseling and advocating for victims, providing temporary shelter and assistance, and educating the community, they have undertake several huge projects in the past few years. They recently completed a capital campaign to finance a new "Family Center", a shelter to safely house victims of domestic violence and their children who are trying to leave their abusive environments. They have also instituted a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, which allows rape victims to have professional forensic exams at a First Step facility. This provides a caring, supportive environment after the trauma of a sexual assault, while facilitating the collection of evidence to prosecute the attacker.

The miracle of First Step is that it manages to provide all these services with such limited full-time staff and funding. By actively and effectively engaging the community, it manages to stretch its limited resources and provide an amazing level of service. It runs a well-organized volunteer program, whereby volunteers are trained and utilized to supplement its full-time workforce by staffing the 24-hour hotline, responding to crisis calls, nurturing children from abusive households, staffing information booths, etc.. It also coordinates a number of community fundraising activities, to provide the resources necessary to continue its vital work.

Peaceful homes are the building-blocks to a peaceful society. Everyone deserves to be safe in their own home, at the very minimum. It is absolutely critical to break the cycle of domestic violence and abusive relationships which pervades our society. First Step is doing its utmost to ensure that this happens.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've observed them in action.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am thoroughly impressed with the way this organization is run, and the level of service it provides with limited resources.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

First Step has empowered victims of domestic violence to improve their lives. They provide housing when needed for the abused victims and their children as well as counseling, clothes and food. Their staff and volunteers work endless hours raising the funds needed to provide this service. They should all be commended!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage everyone to provide support for First Step!

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

The employees of United Home Health Services, a not-for-profit home care company located in Canton Michigan, donated $600 worth of clothes and gift cards to First Step in December 2010 as part of their annual community outreach. "Our employees have seen First Step in action and have attended several of their events and we are always impressed with the vast array of services this organization provides" notes UHHS President Penny Rhein. "The leadership, passion, and dedication of First Step employees and volunteers is awe-inspiring. We whole-heartedly support their mission!"

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We've attended several events and follow their mission in the media.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing at this time

Rating: 5 stars  

First Step gave me the grounding in rebuilding my life from scratch after receiving my gender based asylum as a victim of domestic violence. Their various services helped me get my self esteem and confidence back to become a non-traditional student at Wayne State University Law School and now currently help set up Solution Oriented Domestic Violence Prevention Court (SODVPC) under 3rd Circuit Court in Wayne County, MI. The counseling that I received helped me see my own potential and work towards being a change that I want other survivors to see. I want to personify Gandhi's saying "You must be the change you want to see in the world." If others can see what I am able to accomplish with the help of First Step, I believe that other survivors will be inspired to achieve their own potential and rebuild their shattered lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In my own life that gave me the strength and courage to walk out in this new world and make my life a vehicle of change.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I want people to see what a good and stable organization can do to help people who really need the help to make a difference in other's lives.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

First-Step has been a great partner with the Lincoln Park Police Department in helping victims of domestic violence. The victims know that they have an ally at a very difficult time in their life. The victims are given support and information necessary to move forward with their lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through word of mouth of the victims that were helped and by women finding the stregnth to stand up to their abusers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it additional resources to let them help additional victims

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