ABUSE COUNSELING AND TREATMENT INC
Rating: 3.67 stars 3 reviews
Issues: Homeless & Housing, Crime & Law
Location: PO Box 60401 Fort Myers FL 33906 USA
Results: We have spent a lot of time this past year trying to raise money so we don't have to cut any of our direct services. Last year, ACT served over 9,000 individuals through our programs.
Target demographics: ACT serves both children and adults of all ages.
Direct beneficiaries per year: are 596 individuals and their children resided in shelter and over 8,700 people utilized our other services.
Geographic areas served: Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, Florida
Programs: 24-Hour hotline, shelter, individual and group counseling, job skills education, outreach individual and group counseling, child assessments, children's program, rape crisis center, court advocacy, community and professional education, on-call crisis response program, volunteer program, thrift store and art gallery.
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I spent many hours at Act, taking the volunteer classes to become a volunteer advocate and have become an expert on all aspects of domestic violence. It has created a great experience of volunteer work that has greatly impacted my well-being and perspectives as a woman who has been there herself and that she can live a happy, fulfilling life with people that do love you head to toe and faults with a side of sadness at times. I am now happily married to the most wonderful man I could not have dreamed of . Never thought that I could get out of the deep dark hole II lived in for so long and with the knowledge that Act gave me, I was able to gain more and more strength to get myself to a good place in my life, and eventually up and out of that cold, sad world I was beaten in to. Thank you for giving me the motivation and hope with all you advocates do. Colleen, if you read this, you are one of the most beautiful people in this world!
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As a recent retiree, I have been looking for a place to volunteer that I felt was truly worth my time and energy. After investigating several other options, I came across ACT. From my first contact with the organization, I felt that it was a well-run operation. After attending the mandatory training for volunteers, I was convinced of 2 things: (1) there is a great need in our community for service to women and children (and some men) living in abusive situations; (2) ACT is uniquely poised with experience and personnel to address this need. ACT has many dedicated and loyal volunteers for a reason - it is a great organization!
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Although I am new to this geographic area, I have seen how important a women's shelter can be in other parts of the country.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
try to hire more office help so that the current highly skilled staff could devote more time to working in the community on preventive programs, etc.