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Chrysalis Shelter For Victims of Domestic Violence Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Rehabilitation Services for Offenders, Victims Services

Mission:

Leading our community to broad-based solutions to prevent domestic abuse.

Target demographics: individuals and families impacted by domestic abuse

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1,400 children and adults

Geographic areas served: throughout Maricopa County in Arizona

Programs: crisis shelter, transitional housing, outpatient counseling for children and adults, offender treatment, court victim advocacy and lay-legal support.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I recently made the decision to allocate a portion of our annual donation funds to the Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. I have had the privilege of knowing Chrysalis staff, and can affirmatively attest that these individuals are dedicated to improving the lives of clients who are in need of the services provided by the Shelter. I feel fortunate to be able to support Chrysalis, and will continue to do so in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

The staff of Chrysalis is an outstanding caring and dedicated team, commited to serving the Chrysalis families and community. They go above and beyond every day to focus on serving our families at all stages of support, who have been touched by domestic violence. I have been a donor and supporter of Chrysalis for several years and proud to continue to contribute to them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! The leadership team is truly invested in the success of their patients... Kudos! Thank you for the work you do!!!

Danielle78

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've worked with this agency in a number of capacities including as an employee and volunteer. They continue to be a leader in Phoenix for domestic abuse victims and survivors. I would highly recommend their services to anyone in need and frequently refer people to them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Chrysalis is a great organization with a dedicated and caring staff committed to breaking the cycle of abuse. They are truly invested in the well-being of their clients and work hard to give them a safe and secure environment. I have been a donor/supporter of Chrysalis for many years and I am always in awe at what the staff overcomes each and every day. Chrysalis has a strong partnership with the community and all that support goes directly to the clients. If you can, support Chrysalis – whether it is with your time or money. It is a worthy cause that is making a difference in the domestic violence community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working for Chrysalis for over a year now. As an advocate at the shelter, I have been given the opportunity to assist those who need our services. It can be an emotionally draining job but I couldn't see myself doing anything else. The staff at Chrysalis is a dedicated bunch.; we love supporting our clients and treat them as we would want to be treated. We provide services from daily hygiene needs to groups to therapy and case management. Not only does Chrysalis provide services to women, children, and men, we also provide classes for offenders. Chrysalis is an exceptional organization in which the employees and volunteers and donors (whom we are eternally grateful for) desire to make a difference and put an end to domestic violence.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is no ordinary domestic violence shelter. They do much more than provide a safe place to stay for a while. They provide services such as counseling and transitional housing in order to help clients build their lives again.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor/supporter of Chrysalis for several years now. Chrysalis is not just a shelter for victims of domestic violence, it is a safe-haven for individuals to develop the skills, motivation and self respect to create their own freedom. This organization does a great service for their community. They are on the cutting edge with providing help to male victims as well as having qualified therapists on staff. The entire staff is skilled, competent, and experienced. Giving to this organization truly gives back to the entire community. It is worth it and more people should consider supporting this nonprofit as it is vital to the well being of the whole growth of the city.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for Chrysalis for over 11 years as a Victim Advocat2. In that time we have served thousands of DV victims, providing the support, education and services that helped many transition from victim to survivor. There have been and are many miraculous stories of transformation! Chrysalis also is the only area DV agency that also works with offenders in a program that is highly regarded and designed to empower offenders to change. The folks who work at Chrysalis are amazing, going above and beyond to keep victims safe and provide an environment where real, sustainable change can occur.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Arnie Meltzer and I am a full time Volunteer for the INCREDIBLE Domestic Violence Shelter by the name of "Chrysalis". I work in their Kitchen,Child Development Center,some help and assistance with regular Events including ALL FUNDRAISING Projects. This nonprofit does an extremely capable job of assisting victims as they navigate through the difficult journey known as Domestic Violence!! My personal experience with Chrysalis has been a personal privilege ,and a life altering BLESSING!! Lots of GOOD WORK is being accomplished in the seemingly unending Mission of being there for people who are in need of Love,Kindness,and Support due to becoming victims of Domestic Violence. I am extremely proud and happy to be fortunate enough to be associated with a stellar group of people that ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE in HELPING to eradicate Domestic Violence as we know it! Continued SUCCESS "CHRYSALIS"!! All that know of you LOVE YOU!! Arnie Meltzer

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Chrysalis has an array of services that it provides to not only victims of domestic violence, but also offenders. They have offender groups to educate offenders on all types of violence, and how to better themselves. They have several housing options from emergency shelter to transitional housing programs. They are a unique agency with a staff who truly cares about their clients and their client's well-being. They've secured useful partnerships from medical agencies to clothing boutiques. The staff is friendly and helpful which truly shows!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Chrysalis excels in the field as being one of the few emergency shelters that welcome male victims of the domestic violence. Each victim has unique needs that need to be addressed by a highly skilled team. Chrysalis has on staff adult and and child therapists to provide clinical interventions. Chrysalis is my first recommendation for any services involving domestic violence.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with the Chrysalis organization for three years. The staff is caring and compassionate, their dedication to the mission of the organization shows in everything they do. I would recommend Chrysalis to anyone who is looking to volunteer along side of some amazing people!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Chrysalis for over 25 years, as a client served, a volunteer and as a board member. Chrysalis has a heart, soul, and passion for providing the best service possible to help all of its clients to break the cycle of domestic violence and abuse. I am very proud of my affiliation with Chrysalis over the years and the ways in which Chrysalis has continued to fulfill its mission. I would encourage anyone with a passion for helping to make a difference to volunteer here.

Review from Guidestar

4

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I interviewed for a victim advocate position with Chrysalis. I was asked to drive out to the center once a week on 3 occasions. Once for a formal interview with Kelli and twice for observations. I wanted to provide my feedback on what I observed. First, Kelli who is the director for the phoenix center, called me to inquire about why I was interested in the position. She proceeded to say that I was overqualified and was concerned that I would leave quickly. I have a ph.d in criminology and criminal justice and have research experience in victimization and domestic violence. After expressing my interest in the position and asking that my education not used to disqualify me she gave me an interview. The interview went well so she set up a date for observation. I observed the night shift for an hour. The employees were friendly (Adam and Mary). After my observations, I was called an asked how I "liked" the night shift. I told kelli that everything went well. She said she wanted me to met Von and come back for a day observation. One week later, as requested, I drove out for my next observation. This time I was asked multiple times ( I counted 10) by employees why I would want to work there and why I didn't get a job with the FBI. One of the employees mentioned in front of Von, the associate director, that I was more educated than both the director and associate director. He laughed and suggested I should be part of the board of directors. I felt a little uncomfortable that he made this statement in the presence of the associate director considering that my education and qualifications were already being held against me. During this visit, I observed a few disturbing trends. First, a disregard for the residents and second, the culture of the workplace. More specifically, a resident walked over to inquire about a bus pass. She had a job interview and needed to get to work. Von, Sal and another employee were dismissive and rude to the resident. They told her to figure it out or to come back later but had no interest in helping her. This became clear after she left and they proceeded to speak in a disparaging manner about her and all other residents. They made it a point to say "what would they do without us" while rolling their eyes and saying that the residents take advantage of resources. It was disappointing to see this happen in a place that is supposed to provide support. When I had to do rounds with one of the employees, we found one of the other employees enjoying a sandwich in the kitchen. This employee was supposed to have been doing rounds, but instead decided to take a brief recess to eat the resident's food. I found that most employees had more of an interest in the daily menu than supervising and assisting residents. Some even joked about making special requests that were not included in the budget. One other red flag was Von saying that she had read an email over the weekend from a victim who needed a place to stay. She asked Sal to get back to her after a few days. It doesn't seem that victims are getting the help they need when they need it. Von should know that some victims don't always have access to phones, computers or other means to ask for help. Von and the others should take requests more seriously.

Their system of tracking offenders is outdated, they are dismissive with victims, warn others (me) against working there, and even suggested applying to other organizations. I was even warned against the frequent miscommunication between Von and Kelli. I left my last observation knowing that this isn't a place that really cares about victims with a couple exceptions. These individuals are planning to leave soon and I understand why. I wanted this job to help others and put my knowledge and skills to good use in this organization but this isn't the place that is looking for that type of employee.

After my last observation, I was informed that I didn't get a job offer which is fine. I was told that I was overqualified, would not be a good fit and that Kelli wanted to take the center in another direction. When I asked for clarification, Kelli became aggressive in her tone and didn't want to speak to me. I dedicated 6 hours of my time to Chrysalis, and Kelli didn't want to be bothered to give me 5 minutes of hers. I find it interesting that she would rather hire someone with a culinary degree as a victim advocate rather than someone who has multiple degrees and has studied crime, violence, and victimization for over 10 years. I didn't go there with the aim of dethroning Kelli and Von, but if my qualifications scared them that's something I can't help.

Review from Guidestar