Mission: To assist in creating safe, healthy, self-sufficent lives by providing support, education, counseling, information and services to survivors of domestic, dating, and sexual violence, and those suffering the ill effects of poverty, homelessness, and mental health challenges.
Programs: Self-sufficiencywe provide basic needs and other services, such as peer counseling, educational workshops, information and referral for women and their families who are at risk. In total in 2017, melbourne provided 9,170 individuals with 12,574 services. In our titusville office, we provided 1,400 clients with 4,611 services or items. Basic needs were addressed by offering food, diapers/toiletries, financial assistance, furniture vouchers, emergency hotel stays, workshops, and referrals to other community resources. Through our transitional safe housing program we provide long-term, comprehensive services for homeless women and their children that include intensive case management; individual and group counseling; career guidance; job training; life skills and budgeting workshops; as well as reimbursement for transportation, car repair, medical expenses and childcare. In the last year, 100% of those clients who completed the program in 2017 transitioned into permanent housing. We assisted 18 families which included 18 women and 38 children in 2017, providing 349 case management services. We provide career guidance services through a personalized program that explores career options and individual growth. In 2017, this program was cancelled by the governor but in the first 6 months of the year, the women's center assisted 97 individuals with one to one career guidance sessions. Assistance includes resume writing, computer skills and computer job search assistance, interviewing and career clothing/image were provided, totaling 210 services. 75% were successful in obtaining employment. Victims serviceswe provide services to prevent domestic violence and sexual violence through education, information and advocacy. We assist victims and their children through the difficult process of leaving, surviving and recovering from abuse. In 2017, the melbourne program assisted 2,162 clients with advocacy. In our titusville office, we provided 1,281 women with advocacy. We provided 26 adults and 17 children with safe housing in our titusville safe house, we provided 13 adults and 26 children with safe housing in our west melbourne safe house, and we provided 10 adults and 12 children with 44 nights of stay in a hotel. Sexual assault victim services ( savs)savs is the certified rape crisis program for all of brevard county. Savs provides confidential forensic exams and provides advocacy and emotional support to victims of sexual violence and their families. We assisted 1289 individuals through our rape helpline, including conducting 91 exams. We provided both individual therapy/support groups for victims, as well as advocacy/support with trained victim advocates. Counseling serviceswe provide affordable and quality counseling services. In 2017, the melbourne counseling program has helped 1,562 women, men and children with individual, couples, family or group counseling. In total 4,970 counseling services were provided in melbourne. Counseling. The titusville counseling program has helped 227 individuals by provided 768 counseling services. Counseling covers issues of trauma resolution, depression, relationship issues, parenting challenges, eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, domestic violence, sexual assault, incest, child abuse and more. Green dot bystander intervention program - served 273 people in 9 six hour training sessions during 2017. Camp gaia- a total of 23 girls attended camp gaia, 10 girls in melbourne and 13 girls in titusville. Over 12,000 clients were served by the women's center in 2017.
furniture store: sells donated goods to customers, and donates a percentage of proceeds earned back to the clients of the women's center in the form of furniture store donation vouchers.