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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health, Sexual Assault Services

Mission: Our mission is twofold as follows: 1) to provide a safe environment by educating, empowering, and advocating for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; and 2) to affect social change by providing opportunities for individuals to realize and participate in the community's responsibility to end domestic and sexual violence.

Programs: The agency's emergency shelter served 242 residents (139 women, 100 children and 3 men) in 2016, providing over 5,949 nights of emergency shelter and 3,351 hours of supportive advocacy services including counseling, case management, crisis intervention, domestic violence/sexual assault education, safety planning, financial assistance, court and hospital advocacy, parenting sessions, individual child sessions, assistance in completing ex parte orders of protection, support group services (including life skills sessions), and victim advocacy. (continued on schedule o) true north shelter outcomes: the primary goal of the true north emergency shelter is to keep victims of domestic violence and sexual assault safe by providing a secure and confidential residence for victims fleeing dangerous (and sometimes lethal) situations and ensure that every victim of domestic violence or sexual assault leaves our program safer than when he/she arrived. Resident destinations often serve as one indicator of program effectiveness. In 2016, 50. 63% of those exiting the emergency shelter left the program for safe, permanent (or extended transitional - 2+ years) housing. 27. 34% moved to safe, temporary locations. 11. 86% moved back into an unsafe situation. Of those leaving the program and completing exit interviews and surveys, the following reported they had met or made significant progress on the following goals: safety - 92. 09%; housing - 70. 18%; legal - 78. 84%; support system - 87. 63%; and community resources - 85. 71%. 92. 68% also reported they were more hopeful about the future and 96. 88% reported their children now have a better understanding of what has been happening at home.

the agency provided scattered site transitional living services in 2016 for 6 families (6 women and 14 children), providing 2,463 nights of transitional housing and 371 hours of transitional supportive services including intensive case management, crisis intervention, counseling, individual child sessions, court-related assistance, support groups and life skills classes. The average length of stay for families in 2016 was 123 days. Transitional living outcomes: the primary goal of the transitional living program (tlp) is to foster successful independent living for victims of (continued on schedule o) domestic violence or sexual assault. In 2016, 3 families out of the 6 participating in the program exited the program during the same year. Of these, 100% successfully completed the program (having become fully independent and/or able to maintain safe homes for themselves and their children). 100% met or made progress in meeting their employment goals, 100% met or made progress in meeting their housing goals, and 100% met or made progress in meeting their family goals.

true north's non-residential services program served 674 victims of domestic violence or sexual assault in 2016, providing over 6,571 hours of supportive advocacy services including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, case management, domestic violence/sexual assault education, safety planning, financial assistance, court and hospital advocacy, parenting sessions, child education sessions, and assistance in completing ex parte and full orders of protection. (continued on schedule o) non-residential services outcomes: the primary goal of non-residential services is to empower victims of domestic violence or sexual assault through education and support. In 2016, of those leaving the program and completing exit interviews and surveys, the following reported they had met or made significant progress on the following goals: safety-93. 80%; emotional needs-92. 63%; legal-93. 70%; support system-92. 91%; and community resources-95. 86%. 94. 44% of respondents also reported they were more hopeful about the future and 98. 11% reported they had a better understanding of domestic violence and sexual assault as a result of service provision.

true north's outreach program provides opportunities for individuals to become involved in changing attitudes and preventing domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2016, outreach staff facilitated 17 prevention and awareness presentations throughout the year, reaching 779 individuals (9 were to high school or college students, reaching 384 students; 6 were to other service providers, reaching 148 service professionals; the remainder were to community and civic organizations with no formal pre/post testing or other evaluative results).

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