This is the first time I serve on the board of a nonprofit organization, and I could not have picked a better one. Not only are they focusing on an underserved segment of the population in the tri-state area (VA, MD, DC), but they are doing it with a lot of passion, love and dedication. I commend the staff for their hard work and commitment to their beneficiaries and the board for their high level of involvement and commitment to the organization.
I'm so proud to serve as a board member for a nonprofit with such a worthy mission: to address, prevent, and end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander communities while empowering survivors to rebuild their lives after abuse. DVRP has an incredibly dedicated and talented staff. In spite of many challenges, the organization has consistently grown each year, and in 2016, reached 3,000 community members with our programs. The small but mighty staff of seven provides free and confidential service in over 20 Asian/Pacific Islander languages, cultural competency and domestic violence trainings to service providers, law enforcement and Asian/Pacific Islander community-based organizations, and extensive community outreach. I'm truly amazed by how much they do for the community each year.
DVRP's dedicated staff provides essential services for Asian Pacific Islander domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. DVRP's three-pronged approach of providing case management, outreach and training fills a critical void in the DC metropolitan area, as DVRP is the only pan-Asian focused organization providing these services. I continued to be inspired and encouraged by the staff and Board of DVRP.
DVRP is the only organization in the DC Metro area providing crucial services to victims of gender-based violence who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. The commitment of volunteers, staff, and Board to providing culturally competent and evidence-based practices is unrivaled. The organization has had to face several stumbling blocks (lack of ED transition, funding cuts, and staff turnover), but the community rallied for the doors to remain open because they believed in the need for the services.
DVRP's staff are committed and dedicated and go above and beyond the call of duty to provide support, care, and indeed lifesaving services to a very vulnerable population. Since joining the board earlier this year, I have been impressed with the long term vision and day to day work alike.
I have been part of the Board of Directors for DVRP since the beginning of 2013. The organization and its leadership are guided by a strong mission and unique methodology that prioritizes the various needs of domestic violence survivors in the API community. It continues to be a one-of-a-kind organization that provides both direct services and outreach and education in the community at large. I continue to be impressed with the level of engagement by staff and advocates, the presence in the community, and the breadth and depth of relationships with other allied organizations DVRP has cultivated in a short time. As someone who has worked in the non-profit sector my entire career, it is especially heartening to see a non-profit utilize financial savvy to continue expanding programs, administer such effective services, and serve as a strong community voice for API's and the issue of domestic violence. DVRP is a critical anchor in the DMV area and deserves immense recognition for its dedication and results.
I joined the Board of DVRP in 2013. DVRP is supported by an extremely talented and dedicated staff and team of volunteers and advocates. The organization provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services to Asian/Pacific Islander survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and in doing so, fills a very important need. In 2012, DVRP assisted 159 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, a record high in DVRP's 17 year history. It is an honor and inspiration to work for such an organization and with such talented people.
DVRP works incredibly hard to provide much-needed support and services to Asian/Pacific Islander survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the DC-MD-VA area. DVRP doubled the number of survivors served last year despite funding challenges and continues to expand its assistance to diverse members of the A/PI community in 20 languages. I am inspired by the commitment of my colleagues on the board, as well as the vision and dedication of our Executive Director and meaningful contributions of our staff, volunteers and advocates.
I served on DVRP's board from 2008-10 and I continue to stay in touch with the organization. It has pulled off an impressive feat by not only remaining in existence when other DV orgs in the area folded, but thriving as it charges ahead with new and redefined services. Personally, I am thrilled to see that DVRP recently installed an executive director after going for years without one! And they are also increasing the staff size, which will ensure the organization's services reach more people than ever. I look forward to celebrating many more successes to come, and will continue supporting this fantastic organization.
DVRP is one of the only organizations I've seen that accomplishes so much on such a lean staffing model. The combination of staff, board, advocates, and volunteers is extremely dedicated. The two years I served on the board were incredibly difficult with budget cuts and their cascading effects, but it was also inspiring to see how we all pulled together to ensure DVRP's critical services would continue. I learned a ton from this experience and also made wonderful friends along the way. Even after my board term ended, there were many opportunities to witness the immense efforts put in by the newer folks involved with DVRP. I still attend events and support this wonderful organization.
I had the honor of joining the board of the A/PI DVRP in August of 2013, having been inspired by the spirit and dedication of DVRP's staff, fellow board members, advocates, volunteers, and survivors.
The A/PI DVRP provides specific services that - without exaggeration - are life-altering for many survivors. There is - again, without exaggeration - nowhere that these brave individuals can turn to that provides the breadth or depth of culturally-specific services that the DVRP does.