“Sorry, the shelter is full.” All too often this is the situation. When the abuser has not been apprehended, the victim (often with children) is in continuing danger with nowhere to go. BRC discovered that rather than returning the victim to a life-threatening situation, the police and/or the victim advocate would often use their personal funds for food and shelter until the situation could be stabilized.
Believing that the community would not want officers and victim advocates to bear that burden, BRC established “Plan B” funds, first in DeLand, Ormond, and Daytona; later in seven other Volusia County Police Departments, the Sheriff’s Department, and the Stewart-Marchman-Act Volusia County Rape Crisis Center. These short-term funds are for victims of domestic, family, or sexual abuse in extreme emergency situations.
Beacon Center (formerly known as The Domestic Abuse Council) provides temporary, emergency shelter services for domestic violene victims and their children. BRC has provided educational programs, painting projects for the dining room, kitchen and children's play area, plus regular donations of requested supplies.
Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler and Volusia County offers a Train the Trainers workshop for the “Futures without Violence” curriculum. BRC provides scholarship money for county agency leaders to learn how to teach and train others. This program is designed to help “BREAK THE CYCLE” of violence.
Hush Puppy Haven is a confidential program which provides safe, loving, temporary foster homes for pets of domestic violence victims. BRC assists with supplies such as crates and bedding, bowls, gift cards from pet supply places, and additional funding for food and supplies.
Stewart-Marchman-Act B.E.A.C.H. House (Bringing Enrichment and Children Home) is for children from 10-17 to provide help to families and children who need services to improve the child’s behavior, help the family move beyond crisis, and prevent further problems. Since many of these children arrive with little or no clothing for even a temporary stay, BRC assists by donating toiletries and casual clothing.
Touched by Heavenly Angels Inc. is a nonprofit offering a variety of educational workshops and programs in events such as Winter Wonderland where one offering is “Cut It Out” to aid hairdressers in recognizing and interacting with possible abuse victims; another might be “I Will Survive” for victims of domestic violence.