At Lakes Crisis & Resource Center, we carry out the mission of Fostering Safety, Hope, and Healing through Advocacy, Intervention, and Education in a concentrated effort to end the cycle of violence and victimization by supporting healthy lives filled with positive choices. Your generosity today and always allows us to continue to guide those who are seemingly caught in a maze of abuse to break the cycle, survive, and thrive. Thank you for your gift and your commitment to a violence-free future. Together, we WILL make a difference.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, experienced LCRC staff are available to serve men, women, and children whose lives have been touched by violence, trauma, or crime within our community. For nearly 40 years, we have diligently advocated for those in need, with services including:
- Mary's Place Shelter - Our shelter provides assistance in meeting women and children, who are victims of domestic violence, where they are at with their self-defined needs. This approach includes assessing the following areas: financial, physical, mental health, education/vocation, housing, culture/spirituality, children and parenting, and safety plan/legal proceedings. In our most recent fiscal year, 108 women and 126 children found a safe place to stay within our walls, with up to 27 persons being sheltered at one time.
- Domestic Violence Advocacy - Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. It can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. In fiscal year 2014/15, we provided advocacy and education to 419 adult and 85 child victims of domestic violence.
- Sexual Assault Advocacy - Specially trained LCRC staff is available, 24/7, to provide support to victims of sexual assault, including meeting them at the hospital to provide comfort and to guide them through necessary processes. In 2014/15, LCRC advocated for 95 sexual assault victims.
- General Crime Victim Advocacy - Every crime has a victim, but not every victim has a voice within the criminal justice system. Our victim advocates perform a myriad of functions that may include speaking or acting on a victim’s behalf among other services. In the last year, we worked with 273 victims of general crimes, helping them to find their way through an often overwhelming experience.
- Positive Connections - Positive Connections provides a conflict-free, safe, and positive environment for non-custodial parents/guardians to have supervised visitation or exchanges with their children. Positive Connections provides resources to families to meet their specific needs and as requested by the case worker. In our most recent fiscal year, LCRC staff scheduled 3,333 visits and exchanges resulting in 2,030 facilitated supervised visitations and exchanges for local families, involving 658 area children.
- Children's Services - Our 100% donor-funded children's services program offers personal and group support to children regarding personal safety, healthy relationships, anger management, and emotional well-being. LCRC brings programming within area schools concerning conflict management (bullying), safety and making good choices. Additionally, children who are residents of our shelter take part in educationally and developmentally based childcare. Our newest offering, Lakes Area Kinship, is a mentoring program for children that improves lives by helping establish quality relationships between youth that are between the ages of 5 & 16 and caring adult volunteers for the purpose of promoting stability, support, friendship, and community. In 2014/15, we provided services to 105 children and offered 103 child-based groups/presentations.