Each quarter we will highlight an LCRC Staff Member. This quarter, we receive a farewell from Jan Logan, Executive Director.
Dear LCRC Friends and Supporters,
I write this letter to each of you with tremendous gratitude. I have had the privilege and honor of serving as the Executive Director of LCRC for over 12 years. It has truly been a personally and professionally rewarding experience that seemed to go by so fast.
I extend my appreciation to the current and past Board of Directors with whom I have had the pleasure of working during my time here. I started when there were approximately 11 staff members including myself providing advocacy services to domestic violence, sexual assault, and general crime victims. We also operated a Parenting Time Center (Positive Connections). LCRC now employs 30 staff, continuing to provide critical advocacy for victims in our community and adding to our service offerings. For instance, in 2011 Positive Connections began offering a parent coaching curriculum. In addition, we have added a Children’s Service Department which includes Kinship (a mentoring program for children), a Mental Health Department, and an Emergency Safe Shelter called Mary’s Place. Mary’s Place was named after Mary Newman who donated over $1M to assist us in making her dream of supporting victims in Detroit Lakes and the surrounding area a reality. I extend a huge “thank you” to Mary and all of the current and past LCRC staff for supporting me throughout my tenure.
I am also pleased to leave a strong, healthy organization in the hands of Anna Sellin, who recently was promoted to be my successor. Anna and her staff will sustain and continue to grow LCRC to ensure it remains a vital resource for the community at large.
As I leave I want to remind you that anyone can be a victim of abuse, regardless of age, race, and socioeconomic class. Each minute in the United States, nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner. That’s more than 10 million women and men a year.
Most of their stories will never be told and once the violence comes to light, the typical response is, “Why did they stay?” Domestic violence doesn’t typically happen overnight; it reveals itself over time. In addition, leaving a volatile relationship is also a process for victims to get out safely, and violence typically
escalates when a victim attempts to end the relationship.
Instead of asking “Why do they stay?” we should ask, “Why does he/she batter?” Or, on a larger scale, “Why does society allow battering to continue?” As supporters of organizations like LCRC, we can lead the change in attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding the acceptance of violence in our society by asking these questions and being an active voice for victims in our community.
And, oh yes, the children who are the innocent victims of adult behavior cannot be forgotten. My passion for children continues to be in the forefront of my mind. Please consider being a mentor in our Kinship program which involves approximately three hours of your time per month and provides profound
benefit to children, giving them a positive role model in their life that they would not otherwise have. As I end this chapter of my life, please know I will always hold Lakes Crisis & Resource Center close to my heart. And, the work continues…