25
Sep

Please join the Board of Directors for appetizers and fellowship as we review the past year of work at Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services. We’ll also be highlighting future plans, including the construction of a new shelter, and reviewing our annual report.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Pittsboro Presbyterian Church
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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20
Aug

For a PDF of this document, click here.

Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services, Inc.
Non-profit Corporation 501(c)3
P.O. Box 1105
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Office: 919-542-5445

New Women’s Shelter Design Services

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services (FVRC) seeks design services for the development of a domestic violence shelter for adults and children totaling approximately 4,000 square feet and incorporating one full story with the option of a secure, interior courtyard in Chatham County. FVRC intends to consider all available sustainable practices, alternative design and materials for this project while remaining within their budget.

Please note: The financing, budget and location of the proposed structure is not final so no further information is available at this time.

BACKGROUND

The intent of this request is to receive qualifications of interested professional architecture/engineering (A/E) firms to provide relevant demonstrated experience for this proposed design project as well as design teams. FVRC (owner) reserves the right to omit or reject entirely or in part any or all submitted qualifications. All interested firms (prime contractor) must be licensed and insured in the State of North Carolina.

The owner is seeking qualifications from interested design firms that will provide submittals with the following minimum information and listed in the following order:

1. Demonstrated experience with an ability to successfully execute a design project based on projects of this scale, but not necessarily type.
2. Adequate staff and proposed design or consultant team for the project.
3. Current workload and projects awarded.
4. Proposed design approach. Short narrative only.
5. Recent experience with similar projects (up to 3 projects only)
6. Discuss any cost control issues and scheduling issues and other potential hurdles.
7. Construction administration experience.
8. Proximity to the Town of Pittsboro.
9. Record of meeting or exceeding project budgets without major legal or technical issues.
10. Other factors that may be appropriate for the project.
11. Project site evaluation experience. ie: aspect, topography, constraints, access, etc.

Please also provide the following information:

a. Name of firm(s) (sub-consultants information may be listed on a separate page)
b. Business address
c. Contact person
d. Telephone number
e. Fax number
f. Website address
g. E-mail address
h. License Number

SUBMITTAL INSTRUCTIONS

• Provide five bound copies of the document
• No more than 15 total pages (not including covers or sub-consultant contact information a.- h. listed above)
• Double-sided printing
• Font no smaller than 10

The owner’s selection committee will select up to five short-listed firms/teams for interviews to be scheduled in October and November 2013.

For submittal questions, please submit an e-mail to info@fvrc.org no later than Monday, September 16 at 3 p.m. If you are intending to submit qualifications and wish to be included in all questions and responses, please send an e-mail with “FVRC design questions” in the subject line before the above date.

Submittals must be received on or post-marked no later than Monday, September 30, 2013.

Mail to:

Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services
Attn: Shelter Committee
P.O. Box 1105
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Delivery address for UPS or FedEx:

Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services
Attn: Shelter Committee
200 East Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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20
May

mural almost finished

The spring session of Sisterhood Empowerment, an arts-focused group for teen girls, completed an inspiring mural in our Siler City Office. Featuring motifs of growth and empowerment, the mural spans the main wall of the office’s lobby. A tree, shrouded by shadows, springs to life and color, and the mural’s heroines and heroes (a silhouette of the group’s members, with a teen boy added) wave their hands in excitement in the center. The rolling hills and a river run the length of the wall and add that Chatham County scenic touch.

Elizabeth Nieves, the group coordinator, said the mural project was one of growth and healing for the girls and the facilitators. “We knew they could do it! And when we believe in them and show them the way…we are teaching them to trust the process and to trust and believe in themselves. This mural journey is impacting each girl who is involved. They will realize just how much it is impacting them when they step back and see the final product…realizing that it came from them.”

Sisterhood Empowerment was able to contract with Stacye Leanza, a mural and illustration artist from Chatham County, for guidance and expertise throughout the project. Her involvement was supported by the N.C. Arts Council Grassroots Program Subgrant through the Chatham County Art’s Council and the Abundance Foundation.

Come check out the mural during the third Friday art walk in Siler City on June 21. The mural is located at FVRC’s Siler City office, 113 N. Fir Avenue.

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13
May

Last month we began implementation of our Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) project, after 18 months of community assessment and planning. The next two years will be an exciting time, as we work through the plan to enhance our sexual assault services in Chatham County. The plan includes the following activities:

• Increased training for staff, so that all staff are able to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors who turn to FVRC for services;
• Enhanced organizational ability to serve sexual assault survivors, including policy review and revision, revision of job descriptions, and enhanced communications and support for staff;
• Increased capacity to serve sexual assault survivors through advocacy, support groups and counseling;
• Increased outreach to the community, with a special emphasis on youth and young adults;
• Increased support of community partners, such as justice system and medical providers, to increase their capacity to respond to survivors.

We have a lot of activities planned that will unfold as we go through the project. And we continue to learn, working with both our grant support team and the five other projects across the county.

Kathy Hodges, MSW
Executive Director

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3
May

Jo Sanders (left) and Kathy Hodges (right)

Jo Sanders (left) and Kathy Hodges (right)

After 25 years at the helm of Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services (FVRC), Co-Executive Director Jo Sanders is retiring. She leaves the agency running a greatly expanded and comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services program.

Sanders was hired in 1988, a new graduate from the Masters in Social Work program at UNC Chapel Hill. The agency was created six years before, but it was Sanders who rolled up her sleeves, articulated the vision, and, one by one, cultivated the untapped energy of community members to address domestic and sexual violence.

“Paired with Jo’s guiding vision has always been a willingness to grow, to change, to improve FVRC,” said Kathy Hodges, FVRC Co-Executive Director. “I know the agency will remain in her heart, especially this year, as we begin the process of building a new shelter, starting our new sexual assault response plan, and continuing down the path toward comprehensive response and healing which she began forging 25 years ago.”

Under Sanders’ leadership, the agency grew from a staff of two to a staff of more than 25, with bilingual services including court advocacy, crisis intervention, support groups, long-term counseling, shelter, extensive prevention programs, and much more. As the agency grew, so did the community’s awareness of the needs of survivors.

“With her gentle, yet relentless pursuit of safety and non-violence for all Chatham residents, she became the most recognized person in the community who cared about and coordinated the numerous ways in which victims were responded to,” said Kit Gruelle, former FVRC Board Chair. “It has been said that the best disinfectant is sunlight. Jo has brought sunlight to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, to FVRC, to Chatham County, and, indeed, to the state of North Carolina. She is a true hero.”

Sanders plans to take full advantage of her retirement, spending at least its first six months touring the nation’s parks and camping along the way.

“Naturally I have mixed feelings, though not about my upcoming adventures!” said Sanders. “In some ways the timing for my retirement seemed opportune to me. The agency is as strong as it’s ever been. On the other hand, is there ever a good time to walk away from unfinished work, not knowing what the future holds for FVRC and the larger movement to end domestic and sexual violence against women and children?”

The hiring of an associate director will lead to a continued partnership with current Co-Executive Director, Kathy Hodges. FVRC has tapped Mary Linker, currently a therapist at FVRC, to serve as its Associate Director. She has been with FVRC for three and a half years, although her involvement collaborating with the agency stretches back 20 years. As Associate Director, Linker will assume supervision of the direct client services of FVRC, including the agency’s advocacy, counseling and shelter programs.

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11
Feb

Join Jill McCorkle and Tim Tyson for the second installment of the Southern Scribbling Class Book Club. Thursday, February 21 starting at 6:30 p.m. at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village.

Download short story “Intervention” by clicking here.

Tickets to the event are $20 and are available at McIntyre’s in advance, or at the registration table the evening of the event.

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28
Jan

January is Stalking Awareness Month. Throughout the country agencies are attempting to cast a light on this often hidden, but very dangerous crime. While the term stalking is used lightly in the community and jokes about it are common, stalking is very serious. It is one of the key indicators of increased danger to victims of domestic violence. Elements of stalking are often present in sexual assault. Perpetrators of stalking often have a close prior relationship to the victim, but not always. Not only is it creepy—and terrifying—it is a sign that the obsession and the danger is escalating.

In Chatham County, we have been working for the past two years to bring increased attention to this issue, starting with a workshop sponsored by the National Stalking Resource Center. We have worked to increase the awareness of everyone—our staff, law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges—of the issues and dangers related to stalking, including both traditional and cyberstalking. We are working together to develop guidelines for intervening and assisting victims. We are also working with more and more victims of stalking to get protective orders and other assistance.

For more information on stalking, contact the National Stalking Resource Center at http://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center. If you or someone you know is being stalked, contact FVRC for assistance.

Kathy Hodges, MSW
Co-Executive Director

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