In 1986, a group of concerned citizens joined together to respond to both a growing awareness of domestic violence and the need for comprehensive services for domestic violence survivors and their children. In the spring of 1987, the Advocate Safehouse Project was incorporated, volunteer advocates were recruited, a 24-Hour Help Line and volunteer safehomes were established, and two weekly women’s support groups with child care were made available. In 1991, the agency expanded services to include survivors of sexual assault.
Since then the program has changed from a safehome program to a shelter program in 1993 when the safehouse was purchased. In 1993, the Advocate Safehouse Project conducted a successful fundraising campaign to acquire and rehabilitate a facility to be used for a Safehouse Program for survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and their children. Additional programs such as the Children’s Program, the Latino Outreach Program, the Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Team, the Transitional Housing Program and the Community Education Program have been developed over the years to meet the growing needs of the community. However, the core services of the agency’s 24-hour Help Line, weekly women’s support groups and the use of volunteer advocates are still the heart of the Advocate Safehouse Project.
In 1999 & 2000, the Advocate Safehouse Project completed a capital expansion project which doubled the space for the organization. The Advocate Safehouse Project received the following community awards, in the past several years: 2000 Top Brass Award from the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce; 2000 and 2001 Local Choice for Best Non-Profit in Glenwood Springs and runner-up in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. The Mother’s Day Mile, a major fundraiser for the Advocate Safehouse Project, is the second largest foot race in the area and 2008 was its 9th year for the race.
Remaining small but efficient, the Advocate Safehouse Project has attracted the expertise and skills of an involved and active board of directors, an experienced and committed staff, and a dedicated team of volunteers. Due to their combined efforts, the agency has achieved a sizable list of accomplishments during its 21+ years of community service (through December 2008):
- Provided 18,780 nights of safe shelter for 790 survivors and their 828 children.
- Staffed a 24-Hour Help Line and provided assistance with 14,170 crisis counseling calls.
- Implemented weekly women’s support groups with childcare in both Glenwood Springs and Rifle since 1987.
- Started the Latino Outreach Program in 1996 to educate the Latino Community about domestic and sexual violence and provide services to Latino clients.
- Began the Transitional Housing Program in 1999 to provide housing assistance beyond the Safehouse Program. Transferred the program to Catholic Charities in 2006.
- Initiated the process for the development of the Garfield County Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program in 1999. Implementation of the SANE Program began in the fall of 2002 and transferred it to Valley View Hospital.
- Provided 1, 054 educational presentations for community and professional groups.
- Trained and placed in service 411 volunteer advocates who cover the 24-hour Help Line.
- Sponsored annual education workshops for local professionals on domestic and sexual violence.
- Kathy Kopf, Board Member, was the recipient of the 2006 Garfield County Humanitarian Staff Award.
- Olga Vigil, Latino Outreach Coordinator, was the recipient of the 2005 Roaring Fork Valley Club de Rotario’s Latino Volunteer of the Year.
- Jean Huyser, Board Member, was the recipient of the 2004 Garfield County Humanitarian Volunteer Award.
- Julie Olson, Executive Director, was the recipient of the 2002 Garfield County Humanitarian Above & Beyond Award.
- Deb Duley, Volunteer Advocate, was the recipient of the 2001 Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Award.
- Rachel Mulry, High School Volunteer, was the recipient of the 1998 Garfield County Humanitarian Youth Award.
- Ivy Hansen, ASP High School Intern, was the recipient of the 1996 Garfield County Humanitarian Youth Award.
- Greg Little, Board Member, was the recipient of the 1996 Glenwood Springs Small Business Philanthropist Award.
- Maureen Nuckols, Children’s Counselor, was the recipient of the 1995 Garfield County Humanitarian Staff Award.
- Nancy Reinisch, Board Member, was the recipient of the 1994 Garfield County Humanitarian County-Wide Award.
ASP Mission Statement:
The Advocate Safehouse Project is to promote healthy relationships free from violence through education, advocacy, empowerment and safehousing.
ASP Board of Directors:
Konnie Krahn-Prosence, President
Carol McCurry, Vice-President
Martha McCoy, Secretary
Theresa Zelenka, Treasurer
Nancy Reinisch, Emeritus Board Member
ASP 2010 Annual Report: View or Download the report here