Friend to Friend List of Accomplishments 2007-2017
· Friend to Friend served 332 new domestic violence and sexual assault clients.
· Friend to Friend court advocates assisted with 228 restraining orders and accompanied clients to court 256 times.
· Friend to Friend sheltered 120 individuals.
· Friend to Friend continued to work diligently for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, answering 2,052 crisis calls.
· Friend to Friend sheltered 57 women and 56 children, for a total of 2,189 days of care.
· Anne Friesen was hired as Executive Director.
· The Friend to Friend thrift shop in Carthage closed.
· Friend to Friend opened new store, “The Butterfly Boutique,” in downtown Southern Pines.
· Friend to Friend installed a raised-bed vegetable garden at Serenity House.
· Friend to Friend introduced “healthy cooking” classes to shelter clients.
· Friend to Friend offered parenting classes, job readiness, resume writing, and career counseling to shelter clients.
· Friend to Friend began building strong collaborations with community service providers and resources to achieve collective impact on violence in Moore County.
· Friend to Friend’s shelter suffered devastating fire, forcing the agency to rebuild.
· During reconstruction, the Friend to Friend shelter moved twice to temporary sites, with never a lapse in serving shelter clients.
· Executive Director was able to secure funding from NC Housing Finance Agency.
· Friend to Friend began offering client outreach and support groups at both Carthage office and Butterfly Boutique thrift shop locations.
· Executive Director successfully secured 100% of costs to rebuild new 34-bed, certified-green, 4-star energy efficient shelter.
· New 34 bed, certified green, 4-star energy efficient shelter for women and children fleeing from abuse opened exactly one year to the day after the fire.
· Friend to Friend was named “NC Model Shelter of the Year” by the NC Housing Finance Agency.
· Friend to Friend hosted a state-wide training for law enforcement on creating a DV-coordinated community response, using Duluth trainers.
· Friend to Friend worked to improve community education programing and spoke to more than 3,000 Moore County residents and students, using
· Friend to Friend hosted its first annual fundraising event, Women Helping Women Luncheon, at CCNC.
· Friend to Friend partnered with Moore County Women’s Amateur Golfers to hold first annual Moore County Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament.
· Friend to Friend hosted state-wide training for domestic violence agencies.
· Yoga, stress management, financial literacy, and self-sufficiency programs were offered to shelter clients.
· Semi-annual on-line newsletters were launched.
· Friend to Friend added human trafficking to the agency’s mission.
· Friend to Friend increased collaborations and began to take leadership roles in community task forces.
· Friend to Friend created homelessness website for Anson, Moore, Richmond, Hoke, and Montgomery Counties.
· Friend to Friend hired first Spanish bi-lingual speaker to improve services to non-English speaking clients.
· Friend to Friend improved sexual assault services and response working with other community organizations, such as local law enforcement, district attorney, department of social services, Moore Regional Hospital, and Moore County schools.
· Dog and Horse Therapy began being offered at Serenity House.
· Friend to Friend offered improved sexual assault accompaniment program, guaranteeing that advocates respond to sexual assault victims receiving medical attention at First Health Moore Regional Emergency Department.
· Friend to Friend began collecting furniture donations to help furnish client’s houses after they depart from Serenity House shelter.
· Friend to Friend built a pet shelter on Serenity House property to house shelter client’s fury friends.
· Friend to Friend continued to improve and increase sexual assault response advocacy by recruiting more volunteers for sexual assault hospital accompaniments.
· Friend to Friend built exterior storage building on Serenity House site.
· Friend to Friend began offering weekly prison support groups to female sexual assault survivor inmates.
· Friend to Friend added a climbing wall and other improvements to Serenity House children’s playground.
· Friend to Friend added new client computers and security to Serenity House.
· Friend to Friend launched an Anti–Bullying/Reporting Texting Campaign in Moore County Schools
· Executive Director provided leadership on a state-wide level by accepting board position with North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, to work toward improving domestic violence services and advocate on a state level.
· Friend to Friend improved its human trafficking services and response.
· Friend to Friend launched new website and app: www.friendtofriend.me.
· Friend to Friend created a new toll-free human trafficking crisis line: 1-888-GETOUT1.
· Friend to Friend was selected as one of five pilot sites across North Carolina for “Project No REST,” a state-wide initiative to increase awareness and prevention of human trafficking.
· Friend to Friend hired an MSW, LCSW as court advocate and began offering clinical counseling free-of-charge to clients.
· Friend to Friend increased community education program, speaking to over 9,000 Moore County students and community members.
· Friend to Friend held first “Rock ‘n’ Run: Raise Your Voice for Sexual Assault Awareness” at Sandhills Community College in April (Sexual Assault Awareness month).
· Friend to Friend reviewed and improved all policies and procedures.
· Friend to Friend volunteers donated 4,734 hours.
· Friend to Friend created an Equity and Diversity Committee to improve the providing of equitable services to all individuals.
· An equity stance was reflected in all F2F policies and procedures.
· Friend to Friend emphasized the importance of self-care and the importance of recognizing signs of secondary trauma for staff. Quarterly wellness days were approved for full-time staff.
· First Moore County Human Trafficking Task Force was established and began meeting.
· Friend to Friend hosted Human Trafficking Awareness and Education to Moore County Clergy.
· Friend to Friend began building strong collaborations and partnerships with Randolph, Montgomery, and Moore County law enforcement, district attorneys, schools, and First Health, to improve district-wide response to human trafficking.