Overview of the Survivor Resource Center
Our community has come together to establish a vision of what we want for our Family Justice Center. This vision includes a broad range of services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child maltreatment, human trafficking and elder abuse. The scope of this undertaking is not one that will be completed quickly. With that in mind, over the past several months the CharMeck Family Justice Center Steering Committee has been working on development of a Phase I Co-located Center which will be called the Survivor Resource Center (SRC).
The SRC will not be a family justice center. Instead of being open to the public, this initial model will accept referrals from core partners to address the highest risk cases of abuse. The development and operation of the SRC will run parallel to the planning, fundraising and establishment of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Family Justice Center.
This limited scope collaboration will help to strengthen relationships, evolve community responses, engage other community partners, and continue to enhance the work of numerous community multi-disciplinary teams. Partners in the Center will develop systems and practices that will be incorporated in our community's Family Justice Center.
The SRC will provide core services for adult and child victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and child maltreatment through basic needs and crisis support, non-residential advocacy, and social services support. Due to space and staffing limitations, the SRC will not serve walk-in clients. Agencies with staff who will be located on site include Mecklenburg County Community Support Services, Mecklenburg County Youth and Family Services, CMPD, Pat's Place and Safe Alliance.
Location and PlanningThe Steering Committee has revisited the suite selection within the Children Family Services Center (CFSC) building, located in Charlotte at 601 East 5st., to promote safer Social Distancing of clients and staff due to COVID-19. CFSC already houses over 10 community based human service organizations.
The SRC Operations Committee has completed policies, protocols, procedures, trainings, etc. to support the daily operations of the SRC. Currently, the committee is drafting the Operations Manual, a plan for Racial Equity Framework, a COVID-19 Safe Distancing Plan, and is having conversations around establishing a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) team. The MOU has been signed by all partnering agency's.
Safe Alliance has selected the first Navigator for the Center. The Navigator's role will be to provide clients with an overview of SRC services, a needs assessment, safety planning, a warm introduction to SRC Service Providers, long-term advocacy and information about other services needed to support those clients being referred by a core group of community partners.
Again, we want to thank each of you for continuing to help us realize the mission of the SRC during these difficult times. Your support makes a world of difference to the people we serve!
How Can You Be Involved?
The SRC Planning Committee has identified several community partners and survivors to collaborate on an Operations Committee to determine the best practices for operating the Center. The Operations Committee would be unable to make the SRC and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Family Justice Center a reality without the input of the community. To gain this needed input, the Service and Operations Workgroup will be kicked off with an informational meeting in the coming months. To receive notice of the kickoff meeting, please CLICK HERE.