Editor's note: This is the next in a series of articles about the member agencies of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley.
PARKERSBURG - In 2011, the Family Crisis Intervention Center provided services to nearly 3,000 victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse.
Services include providing a room in the shelter, legal advocacy and providing victims with the tools they will need to be on their own again.
Judi Ball, administrative director for the Family Crisis Intervention Center, sits at her desk. (Photo by Emily Balser)
"We have all kinds of information referral services," said Judi Ball, administrative director of the center. "Whatever you want, we can generally find it for you."
The center serves an eight-county area, including Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Jackson, Roane, Calhoun, Tyler and Pleasants counties.
"There's a physical office in all of the counties except for Wirt and Pleasants," Ball said. "And they're one-person offices and they basically work 24/7."
The center is exclusively ran on grants and donations. Each year it receives $14,000 from the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, which helps provide items that clients need.
"We really depend on United Way funding for, basically, what other grants don't cover in the way of supplies," said Sharon Muncy, financial administrator at the center. "It's really geared toward client services."
Ball said the United Way funding doesn't come with requirements on how it can be used, unlike most grants with a designated usage.
Along with the United Way funding, the center receives most of its funding from the Department of Health and Human Resources. Locally, churches and private donors also provide donations and supplies.
Earlier this month, the center held its first fundraiser, the Purple Ribbon Remembrance Breakfast.
"It was to remember the victims who had been murdered due to the crime of domestic violence in the year 2010-11 and 2011-12," Ball said.
Thirteen victims - 11 adults and two children - in the eight-county service area were remembered and represented by chairs draped in black. Each of their stories was told during the breakfast. The event raised between $4,000 and $5,000 after expenses. Ball said the breakfast will become an annual event.
The center is always accepting donations of many forms - monetary, clothing, toiletries, baby items and cleaning supplies are just a few. For a full list of items, to make a donation or to learn more, visit www.fcichaven.org.