Family refuge center moves to larger premises | New


LEWISBURG – Anticipating an increase in services and staff, the Family Refuge Center has moved to larger premises.

FRC staff, directors and supporters – including representatives from the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce – celebrated the move with a groundbreaking ceremony and open house Thursday afternoon.

Executive Director Kenosha Davenport noted that in addition to serving victims of domestic violence in the Greenbrier Valley (Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas counties), the FRC has recently started providing services to victims of sexual assault in the Mercer County. The community agency also added a program for those who have suffered elder abuse last year.

Davenport explained that the FRC’s Elder Abuse Coordinator helps victims aged 50 and over deal with issues such as financial exploitation and physical or sexual abuse. Community outreach is an important component of the elder abuse prevention program, as the coordinator makes presentations at senior citizen centers and churches to educate not only potential victims, but also friends, relatives and relatives. caregivers about the signs of abuse and how FRC can help.

Committed to ending physical, sexual and emotional abuse in families, the FRC currently serves some 1,200 clients per year, with 18 employees in four counties.

The agency’s new office suite, located in the plaza behind Ruby Tuesday and across from Coleman Drive, not only provides ample space for staff and programs such as family visits and custody exchanges, but also promises a room for expansion, Davenport pointed out.

If the agency receives three new federal grants in October – as planned – Davenport said the FRC would increase its staff and offices.

“We are delighted to be able to add more staff and offer more services to our community,” she said in a press release issued ahead of Thursday’s open house.

The agency also has an 11-bed shelter and offers programs such as tutoring for children who come from homes where domestic violence has occurred. Additional staff include a therapist who offers both individual and group therapy and advocates who help victims of domestic violence navigate the justice system.

These lawyers work with victims from the initial crisis appeal, through court appearances and follow-up services after obtaining a domestic violence protection order, Davenport said.

For more information about the Family Refuge Center and its programs, call 304-645-6334.

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