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FIRST STEP-WESTERN WAYNE COUNTY PROJECT ON DOMESTIC ASSAULT's Fundraiser:

First Step-Western Wayne County Project On Domestic Assault

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THE STORY:

 Since 1978, First Step has been working for peaceful families and safe communities in Wayne County, Michigan.Through the generosity of donors, survivors of domestic and sexual violence receive comprehensive services during their greatest time of need.  Survivors include women, children and men.

First Step provides free and confidential programs designed to help survivors of violence overcome the feelings of powerlessness, isolation, physical danger, and fear, and the financial, emotional and cultural barriers that victims of violence often face when seeking help. 

First Step needs your help to reach our fundraising goal which will help to provide the following services: 


 24-Hour Help Line
The 24-hour help line is a core service at First Step. For many, it is literally a lifeline. Specially trained First Step staff and volunteers provide crisis intervention, support, information, and safety planning to survivors who call our 24-hour help line.

Information and Referrals
Providing critical information and referrals regarding housing, legal assistance, counseling, temporary emergency housing, transportation, and health care is a large part of First Step’s work.

Community Education
First Step believes that prevention is a key component to ending violence in our communities. First Step staff members present to schools, businesses, religious organizations, medical personnel, police officers, and civic groups. Topics range from the effects of violence on children, to dating violence, date rape drugs, domestic/sexual assault myths and facts, and community resources. Learn more here.

Transitional Housing
The Transitional Housing Program provides full rent subsidy and support while helping survivors build a credit history and skills to obtain and maintain permanent housing.

Temporary Emergency Housing (Shelter)
When home is no longer a safe option, First Step provides emergency, short-term housing for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence and their children. Family Advocates work with residents to assist them in meeting their goals. Residents have the opportunity to participate in vital services, such as individual and group counseling, safety planning, medical attention, housing referrals, and educational and recreational activities for children.

Assault Response
First Step staff and volunteers, on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, respond to victims of domestic/sexual violence at local emergency rooms, police stations, and schools. Survivors receive immediate crisis intervention, clothing, support, safety planning, and links to First Step and other vital services.

Children's Advocacy and Prevention Programs
Children ages 3 through 19 are provided individual, family, and group counseling sessions to overcome the effects of witnessing violence in the home and, in some cases, the effects of being victimized directly by physical or sexual abuse. First Step also recognizes the need for fun and recreation. Through volunteers and staff, First Step provides recreational activities such as field trips, craft activities, holiday celebrations, birthday parties and more for the children and adults in our program.

Community/Legal Response Project
First Step Community Response Project Survivor Advocates help victims who seek help in police departments and courts throughout Wayne County. In several communities, Survivor Advocates work with a designated domestic violence prosecutor and detective to respond to the crimes of domestic and sexual violence. Survivor Advocates contact the victims of these crimes just after the police report is filed. They focus on assessing lethality, making safety plans, and explaining the criminal justice process and the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence for the adults and children involved throughout the prosecution process. Referrals are also made to other First Step programs, as well as pertinent outside resources. In addition, First Step provides in-court victim advocacy and support through free legal clinics.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocacy Programs
Individuals and families who live in the community have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one counseling and support groups. Survivors of domestic and sexual violence learn about the dynamics of abuse and how to advocate for their own resources and needs. They are given the space to discuss the emotional impact of their situations. Groups allow survivors to share their stories and find strength in connecting with others, who sometimes become life-long friends. Nonresidential sessions are available in four sites: Plymouth, Wayne, Lincoln Park and Redford.

MORE
First Step provides food, toys, clothing, birthday gifts, gift cards, books, school supplies, diapers, household goods, transportation and many of the other basic needs to help survivors in transition. 

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To This Fundraiser

$425

MONEY RAISED
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  • Helene Kendler and Patty Grossman

    $50

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    $25

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    $50

  • Toni Hartke

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  • Thea Collins

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Donor Comments

Thea Collins

Thea Collins

DONATION: $100

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Toni Hartke

Toni Hartke

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Chris and Pete

Chris and Pete

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DONATION: $25

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Helene Kendler and Patty Grossman

Helene Kendler and Patty Grossman

DONATION: $50

In memory, and tribute, to Arlene Bronstein 3 weeks ago