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HistoryThe Women's Resource Center (WRC) began in 1975 as a grassroots effort to serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence, utilizing an all-volunteer staff. The WRC opened its first emergency shelter in 1984. In 1993 the emergency shelter program moved into a larger facility, increasing capacity from 12 to 22 beds. In 1998 the WRC began its transitional housing program, which currently offers housing and supportive services throughout its service area in agency owned facilities and through rental subsidies to third party landlords. In 2004 the WRC's Doula Teen Parent Program formed a partnership with the Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) to ensure the continuation of that program. TCAPS donates space for Doula and its baby pantry, and the WRC provides the staff and volunteers. In 2007, a group of local service providers and the WRC re-opened Sara's House, a specialized transitional housing program for survivors of domestic violence and their children when the adult survivor also is in need of substance abuse treatment.
In the early 1990's, the WRC made a commitment to increase access to its services and began to shift to a decentralized service delivery model that focuses on providing services in communities throughout its service area. In 2006 – 07 the WRC served nearly 1,500 survivors of domestic and sexual violence:
In addition, the M.E.N.S. (Men Exploring Non-Violent Solutions) and A.W.A.R.E.
After over 30 years of service, the WRC is known as the area's primary service provider for domestic and sexual violence survivors, assisting residential and non-residential clients with support, advocacy, and immediate crisis intervention. The agency is also the acknowledged area expert on domestic violence and sexual assault and annually provides approximately 150 public awareness, prevention, education and awareness activities for allied professionals and agencies, civic groups and schools.
The Women's Resource Center provides education, support, counseling, housing and advocacy - through community collaboration - to end domestic and sexual violence and promote an equitable, safe environment for all.
The WRC serves five counties in northwest lower Michigan. This service area includes Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and southern Antrim counties and covers nearly 1,700 square miles.
Located at 3030 N. U.S. 31 S.
Limited English Proficiency
The Women's Resource Center provides, free of charge, language assistance to persons with limited English proficiency.
Esta agencia provee, sin costo alguno, asistencia de idiomas a personas con conocimiento limitado de ingles.