To our friends, supporters, colleagues and most importantly, those we serve:
While these are uncertain times for us all, victims of domestic violence are in extreme and elevated danger. The mandate of social isolation and inevitability of financial distress in families are two of the main risk factors for an increase in the incidence of domestic violence.
Yesterday, this article ran in The Colorado Independent comprehensively detailing the extreme challenges faced by domestic violence response organizations around the state. Tina Griego prominently features Bright Future Foundation in this article. Please take the time to read and process the information contained therein.
Per the direction of Governor Polis’s office, Bright Future offers a critical service to the community and, as such, will continue to provide all essential functions. Our leadership has implemented and operationalized a disaster management plan that allows for crucial services to continue in a manner that provides safety for both staff and survivors.
• Our 24/7 crisis hotline in English and Spanish remains the primary access point for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault in need of safety, security and/or access to community resources
• We have established a HIPPA compliant telemental health system that is now assessable to all counseling clients
• Although capacity is limited, emergency shelter is available for victims in need: Contingencies have been made for social distancing, isolation and quarantine, if necessary
• Our advocates and housing staff are preparing for increased demand for rental assistance and landlord advocacy. Staff are collaborating and coordinating with local and statewide emergency funds to augment our existing resources. Confidential videoconferencing is available for intakes
• Even the Buddy Mentors Program is operating virtually through text, email, phone, zoom meetings and a Flipgrid site for participants to safely share videos
I am privileged to be a participant in state, national and global domestic violence/sexual assault convenings. Occurring weekly, thought leaders are sharing resources and lessons learned. In these unprecedented times, we need to be looking out as best we can for our families, friends and neighbors.
There will be a Brighter Future ahead.