Random Statistics3-10 million American children each year witness abuse in their homes.
Family Violence Prevention Fund, http://www.endabuse.org/resources/facts, 2008
NCWS & SARP Center Merger
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the organization’s name changing?
Yes. We will unveil the new name and logo July 1, 2013. We will thoroughly research and utilize professional input so that the new branding fully represents who we are as a newly merged agency.
Did the North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center (NCWSRC)“take over” the Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention (SARP) Center?
This was not a “take-over”; it was a merger of two healthy, strong organizations with over 65 years of combined experience serving the community. Both agencies bring unique skills and strengths to the new organization.
What about the leadership?
After 3 years as the leader of the NCWSRC and 6 years as the previous Executive Director of the SARP Center, Jennifer Adams, will be the new Executive Director of the merged agency. Jesse Torrey, the interim Executive Director of the SARP Center and previous Director of the Americorps Program, will serve as the Associate Director.
Why merge at all? What are the benefits of the merger?
Each agency has more than 30 years of experience serving victims and their families in San Luis Obispo County. Both bring unique expertise and resources to this merger that will give the new organization an even stronger platform to advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The SARP Center has a robust Prevention Education Program, a resource the NCWSRC did not. The merger will give clients better access to a wider range of coordinated supportive services that can help them rebuild their lives.
Why would the NCWSRC change its focus after all these years to include victims of sexual assault?
NCWSRC will remain committed to its original mission of serving victims of domestic violence, but with the additional focus on sexual assault victims. During our due diligence it became clear that victims of domestic violence have a high exposure to sexual assault. In fact, over 60 percent of NCWSRC clients experience some form of sexual assault.
Will any of the services of either organization be cut? What services will you provide?
The newly merged organization will retain all of the original programs of both agencies. Clients will still have access to all the services and programs that existed prior to the merger, for the most part with the same staff and in the same location they are used to accessing services. There will be no interruption in services and clients will be informed of any changes in the way services are provided.
Where should we refer our clients/should we continue to refer clients to NCWSRC and the SARP Center?
Other local nonprofit agencies and county programs should continue to refer clients to the same programs they have in the past. The same services will continue to be available to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The names of programs will not be changing, only the name of the organization.
Will you still operate the hotlines both agencies had before?
For now, yes, the merged agency will continue to utilize both hotlines. We will combine hotlines into one central phone number by July 1, 2013 to serve both victims and families of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Are you moving? Are you closing any facilities?
Some staff may move to different locations to improve efficiency and better integrate program services, but no facilities will be closing. The new organization will operate a total of four sites – two shelters in the North County and two offices, one in San Luis Obispo and one in Paso Robles.
How will staff be impacted? Will you be hiring any new employees? Will you lay off any employees?
Almost all staff will remain in their existing positions. The newly merged organization will have 15 full-time and 8 part-time employees. Over the next several years, it is anticipated that several new positions will be created to accommodate the organization’s growth. The merger presents staff and volunteers with many professional development opportunities.
How will the organization be able to give equal attention to all of the programs that each agency has operated individually?
The organization is retaining virtually all staff, so the resources, leadership, commitment and knowledge that each program had before will be retained. Programs will continue without interruption. Great attention is being given to our integrated approach to become not only stronger in our delivery but more comprehensive in outreaching to the community.
How does the Women’s Shelter Program (WSP) of SLO fit in with the newly merged organization?
Both NCWSRC and the SARP Center enjoy collaborative and supportive relationships with WSP and we look forward to continuing that partnership in order to best serve all clients. Victims of domestic violence are always given the choice of agencies with the understanding that client’s needs vary regarding location of services and/or shelters.
The SARP Center serves the entire county of San Luis Obispo and NCWSRC only serves the North County; won’t this be confusing to victims, supporting organizations and supporters?
We understand this could cause some confusion, so we will be diligent in our communications with regards to this issue. Victims of sexual assault will have the choice of accessing services in either San Luis Obispo or North County. The Prevention Education programs will continue to be provided throughout the county. And victims of domestic violence will continue to have the choice of accessing services/shelter from NCWSRC or from WSP of SLO.
1030 Vine Street • P.O. Box 630 • Paso Robles, CA 93447-0630
Toll-Free 24-hr Crisis Line (855)5SHELTER • Business (805) 226-5400 • Fax (805) 226-5401