2006-07 Recipient - Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center

Amount Awarded: 
$ 100,000

Community Needs : Domestic Violence, Family Support Services

Project Title: 
Furnishing a Safe Haven Capital Project

The Center provides 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling and referrals. Ongoing support heals and empowers sexual assault survivors and family members, and facilitates attitudinal and behavioral changes needed to eliminate sexual assault. Annually, about 3,000 people (over 50% teens) receive rape prevention education; almost 800 receive crisis intervention services. The old quarters for the Center were overcrowded and in extremely substandard condition. Finding a place to move into was difficult because of the nature of the service. When a promising location was found in July 2006, the Center needed to take the lease immediately even though they had no funding for remodeling or furnishing the interior spaces. Our gift provided funds for the necessary renovation and furnishing. The furnishings and interior remodeling provide warm, inviting and safe spaces for clients in the reception area and counseling rooms.