Women's Resources of Monroe County, Inc. Annual Report 2020-2021

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Giving Hope and Empowerment to All Affected by Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse ANNUAL REPORT 2020-2021 Fiscal Year

Women’s Resources of Monroe County PO Box 645 • 225 J. Wilson Drive Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327 Admin Office: www.wrmonroe.org570-424-2093 Crisis Hotline: 570-421-4200 24-hours / 7 days a week • free • confidential OUR MISSION To provide a safe and caring environment that encourages healing and empowerment for anyone whose life has been impacted by domestic and sexual violence. We strive to engage our community through awareness, advocacy, and prevention. OUR VISION To end domestic and sexual violence for all within our community. DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Inc. is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion where all clients, staff, board members, and volunteers feel safe and empowered to stand up to oppression of all kinds. We strive to be as free from prejudice and oppression as possible, celebrate diversity, and promote an environment where equity and mutual respect are vital.

OURIMPACT2020-2021FROMWORKOUROFSNAPSHOTA • Our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline is available 365 days a year. (including weekends and holidays) • It is staffed by highly trained employees and volunteers. • Our Counselors, Staff, and Volunteers answered more than 2,163 Calls. 24 HR HOTLINE • Our 22-bed shelter provides a safe, comforting, home-like atmosphere. • Provides group and individual counseling, advocacy, and information on employment, future housing and finances. • ALL Clients may receive shelter services if necessary. (regardless of age, gender identity, or sexual orientation) EMERGENCY SHELTER • The Frances Hughes Crisis Counseling Center offers FREE and CONFIDENTIAL crisis counseling with a trauma-informed, survivor-centered approach to serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault • Our counselors provided 4,696 Hours of counseling. COUNSELING • Our Legal Advocates assist victims with exploring their options and understanding their legal rights. • Advocates also accompany victims to court proceedings. • 481 Clients received legal advocacy services and support. LEGAL ADVOCACY • Prevention is integral to our vision to end domestic and sexual violence. • Our violence prevention program in schools throughout Monroe County help the younger generation understand healthy relationships, consent, respect, safe technology use and use these principles to grow into violence-free adults. PREVENTION & OUTREACH • Volunteers answer our hotline and work in our used clothing boutique in Stroudsburg, ECHO. • Over 6,500 Hours of direct and indirect services were provided by community volunteers. • 8 New Volunteers completed our 69-Hour DV/SA Crisis Counselor-Advocate Training. VOLUNTEER PROGRAM


PRESIDENT Betsy Gustafson Moyer, CPA K. Baker NOTE FROM OUR Board President I had the honor to join the Women’s Resources of Monroe County Board of Directors in 2013. As I complete the last days of my term as the Board President and as Board Member, I am incredibly proud of the work that the Board has done during my tenure and am so excited to see what the future brings as the Board embarks on this next chapter with a talented new executive team and slate of Board members. It takes each and every one of us doing our part to support this organization that allows it to continue providing invaluable services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, provide our community with resources to help teach healthy relationships, and end domestic and sexual violence for all persons. To all who I have had the pleasure to meet and work with on this journey, thank you for this Board

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, One Survivor At A Time.

Resilience is also reflective of those WRMC serves: the victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. After enduring such trial, hardship and pain, having the resiliency and strength to continue forward with Itlife.is because of your support for our mission and work that we were able to continue providing these life saving services to those in need. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for continuing to remember and support Women’s Resources of Monroe County.

LaurenSincerely,Peterson, MPA Executive Director, WRMC


A NOTE FROM OUR Executive Director 2021 brought another year of cancelled events and fundraisers, which we rely on each year to support our mission and services. But we never lost hope... Now we look back and celebrate A Year of Resilience! Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Being resilient does not mean that people don’t experience stress, emotional upheaval & suffering. We have all suffered, in one way or another over these last long years, but these times have also shown how we as a community can come together to support and aid one another.

OUR FACILITIES: WHERE OUR PASSION TO SERVE COMES ALIVE! OFFICEMAIN Services: ServicesCounseling,Drop-InLegalCounseling,Advocacy,CrisisinSpanish225 J. Wilson Drive PO Box 645 Office Hours: Monday - Friday | 9AM - 5PM ADMINISTRATIVE LINE: 570-421-2093 DELAWARE WATER GAP ENDWEST Services: LegalCounseling,Advocacy PVEN Offices 2334 Route 209 | Sciota, PA *Open Only For Scheduled Appointments FOR APPOINTMENTS: 570-421-4200 BRODHEADSVILLE CENTERMTN. Services: Counseling in English & Spanish, Legal Advocacy Mountain Center 354 Memorial Blvd | Tobyhanna, PA *Open Only For Scheduled Appointments FOR APPOINTMENTS: 570-421-4200 TOBYHANNA


We use two main curricula within the Healthy Relationships Project through PCAVT. The Care for Kids Program (PreK-2nd Grade) and the We Care Elementary Program (3rd-6th Grade) These lessons focus on age-specific and empowerment-based prevention, and not on fear, or sexual abuse itself. Children benefit from prevention programs because they learn how to develop healthy connections with trusted adults, how to recognize and communicate their feelings, and ultimately gain an increased self-awareness of their bodies, boundaries and self-efficacy.

Women’s Resources’ legal advocates received training from The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) on the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP). LAP provides an easy and effective method for law enforcement and other community professionals to identify victims of domestic violence who are at the highest risk of being seriously injured or killed by their intimate partners. Women’s Resources currently has a partnership agreement with Stroud Area Regional Police Department, and is working with Pocono Mountain Regional Police on training their staff to start working with the program.


Domestic & Sexual Violence does not discriminate based on age, ethnicity, race or background. With the Latinx population growing in Monroe County, it is imperative to acknowledge the barriers that are faced in regards to vulnerability. Our staff includes 2 Bilingual Counselor-Advocates and 2 Bilingual Shelter Counselors (Spanish-Speaking), who served over 20 Spanish-Speaking Clients within the past fiscal year (2020-2021). We also offer translation services through our 24/7 Hotline, which provides document translation and interpreting services for over 200 languages through GLOBO.




In Monroe County, our SART comprises of specially trained SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) nurses, law enforcement and Women’s Resources’ trained counselor/advocates. Victims of sexual assault can go to the Emergency Room (Lehigh Valley Hospital – Pocono or St. Luke’s – Monroe) to receive information and medical care, including a forensic rape examination. A Women’s Resources’ counselor/advocate is able to be with the victim during the entire exam if the victim wishes.


STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Inc. fiscal year ended 2020 & 2021 Current Assets Cash - unrestricted Cash - board designated Cash - restricted Total Cash GrantsInvestments&Contracts Receivable Prepaid Expenses Total Current Assets Fixed Assets Property & Equipments, net Total Assets ASSETS 2021 $3,176,5632,106,129$481,778$588,686$569,73618,012938265,591199,75316,404 2020 $3,313,8642,145,308$460,626$707,930$639,38763,1765,367257,061181,83421,731 Current Liabilities Accounts Payable Accrued Expenses Deferred Revenue PPP Loan Total Current Liabilities Net Assets Without Donor Restrictions With Donor Restrictions Total Liabilities & Net Assets LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS 2021 $3,176,5633,079,138$93,149$18,39134,75415,25024,7544,276 2020 $3,313,8643,035,102$258,928196,40020,25035,934$6,34419,834FundraisingManagementProgram $1,415,902$238,184$111,078 Total Expenses $1,765,164 *excludes in-kind contributions EXPENSES 2020/21 *excludes in-kind contributions OtherFoundationsUnitedFundraisingContributionsGovernmentWayIncome $1,495,183$103,508$71,454$28,250$8,250$22,902 Total Income $1,729,838 REVENUE 2020/21

Revenue, Gains, and other support Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Other Government Contracts PPP Loan Forgiveness Income FoundationIn-kindContributionsContributions&Corporate Support OtherInvestmentUnitedFundraisingWayIncomeIncome Total Revenues and Gain Without Donor Restrictions Net assets released from restrictions: Satisfaction of program purpose restrictions Total net assets released from restrictions Total revenues, gains, and other support without donor restrictions Expenses and losses Program services : PreventionCounseling and education ManagementOtherShelterassistanceand general Fundraising Total Expenses 2021 $1,765,164$1,799,201$1,729,838$470,854561,17291,71669,688130,107171,64642,70560,8038,25071,45428,54018,0704,83269,363$69,363$949,84294,516316,32355,221238,184111,078 2020 $1,599,371$1,417,850$1,407,691$322,809450,44998,73328,00053,34540,852120,263151,460108,26825,9317,58110,159$10,159$820,069108,045186,427117,124215,036152,670 CHANGE IN NET ASSETS W/O DONOR RESTRICTIONS CHANGES IN NET ASSETS W/ DONOR RESTRICTIONS Contributions received and income earned Net assets released from restrictions CHANGE IN NET ASSETS W/ DONOR RESTRICTIONS CHANGE IN TOTAL NET ASSETS Net Assets - at Beginning of Year Net Assets - at End of Year STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Inc. fiscal year ended 2020 & 2021 UNRESTRICTED NET ASSETS ($34, 037) $3,083,414$3,054,936($5,559)(69,363)$63,804$28,478 ($181, 521) $3,054,936$3,221,106($166,170)(10,159)$25,510$15,351

I eventually fled my abusive household and was received by Women’s Resources and placed in their shelter. Women’s Resources embraced my identity as a trans-man, helping me change my name and providing resourc es for proper medical services and psychological treatment that I needed to heal and move on. I left shelter and relocated, have a job, and am currently enrolled in university. Mateo“ I was in an abusive relationship for seven years. I experienced emotional abuse and intimidation. However, that emotional abuse and intimidation turned into physical abuse when I became pregnant, and was present during all three of my pregnancies. I feared for my life and the lives of my children. It took several attempts over several years, but around my 28th birthday I was ready to end the relationship and cycle of abuse. I found myself at Women’s Resources of Monroe County for counseling and art therapy. This is where I made my first vision board, and took steps to move forward. I am now five years free, happy and surrounded by the love of my children, family and friends.


I arrived at Women’s Resources on my 18th birthday, seeking counseling services and a way out of my abusive household. My whole life, all I knew was Domestic Violence. My parents were separated, but I experienced gaslighting, emotional abuse, financial abuse, neglect and isolation from each of them.

Regina“ Julie“ My partner was working through his sexual trauma with a therapist. His experience triggered memories that I had pushed away from my own childhood. Memories of Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence that I had experienced at a very young age. I sought out Women’s Resources and began attending individual and group counseling sessions. After six months of counseling, I was ready to move forward and focus on my future. I enrolled at East Stroudsburg University to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.


Women’s Resources showed me that it’s never too late to seek help for trauma , no matter how much time has passed. *Names have been changed to protect our clients’ identities.

Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud. – Helen Dyer “ *Direct Service Volunteers (and staff) are available for our hotline and are fully trained through a 69 hour Counselor Advocate Training Course, endorsed by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. *Non-Direct Service Volunteers help with ECHO, special projects or events. Thank you for selflessly giving your time to help those affected by Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Abuse. Thank you for being there through late night calls, being present and advocating for victims of sexual assault during a SART, and being a kind face or a kind voice for victims during the worst moments of their lives. Without you, we would not be able to keep our crisis hotline available 24Hrs A Day, 7 Days A Week, 365 Days A Year! TO OUR HOTLINE VOLUNTEERS, A THANK YOU TO VOLUNTEERS!OUR Crisis Hotline: 570-421-4200 24-hours / 7 days a week • free • confidential VOLUNTEER & OUTREACH COORDINATOR: Melissa Brown | melissabrown@wrmonroe.org Thank you for donating your time and always being there to lend a helping hand at our ECHO Boutique and events! Because of you we are stronger! TO OUR NON-DIRECT SERVICES VOLUNTEERS,


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Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by one person to gain power & control over another in an intimate or familial relationship. What Is It? Domestic Violence doesn’t discriminate. People of any race, age, gender, sexuality, religion, education level, or economic status can be a victim — or perpetrator — of domestic violence. Who Can Experience It? What Does It Look Like?

People often assume physical violence when they hear about abuse, but that’s not always the case. Abuse can be: Physical, Emotional, Verbal, Sexual, Financial, Digital, and/or Stalking Multiple. forms of abuse are usually present at the same time in abusive situations, and it’s essential to understand how these behaviors interact. Why Don’t They Just Leave? Leaving an abuser is the most dangerous time for a victim of domestic violence. Along with the physical risks of leaving an abusive situation, there are countless other reasons why people stay in their relationships. Common reasons why people stay in abusive relationships include: fear, normalized abuse, shame, intimidation, lowered self-esteem, lack of resources, lack of support disability, immigration status, cultural context, children, love P as comes Controlling all Using

first. Making all the decisions. CHILDRENUSING Threats or actions to take children. Threats to harm or harming children. Using children to relay messages. ABUSEECONOMIC Preventing you from working.




in public. 30% - 50% Transgenderof People PHYSICAL&SEXUAL VIO L E N C E CONTROLPOWER and ISOLATION Controlling what you do or who you talk to. Limiting activities. Using jealousy to control you. BLAMINGDENYING,MINIMIZING, lightorDenyingmakingofthe abuse. Shifting Accusingresponsibility.you. EMOTIONALABUSE Putting you down. Calling you names. Playing mind Humiliatinggames.you. INTIMIDATION Making you afraid. Destroying property. Displaying weapons. Smashing things. Abusing pets. ETRATORSOFVIOLENCE

Signs and symptoms of abuse look different for every victim, and may include, but is not limited to the following: (1) depression, sleep disturbances, nightmares, (2) frequent urinary infections, (3) isolation from family and friends, or withdrawal from usual activities, (4) anxiety, (5) low self-esteem, self-destructive behavior, and many more.


Sexual Violence encompasses sexual harassment, incest, child sexual assault, acquaintance rape, sexual assault, elder abuse, prison rape, exploitation, trafficking, revenge porn, and any other sexual behavior or contact towards another person without their consent. What Is It?

What Does It Look Like?

Anyone can be a victim of sexual violence including: children, teens, adults, and elders. Most rape is committed by someone the victim knows, such acquaintances, family members, trusted individuals, followed by strangers. Who Can Experience It?

experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, *compared to 35% of straight women 44% of Lesbians & 61% of Bisexual Women IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW MAY BE EXPERIENCING VIOLENCE OR ABUSE, KNOW THERE IS A HELP AND A WAY OUT. CALL OUR 24/7 FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL HOTLINE: 570-421-4200


Consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent should be clearly and freely communicated through verbal and affirmative expression. Consent cannot be given by individuals who are underage, intoxicated or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol, or asleep or unconscious. If someone agrees to an activity under pressure of intimidation or threat, or if unequal power dynamics are present that isn’t considered consent because it was not given freely. What Is Consent? experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, *compared to 29% of straight men 26% of Gay Men & 37% Bisexual Men experience Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) likely experience IPV

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Elizabeth Ruggiero Development Director 570-424-2093 ext eruggiero@wrmonroe.org119 Become a hotline volunteer, assist at our front desk, or help at our thrift boutiqueVOLUNTEER! Melissa Brown Volunteer Coordinator 570-424-2093 ext melissabrown@wrmonroe.org114 ECHO Clothing Boutique offers high quality women's clothing and accessories at affordable prices. All purchases go directly to supporting our mission. 916 Ann Street • Stroudsburg, PA across from the American Ribbon Outlet Follow ECHO online for events, store hours & sales! ANNUAL EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS Join and Support Us Throughout the Year! Sexual AwarenessAssaultMonth April Butterfly Releasefor Peace September Black & White Gala May Domestic AwarenessViolenceMonth October Hops For Hope 5K October Candle Light Vigil October SaleGeranium March-May TuesdayGiving November Take Back the Night April DisplayPinwheel October MonthPride June Look good. Do good. Facebook @WomensResourceofMonroeCounty @ECHOboutiqueWRMC Instagram Website FOLLOW US! www.wrmonroe.org GET INVOLVED! GET IN TOUCH! @WomensResourcesofMonroeCounty

Yes! I Support Women’s Resources and Their Mission! generouslyI, donate: your name or organization to support Women’s Resources in their mission to end domestic violence and sexual assault our community. $500 $250 $100 $50 $ Phone:Address: Email: Check payable to Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Inc. Credit Card Card Number: Exp. Date: CCV Code: Name on AuthorizingCard:Signature: Method of Payment DONATE ONLINE! wrmonroe.org Cut Out & Return In An Envelope To: Women’s Resources of Monroe County • c/o Elizabeth Ruggiero PO Box 645 • 225 J. Wilson Drive • Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327 $25 DonateNow Make a one-time gift or join our monthly giving program DonationIn-Kind Donate non-cash gifts, such as goods clothing, services, or supplies NightShelterof For only $350 you will house a family with a night of safety and security Become Sponsora Support our events throughcorporateanpartnershipscommunityasindividualorsponsor MatchingGifts Double or triple the impact. Ask your company matchingaboutgifts free confidentialand 24-hr hotline advocacylegalfree and secure shelter andpreventioneducationoutreachfree counseling for children and adults advocacymedical Your Generous Donation Today Will Go Directly To Providing The Services To Our Clients And Programs To Our Community. $350 WAYS TO GIVE!

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