Family Crisis Center of Prince George's County
WISH LIST: $100: 5 twin-size sheet sets; $500: 10 comforters, light-weight blankets, waste baskets, and liners for new shelter expansion; $10,000: industrial-size freezer for the shelter
For over 25 years, the Family Crisis Center has been the primary provider of domestic violence services in Prince George's County, which leads the state of Maryland in the number of warrants issued for protective orders -- about 1,200 per month. Of course this grim statistic represents only a small part of the story: some three-quarters of domestic violence victims never report their cases at all. So the Center's hotline offers immediate crisis counseling, information, and referrals. Its emergency shelter provides a therapeutic environment for women and children, along with counseling, safety planning, medical and financial assistance, and help with transitional housing. Legal advice and representation assist victims with the justice system, while workshops and presentations on the dynamics of domestic violence educate the community about the seriousness and scope of the problem. Expansion of the shelter from 21 to 55 beds was completed in October 2008, but lack of funding has meant that beds are left empty and hundreds of needy people turned away. You can make a difference . . . one bed at a time.
3601 Taylor Street
Brentwood, MD 20722