Mission, Vision, and Values

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Mission

Friendship Home exists to support, shelter and advocate for victims of domestic violence and their children.

Friendship Home Seeks To:

  • Provide a continuum of safe, confidential shelter options—from emergency shelter through transitional shelter.
  • Provide a rich array of crisis intervention services, case management and emotional support to those we shelter as well as those who are waiting for shelter; helping them to rebuild their lives, free from fear.

Address the many complexities and barriers associated with domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking on an individual level as well as a community systems level.

  • Continue to reach out to survivors through individual advocacy, emergency case management and support groups after they leave shelter, offering an environment where survivors feel welcome and are encouraged to share their stories and their wisdom with others.

Vision

  • It is Friendship Home’s vision that someday the need for our services will cease to exist, that domestic violence will not be tolerated by anyone in the community, and that all homes will be places of love, support and safety.
  • We envision a community that embraces any victim or child who experiences domestic violence. As neighbors and friends, we join together in our commitment to them by taking bold action to affect change. We foresee a society that courageously holds batterers accountable for the crimes they commit, and allows victims of domestic violence to stay in their own homes and re-build their lives free from fear.
  • We see Friendship Home as a haven of warmth and welcome, new beginnings and empowerment for the victims and children who find shelter within our walls. Through unconditional acceptance and respect for the journey victims have taken, Friendship Home supports them as they stand tall and reach high — providing the assistance they needs to help bring their dreams to reality.
  • Our vision is that children, who have seen and experienced far more than their short years should demand, are able to love, laugh and recapture the childhood that was taken from them too early. Our goal for them is to break the cycle of violence and surround them with lessons of hope, understanding and acceptance.
  • As we reach toward this vision, we aspire to be known throughout the country as a successful model program, propelling domestic violence services to new heights of achievement.
  • Please note: Friendship Home provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking. For the sake of simplicity, the term “domestic violence” is used to describe all four forms of violence and the term “batterer” refers to perpetrators of all four forms of violence.

Values

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  • We value the hopes, dreams, fears and concerns of the victims we serve. That means that our role is to listen…really listen as they explore their newly found freedom and discover the next steps on their journeys.

EMPOWERMENT

  • We support the journeys of victims and their children. We value an environment that enables them to understand their strengths and to discover the power within. To do this we must creatively adapt our approach, programs and services to meet each individual’s unique needs.

ACCOUNTABILITY

  • We believe that we are not powerless against violence and that breaking the cycle is possible. To do this, we as a community must hold batterers accountable for the crimes they commit against their victims.

RELATIONSHIPS

  • We support the personal connections and meaningful relationships between victims and the people who care about them. We value the unique relationship between parent and child and embrace families in shelter with loving support.

SAFETY AND CONFIDENTIALITY

  • We believe that no victim or child should live in fear of domestic violence. We respect victims’ right to privacy and we strive to make it possible for them to pursue their aspirations without intimidation, violence, or control.

COLLABORATION

  • We value the joint efforts of a community that pools resources, talents, and ideas to help victims of domestic violence and to change the cultural attitudes that have created it.
  • Please note: Friendship Home provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking. For the sake of simplicity, the term “domestic violence” is used to describe all four forms of violence and the term “batterer” refers to perpetrators of all four forms of violence.