The mission of Florence Crittenton Services is to promote health and hope for tomorrow’s children by providing comprehensive health, educational and social services for single pregnant and non-pregnant adolescents and women, mothers and their babies in the foster care system.
Florence Crittenton Services (FCS) is an agency that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. FCS is a residential facility for pregnant girls and women, and mothers with children, as well as young women in foster care, not pregnant or parenting. Many of Florence Crittenton's clients come from environments of chaos, and are dealing with various traumas such as poverty, neglect, possible substance abuse, and sexual and domestic abuse.
As an agency that operates 24/7 year-round, it is important to provide a safe environment, protecting our young girls and women. There are infants and children on-site as well, which adds to security concerns. A new video surveillance system would allow FCS to increase client and staff safety, and allow staff to better secure sensitive client information within the building.
Hope of Mooresville's (HOMe) mission is to provide safe shelter, food and support services to Mooresville's homeless women and children. It is the first and only organization in Mooresville to provide these services. HOMe is zoned as a family care facility and will house 10-12 women and children with a maximum of six adults. As of 2015, there were 82 homeless children in the Mooresville Graded School district. By serving as a community safety net crime rates drop, children are afforded a more stable atmosphere that is conducive to physical and emotional health, and individuals are more likely to succeed and become productive citizens.
These woman and children each have a different homeless story to tell but insecure is a common storyline for each. A video surveillance system will provide these families with a peace of mind which is something these woman and children have not felt in a while. In addition, they will have the feeling of control and empowerment that comes with a surveillance system. Furthermore, this house is located in downtown Mooresville. It does not have the benefit of having "your neighbor" watching out for you as you might in a residential neighborhood.
Redeeming Joy is a restoration home that provides services and a safe place to heal for women who have escaped from being sexually trafficked and enslaved. Services provided include: substance recovery; renewing of the mind from conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and sleep disorders; relational and social re-acclimation; family restoration; community outreach, vocational and life skills; and self care therapy.
Security is of the greatest importance not just to our clients, but also for the success of their healing. Our clients are always in fear that they will be found and hurt by their captors. Statistically each lady makes her captor about $100,000 a year. If she gets the courage to leave, she often leaves a very angry captor who is not happy about his financial loss. One of our first responsibilities is to ensure to the clients that they are safe and that we have done all we can to keep them safe. They also lack trust and a security system allows them to begin to trust us that we are doing all we can to provide a safe environment.
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