HIstory: Rape and Abuse Crisis Service

History of RACS
*Organization of Jefferson City Rape and Abuse Crisis Service, Inc. (RACS) intervention hotline by volunteers.
*Acceptance as United Way Agency, *First staff member added for volunteer coordination, *Establishment of Victim Advocacy program, *Organization of local “safe homes” in lieu of shelter service
*Addition of licensed professional counselor providing daily individual and weekly group domestic violence counseling for adults, *Added Director of Shelter Services and additional professional staff to enhance case management services.
*Major reorganization in staff and volunteer training and upgrading of staff qualifications through continuing education efforts started as a result of long range plan designed to create excellence in providing services, *School based education program added with annual presentations to high school students on abuse prevention and available services.
*Addition of Children's Licensed Professional Counselor. Services are available for child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as weekly sessions for child residents of the shelter.
*Addition of full time court victim advocate program in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Cole County Prosecutor's Office, Cole County Sheriff and the Jefferson City Police Department.
*Raised in excess of $1.5 million ($550,000 from Mo Dept of Public Safety) for the construction of a new shelter to house 40 clients.
*Moved into new facility. It is located in Jefferson City in a peaceful, wooded setting and can comfortably house 36 residents, not including baby cribs.
*Addition of Outreach Counselor to serve victims in the outlying rural communities.
*Tutoring program developed with Jefferson City Public School District for after school help with the children's homework.
*Celebrating 25 years providing service to victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
* Pet Care program developed with a local veterinarian and a foster care organization.