Family Justice Center of Georgetown County
The Family Justice Center of Georgetown County (FJC) was established to reduce the injuries and deaths resulting from family violence. The FJC works with local agencies to provide comprehensive, coordinated services to victims of family violence and educational programs for the community. The center is dedicated to the creation of a community where there is zero tolerance of family violence.
Launched in 2007 in response to three domestic homicides within a four-month period, the Family Justice Center is the only functioning domestic violence organization in Georgetown and Horry Counties with a combined population of 299,000. All services are provided free of charge and include, but are not limited to: case management, counseling, DSS-approved parenting, support groups, legal advocacy, budget workshops, emergency hotel stays, emergency pet care and financial assistance.
Increased requests for client services make it necessary to expand the Family Justice Center's reach into the community by adding a part time Volunteer Coordinator. Currently, the center has twelve dedicated volunteers that perform receptionist duties, childcare and help at events. However, a staff member is needed to recruit, train, schedule and maintain a fully competent team of people who are committed to the FJC mission and vision. The Volunteer Coordinator will work to increase volunteer knowledge of family violence in order to more effectively serve victims of family violence and their children as well as collaborate with other service providers.
Georgetown County is a rural county with a large landmass area. Amongst many needs, there is a lack of adequate public transportation and safe consistent access to emergency and other necessary communication. The county also has an extremely high unemployment rate, which makes it difficult to move towards financial independence and self-sufficiency. Additionally, a lack of sufficient funding to hire more service providers results in the need for a dedicated team of volunteers to enhance and expand the services and resources available to victims of family violence and their children. The Family Justice Center works with partner agencies to address these needs by providing free comprehensive, coordinated services and resources to clients in one place. With over 80 centers in the United States and abroad, the FJC is a nationally-recognized best-practice model.
It is for these reasons that the Family Justice Center of Georgetown County requests support in the amount $21,000 to hire a part time Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator, according to the stipulations of the RSVP grant, will help the FJC operate more efficiently as well as expand the scope of our services.