June 2019 Newsletter
Did you know "The U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline had its busiest year ever in 2018, receiving 573,670 calls, texts, and online chats, a 36% increase from 2017." The increase in calls has been attributed to a greater awareness of and around the issue of domestic violence in our communities.  

At FCR, we have also seen an increase in calls to our 24-Hour Hotline. For the first 6 months of 2019 we have seen a 21% increase in calls vs. last year. 

Thanks to the incredible and generous support received this year from donors, sponsors, volunteers and the dedicated staff at FCR, we continue to be able to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence take the brave first step in keeping themselves and their families safe.  

To see just how this is all made possible and to learn more about FCR and how you can be a part of our mission, read on for highlights from the past few months and upcoming opportunities! Thank you.
Save the Date!
2019 Spring Gala Recap
What a night! Our Spring 2019 Gala was
a night to remember !

We are so grateful to everyone who attended the night, to our many event sponsors and donors, and to our auction item donors and winning bidders- your support made this our most successful fundraiser ever! We could not have done it without the generous help of our Board, Event Committee, FCR staff and volunteers. 
Thank you!!

The night was full of joy and laughter as we honored
Mr. George L. Carney Jr. for his longtime commitment to helping those in need in our community, and recognized the City of Brockton's Commission on Women's Issues for their efforts to support the well-being of women who call Brockton "home".

Thank you for the generous support for our "Child Witness to Violence" program ( read more about it below! ).

To see our complete list of sponsors and more of the fun, click on the photos below!

If you missed the night, it's not too late to help support our mission!
A book can change
your life!
As part of our Spring Gala in honor of Mr. Carney, FCR created the

" George L. Carney, Jr.
Little Free Library "

for the children and families who visit us at our 18 Newton Street office and at our Visitation Center at 250 Belmont Street.

A huge Thank You to Sara Kelly, Nancy Tucker and all of the members of Alpha Delta Kappa, Mu Chapter for the generous donation of new and gently used books for all ages to get the library started!
Capital Improvements
FCR Awarded a Facility Improvement Grant from
The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation!
CEO Patricia Kelleher is honored to announce the receipt of a Small Capital Grant from the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation (The Foundation)! The funds will be used to replace the handicap accessible ramp at FCR's main office at 18 Newton Street in Brockton.

FCR would like to thank the Trustees of The Foundation and offer a special thanks to Amy Hampe, Program Officer and David Rubinstein, Office & Grants Administrator for their support.

The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation is committed to effecting permanent positive change in the lives of the residents of Greater Boston, and/or in the Gateway Cities of Brockton, Chelsea, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, or New Bedford. Preference is given to agencies working in low-income communities.The Foundation awards approximately $14 million annually in grants aimed at promoting greater health, educational attainment, and economic mobility.
Community Connections
JDI Prevention Summit 2019
On Friday June 21, 2019, FCR DV Advocates Telma Pawlak-SIlva &
Kyle Harrington attended the Jane Doe Coalition Prevention Summit at the
DCU Center in Worcester, MA.
The Summit brought to together a diverse group of passionate advocates, activists, care providers, educators, and students with the purpose of engaging in meaningful dialogue and skill building around the theme of “Communities First: Centering Those Most Impacted”. 
Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito, and Director of SA and DV Services at the Department of Public Health, Judy Benitez-Clancy, started the day by reinstating the State’s commitment to addressing and prevention violence, and introducing the first violence prevention awareness campaign Massachusetts has launched in 20 years. Information about this campaign can be found at www.mass.gov/RESPECTfully .

Keynote Speaker and Director of the Center for Hope and Healing, Isa Woldeguiorguis, spoke to the "significance of the movement the attendees are a part of" and encouraged participants to find productive value in their communities and connections to share with them the "importance of creating communities of belonging".

The FCR team participated in two informative breakout sessions and returned to their work with a renewed commitment to making those who are most marginalized feel their belonging at the center of the anti-violence movement!
What a great way to start the Summer fun in the community!
FCR staff got creative on June 8th to support
The Charity Guild's "Spring into Summer" block party!
We did some cool rock art and listened to some great tunes! The day was a fun collaboration between Brockton Arts, Stacy Adams, The Y, FCR, and The Charity Guild.
For the past few years year, FCR has been fortunate to have the folks at Liberty Mutual volunteer to help make our spaces beautiful and comforting for our clients.

This past May a dedicated team of volunteers of
"Liberty Torchbearers"
gave a much needed fresh coat of paint to our Raynham Visitation Center!

Check out the fabulous blue kitchen where our visiting families gather to share a meal and check-in with each other.

Thank you to all the volunteers for their time and painting talents!
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Look for Family and Community Resources Inc.'s Charity List and shop for the things we really need right now for Janice's Closet and our Food Pantry!
Get to Know our Programs
Child Witness to Violence Program

An estimated 15.5 million children live in a household where violence has occurred at least once in the last year; 7 million children have witnessed severe violence to a loved one. The most recent National Survey of Children Exposed to Violence found that 57.7% of children experienced at least one exposure in the previous year.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as witnessing family and community violence are linked to negative brain development and future risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, and shorter life expectancy. 
Children who witness violence are also 4 times more likely to perpetrate violence as an adult.
** image courtesy of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
FCR’s Child Witness to Violence (CEDV) program has been a recognized leader in the field since 2000.

We know that after witnessing an incident of family violence, a child’s best hope is to bond with another caregiver(s) and experience the nurturance that a caring and compassionate relationship can provide . A caring relationship can help the child deal with his/her feelings of fear and guilt, and guide that child to understand that his/her feelings are normal, while encouraging that child to engage in activities and plan strategies that will help him/her stay safe and develop the resiliency that will lead to healthy growth and development. 

Here at FCR, our caring therapists and advocates work with children for as long as it takes to lead that child from fear and despair to hope for a brighter future. They also work with the child’s caregiver(s) to help them understand why a child may exhibit angry or anxious behavior, and how the parent or caregiver(s) can help that child develop positive coping skills and healthy relationships with others. 

In FY 2018 , the FCR CEDV program provided comprehensive child witness services, including clinical services, to  119 youth ages 2.5 -17 years . Children and youth received direct services from clinicians and interns, including clinical counseling (individual, sibling group and family), safety planning, advocacy, case management and crisis support.    In addition to these youth served, the CEDV provided groups throughout the Brockton Public Schools on the topics of healthy relationships, self-esteem, conflict resolution, positive decision making and violence prevention. 
Get to Know our Staff
One of Our Own is Honored!
Congratulations to Nicole Modes, M.Ed., FCR's new
Director of Mental Health Services!
FCR’s new Director of Mental Health is not new to FCR nor to the Brockton area.  Nicole Modes was born and raised in the community of Brockton. She started with FCR in 2008 as a volunteer for her Service Learning Project while at Bridgewater State University (BSU) pursuing a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology, with a Social Welfare Minor. In the Spring of 2014, Nicole began her work at FCR as a Clinical Intern while working on a Masters of Education in the Mental Health Program at BSU, graduating in Spring of 2015. Because she was such a wonderful intern, we hired her as a clinician once she graduated!

Nicole has experience working with diverse populations of clients who experience a range of social inequities. She has worked to develop relationships with community providers helping to inform her work with clients. Nicole is passionate about social justice and strives to help empower clients to achieve their goals and connect them with resources that they seek to help prosper. Nicole is dedicated to working with clients from marginalized populations and survivors of domestic violence and other forms of trauma, with a strong interest in working with adolescents and young adults. She is proud and humbled to serve clients from the community in which she was raised.

Nicole has been, and continues to be, an extremely valued member of the FCR team. She has enormous enthusiasm and an unrelenting positive attitude about her work and her profession. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to reward her with a promotion to a Director position at FCR. 
There are many opportunities to support FCR!
Which one speaks to you?
Support Children and Families Today!

Donate to our Food Pantry and Janice's Closet - We are always in need of non-perishable food and toiletry items to support our families in crisis.

Please call Linda Siegel-Croker at 508-583-6498 to schedule a pick up or set up a time to drop off your donations to our main office location at 18 Newton St. Brockton, MA! 

Monetary donations to support our work are always welcomed. Click the button below to make a one time donation or to become part of our monthly giving program, Lifeline for Love !
Other Ways You Can Support FCR

Host a Fundraising event   - Hold a painting party or work with your favorite restaurant to donate a portion of a night's proceeds, and designate FCR as the beneficiary charity.

Reach out to your employer or foundation   - Ask if they would sponsor an FCR fundraising event or if they have a charity donation matching gift program?

Join our 2019 Event Planning Committee   - Assist with planning and coordinating annual fundraising events!

Become a Volunteer Childcare Assistant  - Provide child care while a parent/caregiver receives services at FCR.
Train to be a Volunteer Supervised Visitation Monitor   - Assist parents with their children to have safe and nurturing visits at our visitation centers.
Administrative Assistant Volunteer  - Assist the FCR team with various office projects.
Train to be a 24 -Hour Crisis Line Volunteer  - Answer domestic violence Crisis Line during 5:00PM to 8:30AM shift.

Visit our website for more details!
We'd love you to join our team!
  FCR is hiring:

  • Receptionist/Medical Billing Clerk- Part-time Position 20 hours per week (Monday – Friday 8 AM – 1 PM)

Click  here  to read the full job descriptions.
Board of Directors

 David Madoff, Esq., Chair
Susan Kantor, Treasurer
Linda Kenney Logan, Clerk
Shirley Asack-Younes 
Shaynah Barnes 
Cheryl Discoli
Stephen Donahue
Phyllis Ellis
Jennifer Goldblatt
Debra Prepas
Stephen Prone
Beth Scherer

Patricia Kelleher, President & CEO