Non-for-Profit Organizations to Support
Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos, Inc. (Casa Julia)
Is the first shelter for women survivors of domestic violence that was established in Puerto Rico in 1979. Since its founding, Casa Julia has played an important role in protecting and assisting victims of domestic violence. It has taken on the task of developing escape, safety and contingency plans, creating safe spaces for the placement of mothers and their children who are being stalked by the aggressor, at imminent risk of physical and psychological harm and worse, wandering.
Through shelter, guidance and counselling services, participants are guided through a process of empowerment whereby they recognize their potential to take control of their lives and live a life free from violence.
Today they have two additional centres in the municipalities of Ponce and Aguadilla. Both centres offer outpatient services for women who for some reason cannot be housed.
Serve women in all their diversity, regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, class, political affiliations or religious beliefs.
Harbor House of Central Florida
Works to prevent and eliminate domestic abuse in Central Florida by providing critical life-saving services to survivors, implementing and advancing best practices, and educating and engaging the community in a united front.
Is a non-profit state-certified domestic violence shelter near Orlando, in Orange County, Florida. Harbor House operates a 24-hour crisis hotline and provides counseling and a 110-bed safe shelter for women, children and men. Its activities include community outreach, legal advocacy services, and community and professional education.
Harbor House of Central Florida Targets
Harbor House, is determined to break the cycle of domestic abuse from one generation to the next. Preventing abuse means everyone has to recognize what a healthy relationship is in addition to the warning signs of an unhealthy one. Healthy communities are ones that do not tolerate abuse and speak out when they see it.
To this end, they target five distinct groups: First Responders; Businesses; Faith organizations; Youth; and the General Community.
Mental Health America, Inc.
Founded in 1909 by Clifford W. Beers, Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.
MHA's work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal.
The B4Stage4 Philosophy
Much of MHA’s work is guided by its Before Stage 4 (B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process. When we think about diseases like cancer or heart disease, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention, identify symptoms, and develop a plan of action to stop and hopefully reverse the progression of the disease. Like other diseases, it is critical to address symptoms early and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health.
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