VERDE VALLEY SANCTUARY

Breaking the cycle of violence

aka V.V.S.   |   Sedona, AZ   |  https://verdevalleysanctuary.org

Mission

Our mission is to enhance the safety of and increase services for survivors of sexual and domestic violence and end additional abuse through community education.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Jessye Johnson

Main address

P.O. Box 595

Sedona, AZ 86339 USA

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EIN

86-0741314

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Victims' Services (P62)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Domestic violence and sexual assault, unfortunately, are very pervasive in our culture. Domestic abuse can often involve physical violence, where an abuser harms someone leaving visible marks and scars. But abuse can also be physiological – something that is referred to as coercive and controlling behavior. This type of abuse leaves no marks or scars but can cause victims to lose their freedom and experience fear on a daily basis. Sometimes, abuse within a relationship may start with controlling behavior and then later become physical. Oftentimes individuals who grew up in an abusive household continue the cycle of violence as adults. At the Verde Valley Sanctuary, we work to offer a 360-degree approach to tackling the issues associated with abuse and assault by providing a 24-hour support line, a safe shelter, legal advocacy, outreach services, and education and prevention programs in the community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter

The Verde Valley Sanctuary Shelter offers a confidential refuge for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault, and their children, to find stability, respite, support and begin to rebuild their lives. The shelter provides food, clothing, and supportive services.

Our staff immediately address trauma with:

Counseling, support and advocacy
Referrals to legal and medical resources
Development of a safety plan
Assistance accessing community resources
Children’s programs
Spanish speaking advocates available

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Women and girls
LGBTQ people
Heterosexuals
Men and boys

We provide transitional housing for clients who need to create a positive rent profile to help them qualify for affordable housing. The transitional housing program will provide short to midterm safe housing, for six to 24 months. Residents of this program will have access to trauma-informed and survivor-centered case management, advocacy, emotional support, and a match savings program.

The need for safe, affordable housing for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault is well documented. Without access to housing options, survivors healing from those traumas are often forced to live in substandard conditions or return to unsafe environments. While many survivors need only short-term, emergency shelter, others face numerous barriers to achieving independence free from the abuse and require long-term housing assistance and a variety of support services.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Women and girls
Heterosexuals
LGBTQ people
Men and boys

YES (Youth Empowerment Services) Program: Since 1995, the Verde Valley Sanctuary has been serving children and teens at risk through the YES Program. We now serve over 200 youth each year through a combination of school-based and community-based prevention and intervention programming aimed at breaking the cycle of domestic violence in local families. Staff provide classroom trainings in nine (9) schools in Cottonwood, Camp Verde, and Beaver Creek/Rimrock. School administrators want the YES Program. The students are eager to learn and are invested in the presentations and conversations. Presenters engage youth input, and it is a genuinely participative experience. Some students have experience with domestic violence, and some have been in the Shelter. The YES Program gives
students information to be empowered to make the best choices for themselves.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The court process can be very challenging, even for those who have experience in court. Survivors of domestic violence can face a number of legal issues that either directly stem from, or are affected by, the actions of those who use abuse and violence. These issues can include obtaining protection orders against an abuser; filing for divorce; seeking custody of and/or visitation with minor children; and filing for child support. Our lay-legal advocates provide trauma-informed assistance and support to survivors of domestic violence. sexual assault, and human trafficking as they engage with legal system. These services primarily focus on assisting clients with obtaining orders of protection and pursuing divorce and custody issues. Legal advocates are also available for court accompaniment to court hearings. Our advocates do not act as attorneys for survivors and are not able to provide legal advice. However, they are available to assist survivors in navigating the legal process.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Women and girls
Heterosexuals
LGBTQ people
Men and boys

Drop in center for any victim of suppression. Free therapy and case management. Since the majority of victims do not want to come into a shelter--but still needs some type of support services--we are inviting people and families to drop-in. 601 W. Mingus Ave. Cottonwood, AZ 928.634.6255. 24/7 Crisis line 800.930.7233

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Women and girls

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who received presentations on healthy relationships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth

Related Program

Youth Empowerment Services (YES)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients assisted with legal needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Legal Advocacy Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of nights of safe housing provided to families of domestic violence

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of crisis hotline calls answered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Victims and oppressed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of the Verde Valley Sanctuary is: To decrease the harm of domestic abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault; Through awareness, education, intervention, advocacy, and a new opportunity; To offer a range of supportive services including shelter, legal advocacy, education, outreach, and general support. To help prevent additional abuses by enhancing both individual, family, and community wellness, peace, safety, empowerment, and opportunity.

We follow the best practice model for domestic violence shelter and intervention as presented by the Arizona Coalition of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. We also focus on community integration and cooperation. We know the domestic violence is a community issue and demands a holistic response.

At the Verde Valley Sanctuary, we work to offer a 360-degree approach to tackling the issues associated with abuse and assault by providing a 24-hour support line, a 28 bed safe shelter, legal advocacy, outreach services, and education and prevention programs in the community.

Demand for our services has never been greater. In 2018 we received over 2300 calls to our hotline, provided 7700 nights of safe shelter and served 31,000 healthy meals to victims of abuse.

This year we completed the first phase in adapting our shelter to be able to accept clients with pets. Many victims of abuse will not leave a dangerous relationship because they don't have accommodations for their pet.

Looking ahead we plan to renovate our existing shelter. This project will be conducted in two phases. Our current shelter is a residential home that was adapted to be a shelter. We can accommodate 28 residents and employ 6 advocates to assist clients, man our hotline and counsel clients. Currently, there are only two offices for the six employees.

Phase I of the renovation will include: implementing a trauma-informed design, adding a new intake office and redesigning current offices, adding a commercial laundry room, painting and refreshing the interior and enhancing the entrance with new landscaping. All of the renovations will be focused on improving the client's experience at the shelter and creating an environment that is sensitive to their recent trauma.

Phase II will include replacing our modular home that is now beyond repair with a two-story building that is designed to accommodate clients with pets, and special needs as well as a large meeting room for group sessions and staff meetings.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our work gently liberates women, men, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people with addictions, and marginalized people of color. We screen people in, rather than screen people out of our support programs.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Following each service delivered, VVS staff track client and service details, VVS enters the data in the client database, which tracks: demographic statistics; number and types of services offered; copy of individualized service plans; outcome of legal actions; and referrals made. The clients are provided an anonymous service evaluation (in English and Spanish) form titled “Voice of the Client.” The “Voice of the Client” forms measure client outcomes and satisfaction with services. VVS is an active member of Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP). The purpose of CHIP is to plan, prioritize, and implement needed solutions within the health care continuum. Same day appointments at Spectrum’s primary care clinic area resulted from CHIP’s participation.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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VERDE VALLEY SANCTUARY

Board of directors
as of 07/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Hanke

Retired senior executive for healthcare, medical devices, and information technology

Term: 2018 - 2024

Marylu Miller

Retired ER Nurse

Ray Mossey

Former Police Officer and Senator

Christina Lembert

Retired

Carlin Coleman

Retired Graphic Designer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/12/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability