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Marion nonprofit switches to mobile advocacy model

MARION, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — A division of Marion-based nonprofit Family Service Society Inc. is transitioning from a domestic violence shelter to a new mobile advocacy model. Hands of Hope says the change will better serve victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking.

The nonprofit says switching to a mobile model will reach more victims and survivors by meeting them where they are, in a safe location of their choice. 

“While we have helped hundreds of men, women, and children in the shelter over the years, we acknowledge that communal living is hard, shelter is expensive and capacity is limited,” said Linda Wilk, director of Hands of Hope. “We’ve heard from many victims that they don’t want to enter a shelter. We believe mobile advocacy will allow us to reach individuals and families who may be in danger and those who may have never reached out to us for services before because of the barriers often associated with entering a shelter.”

Hands of Hope says it has fully transitioned out of its traditional residential facility, but will provide accommodation solutions for victims and survivors when emergency shelter is needed. The organization adds it will continue to work with law enforcement, community organizations and regional shelters to ensure the safety of survivors.

“We have always been at the forefront of leading the adoption of innovation in domestic violence programs and services,” said Wilk. “We believe this innovative change is the right one for survivors of domestic violence or sexual violence in our community and all who are committed to their safety.”

You can learn more about Hands of Hope’s mobile advocacy efforts by clicking here.