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Organization name: Prevail, Inc.Who’s telling the story: Natasha Robinson, Marketing & Event CoordinatorHow can we reach you: Phone: (317) 773-6942 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWhere can we find you: 1100 S. 9th Street, Suite 100 Noblesville 46060Website: www.prevailinc.org
How does your organization serve the Westfield Washington Township community? Prevail serves ALL victims of violent crime and abuse in Hamilton and surrounding communities. We respond to hospital call outs for victims, police call outs, and provide roll call training to community law enforcement. We are also providing programming in the schools on safe and healthy relationships and have partnered with Youth Assistance programming. All of these services are provided to the community FREE. We are able to do this because of generous supporters in Westfield and all across Hamilton County.
Tell us the history of the organization. Prevail was started in 1986 after several community leaders identified there was a lack of supportive services for ALL victims in our community. Beth Gelhausen was the key visionary, and was also Prevail’s Executive Director for many years. We started with one paid full time staff member and a handful of volunteers, to today 25 full time staff and many many volunteers and community partners who are instrumental in Prevail's success.
Is there a particular moment or memory that stands out?Two come to mind. When we first received Odle (our facility dog) and when Susan Ferguson (current Executive Director) was hired. Odle is by far one of our busiest advocates and helps in so many ways. And Susan has lead our agency from a small staff of about 10 full time employees to 25 since 2013!
What is the biggest challenge you face?There are so many challenges that Not for Profits face, getting enough funding to support the growing demand for services in our bursting community, spreading the word to everyone that we are here, making sure we are doing our absolute best for clients who are coming through our doors. I feel our largest challenge right now is getting the community engaged in our Primary Prevention efforts. Prevail has two staff members dedicated to engaging our community to make it a safer and more healthy place, where violence is not tolerated. Their job is to put Prevail out of business. There are several initiatives around prevention: Prevail’s 100 Men Campaign, our Assets Calendar, the Raise the Bar program, and our latest one is a community reads program.
What is the biggest success you have seen?I would say our biggest successes as an agency come from our clients’ successes. Group graduations and celebration, having survivors move on from our services and become Thrivers, having someone call just to let us know they are safe and we have helped change their life, and listening to survivors share their stories at our events. These stories are impactful and can be sad, but the fact that someone has come through it and is now speaking in front of 300 or more people is incredibly powerful for the survivor and for Prevail. To the community it would be the addition of 6 more offices in 2018, adding more staff to be able to be there for our community and expand our services to reach more victims.
Do you have a need for volunteers or donations? Of course! We are extremely grateful to our community for their support! Donations are always welcome. Cash donations can be given in a number of different ways, our agency Wish List is available through our website, and there are also tons of volunteer opportunities. Anything from working with advocates in support groups, assisting as a member of one of our event planning committees, or even doing a group service project at the office.
If so, please let us know how we can help?Anyone can help Prevail by engaging with us in some way! Visit our website (www.prevailinc.org), sign up for our e-newsletter, attend an event (fundraising or a free community event), host a drive for us from our Wish List, come in for a tour to learn more about us, or most importantly connect someone who needs services with our office. We are here for our community.
Is there anything else that you would like to share? As mentioned above, we LOVE hosting our community for tours. The more people know about what Prevail provides, the more victims can be reached and the more lives can be saved. Tours can be scheduled by contacting the Prevail office and we can work out a time that is convenient!