Denton County Friends of the Family
Denton County Friends of the Family (DCFOF) was founded in 1980 and began with a staff of two, 32 volunteers, a 900 square foot shelter, and $10,000 in funding. In thirty years the agency has grown to a staff of 50, hundreds of active volunteers, a 4,400 square foot shelter, and over 1.5 million dollars in funding. Denton County Friends of the Family is dedicated to providing compassionate and supportive services to those impacted by relationship violence and sexual assault while partnering with the community to promote a society free of violence.
Throughout the years, the agency has remained true to its purpose and mission and operates a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of those seeking assistance. The agency serves over 7,000 individuals a year through the following programs: 24-hour crisis line, 32-bed protective residential shelter, adult counseling program, child and adolescent program, structured community education, violence intervention and prevention, outreach advocacy, legal advocacy and accompaniment, thrift store, hospital accompaniment and involvement in the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. Several thousand children are educated each year through our community education programs.
Today, DCFOF is the sole provider in Denton County of shelter and free outreach services to those who have been affected by relationship violence and/or sexual assault. DCFOF receives funding from federal, state and local government agencies, the United Ways of Denton County and Lewisville, corporations, foundations, groups, and individuals. The agency looks forward to carefully designed expansion of existing programs and new initiatives to increase awareness of DCFOF services and to help end the generational cycle of violence.
Community Education is a big part of DCFOF. They offer programs about the prevention of relationship violence and sexual assault to all parts of the community. From the Bumbles presentations with children as young as kindergarten-aged to Media Literacy presentations for adults, DCFOF covers the whole spectrum of education about relationship violence and sexual assault. To schedule a presentation, call 940-387-5131.
Counseling Services are provided free of charge to adult, adolescent, and child victims of relationship violence and sexual assault. There are also services for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and significant others and family members of sexual assault survivors. While group counseling is always available, individual counseling will be considered on a case by case basis.
The staff of DCFOF is doing everything in their power to stop family violence and heal the wounds of sexual assault. But, they cannot do it alone. They need YOUR help. Volunteers play a vital part in the delivery of services from rocking babies, painting shelter rooms and helping at the Thrift Store. Volunteers are one of the largest assets Friends of the Family has. They encourage both groups and individuals to look into volunteering, whether you can give an hour a month or several hours a week. For additional information contact email@example.com or call 940-387-5131.
See page 29 for a special event Head Rush Salon is hosting for Denton County Friends of the Family.