Family & Community Resources, Inc. 2018 Annual Appeal

Help Family and Community Resources bring families together this holiday season and beyond.

Every day, FCR staff work tirelessly to support survivors of domestic violence throughout Southeastern Massachusetts

Cassie's Story…

During counselling sessions, 6 year old Cassie avoided talking about her mother who had been murdered several months ago by a former boyfriend. She did talk about her grandmother, who was now her guardian. "My grandma and I like to play games after school, and every night we make a snack together and go over my homework. On Fridays we go out to eat, but I don't understand why we don't go to Alice's Restaurant anymore. It was my favorite restaurant, and my mom's too." A few weeks later, she said, "My grandma and I had a fight. I told her I wanted to go to Alice's for my birthday, and she said no." Cassie started crying and said her grandmother never even says her Mom's name anymore. "I don't want to forget my mom. I love her, and I don't know how to tell my grandma that I want to talk about her sometimes."

The counselor talked to Cassie's grandmother about this and found out she was only trying not to upset Cassie by talking about her mom. Once this was out in the open Cassie and her grandmother started talking about her mom more, and even went to Alice's on her birthday.

The goal of therapy with children is to help kids develop language that will allow them to express their feelings and process traumatic events so they can begin to heal. That is the work of FCR, work which is only made possible by your generous support.

Did you know that children traumatized by violence:
  • Have lower grade point averages and more absences from school
  • Suffer chronic stress and PTSD, which has a negative effect on the structures of their brain
  • Are 50% more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as teens
  • Are 3x more likely to repeat the cycle of abuse in adulthood

Over 46 million children in the U.S. are exposed to violence, crime, abuse or trauma in a given year

Your support will help sponsor counselling programs that help children heal, and supervised visitation programs that bring separated families together in a safe environment and build healthy relationship skills that make re-unification possible

With your help, we can make the wishes of Cassie, and children like her, come true

  • $500 helps a victim become a survivor through crisis intervention, safety planning and counseling
  • $250 helps provide compassionate therapy to a child who has witnessed violence
  • $109 will provide one night of emergency shelter, food and basic needs for a mother and 4 children
  • $75 provides safe transportation for a parent or child to a visitation center
  • $50 helps educate a child about ways to build healthy relationships, recognize and respond to violence, prevent dating violence and stop bullying
  • Your gift of any other amount will help end the cycle of violence

Thank you for helping survivors of family and community violence

Please make your tax-deductible gift payable to FCR, Inc. and send to 18 Newton Street, Brockton, MA 02301. Or give online using the Donate button above.